Sedona Arts Center Inc

Sedona Arts Center is a cultural nonprofit serving Northern Arizona. Founded almost 60 years ago to make the arts a vital part of life in the Verde Valley, our organization offers diverse educational and cultural programs for everybody. We serve as a creative resource, partner, and driver of creative programming. And we always work to develop, promote and advance the artists, performers, creative producers, and educators around us.

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It's All About Dennis-and other amazing arts educators!

This year, Sedona Arts Center has a truly special twist for Arizona Gives Day. It just so happens that our own favorite ceramics teacher, Dennis Ott, is a finalist for the 2017 Governor's Arts Awards in the individual educator category-to be presented on May 4 in Phoenix. As long-serving head of our Ceramics Department, nobody has done more to champion the Arts Center, share the creative process, and foster community outreach than Dennis.

To thank and honor his undeniably creative spirit, we're making our 2017 Arizona Gives Day appeal all about Dennis. Please consider pledging a gift with a message to one of our own-or a few words about the teachers and artists who inspire you. Your Arizona Gives Day contribution to the Arts Center will add a new layer to Dennis Ott's state-wide honor-and help the Art Barn ceramics studio glow even brighter.

Every day Sedona Arts Center is making a difference by nurturing creative discovery, learning and sharing through arts education and artistic development. Now more than ever, your investment means the world to Sedona Arts Center. The School of the Arts offers instruction in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, photography, writing and more. The school hosts over 200 diverse opportunities each year including community classes with exceptional instructors, unique workshops with nationally-known artists, and field expeditions to exotic locales.

About Sedona Arts Center

Sedona Arts Center has been bringing creative people together for the past 60 years. In 1956, a group of creative people decided to turn Sedona into a place of artistic learning and creative expression and began offering summer classes in painting, sculpture, and Native American crafts. The population of the area at that time was less than 400 people, most of whom were ranchers, orchard workers, and merchants. They shared a big dream to build a new creative community.

In 1958, the Verde Valley School art department head, Egyptian sculptor Nassan Gobran, and a dozen other civic leaders founded the organization that would become Sedona Arts Center. A few years later, with support form the town's small Chamber of Commerce, we acquired a former apple orchard warehouse that became known as the Art Barn in what is now Uptown Sedona. The first exhibition featured works by Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning, and the early years included arts education, lectures, exhibitions, film screenings, language and dance classes, and live theatre.

Throughout the 1960s and 70s, the barn and Arts Center became a genuine hub of creative activity, artistic development, cultural events, and community-building. Today, we keep that tradition and operate an expanded campus, a fine art gallery that represents 110 local artists, and a school that offers over 200 classes and workshops each year. Sedona Arts Center also presents innovative collaborative projects like Peace Paper Workshops, Loving Bowls, the 12 x 12 Project, Plein Air festivals, Sedona Ukulele Posse,and community projects.

Now six decades after the first arts experiment, channeling the same bold and fearless dream of creative community, we renew our commitment to creative placemaking in Sedona. With a nod to Gobran and his legacy, your local Arts Center has set out to build a model for 21st century' small town cultural provision. We know the power of creative people, unexpected collaborations, togetherness, and efforts that express cultural identity. All of us at Sedona Arts Center are grateful for the past 60 years, and excited about all the creative ideas and projects-like the new Arts Leaders Luncheons-that are yet to come!

Address:15 Art Barn Road
Sedona, AZ 86336
AZ State Tax Credit Info:No Arizona Tax Credit
Alliance Member?:Yes
Service Areas:International, National (US), Yavapai, Coconino
"The Sedona Arts Center has given me so much more than what I have learned through the classes that I have taken. I have met wonderful people, enjoyed participation in many meaningful events and my appreciation of the arts has grown to enrich my life in so many wonderful ways."

"The amazing teachers Sedona Arts Center employs are truly of the highest caliber... because of their expertise and amazing ways of sharing their rich experience with me."

"I just want you to know that I really treasured my experience with Dennis Ott. He was always supportive and willing to show me special techniques to improve my ability... he is one of the best teachers I've had. I am so glad to be a member of the Sedona Arts Center."