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 22, 2018 in the Historic Yuma Theatre
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
ARTbeat: April 20, 2019 on Historic Main Street
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.
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
Exhibit Date: October 20 - November 17
Opening Reception: November 3, from 10:00am to 3:00pm
This South Western exhibit features art work from artists
Pablo Garcia and son, Rene Garica.
Free to attend and open to the public.
Children's Festival of the Arts
Student Exhibit 2018
Exhibit Date: October 2 - November 24
Opening Reception: November 3,
10:00am to 3:00pm
The galleries are taken over by hundreds of works
of art created by area elementary, junior high, high school and homeschool students that are on display in all four galleries. Children's Festival of the Arts Student exhibit proudly sponsored by The Yuma Rotary Club.
The North & South Galleries features artwork created by Elementary art classes. (K-5th)
The Central Gallery features artwork created by Junior High art students. (6th - 8th)
The West Gallery features artwork created by High School art students. (9th - 12th)
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.
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.
North End Artists Co-Op
Deadline to Apply: November 1, 2018 ***Extended Deadline, open until filled.
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.
North End Art Walk
Application Deadline: November 9, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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