It’s that lovely time of year, when people start whipping out their planners with renewed enthusiasm for living an organized life. Before the feeling fades, take a few minutes to add these art events to your 2017 calendar. In many cases, planning is still underway. Which means you might be able to get involved — whether that means showing your work or volunteering.
February 23 to 26
Scottsdale Public Art is transforming the Scottsdale Waterfront into an immersive art environment, complete with light-based art installations and a host of visual and performance art offerings from music to dance. Works by local, national, and international artists will be featured during the free festival. Find more information on the Scottsdale Arts website.
ASU Ceramic Studio Tour
February 25 to 26
Spend two days exploring studios for leading ceramic artists, who invite other ceramicists to join them as they present demonstrations and give local art lovers a free, behind-the-scenes look at their art practice. Get details on the event, which is presented by the ASU Art Museum Ceramic Research Center, on the ASU Art Museum website.
March 16 to 19
Explore local galleries, studios, and other art spaces during this free annual event designed to showcase downtown Phoenix’s thriving arts and culture scene. Featured activities include a ticketed evening gala, Third Friday art walk, and weekend filled with art space tours. Learn more on the Artlink website.
Read on for more must-see art events this year.
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Spark! Festival of Creativity
March 17 to 18
Head to Mesa Arts Center for two days of interactive art experiences, and a wide range of visual and performance art presented both inside Mesa Arts Center and across its outdoor campus. Everything but ticketed theater performances is free. Get details on the Mesa Arts Center website.
Grand Avenue Festival
Enjoy a day filled with art exhibitions, open art studios, and street performance as Grand Avenue welcomes art lovers to its annual festival and parade — complete with costumes, handmade floats, and plenty of frivolity. Find more information on the Grand Avenue Arts & Preservation website.