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Film screenings, workshops, panels, and performances tie the 2017-2018 Tempe Center for the Arts Presenting Season with the community and local artists. This programming connects the content presented by touring artists to critical conversations and arts experiences happening in the community.   

Previous Events

Urban Arts Jam
Nov 5, 2017, 12-8pm The TCA hosts its first ever TCA Jam with a 2-on-2 freestyle dance battle with live DJs Roxswift, Deejay Panic, and Fresco. The room will be filled with live visual arts by Haboobs, Suchstyles, Champ Styles and Houseone, and live dance performances by Epik Dance Company, Jukebox, and spoken word by Carress.
Career Paths, Approaches and the Journey in Hip-Hop

Nov 5, 2017, 4-5pm
Bboy House leads Rae Rae (dancer), Suchstyles (street artist), and Pierre Boogz (DJ, community activist & dancer) through a conversation about their careers in urban arts, and the social impact of their journey. 

Film Screening: “Worth the Wait” Documentary

Nov 7, 2017, 7:30-8:30pm
Next Gen Digital began documenting Phoenix-based battle, “Worth the Weight”. The format was developed by BBoy House in partnership with Johnny Castro as a way of creating an empowering and unifying platform for beginners while challenging the advanced movers. The battle style has allowed the Arizona urban arts community to grow, reshape and re-imagine the role of urban arts in Arizona. 

TCA Talks: Women in the Arts

Jan 31, 2018, 7-9pm
Join three women (playwright, Felipa Lerma, b-girl, Alexus Purnell, comedian Mary Upchurch) as they share their experiences, battles, and achievements in their artistic fields as women.

TCA Talks: Directors Chat

Mar 9, 2018, 6:30-7:30pm
Hear from Ron May, Artistic Director of Stray Cat Theatre, Tracy Liz Miller, Director of Gidion’s Knot, and Ralph Remington, Producing Artistic Director of Tempe Center for the Arts. They will share why they chose to present Gidion’s Knot as part of their season and give a behind-the-scenes look at how this play was created.

TCA Talks: The Right to Express

March 23, 2018, 6:30-7:30pm
Before experiencing the closing weekend of Gidion’s Knot, take a moment to hear a discussion between Kim Porter (writer/performer/mother), Dr. Shanna Sadeh (school psychologist), and Tiffany White (high school dance teacher/mother) as they discuss censorship, the line between reality and expression, mental health, and parent teacher relationships. 

Brazilian Drumming Workshop

Apr 7, 2018, 3-4pm
AZ Beat Lab is proud to present a hands-on Brazilian drumming workshop led by Samuel Peña (PVCC Samba). We welcome all levels of experience to join us for this one-hour workshop. Drums will be provided and no previous experience with drumming is required! Make sure to register for this workshop (max. 30 participants)

Creative Collaboration Workshop with Keith Wallace

Apr 14, 2018, 10-12pm
Actor and playwright, Keith Wallace, creator of The Bitter Game, a play about trauma, police brutality and what it means to be a black man in America, will lead a public devised theater-making workshop that utilizes artists’ individual and personal narrative to create collaborative performance pieces. No experience as an artist is required.



Julie Akerly, Arts Engagement Specialist

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