Yuma Art Center


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    The City of Yuma Parks and Recreation Department operates and maintains the Yuma Art Center, which features the 643 seats Historic Yuma Theatre.
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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 two full length 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.

The Yuma Art Center's signature events include:

YumaCon: October 7, 2017 at the Yuma Civic Center
Tribute of the Muses: October 14, 2017 in the Yuma Art Center and Historic Yuma Theatre
Children's Festival of the Arts: November 4, 2017 on Historic Main Street
North End Art Walk: November 17, 2017 on Historic Main Street
Art in the Park: January 13, 2018 in Gateway Park
Dinner Theatre Production: February 14-17, 2018 in the Yuma Art Center
Dancing with the Yuma Stars: March 10, 2018 in the Yuma Art Center and Historic Yuma Theatre
ARTbeat 11: April 21, 2018 on Historic Main Street

The 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.

 RENTAL INFORMATION BROCHURE   Summer arty Parties Package  


Upcoming Events and Ticketing

 Yuma Art Center "Get your Summer in Gear" 

 YUMA ART CENTER JULY CALENDAR      Yuma Art Center August Calendar

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In the Galleries


Children's Museum of Yuma County

On display: June 3 - July 29
Wednesday through Saturday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
$2.00 admission per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Call for Nominations


Tribute of the Muses Award Nomination

Deadline: September 7, 2017, 5:00 pm

The Tribute of the Muses Award is presented by the City of Yuma during the annual awards ceremony and celebration on October 13, 2017 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.

Nominations for the award are generated from the public and the awards are voted on by the Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission and the Ad Hoc Public Art Committee. 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. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Download Tribute of the Muses Award Nomination form
or
Direct Tribute of the Muses Award Nomination Fill Form

Helios Award Nomination

Deadline: September 7, 2017, 5:00 pm

The Helios Award is presented as part of the Tribute of the Muses annual arts celebration on October 13, 2017. 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.

Nominations for the award are generated from the public and the awards are voted on by the Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission and the Ad Hoc Public Art Committee.Please note City of Yuma's Parks and Recreation employees are not eligible to be nominated. Also note that incomplete applications will not be considered. All nominees will be contacted to confirm their willingness to be recognized for their contributions.

Download Helios Award Nomination form
or
Direct Helios Award Nomination Fill Form


Call to Vendors


YumaCon                                   

Application Deadline: September 8, 2017
Event Date: October 7, 2017
Location: Yuma Civic Center

Description:
The Yuma Art Center invites merchandise, artists, special guest and food vendors to the 3rd Annual YumaCon! With over 1,500 attendees this one day, action-packed convention is where comics, anime and pop culture collide in Yuma.  Panel applications coming soon!
Download YumaCon Vendor Application Form


Children's Festival of the Arts 

Event Date: November 4, 2017
Location: Historic Main Street

Description: Children's Festival of the Arts features over 40 booths provided by various community organizations with hands-on art projects that children can create and take home. Various food vendors, entertainment, music and demonstrations by local artists will fill the day. In addition, attendees are invited to come and experience a display of outstanding youth art work from local area schools inside the Yuma Art Center galleries. 2017 marks 25 years of this fun, family friendly festival presented by the Parks and Recration Department and supported by dozens of local organizations. Booth and vendor applications coming soon!


Call to Artists


Yuma Art Center Theatre Fellowship 2017-2018

Proposal Due: July 31, 2017
Residency Period: September 2017 - February 2018, part time per production schedule
Production: February 14-17, 2018 
Support: $2,000 stipend

Description: This fellowship program will give an emerging theatre practitioner an opportunity to develop their directorial practice with a focus on a community-responsive theatre production. The selected fellow will direct a full length production for the Yuma Art Center's annual dinner theatre production in February 2018. This competitive program will provide the selected fellow with a stipend, temporary housing (if needed), technical production needs and administrative support. As a part time residency, the fellow is required to be available to conduct regular rehearsals and must be available for the entire week prior to and the week of performance. To submit a proposal please download the full proposal description and guidelines and submit all required materials to Arts@YumaAz.gov.  Download  Theatre Fellowship Guidelines


Batter Up 

Description: The City of Yuma's Ad Hoc Public Art Committee is raising funds for public art to be added to the new Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex. The Yuma Art Center is calling to artists interested in donating their talents to reimaging a softball or baseball bat into a piece of art that will be silent auctioned at the opening and National Tournament Labor Day Weekend.  Interested artist? Have a spare bat you don’t mind parting with? Contact us at Arts@YumaAz.gov.   Download Batter Up Application


Tribute of the Muses Art Award

Application Deadline: September 7, 2017
Notification: September 15, 2017
Artwork Due: October 3, 2017
Event Date: October 13, 2017
Artwork Budget: $400.00

Description: The desired commissioned artwork will be presented to the 2017 honoree of the Tribute of the Muses Award. Now in its 17th 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.   Download Tribute of the Muses Application 


Sunniest Place on Earth All Media Juried ShowSunniest Place on Earth Logo

Application Deadline: October 20, 2017
Notification: October 31, 2017
Artwork Delivery Due: November 18, 2017
Opening Reception: December 15, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: November 25, 2017 – January 20, 2018
Pick Up Artwork: January 22, 2018
Application Fee: $30

Description: The Yuma Art Center invites artists from throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico for this all-media juried fine art show. Artists are encouraged to enter artwork in any media. The exhibition is open, but not limited, to the following: ceramic, drawing, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, mixed-media, painting, paper, photography, printmaking, and wood. Prizes include: first place, $1,000; second place, $650; third place, $350. Additional purchase prizes are expected.  

Criteria for selection: The exhibition is open to artists living and working in North America. All artwork must be of original idea and assembly and created within the last two years and not previously exhibited in a Yuma Art Center exhibition. Each artist may submit up to 3 pieces for consideration. Each piece must not exceed 36 x 36 x 36 inches.  Download Juried Show Application


North End Art Walk North Art Walk

Event Date: November 17, 2017; 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Application Deadline: Day of Event
Location: Historic Main Street
Application Fee: FREE

Description: The North End Art Walk strolls back into Historic Downtown Yuma with another fun and eclectic evening of the best of local Yuma artists. The event pairs downtown merchants with local artists providing a wonderful opportunity for participants to sample the great business downtown and mingle with artists as they exhibit their works. Meet the businesses, meet the artists! Inside the Yuma Art Center patrons will be vote for the People’s Choice Award for their favorite artist – the artist with the most votes by 8:30 pm will take home a $250 cash prize! Download North End Art Walk Application


Holiday Art Bazaar

Event Date: December 9, 2017, 12:00 noon – 7:00 pm
Application Deadline: December 1, 2017
Application Fee: $15
Location: Yuma Art Center Galleries

Description: There is nowhere like downtown Yuma for the holidays and giving the gift of local, handmade art has never been this special. Our art bazaar will feature area artists who will have a variety of works for sale ranging from jewelry and pottery, to photography and paintings, we’re sure to have something for everyone on your shopping list. This event will kick off in the afternoon and will close shortly after the Dorothy Young Light Parade turns onto to Main Street. The bazaar will take place throughout the galleries and artists will be provided with one 8 foot table and 2 chairs. Download Holiday Art Bazaar Application 


Art in the Park 

Event Date:
January 13, 2018, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
Early Bird Application Deadline: November 1, 2017
Application Deadline: December 1, 2017
Notification: December 8, 2017
Location: Gateway Park, Yuma, AZ
Application Fee: $35 - $110

Description: Art in the Park is a fine arts festival inspired by the infamous “Sunday in the Park on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat. This one day event takes place along the meandering Colorado River in Downtown Yuma’s Gateway Park. As they chat with artists and select their favorite works, art patrons are invited to sip a mimosa and stroll along the river.  Application coming soon!


ARTbeat 11

Event Date: April 21, 2018, 4:00 – 9:00 pm
Early Bird Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
Application Deadline: March 2, 2018
Notification: March 16, 2018
Location: Main Street, Yuma, AZ
Application Fee:  $35 - $110

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.


Contact Us

Yuma Art Center &
Historic Yuma Theatre

254 S. Main Street
928-373-5202 
Hours:Tues through Sat. 10am-6pm
Closed Sunday and Monday


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