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: April 17-18, 2020-POSTPONED
Battle of the Bands: September 11, 2020
YumaCon: October 3, 2020
Tribute of the Muses: October 9, 2020
Rocky Horror Picture Show Midnight Madness: October 31, 2020
Children's Festival of the Arts: November 7, 2020
North End Art Walk: November 13, 2020
Art in the Park: January 16-17, 2021
Dinner Theatre: February 10-14, 2021
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.
In the Galleries
The Yuma Art Center's galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 8pm (unless closed for a private event). The galleries are open to the public and there is no admission charge.
New exhibits coming soon! Save the date for the next Gallery Opening Reception on March 13th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The reception will be free to attend and open to the public. Live music and light hor dourves will be provided. A cash/credit bar will be available.
Artist and Vendor Opportunities
Vendor Information and Presentation
Calling for Nominations
Nominations now open for Tribute of the Muses
Tribute of the Muses and Helios Award Nominations are now open! Do you know a mover and shaker or up-and-comer in the local arts community? Nominate them! Visit YumaArtCenter.com for more info on how to nominate.Deadline for Nominations are due by September 4th!
SAVE THE DATE – for awards will be announced October 9, 2020 for the 20th Annual Tribute of the Muses!
All nominees will be contacted to confirm their willingness to be recognized for their contributions.
Calling all Artists
Tribute of the Muses Award Application
Application Deadline: September 4, 2020
Notification: September 21, 2020
Artwork Due: October 2, 2020
Event Date: October 9, 2020
Artwork Budget: $350.00
Description: The desired commissioned artwork will be presented to the 2020 honoree of the Tribute of the Muses Award. Now in its 20th 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 a 1.5 inch by 3 inch plaque with the name of awardee and the words “Tribute of the Muses Award 2020” will be attached to the base or frame of the selected piece. All applicants
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 a 1.5 inch by 3 inch plaque with the name of awardee and the words “Tribute of the Muses Award 2020” will be attached to the base or frame of the selected piece. All applicants must be 18 years or older and a resident of the Yuma County. Artwork must be of original idea and assembly.
Call for Theatre Fellowship Proposals
Theatre Fellowship 2020-2021 Call for Proposals
About the Dinner Theatre Production:
Each February, during the week of Valentine’s Day, the Yuma Art Center presents a full-length dinner theater production in the Yuma Art Center galleries. The center’s central gallery is transformed into a unique performance space with a stage and set built completely for the customized needs of the given production. The 2021 production will mark 11 years of dinner theater productions at the Yuma Art Center, noting that the production has sold out for nine consecutive years.
How to apply:
Applicants must submit a proposal in the form of a one-page document by 4 p.m. July 31 to Arts@YumaAz.gov with the subject line of “Theater Fellowship Application.”
The proposal should include a brief description of the production as well as a brief description of the applicant’s specific direction and design for the production. Along with the proposal, applicants must submit an artistic resume and two professional references. The Division of Arts and Culture will select the fellowship recipient through a competitive application process.
What the theater fellow will receive:
A $2,000 stipend.
Administrative support to include marketing, ticketing, production royalties and scripts.
Technical production support to include lighting, sound, set, properties and costumes.
Temporary housing assistance (if needed).
MOMO Artist Residency
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.
Prospective Exhibition Artists
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.
Historic Yuma Theatre
254 S. Main Street
Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Fall/Spring Hours (September through May):
Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
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