How do I book an event at the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA)?
Where is the TCA located?
The TCA is centrally located in the heart of the Phoenix Metropolitan area at 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway – east of Priest Drive and Rio Salado Parkway on the south bank of Town Lake.
How big is TCA and what are its features?
The 88,000 square-foot facility features a theater, studio, gallery, banquet/meeting room, donor lounge, an on-site, full-service box office, theatrical and administrative support areas, two dedicated catering areas, arts retail space, a lounge and a 17-acre art park.
What do I need to know about the Theater?
Theater - At the heart of the TCA is a 600-seat performance hall able to accommodate dance, drama, small scale opera, musical theater, orchestral performances and solo recitals. The auditorium incorporates four seating levels - an orchestra level, parterre and two balconies. To the sides of the auditorium, boxes extend and nearly connect to the stage. Above the forestage, an overhead grid allows suspension of scenery, lighting and sound equipment. A state-of-the-art computerized control system offers maximum flexibility for theatrical lighting and the latest in audio-video and communication systems technology.
What is the Studio?
The 200-seat studio is characterized by flexibility with two levels of surrounding space for technical staging or audience seating. It can be configured in a flat floor, thrust, arena, end stage or cabaret design or be fashioned as an art gallery. Overhead are a series of production catwalks, above which is a network of rigging beams allowing the suspension of scenery in any part of the room.
How big is the Gallery
The main room for showcasing visual art is a 3,500 square-foot gallery that engages visitors with both two- and three-dimensional artwork. A journey through the gallery leads to an enclosed outdoor sculpture garden where larger artworks will be highlighted. Exhibitions are free.
Does TCA have a banquet room?
Lakeside is a 3,400 square-foot meeting room that is available for banquets, weddings, receptions, rehearsals, presentations, lectures and much more.
Tell me about the grounds around the center.
A 17-acre art park surrounds the center, complementing the breathtaking views of the adjoining Rio Salado and nearby Papago Mountains. Visitors can stroll lakeside paths that wind through the Rio Salado, enjoy a quiet moment at the Tempe Garden Club Pavilion or be entertained at events at the lakeside amphitheater.
Is there any public art available for viewing?
From a fire piece to lobby carpeting to a reflecting pool, the TCA celebrates the architecture and unique location of the building through the commission of works by outstanding regional and national artists. A 5,700-square foot sculpture garden is located outside of the gallery and celebrates the rebirth and development of Rio Salado.
How is the TCA funded?
Tempe voters passed Proposition 400 in May 2000, which dedicated a 1/10 percent sales tax to provide funding for development, construction and operation of the center. Funding consists of $63 million for the art center and $2.7 million for the adjacent art park. The sales tax, estimated to generate $65 to $69 million capital project capacity for the facility and surrounding improvements, went into effect in January 2001.