State of the Arts: 10 Things Phoenix Needs to Do

Consider yourself on notice, Phoenix. Here are 10 things to do in the next three years.

See also: State of the Arts: Phoenix's Arts Community Is at a Make-or-Break Moment. It's Time to Grow Up

Phoenix Art Museum: Hire a contemporary art curator who develops at least one Phoenix-centric exhibition.

Dance companies: Engage a non-traditional space with a new work, like Ballet Arizona did with Topia and the Desert Botanical Garden.

Heard Museum: Show an original contemporary art exhibition with work strictly from Arizona artists.

Phoenix Theatre: Bring in a new curator to create changing exhibitions for the lobby.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art: Hire a new curator of performing arts -- and bring back Lit Lounge.

Arts organizations: Create partnerships with local schools -- and not just arts charters -- to bring the arts to all kids.

Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue: Create a new signature event that connects the arts districts and is more than another art walk.

Arizona State University: Establish a program connecting arts grads to jobs and funding opportunities in Phoenix.

Independent galleries: Start competing with high-level galleries by showing serious exhibitions, paying curators, and opening for regular hours during the week and weekends.

Politicians: Stop cutting the budget of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Artists need more grant opportunities like Art Tank, not fewer.

See also: Lindsay Kinkade, Greg Esser, Rashaad Thomas, Melissa Dunmore, James B. Hunt, Beatrice Moore, Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker, Kara Roschi, Jake Friedman, and Julie Akerly on the State of the Arts in Metro Phoenix

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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