Cecilia Rosales Ph.D.

Arts and culture for all

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It may be a while before autumnal weather makes its way into the Valley, but as the leaves on Aspen trees to the north change color, local arts and culture groups are in full gear prepping for another eventful and vibrant season.

Our Fall Arts Preview provides a sneak peek at some of the offerings presented by large established arts organizations as well as small community groups. Eclectic, diverse and accessible, the programming ahead evidences the resiliency of our arts community – and the promise of a much-needed, positive impact on the state’s economy. 

The national organization Americans for the Arts estimates that over 11,000 arts-related businesses exist in Arizona and employ over 47, 000 people. But arts and culture also generate indirect revenue: Even during difficult economic times, people still seek inspiration, entertainment and enlightenment. ASU Gammage reports that beyond the box office, the 2010-2011 Broadway Across America stop in Arizona injected more than $35 million to the local economy.

The good thing is you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy a good concert, play or exhibit. Even those on very tight budgets can partake in the arts with free or reduced admissions. If looking for a great deal is a turnoff, do not fret. Culture Pass is back, and showup.com is the energy behind this fantastic project. It allows library cardholders to check out a Culture Pass for free admission for two people at participating venues such as the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona Science Center, SMoCA, Phoenix Zoo and more. Learn more about this opportunity and review participating libraries and venues at showup.com.

Enjoy the season!

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