REVISED: Friday, September 4, 2020, at 10 a.m.

Downloadable Guide for Returning to Performances

Closures & Cancellation Notices:

As part of Scottsdale Arts COVID-19 response, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts are closed to the public until further notice, beginning Monday, March 16, 2020.

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:
  • March 20: Jazz Lounge: With a Song in My Heart, a Tribute to Doris Day – New Date, learn more.
  • March 28: Sippin’ Series: Botanical Spirits – New Date, learn more.
  • March 29: MusicaNova – New Date, learn more.
  • March 29: Jazz Lounge: Charles Lewis Quartet featuring Alice Tatum – New Date, learn more.
  • April 15: Marc Cohn – New Date, learn more.
  • April 25: Sippin Series: Tiki Cocktails – New Date, learn more.
  • May 3: Jazz Lounge: Jazz Con Alma – New Date, learn more. .
  • May 9: Sippin Series: Aperitivo Spritzes – New Date, learn more.
  • September 25: Gregory Porter – Rescheduling – New Date TBD Spring 2021
  • October 6: Arizona Storytellers Project – Canceled
  • October 11: Scottsdale Philharmonic – Canceled
  • October 23 – 25: Alonzo King LINES Ballet – Rescheduling – New date TBD Spring 2021
  • November 8: Mavis Staples – Canceled
  • November 22: Scottsdale Philharmonic – Canceled
  • November 27 – 28: The Capitol Steps – New Date, Learn More
  • December 20: Pablo Ziegler RADIOTANGO – Canceled
  • January 22, 2021: Dance Heginbotham – Rescheduled, New Date TBD
  • January 27, 2021: Moscow State Symphony Orchestra – Canceled
  • January 30, 20201: Gershwin Piano Quartet– Canceled
  • February 28, 2021: An Afternoon with Scottsdale Chorus – Canceled
  • March 1, 2021: The TEN Tenors – 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.


Modified Operating Hours:

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Hours: CLOSED

SMoCA will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 16, 2020. This includes the Shop@SMoCA. The term of this closure is subject to change based on input from federal, state, and local public health authorities. A complete statement will be issued Monday morning regarding this closure.

For more details on SMoCA-specific hours visit:
https://smoca.org/

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Hours: CLOSED

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 16, 2020. This includes the Store @ the Center. The term of this closure is subject to change based on input from federal, state, and local public health authorities. A complete statement will be issued Monday morning regarding this closure.

For more details on Center-specific hours visit:
https://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/


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

Friday, March 20, 2020, 5 p.m.

We are neither panicked nor deterred. We are deliberate in our decision making. I am proud of our staff, board, and volunteers, all of whom have shown remarkable resolve and dedication. We are quickly adapting to the new reality of working remotely with virtual meetings and online communication tools…. 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.

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.