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Arts in the Parks

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 The Arts in the Parks program creates memorable community connections by bringing the arts to neighborhood parks. The program is initiated by residents and reflects the identity and values of the park’s community. Arts in the Parks is a city-wide program that brings the arts to several communities in Tempe throughout the year.   


Bring Arts to Your Park!

Bring Arts in the Parks to your neighborhood in Spring 2020!

Parks are selected based on resident input and geographic diversity. Let us know that you want to have this program in your neighborhood park by completing this short 5 question survey.

Arts in the Parks Community Survey

Past Events


Meyer Park, March 3, 2019

ASU School of Music community jam, middle school, college and adult jazz and bluegrass performances, rock-art lead by Meyer Montessori School and pop-art making with Angela Johnson and Gallery at TCA, and a poetry workshop.
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Scudder Park, March 22, from 5-9 p.m.

Orchestra, cello, and string performances, and art-making stations lead by Lake Park Villas and Sandcastle Neighborhood Associations. This event has also included a 3-month artist residency with Kid Zone at Rover Elementary School who have been developing the script and set design for an interactive theater performance that will take place during the event.
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Clark Park, March 24, from Noon-4 p.m.

Yoga, rock bands, recycled art-making, bike bell making led by the Tempe Bicycle Action Group, Zine-making, garden tours, an interactive temporary Public Art installation by Bobby Zokaites, and community music jam with ASU School of Music.
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Svob Park, March 27, from 5-8 p.m.

Through a partnership with the ASU Gammage Beyond Series this event will feature cultural activities, instrument making, workshops, and music with the Son Jarocho Collective, Tempe High Mariachi, and a temporary community mural.
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Goodwin Park, April 6, from 5-9 p.m.

Live music from artists featured on Tempe Playlist, a temporary community mural, flower pot decorating, and a poetry and art station. This event has also included a 3-month Public Art residency with Ann Morton, who has been collecting stories of kindness from the community to build a temporary installation in the park during the event.
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Papago Park, April 14, from Noon-4 p.m.

Live salsa and Brazilian music, drumming and dancing workshops, nature photography workshop, zine station, temporary art installation using materials from nature, and an interactive Public Art piece created by Erin V. Sotak that will move through the park during the event.
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Mitchell Park, Feb 24, 2018

The Mitchell Park Neighborhood Association and the City of Tempe will fill Mitchell Park with the Fox and Peacock Music Festival. The Fox and Peacock Music Festival aims to connect Tempe’s rich local music past with its current and future direction, right in the heart of the neighborhoods that have produced many of the greatest Tempe bands. This will create a great opportunity to showcase the neighborhood, Tempe’s strong art culture, and the continuing efforts from the city and many neighbors to continue the arts as an essential part of Tempe. More

Estrada Park Event

Estrada Park, November 18, 2017

The Estate La Colina Neighborhood Association and the City of Tempe bring an afternoon of free arts activities to Estrada park. The day will include art vendors, fitness and yoga classes, live art demonstrations by Milan Art Institute, and musical performance by The Sugar Thieves, Mill Avenue Singers, Chandler Children’s Choir, and Café Stringz Trio. More


Julie Akerly, Arts Engagement Specialist
(480) 350-5175

Maja Aurora, Director of Arts Engagement
(480) 350-5160

Shauna Warner, Neighborhood Program Manager
(480) 350-8883


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