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You’ll find hundreds of outstanding opportunities to explore the arts in Scottsdale and the surrounding area. To help you get started, here are 10 must-see arts experiences you’ll want to be sure to include on your itinerary.
Explore the winter home and architectural school of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright on a variety of insightful guided tours.
2) Cosanti Foundation – Paolo Soleri Windbells
This unique complex of concrete structures was designed by Paolo Soleri, a former student of Frank Lloyd Wright. Here, visitors can view and purchase Soleri’s magnificent bronze and ceramic windbells.
Scottsdale has more art galleries per capita than almost any other city in the United States, and the majority of these galleries are located in the Arts Districts surrounding Main Street and Marshall Way in downtown Scottsdale. No matter what form of art you crave, you’ll find it in downtown! And, one of the best ways to explore the Downtown Arts Districts is to experience the Thursday night ArtWalk. A Scottsdale tradition, the ArtWalk was first held in 1973 and is the longest-running event of its kind in the nation. Browse downtown Scottsdale’s Arts Districts and enjoy special gallery exhibits, artist receptions and live entertainment.
The world-renowned Heard Museum in Phoenix and its satellite campus in North Scottsdale feature the finest collections of Native American art and artifacts from tribes throughout Arizona.
Music, theater, dance and comedy take center stage as the Scottsdale Center for the Arts presents a stellar, year-round season of performing arts.
SMoCA, as the locals call it, displays sophisticated and thought-provoking exhibits from cutting-edge local and national artists including James Turrell, Sloane McFarland and Robert Indiana.
Here, visitors can explore Hopi history, art and culture through exhibits and discussions with Hopi cultural interpreters. Be sure to ask about the Native Heritage Seed Garden!
8) Native Trails presented by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and produced by the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
These exciting festivals explore the cultures of Native America through music, dance and storytelling. Native American jewelry and crafts also are available. Native Trails festivals take place most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, January – April, from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Scottsdale Civic Center Mall.
The largest visual arts museum in the Southwest, the Phoenix Art Museum hosts international exhibitions and features more than 16,000 works in its collection.
This fascinating museum features a prehistoric Hohokam Indian ruin, as well as exhibits on Hohokam history and culture.