Arts & Culture

Whether you have a passion for arts and culture, are an occasional theater goer, or your artistic preferences are decidedly fancy or funky, you’ll find something to suit your artistic bent in Tempe.

You’ll discover the visual arts at every turn, from contemporary art to photography to ceramics by major national and international artists at the ASU Art Museum, its Ceramics Research Center in Downtown Tempe and other museums and galleries located on the Arizona State University Tempe Campus. Current exhibitions at the ASU Art Museum include “Talking to Action,” through July 6 and  “Clayblazers: Women Artists of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s,”  through August 10, 2019.

While you’re out and about, watch for art in unexpected places, such as the Mill Avenue Post Office windows, Tempe Public Library, and along city streets. Public art is sprinkled throughout the city including Tempe Town Lake, light rail and bus stops, Arizona State University campus and other locations waiting to be discovered by unsuspecting passersby. One of the newest additions to downtown is “She Tempe,” a public art project that was commissioned by the Downtown Tempe Authority. Eight local female artists created custom works of art that are installed on news racks along Mill Avenue. Each news rack has a map so visitors can take a self-guided tour of these unique, colorful works of art.

Curtains go up on Tempe stages with theatre to suit all ages and tastes. This fall theatergoers can expect spectacular performances from award-winning Broadway shows at ASU Gammage and Stray Cat Theatre’s edgy indie productions.  ASU Gammage presents its Broadway Across America series with Tony-award winning productions such as CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, June 11-16, 2019 and THE BOOK OF MORMON, August 6-11, 2019.

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