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Located in downtown Mesa, the Mesa Arts Center is the largest arts center in the state. It includes a total of four performance spaces including the Farnsworth Studio Theater, which seats 99 for an intimate setting, and on the other end of the spectrum the 1,600-seat Ikeda Theater. The complex also includes the Mesa Contemporary Arts, home to five different art galleries, as well as 14 visual and performing art classroom studios. Valley residents come from near and far to enjoy everything from live musical performances to impressive visual-art exhibits at the impressive arts center. Numerous Mesa-based arts organizations partner with the center and perform regularly at the center. For example resident companies include the East Valley Children's Theater, Mesa Encore Theater and the Symphony of the Southwest. Public tours are available on Wednesdays at noon from September to June, though reservations are required.
The Mesa Arts Center, owned and operated by the City of Mesa, is a unique, architecturally stunning facility located in the heart of downtown Mesa. Arizona's largest arts center is home to four theaters, five art galleries, and 14 art studios. Guests, patrons, and students come to Mesa Arts Center to enjoy the finest live entertainment and performances, world-class visual art exhibitions, and outstanding arts education classes. The facility is an architectural showpiece and a destination for visitors to the Phoenix area. The Mesa Arts Center's mission is to inspire people through engaging arts experiences that are diverse, accessible, and relevant.