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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 Yuma Art Center is home to the Division of Arts and Culture which 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 Recreation Commission .

As a local arts agency, the Yuma Art Center is committed to building a healthy, vibrant, and diverse arts community in the greater Yuma area. To do so, the Division of Arts and Culture works closely with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Arizona Citizens for the Arts, Americans for the Arts, American Alliance of Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts, and many regional arts and culture agencies on a variety of initiatives across the industry.  

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, Yuma Art Center is currently open by appointment or pre-registered class. All events, including performances in the Historic Yuma Theatre are cancelled or postponed. 

The Yuma Art Center is excited to welcome the community back to the galleries and gift shop. As we navigate the reopening process, know that the health and safety of our visitors and staff is our central focus. Advanced appointments will be needed to enter and view the gallery exhibits and gift shop. Tickets will be available for online reservations in one week installments, beginning with our projected reopening date of August 11, 2020.  Visiting the center is completely free, however we are accepting donations and have  a suggested donation of $5.00 per visitor. 

Guidelines to a safe and excellent experience:
·Face coverings are required for visitors and staff. Face coverings must cover both nose and mouth at all times while inside the facility.
·A limited amount of visitors will be allowed in the galleries at a single time and social distancing will be encouraged.
·The gift shop and restrooms will be available for visitors.
·Hand sanitizer will be available for visitors.
·The facility will receive regular and frequent cleaning between visits.
·Please do not come to the center if you are not feeling well or exhibiting any symptoms related to COVID-19 (including fever, cough, chills, etc).
·Remember that you should never touch art when at a museum-- let’s keep the art safe too!

Although visiting the center is completely free, donations of any amount are accepted and greatly appreciated. Now more than ever the Yuma Art Center needs your support to continue our mission of providing unique arts opportunities to the community. Please consider a donation to the arts when make a reservation.  The Historic Yuma Theatre will remained closed to the public, but now is a great opportunity to contribute to our Adopt a Chair fund to ensure the theatre stays standing for another 100 years.  If you are interested in a donation to the center or to learn about our sponsorship opportunties, please contact Arts and Culture Program Manager, Lindsay Benacka at lindsay.benacka@yumaaz.gov. For general inquiries about the Yuma Art Center, please contact Arts@yumaaz.gov. 

 Download Adopt a Chair Program Fill Form



On Display in the Galleries:


Heroes United:

Featuring artwork by Vincent Alvendia, Ryan Cody, Zybrena Crawford, Day Antone Duran, Thomas Fernandez, Tyler Ledwell, Magnus Titanium, Amelie Nash, Jojo Seames, and Melissa Yee.


Inverted Perspective: 
Drawings by Luke Kruse

This collection of drawings is meant to inspire others to open their minds and view art from a new and unusual perspective. While the drawings themselves may seem confusing and abstract at first, by inverting the colors through a smartphone camera, one can see the final product that was there in front of them all along. Through a technological medium, red can become blue, white can become black, and the true image of amazing characters, heroes, settings, and posters will be brought to life. These drawings are meant to illustrate how art and wonder can be found all throughout our world. All we need to do is view our world from different perspectives with open minds.

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. ***The Yuma Art Center is not currently booking rentals or hosting events, however we are able to provide estimates and save the dates for 2021 events. For more information, please contact Events Specialist, Corinna Currier at Corinna.Currier@yumaaz.gov.

Yuma Art Center Rental Packages


Upcoming Events and Ticketing

Historic yuma theatre seating chart    

Register for Classes     



20th Annual Tribute of the Muses 

Nominations Are Open
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!

All nominees will be contacted to confirm their willingness to be recognized for their contributions.

Download Tribute Nomination 2020 Form Fill

Download Helios Nomination 2020 Fill Form


About the Event

Virtual Ceremony - Drive Through Red Carpet - Gala-At-Home Kits
Save the Date: Friday, October 9, 2020
6:00 - 7:00 pm: Drive Through Red Carpet/Kit Pick Up
8:00 pm: Virtual Ceremony

Tribute of the Muses is typically the biggest night of the year for the Yuma Art Center and trying to keep it that way! Event details are still in the works, but rest assured we'll still be celebrating! The ceremony will be broadcast online for home viewing, but we're still inviting everyone to get dressed up for our Drive Through Red Carpet! We're decking out the parking lot and inviting you to drive up to the back of the Yuma Art Center (by our beloved MOMO mural), hop out and take a picture, pick up a Gala-At-Home Kit and then head home for a watch party! Formal or thematic attire encouraged! Be sure to take pictures of your watch party and tag us @YumaArtCenter and #TributeoftheMuses2020

Gala At Home Kit for 2 people ($60) or 4 people ($100). Presale only. All proceeds to benefit the Yuma Art Center. Purchase your kit directly here, on YumaArtCenter.com, or over the phone at 928-373-5202.Kits will include: your choice of entrée and beverage, Caesar salad, French baguette, assorted treats, circus themed party supplies, and commemorative Tribute of the Muses memorabilia. Catering provided by River City Grill and treats from A Pop Above.

Entrée choices:
Herb Crusted Chicken Dijon: Served with a cilantro pesto penne pasta and veggies.
Blackened Salmon: Columbia River Steelhead filet served with rice, beans and fresh salsa.
Vegetarian Coconut Curry: A medley of grilled veggies served over jasmine and basmati rice in a coconut shell w/ a mildly spicy Thai curry sauce. (GF)

Beverage choices: Merlot, Chardonnay, Prosecco, or Martinelli’s. Age verified at pick up. 

Bid It to Win It: Silent Art Auction
About: The Tribute of the Muses Annual Art Auction is still a go! This is our biggest auction to date with nearly 100 works of art donated by local and regional artists up for grabs! You can visit the auction in our West Gallery by making a gallery reservation and place your bid in person. Also keep an eye on our Facebook page which has a photo album where you can make a bid directly on the photo. If you find a piece you really want, you can also bid via the Buy-It-Now option. The auction will open to the public on September 8th and will run until October 16th--- so you have plenty of time to peruse the artwork and make your bids! Tribute of the Muses is the ONLY fundraiser for the Yuma Art Center. All funds raised through the art auction, ticket sales, and sponsorships go directly towards supporting programs at the Yuma Art Center.

Calling for Artists

 Tribute of the Muses Art 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.

DOWNLOAD Tribute of the Muses Award Application Fill Form



We All Count - Youth Art Competition

Description: Create a work of art under the theme of
“We All Count” to help encourage all families in Yuma
to complete the Census!

How it works:
1. Send an image of your child’s submission to Arts@yumaaz.gov or exchange your artwork for a free ice cream at one of the City of Yuma Census Parades.
2. All images will be posted on the City of Yuma’s Parks andRecreation Facebook page for the community to view.
3. All images that have been received by September 16th will be in the running to win fun prizes, including a gift basket of art supplies!

1. Participants must be in grades K-12.
2. Limit one work of art per child.
3. Make sure your household has filled out the Census!

Children and Family Resources about the Census can be found here: 


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): ***CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID 19
Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm  
Fall/Spring Hours (September through May): ***CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID 19
Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm


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