Welcome additions: We're pumped about Art Intersection opening in Gilbert and the launch of Joseph Sentrock Perez's Rise Project, which offers urban arts classes to low-income youth.

Snakes alive: ASU Art Museum played host to a live anaconda (and all of its shed skin) as part of the exhibition "Juan Downey: The Invisible Architect."

Spiak splits town: We'll miss the days of ASU Art Museum curator John Spiak, who left town for a gig as director/chief curator of California State University-Fullerton's Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana.

Change of scenery: We were amped about the Rob Dyrdek-sponsored "Safespot Skatespot" — until location plans changed from downtown's Margaret T. Hance Park to South Phoenix's César Chávez Park.

Roll 'em: We hope the indie cinema explosion, with theater openings including downtown's FilmBar and Mesa's The Royale, continues to bring independent films to our backyard.

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You missed the Shemer Art Center And Museum rebirth from near oblivion with the ending of the City of Phoenix financial support. Under the enthusiastic and knowledgeable direction of the Executive Director, Jocelyn Hanson a new vitality has infused the classes and exhibitions, backed by a dedicated governing board, SACAMA...