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:
Dinner Theatre: February 13-17, 2019
ARTbeat: April 20, 2019
Children's Ball: May 25, 2019
Battle of the Bands: September 21, 2019
YumaCon: October 5, 2019
Tribute of the Muses: October 11, 2019
Rocky Horror Picture Show Midnight Madness: October 26, 2019
Children's Festival of the Arts: November 2, 2019
North End Art Walk: November 15, 2019
Art in the Park: January 11-12, 2020
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.
Festival Cultural de Cine
in the Historic Yuma Theatre
The Festival Cultural de Cine celebrates films created by filmmakers who are of Hispanic, Latino, and Spanish descent, Spanish language films, and films that are culturally relevant to the Yuma region. The 30 films to be presented in the inaugural festival represent writers, directors, actors and filmmakers from Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Peru, Spain, United States, and Venezuela. The festival is generously sponsored by the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma and is supported by the City of Yuma, Consulado de Mexico en Yuma, Arizona, Arizona Western College, and the Chicano Art Collective. When possible the films are presented in dual language- screened in Spanish with English subtitles or in English with Spanish subtitles.
Ticket Price: $5.00 per movie $2.50 for students, seniors, and military with valid ID
Opening Ceremony Monday, March 25, 6:30 pm
Featuring remarks by
Lindsay Benacka, Arts and Culture Program Manager for the City of Yuma – Yuma Art Center,
Douglas Nicholls, Mayor of the City of Yuma,
Jose Antonio Larios Ponce Consul de Mexico en Yuma,
Dr. Michael Miller, Professor at Arizona Western College.
In the Galleries
Exhibit dates: March 2 - May 25
Chicano Art Collective: Representing the efforts of an international artist collective group who strive to create a platform that promotes art and culture without any ethnic, religious, political, or social cultural barriers. The collective has the objective of utilizing the visual arts as a medium forcreating a cultural symbiosis within the region and
empowering citizens torealize that we single force.
Features Artists: Rod Villa Star 27 Sofia Garcia Walther Isidro Campos Parra Queenie Trece Jessie Robles Dardini America Alvarado
Music by Manuel Paez on electric ambient saxophone
Curated by Abraham Andrade
Sum of Its Parts: Paintings by Jason Stillman
Stillman’s works in several mediums from sculptures to paintings to collages. Jason’s collage series has a retro/chic style that features bright bold colors with incredible attention to detail.
North and South Galleries
Garden Dreams: Works by Sandra Leuhrsen
Luehrsen's work explorse the cycle of life here on earth and life in teh herafter--ifthere is one. Her use of color and detail have been inspired by exotic desert plants.
Desert of HopePaintings by Tim Bhajjan
Newly an Arizonan, Bhajjan is a world traveler and self-taught artist who specializes in watercolors. Having moved to the desert in January 2018, he is particularly interested in capturing the rugged beauty of the desert, and the striking contrast that shadows cast in this sun-drenched land, speckled with saguaros on beautiful mountain sides.
Call to Artists and Vendors
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.
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.
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
Fall Winter Hours: Tues through Sat. 10am-8pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
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