Exhibits, Performance, Events
Transforming community through the arts:
March 18, 2023 – IGNiGHT: The Art of Burning Man
IGNiGHT: The Art of Burning Man
Saturday March 18, 12 Noon TO 11 PM
Tickets: $10 adults, Children free
Sponsored by AZ Burners, Roosevelt ArtWorks and Alwun House Foundation, IGNIGHT is an all-ages, interactive art experience and celebration of the 11 Principles of AZ Burners. Learn about this unique culture through:
• Dancing to local live DJs • Warming up to sizzling flame effects • Climbing on a mutant art car • Interacting with unique art pieces – or bring your own • Expressing yourself in your most radical outfit • And much much more!
If you’ve ever wondered what Burning Man is all about, join us on March 18th and get a little closer to the flame.
Grab your ticket now, and join us for an hour or all day and into the evening!
This is an all-ages event open to anyone interested in the art and culture of Burning Man. Please recognize the 11 Principles of AZ Burners while pARTicipating. What are the 11 Principles?
• Radical Inclusion • Gifting • Decommodification • Radical Self-reliance • Radical Self-expression • Communal Effort • Civic Responsibility • Leaving No Trace • Participation • Immediacy • Consent
IGNiGHT and the Art of Burning Man.
“IGNiGHT is unlike anything else,” says founder Kristin Wesley. “In 2019, we created a gallery opening spectacle. Since then, we’ve taken pARTicipants on an immersive safari of interactive art experiences, both virtually and physically, celebrating the 11 Principles of AZ Burners and showcasing the amazing work of Arizona’s burner artists!”
Burning Man, the annual gathering of 70,000 “burners” in the Black Rock Desert of northern Nevada, has gained increasing acceptance in the broader arts community and mainstream culture.
Arizona alone is home to more than 4,500 “Burners” who gather throughout the year to coordinate activities, volunteer opportunities, community outreach events and Arizona’s own version of the Burning Man event called Saguaro Man.
In 2018, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC., punctuated the trend with its No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man exhibition.
“Burning Man has been an incubator for new experiential art forms that inspire viewer engagement and interaction,” said Scottsdale’s Katherine Thatcher, an independent art appraiser and consultant formerly of the Smithsonian and Sotheby’s London.
April 1, 2023 – A Night of Misfit Films Fundraiser
A Night of Misfit Films Fundraiser
April 1, 2023, 6:00pm doors open — Screen Times 7:15-9:15 — Filmmaker Panel: 9:20-9:45
Tickets $20 advance — $25 door
The evening will showcase 15 films of multiple genres all less than 15 minutes long, all from Arizona based filmmakers and producers. All filmmakers will be in attendance so you can meet and ask them questions about their films.. Refreshments, popcorn & refreshments available. Tickets are $20, this fundraiser is for ANOMFF 2023. So that they can bring you three perfect nights of fanatic Film Festival, food and drinks in November 2023.
- Local Filmmakers
- Local Poet Lara Garcia, founder Ink Stree Publishing (It’s National Poetry Month)
- Grand Canyon Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
- Master of Ceremonies: Marshall Shore, Arizona’s Hip Historian
- Raffles y mas!
Show goes on rain or shine.
Producers: Full Figure Production & Apoulit Production
Distribution Channels: We Film Festivals & FearCon Foundation
April 7-14, 2023 Salon des Enfants
30th Salon des Enfants
First Friday April 7 – Opening, 6-10pm
Phoenix Elementary School District’s Juried Youth Art Show & Sale. There will be approximately 300 juried pieces made by students in the 5th through 8th grades, representing 16 Schools, and 18 teachers. Art is displayed Salon-style, and sold right off the wall; including sculpture, ceramics, painting and photography. All art sold for $25 right off the wall, on a first come basis, replaced with yet another piece – with 100% going to the student artist.
One of the exhibit founders, John Avedisian (retired art teacher), says “the goal was to give students the experience and excitement of a real gallery setting, surrounded by parents, teachers, neighbors and civic leaders. The exhibit rewards months of effort developing positive self-expression.” For many it will be a first time seeing their art on display in a gallery. For others it will be the first time they’ve seen an art exhibit.
Second Friday, April 14 Artists Reception Free 3:30 – 5:30pm. Cookies and punch provided.
The public is invited to witness firsthand the enthusiasm and pride of downtown’s first Elementary School District’s colorful Art Departments and performance programs perseverance in the face of cutbacks in funding. A public presentation of the performing arts too with School Band, Dance, and Musical Performances
April 21, 2023 Oliverio Balcells Solo exhibit
ARTISTS RECEPTION: Friday, April 21, 7pm, Musical Performance at 8pm.
Oliverio Balcells is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes painting, music, murals, mosaic art, films, photography, being a teaching artist and a scholar of the ancient Mesoamerican cultures.
Come celebrate and enjoy a retrospective view through different expressions during his artistic career, including painting, music, video, mixed media and mosaic art.
Oliverio will interpret musical compositions of his own inspiration with varied styles ranging from pop – folk rock, electronic and classical guitar. We will also celebrate another year of the artist’s life together at this event.
April 29, 2023, Roll For Initiative
Silver String Circus: Roll For Initiative
Tickets: $14 advance, $20 door, Doors open at 7pm Show at 8pm
Join Silver String Circus for a night of sideshow, magic, music, improv, and most importantly – DUNGEONS & DRAGONS! Grab those D20s and your favorite wizard robes, because this ragtag group of adventurers needs your help on a quest of magnificent proportions! This is a night of nerdy fun unlike any you’ve experienced before. You and your party will be wowed with a circus show full of grace and danger, serenaded by the voice of angelic bards, graced with house libations, and included in the story through improv games led by a professional Game Master – um – we mean host. Your incredible cast for the evening includes: –Vidanna, Asher Fang, Kendra Foti, Benny James, Hayl the Widow, and Rosie Thorne!
Don’t miss out on this unique experience for gaming and fantasy enthusiast of all ages! Tickets are limited so buy yours while they last!
Mayor Greg Stanton, stressed the importance of artists in bringing downtown Phoenix the success it experiences today. “Art is a gift,” Stanton said. “We wouldn’t have the momentum that we have, the other good things we have, without the artists.” He praised artists for helping make downtown what it is today and seeing potential in areas others did not, including himself. “Anytime you see me at a groundbreaking for some new development, be clear: I’m thinking about the artists that help find the beautiful nooks and crannies in our town … you are our eyes and ears. As we look at pioneers Alwun House — Kim Moody (Founder 1971) and Dana Johnson” “You were here first, and everything else we’ve done is on your shoulders.” Alwun House appreciates Mayor Stanton’s inclusion of artist and gallery owners in inter-departmental city planning.
“I love this place! And fell in love with The Alwun House back when I was in the 7th grade. My first piece was sold here. It was a still life done w pastels entered by Mrs. Wilnow, my art teacher. Years later my son Victor Solis while still in elementary school, also had his art exhibited and proudly sold 5 pieces of art. He is now 16 and a sophomore at North. Proud to say we are artists at heart. Thank you Alwun House for the beautiful memories and the opportunities given.”
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