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.

Past Events

The 2019–2020 season 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.

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 

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019
Time: 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Location: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Cost: 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

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Location: Canal Convergence VIP Lounge
Cost: Free

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.