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:

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
Dinner Theatre: February 14-18, 2020
ARTbeat: April 17-18, 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.


Upcoming Events and Ticketing

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In the Galleries

Children's Museum of Yuma County at the Yuma Art Center

Exhibit dates: June 1 -  July 27

Join us for another summer of hands-on, interactive FUN!

Explore our reimagined "We Built This City", Mission: Space Connections, the Art Creation Makerspace, and the Tot Spot all summer long.

June 1-July 27, 2019
Wed-Sat 10:30am-5:00pm
$2 Admission/person
Children Must be Accompanied by an Adult!

Special Events

Let's Dance Festival  
Dates: August 16-18

Description: Let's Dance, Yuma! This unique festival is designed in two parts: to provide Yumans with an enriching dance experience and to reinvest directly into local dance organizations. Throughout the weekend dancers (ages 11+) are invited to participate in variety of classes taught by regional dance professionals and then perform on stage in the Historic Yuma Theatre in a culminating showcase. Classes include: African, hip hop, yoga, aerial arts, musical theatre and more!

Registration and class schedule will open on July 19, 2019. Fifty percent of all registration fees will go directly local dance organizations. Single class rate is $15.00 or $125 for the entire festival. Registration will be available at participating dance organizations and at the Yuma Art Center. 

The Let’s Dance Festival is generously sponsored by a special funding from the Flinn Foundation through the Arizona Commission on the Arts' Creative Communities Institute. The Flinn Foundation’s goal is to improve the quality of life in Arizona to benefit future generations and improve the financial and creative health of Arizona’s arts and culture organizations.

For more information contact Lillian Morrill, Events Leader at Lillian.Morrill@yumaaz.gov.

Download Let's Dance Yuma Registration Form


 Tribute of the Muses - Art Award Nominations

This one night event celebrates and honors members of Yuma’s dynamic arts community. The event is presented by the City of Yuma’s Division of Arts and Culture and takes place on October 11, 2019 at the Yuma Art Center. The awards ceremony in the Historic Yuma Theatre is free to attend and is followed by a ticketed celebration and fundraiser for the Yuma Art Center in the galleries. The 2019 theme is “Arabian Nights.” Guests are encourage to dress in black tie or themed attire.

Nominees are generated by the public and the City of Yuma’s Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission selects the award recipients. City of Yuma Parks and Recreation employees and previous award recipients are not eligible for nomination. Nomination forms can be completed online via the links below, by emailing to Arts@yumaaz.gov, or by drop off or mail to the Yuma Art Center. Incomplete nominations will not be accepted. All nominations must be received in full by September 6, 2019 at 5:00 pm.2019

Tribute of the Muses Award Nominations
The Tribute of the Muses Award is presented to a distinguished and 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. Tribute of the Muses Award nominees should have a minimum of 5 years of arts recognition in Yuma.


Tribute Nomination Digital Form

Helios Award Nominations
The Helios Award is presented to an individual who is a recognized, up and coming voice within the Yuma arts community. Nominees may reflect acknowledged excellence in a chosen arts field, arts advocacy, philanthropy and/or arts education.


Helios Nomination Digital Form

Artist and Vendor Opportunities

Tribute of the Muses Art Award
Application Deadline: September 5, 2019 by 4:00 pm
Notification: September 20, 2019
Artwork Due: October 3, 2019
Event Date: October 11, 2019
Artwork Budget: $350.00
Description: The desired commissioned artwork will be presented to the 2019 honoree of the Tribute of the Muses Award. Now in its 19th 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.


Yuma Art Center Theatre Fellowship
Proposal Due: July 31, 2019 by 4:00 pm
Fellowship Period: August 2019 - February 2020
Production: February 12-16, 2020
Fellowship Support: $2,000
Description: The residency program will give a theatre practitioner an opportunity to develop their directorial practice with a focus on a community-responsive theatre production. This competitive, part time residency will provide the awardee with a stipend, temporary housing (if needed), technical production needs and administrative support. As a part time residency, the director is required to be available to conduct regular rehearsals and must be available for the entire week prior to and the week of performance. The rehearsal and production schedules will be determined based on the availability of the director and selected cast members.  Download 2019-2020 Theatre Fellowship Prospectus

Battle of the Bands
Submissions Due: July 19, 2019 by 4:00 pm
Bands Announced: August 2, 2019
Rehearsals: August 6-September 2019
Show Date: September 21, 2019
Description: Five to seven local and regional bands will compete for a winner takes all cash prize of $5,000 which is voted on by the audience and via an online poll. Participating bands must be available for rehearsals prior to the concert and must be available for a full technical rehearsal on September 20, 2019. The Yuma Art Center will provide technical support, including lighting and sound engineering for all bands. Open to any band, any genre from anywhere!

Download Battle of the Bands Application

Download W-9 Form

Application  Due: September 6, 2019 by 5:00 pm
Event Date: October 5, 2019 at the Yuma Civic Center
Description:  Cosplay as your favorite character with many other fans, play video games, and attend panels! Meet new friends and talk with special guest groups and cosplay judges. Play tabletop games and explore the vendor gallery for all your geek merchandise needs! Celebrate the arts and see why YumaCon is the place where comics, anime, and pop culture collide!



Rocky Horror Picture Show Auditions
Audition Date: August 20, 2019, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm (drop in, no appointment needed)
Rehearsal Period: September – October 2019 
Production Dates: October 26, 2019
Description: The performers will be showcased as a shadow cast during the Midnight Madness screening. This means actor will act out the movie in real time as it is projected on the big screen. Come prepared to act out a short scene from the film for the role of your choice. Previous experience not required. All performers must be over the age of 18 at the audition. Must be available for a technical rehearsal on October 25, 2019.


 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.

Contact Us

Yuma Art Center &
Historic Yuma Theatre
254 S. Main Street

Summer Hours (June, July and August):
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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