REVISED: Monday, November 23, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.


Photo: Dr. Gerd Wuestemann, President & CEO of Scottsdale Arts.
Photo Credit: Chris Loomis.

We’re Back . . . and We Never Really Stopped!

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 3 p.m.

We will all remember 2020 for some time to come. I can’t help but to think that 2020 will forever embody both hindsight and vision.

Scottsdale Arts started 2020 with unbridled optimism, continuing a season of great success, renewed excitement, world-class performances, record attendance, greater diversity, and more equitable access to arts experiences for the entire community… 


Modified Operating Hours:

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art:
NOW OPEN

The primary goals for our response to the COVID-19 virus are to protect public health and continue Scottsdale Arts’ vital missions of art exhibitions, events, and community engagement. This includes the utilization of ticketed timed entry to control the number of people in the museum and a requirement that all visitors wear masks.

For more details on SMoCA-specific hours and public health and safety guidelines please visit:
https://smoca.org/reopening-guidelines/

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Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts:
OPEN FOR PERFORMANCES

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts remains closed to the public during regular business operating hours but has reactivated live in person events with public health and safety protocols in place.

We are utilizing science and advice from medical professionals to determine ongoing health precautions for events in our venues, and these safety protocols will be adjusted as standards evolve and artists’ plans change. It is essential that we stay flexible and we ask that you do too.  

We are now utilizing a time-entrance schedule for all performances. See our timed-entrance protocol for the week.

For more details on Center-specific hours and public health and safety guidelines please visit:
https://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/covid-19-response/

Downloadable Guide for Returning to Performances


Closures & Cancellation Notices:

The following shows and events have been canceled or postponed at this time in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, based on guidance and direction provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), and the city of Scottsdale to ensure the safest possible conditions for our patrons and artists.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts:
  • April 15: Marc Cohn – New Date, learn more.
  • September 25: Gregory Porter – Rescheduling – New Date TBD Spring 2021
  • October 23 – 25: Alonzo King LINES Ballet – Rescheduling – New date TBD Spring 2021
  • November 10-12: Scottsdale Musical Theater presents: The Music Man – Postponed, Date TBD
  • November 22: Hooray for Harpywood – Rescheduled, date TBD
  • November 27 – 28: The Capitol Steps – New Date, Learn More
  • December 3-6: Assisted Living the Musical: The HOME for the Holidays – Canceled
  • December 5-6: Storybook Entertainment’s Celebrity Santa Soiree– Canceled
  • December 18: Conrad Tao – Canceled
  • December 20: Pablo Ziegler RADIOTANGO – Canceled
  • January 21, 2021: he Seth Rudetsky Concert Series | Eva Noblezada with Seth Rudetsky – Canceled
  • January 22, 2021: Dance Heginbotham – Rescheduled, New Date TBD
  • January 27, 2021: Moscow State Symphony Orchestra – Canceled
  • January 30, 2021: Gershwin Piano Quartet– Canceled
  • January 30-31, 2021: Cactus Flower Story Hour – Canceled
  • February 10-11, 2021: Kodo – Canceled
  • February 28, 2021: An Afternoon with Scottsdale Chorus – Canceled
  • March 1, 2021: The TEN Tenors – Canceled
  • March 10, 2021: Yotam Ottolenghi – Canceled
  • March 3, 2021: Hitting New Heights | Starring Mandy Gonzalez & Javier Muñoz – Canceled
  • March 13, 2021: Altan with Special Guests from Donegal – Canceled
  • March 27, 2021: Bessie, Billie, & Nina — Pioneering Women in Jazz – Canceled
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art:
  • March 27: Mystery in the Museum: The Case of the Cursed Collector, New Date, Learn More
  • April 4: Dog Days @SMoCA, New Date, Learn More
  • All docent schedules and docent meetings are canceled until further notice
Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation:
  • All docent schedules and docent meetings are canceled until further notice

For regular updates on closures and cancellations, please monitor this website.


Archived Collection of Cancellations Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts:

  • March 20: Spanish Brass with Chano Domínguez and José Moreno – Canceled
  • March 21: Opening Reception for “Sister Cities: Young Artists and Authors Showcase” – Canceled
  • March 21: Paris! The Show – Canceled
  • March 22: Sunday A’Fair – Canceled
  • March 27: Jazz Lounge: Bossa Nova 77—A Tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim – Canceled
  • March 29: Sunday A’Fair – Canceled
  • April 4: Arizona Jazz Day – Canceled
  • April 6: ASU Concerts @ The Center: ASU Gospel Choir and Chamber Winds – Canceled
  • April 7: Arizona Storytellers: Home – Canceled
  • April 11: Live & Local: Las Chollas Peligrosas – Canceled
  • April 11: Live & Local: Alassane – Canceled
  • April 14: Excursions with Scottsdale Arts: Santa Fe – Canceled
  • April 14: Talk Cinema – Canceled
  • April 18: Scottsdale Culinary Festival – Canceled
  • May 2: The Soul of Mexico – Canceled
  • May 15: The SunPunchers – Canceled
  • May 15: Courtney Cotter King – Canceled
  • May 16: The Art of Wine and Tastes of Summer presented by AJ’s Fine Foods – Canceled

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art:

  • March 17 – April 4: Spun Chair Nights @SMoCA
  • March 20 and April 4: Insight Art Tours

Scottsdale Public Art:

April 4: Cycle the Arts

Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation / Scottsdale Public Art:

  • March 23: Friendship Abstractions at Scottsdale Civic Center Library
  • March 26-April 6: Life Stories Writing Workshop
  • March 25: Unbe-WEAVE-able! Workshop
  • April 15: Sustainable Design in the Modern World: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation at Appaloosa Library

Rental Events

  • March 22: S.T.A.R.S.: Survivors Take a Real Stage
  • March 27: Phoenix Symphony: Mendelssohn and Schumann 3
  • March 31 – April 1: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • April 2: Man/Woman of the Year
  • June 13: Taiko Extravaganza 2020—Flower of Life

A Note From Scottsdale Arts CEO | Gerd Wuestemann

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 3 p.m.

We will all remember 2020 for some time to come. I can’t help but to think that 2020 will forever embody both hindsight and vision. Scottsdale Arts started the year with unbridled optimism. But 2020 became a year of unprecedented challenges. And it became a year that proved the extraordinary resilience of our staff….Read More

Scottsdale Arts Festival is Canceled | Letter from the CEO

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 5 p.m.

It is with great sadness and reluctance that I must inform you that we decided to cancel this weekend’s performances at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and our 50th Scottsdale Arts Festival. We will reassess the situation daily and send further notifications about upcoming events…. Read More


REVISED: Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 9:00 p.m.

Scottsdale Arts is following recommended protocols outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), and the city of Scottsdale to ensure the safest possible conditions for our patrons and artists.

Hours of Operation

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts hours have been impacted. Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, both facilities will be closed to the public. The term of this closure will be subject to input and direction from federal, state, and local public health authorities. A more detailed statement will be issued on Monday, March 16, 2020, at which time this page will be revised. You may also always contact our Patron Services team at 480-499-8587 to confirm our current hours.

Upcoming Events

At this time, Scottsdale Arts has made voluntary cancellations, postponed some events, and had two performances canceled due to the European travel ban. Scottsdale Arts will continue to monitor the conditions within our community to determine if further cancellations or date changes are required. If not listed above or otherwise notated or communicated, all ticketed events, performances, and exhibitions will proceed on schedule. To confirm performance dates and times, please visit https://scottsdalearts.org/events/ or visit one of our branch websites.

If and when it becomes necessary to cancel additional events in the Scottsdale Arts family of organizations, we will notify ticket-holders and our community immediately via the website, email, and social media.

This website will contain any new notices that are issued by Scottsdale Arts regarding programming decisions. Please use this website as a resource for all things Scottsdale Arts.

Immediate Measures

In the interest of public health and safety, given the potential spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the following measures have already been taken.

  • Hand-washing stations and public bathrooms are open to the public during operating hours.
  • CDC-approved signs have been installed in all public restrooms to remind our community to wash hands and to encourage safe and healthy practices.
  • We are working to provide additional hand sanitizer stations for public use.
  • Our facilities team is doing its part by increasing the frequency of rotations to clean and disinfect public spaces within all Scottsdale Arts facilities. This includes both Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

All measures outline above have either been implemented or are in the process of coming online this week to address growing concerns.

Your Safety

If you are exhibiting signs of infection, are a member of a high-risk population, or are simply uncomfortable with the notion of attending an event in a public space, then we ask that you act in the interest of your health and safety. Scottsdale Arts will be monitoring all health authority directives to ensure we’re doing everything possible to create a safe environment for our patrons. We encourage every member of our community to consider their own health and safety before making the decision to attend an event.

Unable to Attend a Ticketed Event?

Scottsdale Arts standard ticketing policies regarding refunds remain in effect at this time. Due to the nature of the events presented by Scottsdale Arts, many are single-night engagements. As a result, we are unable to reschedule or rebook patrons into the same event on a new date. Refunds will not be issued on any currently ticketed events, but if you are unable to attend due to illness or immediate health concern pertaining to COVID-19, Scottsdale Arts will provide other opportunity for our patrons.

  • Place the value of your ticket on account for use toward a different show later in our current season or next season.
  • Patrons can choose to donate their tickets to students, teachers, or veterans for use in the same show.
  • Tickets may also be donated back to Scottsdale Arts as a charitable contribution to support the work our nonprofit does in the community, enriching the lives of students in schools across the Valley.
  • A ticket may be converted into a membership that could provide benefits, including discounts on future ticketed events and free admission to Scottsdale Arts Festival, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and other exciting benefits.

Contact the Scottsdale Arts Patron Services team at 480-499-8587 to discuss your options and take action, if needed, to adjust your existing order. Our team will work hard to ensure we offer every possible option, but please be advised that our standard refund policy is still in effect.

Mailed Tickets

Tickets with ‘Mail to Me’ delivery will not be mailed until one (1) month before the performance date. If you have made your order within the month window, your tickets will be mailed out within the next two (2) business days. We are experiencing higher than usual mail delivery delays due to USPS. Please anticipate five (5) business days for your tickets to arrive. If you select mail delivery within five (5) days of your performance date the ticket(s) will automatically be added to Will Call.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we all work together to navigate a growing health concern impacting the lives of many of our friends, family members, and colleagues around the world. Scottsdale Arts will continue to serve our community as you have come to expect by providing amazing arts experiences and high-caliber performances from renowned artists. We appreciate you being a member of our extended arts family and wish you well.

For more detailed information on measures you can take in your own home, visit CDC.gov.