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Welcome to Tempe Arts & Culture! 

See a show, take a class, visit an exhibit or gallery in Tempe! Explore all of the creative and cultural experiences the city has to offer at Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe History Museum and Edna Vihel Arts Center. The Arts & Culture Division develops and manages the city's arts and culture programs and services including Arts Engagement and Tempe Public Art. Tempe is dedicated to enriching the lives of the local and extended community by providing life-long engagement through accessible cultural, social, and educational experiences.

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Arts & Culture Awards

Congratulations 2019 Tempe Arts & Culture Award Recipients!

These awards celebrate excellence in arts and culture by recognizing individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to arts and culture in Tempe.

Engaged Educator: Such Styles

Such Styles is a visual artist, educator and community service volunteer. He grew up in Tempe, graduated from Marcos de Niza High School, and has continued to choose Tempe as his home to raise his family. Such began mastering his ‘graffiti’ art skills in the early 1980s, and now his works can be found in permanent museum collections including the ASU Art Museum, and on walls throughout the valley. Such Styles is recognized as a pioneer in Arizona for his artistic spray paint applications resulting from 30-plus years of work in the field. His passion for community engagement has led him to share his artistic journey through K-12 art programs and community events. Currently, he is one of six teaching artists in the Studio Artists Program teaching 5th grade workshops on street art and design in Tempe Elementary Schools. Such is often found at community arts events across the valley giving demonstrations, contributing his artistic skills, exhibiting his creative works, and sharing stories about his life in the arts.

Creative Entrepreneur: Rodney Hu

Rodney Hu is the owner of Yucca Tap Room and an ardent supporter of local arts and creatives. After assuming ownership of Yucca Tap Room in Danelle Plaza from his father, Rodney has transitioned the 45-year-old establishment into a haven for musicians and artists. He has maintained his vision of providing a space for artists to explore, create, share, hone and showcase their talents by featuring live music every day of the week, and supporting community arts events at Danelle Plaza. Our community heritage owes much gratitude to people like Rodney whose small business fosters and perpetuates our shared story and the places that reflect our creative legacy.

Community Impact: Gayle Shanks & Bob Sommer (Changing Hands Bookstore)

45 years ago, Gayle Shanks and Bob Sommer established a book store that would later become an institution in the community.  Changing Hands is a cultural center that champions literary arts, and cooperates with local schools, businesses and leaders offering programs to foster creative writing in our youth and community. Changing Hands Bookstore also hosts more than 300 public events and workshops each year. Gayle and Bob can often be found in events and meetings around Tempe encouraging positive engagement and speaking out about issues that impact the community. Their work has had a lasting impact on what Tempe is today.

Cultural Connector: Evan Liggins

Evan Liggins is a creative visionary who has been a primary force in building and maintaining the local Tempe music scene for over a decade. Evan’s passion for grass-roots arts and music motivated him to participate in the founding of Tempe Art-a-Gogh-Gogh in 2010, a live event showcasing local music and art in Danelle Plaza. He has booked hundreds of local bands, artists, and DJs at these events, creating a bi-monthly showcase of who’s who in the local Tempe and Valley art and music scene. Evan has perfected the skills of envisioning innovative projects and creative bookings to create experiences uniquely ‘Tempe.’ His work inherently protects the local cultural heritage and cultivates the next generation of artists, musicians and creatives in Tempe.

Innovation: FABRIC (Angela Johnson & Sherri Barry)

The Fashion and Business Resource Innovation Center -also known as FABRIC- is a haven for anyone involved in the fashion industry. FABRIC's founders, Angela Johnson and Sherri Barry envisioned a center that would provide office space for new designers, workshops on how to enter the fashion business, event space for fashion shows, and even sewing classes. Angela and Sherri serve as mentors, networkers, collaborators and guides, supporting the aspirations of creative professionals. In less than three years, their resource center, located in downtown Tempe, has helped over 330 designers and small businesses.

Deputy Director of Arts & Culture

Ralph Remington


Administrative Assistant for Arts & Culture

Joy Higgins


TCA and its Resident Artists take a unique, collaborative approach for 2019-20 season tickets

Post Date:05/13/2019 11:00 AM

TCA and its Resident Artists take a unique, collaborative approach for 2019-20 season tickets

TEMPE, Ariz. (
May 13, 2019) – Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) is venturing into an exciting, collaborative approach to subscription ticket sales this season. A true partnership with local presenters, the Mix & Match program saves patrons 25% on tickets and gives them the flexibility to choose from TCA 19-20 Season AND Resident Artist offerings. “We are grateful for the relationships we have with our resident companies and the support of the arts community. Collectively, our goal is to create equity by providing diverse, inclusive and accessible art to the Tempe community,” says Ralph Remington, Tempe Center for the Arts’ Producing Artistic Director and Deputy Director for Tempe Arts & Culture.

 Details about the new Mix & Match program, new subscriber benefits, and list of shows are available at Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale now through the TCA Box Office, online at or by calling (480) 350-2822.

The TCA’s own 2019-20 TCA Presents season features critically-acclaimed theatre, 90’s Hip-Hop, Latin Rock, multi-platinum recording artists, a first-ever co-presentation with ASU Gammage, a 1960s drama that takes a sharp knife to American racism, and the return of Disrupt FEST, an eclectic mashup of performance art.
The full schedule is available at

 Resident Artist groups participating in the Mix & Match program include Arizona Wind Symphony, Bridge Initiative: Women In Theatre, CONDER/dance, Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series, Lakeshore Music, Scottsdale Musical Theatre Company, Stray Cat Theatre, Tempe Comedy and Tempe Winds.


TCA-338-Dutchman-Image_PLAIN final_400z250DUTCHMAN by LeRoi Jones / Amiri Baraka
October 4-19, 2019 | $25 - $38

Dutchman is a 1960s drama about a white woman and a young black man on a New York subway train who match wits in a sexualized game of cat and mouse that leads them headlong into a violent conclusion. The searing confrontation amplifies the dimensions of racial conflict in America.

November 16, 2019 | 7:30 pm | $17 - $44

Blue Note Records, considered the world’s most-respected and longest-running jazz label, brings its 80th Anniversary Celebration Tour: The State of Jazz 2019 tour to TCA. Featuring three of the hottest modern jazz artists today - vocalist Kandace Springs, Pianist James Francies, and Saxophonist James Carter and his Organ Trio - the show is a spectacular celebration of the “Current State of Jazz.”

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FLIGHT – An Immersive Theatre Installation
based on the novel Hinterland by Caroline Brothers and
adapted by Oliver Emanuel
co-presented with ASU Gammage
January 17 – February 1, 2020 | $20

Two young orphaned brothers embark on a desperate odyssey to freedom and safety. With their small inheritance stitched into their clothes, they set off on an epic journey across Europe, in a heart-wrenching road story of terror, hope, imagination and survival. Mixing graphic novel with exquisite diorama, FLIGHT draws you into its fragile miniature world and immerses you in a gripping story of two children lost in dangerous lands.

February 15, 2020 | 7:30 pm | $20 - $35

Following in his father’s footsteps, passionate Latin & jazz bandleader, Tito Puente, Jr., has joined forces with international sensations, The Rico Monaco Band to bring a high-energy concert of hits from Tito Puente, Santana, Juanes and all of the Latin Rock Legends that will have you dancing all night.


FINALDisruptFestLogoDISRUPT FEST. Live Mashup. No Boundaries.
March 20 & 21, 2020 | On Sale Soon

This year’s annual festival highlights include 90’s Hip-Hop & Freestyle legends Coolio and Rob Base and a mashup of super-charged experiences.


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featuring Coolio and Rob Base
March 21, 2020 | 7:30 pm | $20 - $30

You’re invited to an old school throwdown featuring 90’s Hip-Hop and Freestyle legends Coolio and Rob Base.


joan osborn-weepies news tileJOAN OSBORNE / THE WEEPIES
April 4, 2020 | 7:30 pm | $25 - $50; VIP $58

ONE UNBELIEVABLE NIGHT! Joan Osborne, multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time GRAMMY-nominated soulful artist, is joined by Indie-Rock singer-songwriters, The Weepies. With more than a million records sold and 100+ million streams on Spotify, the duo, who rarely tours, joins the multi-talented “One of Us” singer for a season-ending indie-rock, acoustic and soulful, night of music.

TCA offers a 25% discount for subscribers who purchase three or more shows.
Groups of 8+ - 15% off regular priced tickets.
Student tickets - $15.
Seniors & Military – $5 off per ticket.
To subscribe or purchase group tickets, contact the Box Office (480) 350-2822.

 * Prices, shows, dates, schedules, venues and artists are subject to change without notice. Fees not included.

About Tempe Center for the Arts
Tempe Center for the Arts celebrates creativity at the highest levels, drawing visitors as well as regional and national attention. Performances, activities, special events, education and exhibition programs and community outreach promote diversity and inclusion.

Since its opening in 2007, more than a million visitors have attended nearly 13,000 events.

MISSION: Tempe Center for the Arts is making waves in the desert by embracing art in all forms and all voices.

More Information: visit or follow us on social media,
Facebook: @tempecenterforthearts / Twitter & Instagram: @tempearts


Media Contact:   
Kelly Lovell-Taylor, Marketing and Public Relations Officer | Tempe Center for the Arts | 480.350.5255 | 480.528.6446 mobile |

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