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 12-16, 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.
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
ARTbeat 13 is postponed until further notice.
Event Date: TBD
Time: 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Historic Main Street
Description: ARTbeat is an award winning juried fine arts festival that fills Historic Downtown Yuma with art! Celebrating its 13th year, this festival is named for our favorite news beat and is annually attended by thousands of visitors.
Types of Booths: What are we looking for: Hopefully, you! ARTbeat is indeed focused around fine and performing arts, but there are lots of opportunities for all sorts of vendors, non-profits, and businesses to participate. Please see the list below with the three different types of booths applications for ARTbeat, but if you don’t see anything relevant to you—please let us know, we still may be able to host you at the event.
Fine Art Booth: Artists selling or showcasing artwork that is of original idea and assembly, not machine or commercially made. Including, but not limited to: painting, ceramics, drawing, fiber art, glass art, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood, etc. Eligible for juried awards.
Community or Craft Booth: Booths that will promote a business, non-profits, or schools, host an activity, or sell crafts, soaps, candles, body products, commercially printed products, manufactured artwork, etc. Not eligible for juried awards. Contact us for the vendor application at Arts@yumaaz.gov.
Food or Beverage Booth. Booths that will sell food made on site in a booth or truck (tacos, fry-bread, crepes, bbq, etc), or prepared food (hot sauce, salsa, jam, etc), non-alcoholic drink booths (fresh squeezed lemonade, slushies, etc), dessert booths (ice cream, candy, etc). Local Health and Fire Department Rules Apply. Alcohol will be sold solely by the Yuma Art Center. Not eligible for juried awards. Contact us for the vendor application at Arts@yumaaz.gov.
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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