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Creative Aging

Creative aging is “the practice of engaging older adults in participatory, professionally run arts programs with a focus on social engagement and skills mastery,” according to the non-profit organization Lifetime Arts, making it clear “it is not about making macaroni necklaces.” We are developing a roster of teaching artists who will teach Creative Aging techniques and then partner with or support them to go out in the community and run arts workshops for people ages 55+. For information on our next class, visit: Visual Storytelling: A Creative Aging Class May 6 – June 17, 2024

Gallery 928

Teens ages 15-18 are invited to apply to Sedona Arts Center’s Gallery 928 program, a unique summer art apprenticeship that partners students with a master artist to create a work of public art. Applications are due April 19, 2024. The program runs June 3 – 27 and will be held Monday-Thursday from 9 am-3 pm at Sedona Arts Center, located at 15 Art Barn Road. “We are excited for year three of Gallery 928,” says Julie Richard, CEO of Sedona Arts Center. “This summer, apprentices will create a public art mural for our Center all the while learning about the public art process—from conception to completion to celebration.” Apprentices will receive art instruction, knowledge of the public art field and develop tangible employment skills like resume building, presentation development and public speaking. Students will also receive a $500 stipend from Sedona Arts Center and three free college credits through Yavapai College. Up to 12 students will be selected to participate. Modeled after Chicago’s long-running Gallery 37 program, Gallery 928 is designed to engage aspiring artists through art mentorship by creating a site-specific public artwork. Apprentices gain real-world experience with processes and materials and forge a strong connection to each other and the community as they work toward a shared vision. “By the end of the program, our students feel empowered,” says Richard. “Not only have they created a beautiful work of art for all of Sedona to enjoy, but they have honed critical life skills—teamwork, leadership and responsibility. Best of all, they realize they can make a career out of their passion.” In addition to completing an online application, students must also submit letters of reference and images of artworks. Qualified applicants will be invited to interview with Sedona Arts Center staff. If you have any questions, please contact Bernadette at bernadette@sedonaartscenter.org NEW Application Deadline: April 19, 2024
Download cover letter to Students for Gallery 928 (click here)


Vision & Sound: An African American Experience February 1- March 27, 2024

Sedona Arts Center presents exhibits and a series of events featuring the works of African-American artists and advocates in Sedona, Peoria and Goodyear for the third year in partnership with the ASU Center for the Study of Race & Democracy, the City of Peoria, and the City of Goodyear. Now in its 9th year (3rd led by Sedona Arts Center), Vision and Sound: An African American Experience (V & S) uses personal perspective, cultural traditions, and the beauty of the arts to provide audiences insights into the accomplishments of African Americans and promotes inclusion in and through the arts and culture.  Vision and Sound is presented during Black History Month and offers opportunities for the public to explore African American cultures and experiences. To expand the reach and impact of the exhibition, SAC introduced a Symposium in 2023 entitled Understanding Culture and Race Through the Arts which featured two keynote speakers, a DEI workshop and panel discussions with participating artists. This will be repeated in 2024 with an expanded agenda and more in-depth discussions. In addition, programs, events and exhibits will be held in Goodyear, Peoria and Glendale during the celebration. Artists will conduct live demonstrations of their work at various events.

Exhibition Dates:

Sedona: February 1–29, 2024 Peoria: January 5–March 27, 2024 Goodyear: January 31–March 26, 2024

Click here for more info: VisionandSound.org Watch Online: Video Link coming Soon!

Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP 6)

AEP 6 is a program run by Americans for the Arts – one of our national service organizations. We have led this study on behalf of the City of Sedona which measures the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector here.  Through surveying and data gathering, we will have a comprehensive measure of our entire sector’s impact sometime in late 2023. Surveys were collected throughout the past year. This is actually the 6th study that AFTA has conducted – so this is a longitudinal study.  They typically run the study every five years but delayed it due to the pandemic. View the AEP6 – February 1, 2024 talk: Click Here

Lecture & Discussion Series: Appropriation in the Arts: Centering Authenticity

This is a series of exploratory panel discussions on key topics surrounding authentic representation in contrast to appropriation of Indigenous art. Discussions will explore issues pertaining to the legal and ethical aspects of art production and collecting; the use of cultural symbols in Native and non-Native fine art; food sovereignty and the use of traditional food and crops in the hospitality industry. Topic experts from the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA), Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University, indigenous experts, artists and gallery owners will discuss the blurred lines between art appreciation and appropriation to deepen the audience’s understanding of these issues. This series will be presented in partnership with the Museum of Northern Arizona and hosted at the Museum of Northern Arizona and Sedona Arts Center. Sponsored by AZ Humanities Council. WATCH ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Panel 1 / September 17, 2023: Moving From Appropriation to Authenticity Panel 2 / November 5, 2023: More Than a Meal Panel 3 / January 21, 2024: Drawing Cultural Inspiration