About the Yuma Art Center
Our vision is for all members of our community to live creative lives by being a part of the arts in Yuma.
The City of Yuma Parks and Recreation Department manages the Yuma Art Center in Historic Downtown Yuma. The Yuma Art Center advances the arts by providing distinct opportunities for community participation and artistic growth. With over 100,000 visitors each year, the Yuma Art Center annually produces several theatre productions, over twenty visual art exhibitions, holds nearly fifty unique performing and visual arts classes, facilitates the annual summer mural program, screens dozens of films, supports the North End Artists Cooperative, coordinates festivals and special events, and advances public art throughout Yuma. Advocacy is strengthened through the City of Yuma Parks, Arts and Culture Commission as well as the Ad-Hoc Public Art Committee.
Yuma Art Center's signature events include:
ARTbeat 11: April 21, 2018 on Historic Main Street
YumaCon: October 6, 2018 at the Yuma Civic Center
Tribute of the Muses: October 12, 2018 in the Yuma Art Center and Historic Yuma Theatre
Rocky Horror Picture Show Midnight Madness: October 27, 2018 at 11:59pm at the Historic Yuma Theatre
Children's Festival of the Arts: November 3, 2018 on Historic Main Street
North End Art Walk: November 16, 2018 on Historic Main Street
Art in the Park: January 12, 2019 in Gateway Park
Dinner Theatre: February 13-17, 2019 in the Yuma Art Center
Yuma Art Center features:
- The 643 seat Historic Yuma Theatre which dates to 1912
- The restored United Building featuring the North End Artists Cooperative
- Four Visual Art Galleries
- Multipurpose Classrooms and Artist Studios
- Pottery Studio
- Artisan Gift Shop
- Black and White Photography Darkroom
Host your event at the Yuma Art Center
The Yuma Art Center is a great place to get creative and is a unique place to host your special event! Check out our rental information and Arty Party packages below.
Upcoming Events and Ticketing
MOMO Artist Residency: February 2018
The Yuma Art Center has a new look thanks to MOMO and his crew of Lynnea Holland-Weiss and Dan Bortz who created this large-scale mural on the building's back, west-facing wall. MOMO specializes in creating artpieces in public spaces, using handmade tools to design and install murals. His works can be seen worldwide and are notably in the Miami Dolphin Stadium, Facebook Headquarters in San Franciso and in Sydney, Australia.
The mural proposal, shown in the photo, was approved by the City's Design and Historic Review Commission; the Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission; and the Ad-Hoc Public Art Committee. The artwork was privately funded by the McKivergan family, and the artist's residency was also supported by the Historic Coronado Hotel, LG Paint and Sun Rentals.
In addition to the commissioned mural, Momo created 11 additional works of art around Yuma identified in this brochure.
In the Galleries
Join us as we open our final exhibition of the season entitled, "Arte Callejero." The exhibit fills all four galleries with a snapshot of contemporary and street artists working throughout Arizona and California. The show is currenlty on display and will close on May 19, 2018.
The exhibit features works by: Bumblebee, Tato Caraveo, Lalo Cota, Diana Creighton, Albert Escalante, Lia Littlewood, Stefanie Littlewood, Diego Perez, Jessie Robles, Diane Silver, JB Snyder, & Sebastian Tierney.
The galleries are free admission and open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Call for Community Input
Arizona Creative Communities Institute
The Arizona Creative Communities Institute Team Yuma is seeking feedback and input regarding a large scale community art project to be implemented in spring 2018 throughout Yuma County. The results of this survey will be used for the Arizona Creative Communities Institute team from Yuma to research and understand Yuma's arts and cultural needs. The seven question survey can be completed online here:
Physical copies are available at the Yuma Art Center and the Littlewood Fine Art and Community Co-Op at 1480 S. 2nd Avenue.
About the program: In summer 2017, Yuma was selected as one of nine communities to participate in the inaugural Arizona Creative Communities Institute (AZ CCI). The institute offers small teams a unique opportunity to explore the many ways creativity can be put to work for positive community impact, and to collaboratively design up to a 5-month embedded artist project. Yuma is working with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (ASU HIDA), with guidance from Southwest Folklife Alliance on the AZ Creative Communities Institute. AZ CCI teams are members of an active learning network, with opportunities to learn from and with local and national experts, as well as peers from other Arizona cities/towns and neighborhoods.
2018 Tribute of the Muses Award Nominations
The Tribute of the Muses Award is presented by the City of Yuma during the annual awards ceremony and celebration on October 12, 2018 at the Yuma Art Center. The honoree of this distinguished award recognizes an outstanding member of Yuma’s arts community who has shown exemplary devotion and excellence in the arts. Nominees may reflect acknowledged excellence in a chosen arts field, arts advocacy, philanthropy and/or arts education. Please note that nominees should have a minimum of 5 years of arts recognition in Yuma. City of Yuma's Parks and Recreation employees are not eligible to be nominated. Tribute Nomination Form Available Soon!
2018 Helios Award Nominations
The Helios Award is presented as part of the Tribute of the Muses annual arts celebration on October 12, 2018. Presented by the City of Yuma to an individual who is a recognized, up and coming voice within the Yuma arts community. Whether an artist, advocate or supporter of the arts, nominees can represent the visual arts, music, dance, theatre, and/or arts philanthropy. Please note that City of Yuma's Parks and Recreation employees are not eligible to be nominated. Helios Nomination Form Available Soon!
Call to Artists and Vendors
Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex Sculpture Walk
Application Deadline: Ongoing
Eligiblity: All national and international artists who are 18 years of age or older are eliglbe to apply.
Description: The City of Yuma’s Ad Hoc Public Art Committee is seeking to purchase multiple sculptures for a permanent sculpture walk at the Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex (PAAC). This new facility is a state-of-the-art softball complex with six fields and is used for local, regional, and national softball tournaments. Since opening on September 1st, 2017 the complex has had over 50,000 visitors.
NexGen Mural-A-Month Program
Timeline: One mural a month in 2018
Location: Yuma, Arizona
Eligibility: All national and international artists who are 18 years of age and older are eligible to apply. Info: The NexGen Arts Committee is seeking muralists to create site-specific works of art throughout Yuma County. Muralists must have prior experience working on large scale public art projects. Through public art, NexGen strives to create a deepened sense of community pride for Yumans, while at the same time attracting visitors to invest in our community. Murals will also be promoted and featured on an interactive website designed for local community members and area visitors to follow self-guided tours of murals and all public art in the area. This program is supported by the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma and the City of Yuma.
Selection Process: The NexGen Arts Committee will work directly with local businesses and organizations to secure wall space, permits and necessary approval by the City of Yuma’s Design and Historic Review Commission. The selection of each mural will be determined in joint by individual property owners and the NexGen Art Committee. The Committee will work closely with the artist(s) selected to secure travel, lodging, supplies and a competitive artist stipend as needed for each mural.
For more information contact NexGen Leadership Council at Murals@ArtinYuma.com
North End Artists Co-Op Call for Members
Deadline to Apply: April 20, 2018
Description: Through the North End Artists Co-Op, the City of Yuma promotes artists living in the Yuma area by providing the opportunity to display works and demonstrate their work to the public. The group presents weekly demonstrations and workshops each Saturday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, from September through May in the Yuma Art Center’s United Building where they also have works on display in the front windows.
Theatre Fellowship 2018-2019
Application Deadline: July 13, 2018
Fellowship Timeline:August 2018 to February 2019
Production: February 13-17, 2019
Description: Now in its second year, the theatre fellowship program gives a theatre artist an opportunity to develop their directorial practice by directing a full-length performance with technical and administrative support from the Yuma Art Center. The selected fellow will direct a full-length production for the Yuma Art Center's annual dinner theatre production in February 2019. The fellow leads evening and weekend rehearsals from October through January and regular production meetings.
The production will take place in the Yuma Art Center’s central gallery, which will have a temporary stage built with custom lighting and set design. Depending on the staging needs, the gallery will comfortably seat 120 audience members per performance who will have dinner prior to the production and dessert and coffee during intermission. Now in its 9th year, the annual dinner theatre production has sold out every performance.
Tribute of the Muses Art Award
Application Deadline: September 5, 2018
Applicants Notified: September 14, 2018
Selected Artwork Due: October 3, 2018
Event Date: October 12, 2018
Award Budget: $400
Description: The desired commissioned artwork will be presented to the 2018 honoree of the Tribute of the Muses Award. Now in its 18th year, the award honors an outstanding member of Yuma’s arts community who has shown exemplary devotion and excellence in the arts. Its name references Greek mythology, as the nine daughters of Zeus – the Muses – were considered to be the inspiration for nine specific aspects of the arts and science, including poetry, dance, music, etc.
Criteria for selection: The proposed piece can currently exist in the applicant’s inventory or the applicant may submit a detailed rendering of a new work. Artwork proposed must include professional presentation complete with framing or a base as necessary. Please take into consideration that ta 1.4 inch by 3 inch plaque with the name of the awardee and the works “Tribute of the Muses Award 2018” will be attached to the base or frame of the selection piece. The selection will be made by the City of Yuma’s Ad Hoc Public Art Committee. All applicants must by 18 years or older and a resident of Yuma County, Arizona. Artwork must be of original idea and assembly. City of Yuma Parks and Recreation Employees are not eligible for consideration. Applications available soon!
Application Deadline: September 7, 2018
Event Date: October 6, 2018
Location: Yuma Civic Center
Description: YumaCon is Yuma's premier Comic Convention which is now in its 4th year and has an annual attendance of over 2,000 people. Attendees are invited to bring out their inner geek and cosplay as their favorite character, meet new friends and talk with special guests. The convention features a tabletop game room, a vendor gallery, panel presentations and concludes with an extra special masquerade competition.
Children's Festival of the Arts
Application Deadline: October 19, 2018
Event Date: Novemer 3, 2018
Community Activity Booth Fee: FREE
Food Vendor Booth Fee: $55-110
Description: Children's Festival of the Arts is a fun, family friendly festival and that is supported by dozens of local organizations and art education supporters. Now in its 26th year, the festival takes over Main Street with nearly 50 arts and crafts booths full of make and take projects for attendees. All activity booths are free for attendees. Application Coming Soon!
North End Art Walk
Application Deadline: November 14, 2018
Event Date: November 16, 2018
Application Fee: FREE
Description: The North End Art Walk strolls back into Historic Downtown Yuma for a fun and eclectic evening of local Yuma artists! The event is a wonderful opportunity for patrons to visit downtown merchants and mingle with artists as they exhibit their works all along Main Street. Application Coming Soon!
Holiday Art Bazaar
Application Deadline: November 20, 2018
Event Date: December 8, 2018
Application and Table Fee: $15
Description: Deck the walls with art this holiday season and give the gift of handmade art! Located in the galleries of the Yuma Art Center, the bazaar will feature area artists who will have unique giftables and custom artwork available for purchase. From ceramics to jewelry, you are sure to find something special for everyone on your gift list. Application Coming Soon!
Art in the Park
Early Bird Deadline: November 1, 2018
Application Deadline: December 14, 2018
Event Date: January 12, 2019
Application and Booth Fees: $25-125
Description: Art in the Park is an alfresco fine arts festival in Yuma’s scenic Gateway Park. Modeled after Georges Seurat’s stoic painting, “Sunday on La Grande Jatte,” Art in the Park features local and regional artists alongside the banks of the meandering Colorado River. Join us for a leisure afternoon in the park and partake in a mimosa or glass of wine while you peruse a wide variety of art displays and chat with artists. Application coming soon!
Early Bird Deadline: February 1, 2019
Deadline for Applications: March 1, 2019
Event Date: April 20, 2019
Application and Booth Fees: $25-125
Description: ARTbeat is an award winning juried fine arts festival that fills Historic Downtown Yuma with art. Celebrating its 11th year, this festival is named for our favorite news beat and is annually attended by thousands of visitors. Cash prizes and awards totaling over $1,500 are presented by the Yuma Art Center. Application coming soon!
Prospective Gallery Artists: The Yuma Art Center proudly presents works by local to international artists in all media. Exhibitions are selected, coordinated and curated by the Division of Arts and Culture. For consideration, please send your contact information, artist statement about the work you propose to exhibit, artistic resume, and four high resolution images of your work (Jpegs preferred) to Arts@YumaAz.gov with the subject line “Prospective Artist.” Please note that exhibitions are coordinated many months and often years in advance. Both emerging and professional artists are encouraged to submit proposals.
Prospective Gift Shop Artists: For inquiries about presenting artwork in the gift shop please contact the Yuma Art Center at 928-373-5202 or Arts@YumaAz.gov. Prior to presentation artists are met with and work is reviewed by appointment only. No walk-ins please. Please note that all artwork must be display ready (wired/framed/etc.) before consideration.
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