May 29, 2020

Clockwise from top left: Kirk Strawn and Kristina Ricci of Walter Productions lead an artist talk at Canal Convergence 2019; photo by Andrew Pielage. Artist Shizu Saldamando and Jennifer McCabe, director and chief curator of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA); photo by David Blakeman. Jacob Jonas The Company, #CamerasAnd Dancers; photo by Jake DeBruyckere (@jaquib), courtesy of Jacob Jonas The Company. Keb’ Mo’ signing the wall backstage at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts; photo by Scottsdale Arts.

Artists are Essential.

Art is Essential.

Across every branch of Scottsdale Arts, our mission is to encourage and showcase the exceptional talents of artists, musicians, and dancers—including local artists from within the Valley, as well as international, world-class artists and companies—with all in our Arizona community. For the time being, we have pivoted to an online platform while we prepare for a wild, uncharted new reality. With virtual content, courses, and concerts, we’re one of the few still able to provide work and pay for artists and for our staff (curators, designers, technicians), who make Arizona a beautiful and creative place to live, work, and visit. 

Right now, life is especially stressful. We feel it too. Scottsdale Arts, as your community arts hub, loves delivering you joy, relief, and connection—we always have. Yet the world of art is struggling. Due to the intimacy of our craft, our industry will be one of the last to fully recover from this pandemic. 

With your help, we can continue to support artists and the works of art they create for us.  

Please give a gift today—no amount is insignificant in this critical time—to the Scottsdale Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund to support artists and a future of unforgettable arts experiences in Arizona. Right now is the greatest opportunity for you to make a difference for artists and art workers in Arizona in the greatest moment of need. 

We and our community of artists thank you. Our dear friend Kirk Strawn, founder of Walter Productions (you’ll recognize his choreographed, floating, fire-breathing machines from Canal Convergence) would like to share the following message of gratitude with you. Endlessly artistic and inventive, he and his Phoenix-based company have been busy supplying frontline workers across the country with masks and protective shields created by 3D printers.

Kirk Strawn, founder of Walter Productions.

To us, art is essential. Artists are essential. Please give a give a gift to Scottsdale Arts in support of artists today.  


Erin Krivanek 
Director of Development