AG2 2019 Scottsdale Arts



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Engage in the arts with AG2!

The dynamic Scottsdale Arts Young Professionals program known as AG2 (The Avant-Garde on Second Street) works to create unique educational, social and networking events in the arts all year long! Joining AG2 is a great way to meet other young people in the community who share a love of the arts, culture and community.

AG2’s mission is to promote the “art” of networking with like-minded young professionals with a central focus around the Scottsdale arts scene. We seek to use the power and inspiration of art to make a positive impact in the local community, along with supporting Scottsdale Arts and each of its four branches:

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Scottsdale Public Art
Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation

These events and volunteer opportunities provide our young professional with the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of performing, contemporary and public art, along with architecture and design, in the company of our contemporaries.

Every season at Scottsdale Arts includes art-centric mixers paired with performances, exhibitions, and live music. Additionally, we’ll have volunteer opportunities and exclusive invitations to behind-the-scenes interactions with artists.

Upcoming Events

ONE Member Preview Tours

Friday, May 7, 46 p.m.

SMoCA is excited to invite AG2 Members to its Scottsdale Arts ONE Members preview evening with an exclusive tour of the new exhibitions before they open on Saturday, May 8. Learn More and RSVP here.

Past Events

Free Admission @SMoCA

Through Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
Reserve timed-entry online

SMoCA has reopened! We missed you and are excited to (safely) welcome you back to enjoy our fall exhibitions and explore Scottsdale’s one-and-only James Turrell Skyspace. We have been hard at work creating new guidelines that allow visitors to safely enjoy the Museum. 

Summer Streams: Alassane

Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, 6 p.m.
Livestream on Facebook Live & YouTube

Make plans to join us for this free, intimate concert broadcasted on Facebook and YouTube to the comfort of your own home.

Join Alassane as he takes you on a journey through various musical soundscapes by performing his music and interpreting the works of his biggest inspirations. He’ll be joined by a band of close friends and fellow artists/musicians. Learn more.

Summer Streams: Eloni Yawn

Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, 6 p.m.
Livestream on Facebook Live & YouTube

Make plans to join us for this free, intimate concert broadcasted on Facebook and YouTube to the comfort of your own home.

Eloni Yawn uncovered her passion love for music through writing poetry at a young age. She brings her passion for music and powerful voice to every performance. From solo gigs to duets, Yawn’s live musical experiences have helped her leave her mark on the Valley’s music scene. Learn more.

Virtual Design Talk | DESIGN+Disasters: A Forensic and Future View with Patricia Moore

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, 7 p.m.
Free with RSVP
Virtual Event

Join SMoCA for this virtual artist talk with internationally renowned gerontologist and designer Patricia Moore of Moore Design Associates. Learn more.

Virtual Studio @SMoCA: Terrariums for Dry Climates with Dig It

Saturday, Aug. 22 2020, noon
Individual $20 | Pair $30
Virtual Event, a unique link will be shared 2 hours prior to event

Join experts from Dig It Gardens virtually and create your own terrarium fit for our dry Arizona climate at home. Learn more.

LIVE Quarantini and Paint Night

Thursday, July 30, 2020, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Ticket: $15 | ONE Member Ticket: $13
Virtual Event

Join local artist Kayla Newnam live in her studio for a one-of-a-kind paint night, complete with bright and colorful designs, quarantine cocktail recipes, and more—all from the comfort of your home! Learn more.

Summer Streams: Big Pete Pearson with Scotty Spenner

Friday, July 31, 2020, 6–7 p.m.
Livestream on Facebook Live & YouTube

Make plans to join us for this free, intimate concert broadcasted on Facebook and YouTube to the comfort of your own home.

Arizona’s King of the Blues, Big Pete Pearson, was only 9 years old when he gave his first performance at a local bar, and he has not left the stage since.
Learn More.

Blurring Whispers by Nicole L Olson of NicoleOlson | MovementChaos

Saturday, August 1, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Livestream on

Tune in for a livestream of Blurring Whispers, a dance performance created and performed by Nicole L Olson of NicoleOlson|MovementChaos. This special performance was created just for SMoCA and will be performed in the Museum and streamed live on SMoCA’s Twitch channel. Learn more.

SMoCA Opening Celebration

Friday, June 7, 2019, 7–9 p.m.
7374 E. Second St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Join Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and AG2 in kicking off the exciting summer exhibitions! Learn more!

AG2 signature events will be announced in September. Stay tuned for more details! A ONE Membership is the best way to get notified of what’s coming up and to get involved!

Interactive Art: An Exclusive Event at SMoCA 

Thursday, June 20, 2019, 6–8 p.m.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Free (Includes tour, food, and beverage with registration.)

Join Scottsdale Arts’ Avant Garde on Second Street as we explore the digital realm with an exclusive look at SMoCA’s summer exhibition Mutual Reality: Art on the Edge of Technology with curator Julie Ganas. This engaging tour will showcase the work of pioneering artists in the field of interactive digital art alongside emerging artists on the cutting edge of technology and art.

Before the tour, mix and mingle with young professional leaders from around the Valley, and enjoy a complimentary happy hour beverage and appetizers with advance registration. Guests who register in advance will also be entered in a drawing to win a ONE Membership to Scottsdale Arts, which includes a year of free admission to SMoCA, ticket discounts to concerts at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, and much more.

This event has reached its capacity limit.

Making Waves

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Canal Convergence VIP Lounge

Avant Garde on Second Street and Scottsdale Rising Young Professionals invite you to an exclusive happy hour at Canal Convergence.
Get an inside look at this incredible public art event with a special artist workshop and greetings from Mark Stanton, president and CEO of Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, and Dr. Gerd Wuestemann, president and CEO of Scottsdale Arts. Enjoy a complimentary happy hour drink and bites sponsored by the Herb Box.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by Friday, November 1, 2019.

Thank you to our event partners!

Scottsdale Rising Young Professionals logo
The Herb Box

AG2 Leadership Committee

Deepen your connection with the arts by joining the AG2 Leadership Committee. Members plan, organize, promote, and fundraise for AG2 signature events and receive a unique, behind-the-scenes opportunity to engage in the creative community of Scottsdale Arts.

Leadership Committee members come from diverse backgrounds and professional industries, including Yelp, Gensler, Merrill Lynch, City of Scottsdale, Nationwide, Stifel, Alliance Bank of Arizona, Western School of Science and Technology, and the Institute for Sustainable Communities.

Interested in becoming a member? E-mail Lauren Zapien for more information.

Begin with a ONE Membership!

At Scottsdale Arts, our members get it all! You’ll receive exclusive discounts and benefits for Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), as well as special invitations to Scottsdale Public Art programs and events. Our program offers a 360-degree arts experience. Learn more.