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.
NOW OPEN! 2020 Arts & Culture Award Nomination
These awards celebrate excellence in arts and culture by recognizing individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to arts and culture in Tempe.
Due to Covid-19, award recipients will be contacted and posted on this webpage in-lieu of award presentations at a public event.
Engaged Educator: Such Styles
Creative Entrepreneur: Rodney Hu
Community Impact: Gayle Shanks & Bob Sommer (Changing Hands Bookstore)
Cultural Connector: Evan Liggins
Innovation: FABRIC (Angela Johnson & Sherri Barry)
Experience the Season at Tempe Center for the Arts
There's something for everyone
Experience the Season at Tempe Center for the Art
There's something for everyone
TEMPE, Ariz. – The holidays just got a little brighter with these free holiday events at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA). Come check out a movie with family and friends, shop local at the Holiday Art Boutique or purchase tickets to newly announced holiday shows.
Holiday Movies at TCA
Everyone is welcome to check out these holiday classics. In addition, enjoy holiday crafts, a photo booth and food and beverage for purchase. Seats are first-come, first-served.
Arrive early, doors open at 3:30 pm.
December 7 | 4:00 pm | Free
“A Christmas Story”
Infamous tale of Ralphie Parker and his red rider air rifle ... or at least his efforts to get it. Rated PG
December 14 | 4:00 pm | Free
“A Muppet’s Christmas Carol”
Muppet characters retell the Charles Dickens Classic, A Christmas Carol. Rated G
December 21 | 4:00 pm | Free
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
The 1964 classic; a misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them. Rated G
After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father. Starring Will Ferrell (Buddy), James Caan (Walter Hobbs).
Mythology Ornament Making
December 14 & 21 | 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Free
Stop by the gallery before the movie and create your own mythology themed ornament. What comes to mind when you think of mythology? Dragons? Unicorns? Use your imagination and make an ornament to take home.
Holiday Art Boutique
December 14 & 21 | 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free
Shop the Tempe Center for the Arts Holiday Art Boutique, Saturday, Dec 14 and Saturday Dec 21 from 3 – 9 pm. Discover made by hand holiday ornaments and cards, stocking stuffers, fine and craft jewelry, glass and metal work, scarves, mosaics all created by local artists. The holiday boutique is a collaboration with TCArt Shop Artists.
Looking to make a new holiday tradition? Check out these newly announced shows that appeal to all ages.
Rhythmic Circus: Holiday Shuffle
December 14 | 7:30 pm
$25, $35, $45 Adult / $20 Child (12 and under)
This season, don’t miss out on a wildly-imaginative, “not-so-silent night” the whole family can celebrate together. A perfectly un-traditional holiday experience for the entire family — four world-renowned hoofers and a swingin’ seven-piece band inject the signature Rhythmic Circus style of rapid-fire tap into upbeat holiday classics. The troupe has performed their productions in more than 250 cities worldwide. Notable national performances include the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., an extended off-Broadway run at New York’s New Victory Theater, and the American reality television series “America’s Got Talent.”
December 21 | 7:30 pm | $25, $35, $45 Adult / $20 Child (12 and under)
6:00 pm pre-show reception included with ticket
The enormously entertaining five-piece a cappella group, VoicePlay, brings magic to the season with their unique sound. With creative twists on holiday classics, inventive renditions of modern hits, and imaginative, hilarious theatrics using nothing but the human voice, VoicePlay is set to rock the house with an explosion of holiday fun. For an evening filled with harmony, humor, and heart, don’t miss VoicePlay’s Warm Up.
VoicePlay is an award-winning a cappella quintet based in Orlando, FL. The group has been featured on National Radio and TV throughout the US, including finalists on Season 4 of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” They are the winners of the 2019 A Cappella Music Awards – Pop Group of the Year and 2019 Shorty Awards Finalists for YouTube - Musician of the Year.
Additional Holiday programming available at TCA, for tickets visit: tempecenterforthearts.com/holiday or call (480) 350-2822.
Performance with a View: ASU Saxophone Studio
10:00 am | FREE
Arizona Wind Symphony: ‘Tis the Season Holiday Concert
7:00 pm | $12 & $15
Mike Massé in concert
7:30 pm | $30
Flat 9 Entertainment: Phoenix Amplified Jazz Experience presents Violinist Ken Ford
8:00 pm | $40
Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series: The Jasper Quartet
2:30 pm | $30 Adults / $10 Students
Tempe Comedy Series: Jonathon Gregory and special guests
7:30 pm | $12 - $25
EDGE: When I Fell in Love with Black Women: Holiday Edition
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | FREE
Tempe Comedy Series: Class Clowns
7:30 pm | $12 - $25
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 www.tempecenterforthearts.com or follow us on social media,
Facebook: @tempecenterforthearts / Twitter & Instagram: @tempearts