Photo: Laura Hales


Each year, Visions brings together 42 high school art students from diverse Maricopa County high schools for a yearlong series of activities designed to cultivate artistic skills, collaboration and civic engagement. The program is based on a strong community partnership between Scottsdale Arts and participating schools that represent economically, ethnically and culturally diverse communities. To date, nearly 900 students have graduated from the program.

Photo: Laura Hales

Students visit exhibitions, attend workshops and gallery talks by outstanding local and national artists, collaborate on arts projects, participate in communication workshops and diversity discussions, and exhibit their work in Scottsdale Arts’ Young@Art Gallery.

For more information about this invitational program, contact Laura Hales, curator of education,


The most beneficial aspect of Visions, for me, was to widen my view of the art world. [Visions] helped me to confirm that I want to continue making art and show my community the importance of teaching art to children and teens. Art helped me grow as a person and I think it helped others, too. — Student, Visions 17-18

Save the Date: Visions 20th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, April 5, 2019, 7–9 p.m.
SMoCA Lounge

Visions is celebrating 20 years of arts experiences this year! We invite all previous participants, teachers, artists, or anyone interested in seeing what Visions has done for teens over the years. Stay tuned for more detailed information!