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 .
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, Yuma Art Center is currently closed and all events and programs have been postponed or cancelled. Below is the projected reopening plan with the optimistic date of August 11, 2020.
The Yuma Art Center is preparing to welcome the community back to the facility. 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.
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 email@example.com. For general inquiries about the Yuma Art Center, please contact Arts@yumaaz.gov.
On Display in the Galleries:
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.
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.
Artist and Vendor Opportunities
Vendor Information and Presentation
Calling for Nominations
Nominations now open for Tribute of the Muses
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!
SAVE THE DATE – for awards will be announced October 9, 2020 for the 20th Annual Tribute of the Muses!
All nominees will be contacted to confirm their willingness to be recognized for their contributions.
Calling all Artists
Tribute of the Muses 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.
Calling all Bands
Battle of the Bands Application
Deadline to submit: August 7, 2020
Please submit all materials to Arts@YumaAz.govCalling all bands!
Send us a video of your best 5 minutes! Selected bands will compete in a virtual concert via social media from a recorded set in the Historic Yuma Theatre.
Due to the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID 19 pandemic, the Yuma Art Center staff will be flexible with each band’s needs and provide full technical support, a professional photoshoot, and recorded set.
DOWNLOAD Battle of the Bands Application Fill Form
Call for Theatre Fellowship Proposals
Theatre Fellowship 2020-2021 Call for Proposals
Application Deadline: July 31, 2020 by 4 pm
About the Dinner Theatre Production:
Each February, during the week of Valentine’s Day, the Yuma Art Center presents a full-length dinner theater production in the Yuma Art Center galleries. The center’s central gallery is transformed into a unique performance space with a stage and set built completely for the customized needs of the given production. The 2021 production will mark 11 years of dinner theater productions at the Yuma Art Center, noting that the production has sold out for nine consecutive years.
How to apply:
Applicants must submit a proposal in the form of a one-page document by 4 pm July 31 to Arts@YumaAz.gov with the subject line of “Theater Fellowship Application.”
The proposal should include a brief description of the production as well as a brief description of the applicant’s specific direction and design for the production. Along with the proposal, applicants must submit an artistic resume and two professional references. The Division of Arts and Culture will select the fellowship recipient through a competitive application process.
What the theater fellow will receive:
A $2,000 stipend.
Administrative support to include marketing, ticketing, production royalties and scripts.
Technical production support to include lighting, sound, set, properties and costumes.
Temporary housing assistance (if needed).
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): ***CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID 19
Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
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