Thursday, August 20, 2015

Discover Downtown Mesa during the Central Mesa Light Rail Extension Opening 8-22-15

Mesa Arts Center could not be more excited to have the Light Rail just footsteps away from our front doors making visiting MAC even more accessible to you and the community. There will be many events held throughout the day to commemorate this historic occasion. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place from 8-9 am at the Center/Main street station, there will be plenty of photo opportunities at one of the many selfie stations or you might even meet a dino at Arizona Museum of Natural History or a fairytale princess at i.d.e.a. Museum, both museums will be offering free admission from 9 am to noon, and grab some food at a local joint along the rail like Queen’s, Volstead Public House, or Slickables. When the sun goes down enjoy the Main Street Night Market from 6 to 10 pm featuring live music, art exhibits, food trucks, and more.

Mesa Arts Center - Central Mesa Light Rail Opening Festivities:
Join MAC in celebrating the joyous jamboree from 9 am - noon. 

- MAKE YOUR MARK by adding a colorful piece to the giant size Mesa Arts Center 10 Year Logo metal framework being created by Sam Troxell. The outdoor piece will be on display through Season Kickoff on September 11. 

- GET INSPIRED while watching studio demonstrations featuring ceramic throwing on the wheel and glass flame working by MAC instructors.

- EXPERIENCE LIVE PERFORMANCES by Desert Dixie, Ballet Etudes, Symphony of the Southwest Quartet, Mesa Encore Theatre, and Southwest Shakespeare.

- ADORE all the wonderful items exhibited at Artist Co-op’s pop-up gallery on the north end of campus.

There will be so much to do and enjoy all around downtown that you’ll certainly want to be part of this significant event in Mesa’s history this Saturday, Aug. 22. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

10 for $10 on 10.10.2015

Join us on October 10th when Mesa Arts Center will offer 10 one-hour workshops for only $10 to celebrate 10 wonderful years of being the Valley’s most comprehensive Arts Center. Have fun trying your hand at the lost art of Shrinky Dinks by making a pendant you can take home, dust off your Whose Line is it Anyway skills during the Improv with Names From a Hat workshop, make beautiful greeting cards to give to your friends and family during the Watercolor workshop, or increase your digital portfolio by improving your editing skills in the Snapseed workshop. Take as many workshops as you would like but do check times to avoid any overlaps. Hurry, classes are filling up fast but you can always request to be added to the wait-list if you favorite is already gone.

When? October 10, 2015
Where? Mesa Arts Center
Cost? $10 per workshop
Who? You and a pal

Ready to Sign Up? Register online or by phone at 480-644-6520.

By Christina Haase

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Travel the World without Leaving Your Seat

One of the luxuries we have in the modern world is being able to capture and document the wonders of the earth. National Geographic is one of the largest organizations that does just that. Although working for National Geographic could be a dangerous career, I would probably die of happiness if I had the opportunity to travel to unimaginable places and shoot stunning photography of world culture and events. Not only do these scientists and adventurists bring these gorgeous photographs to your televisions and print, but they also educate the public on important issues outside of our comfortable potato-chip covered couches.
Mesa Arts Center hosts the only National Geographic Live speaker series in Arizona, and this season brings some extraordinary people.

Most everyone loves going to the beach, but not everyone gets a chance to know what it’s like diving down to the deepest parts of the ocean – Sylvia Earle, oceanographer, aquanaut, and explorer, gives us a fresh look on what is going on in the salty blues. Have you ever stayed in a pool or bathtub so long that your fingers get wrinkly? Well imagine spending a total of over 7,000 hours under the sea! Earle’s time in the water has given her the ability to shine light on marine life preservation.   

After you dry off from your underwater adventure, pack your bags, because we’re going to Africa with Emmy Award-winning wildlife cinematographer Bob Poole! In 2012 National Geographic produced the film War Elephants in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park where Bob Poole traveled across the blazing desert of Mali to document the heart-wrenching moments of elephants traumatized by years of civil war and poaching. Listen to his experience of capturing these remarkable moments with these tender and beautiful creatures.

 Jurassic World isn’t the only prehistoric news this season. Join Explorer Nizar Ibrahim as he explains his discovery of the FIRST semi-aquatic dinosaur! This German/Moroccan paleontologist was obsessed with this great mystery in paleontology until he discovered a ‘needle in a desert’, AKA bones found in the Kem Kem region of southeastern Morocco.

One of the greatest things about adventure is you never know what you’re going to encounter along the way. Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, 2012 Explorer of the year and Mountaineer is coming to Mesa Arts Center to share her experience as the first woman to climb the world’s 8000-meter peaks WITHOUT oxygen! But with that as just the appetizer –K2, located in Pakistan, was the main course. With 6 tries and 13 years, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner was finally able to reach the peak of the second-highest fatality rated mountain in the world - ‘The Savage Mountain.’

The greatest thing about the Nat Geo Live series is the opportunity to relive these fascinating stories through the people who tell them. Don’t miss out on these exciting and life changing tales of adventure!

By Colette Zaborniak

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Calling All Artists

Join us in celebrating Mesa Arts Center’s 10th year at One East Main Street! There are many opportunities available for you to submit proposals. Let’s make the next 10 years even more memorable! Check out the details below to find out how you can participate:

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum Opportunities
The annual 10 x 10 Benefit Show will offer a special opportunity in celebration of the Valley Metro Light Rail expansion to the Mesa Arts Center! Artists from Arizona and beyond are invited to create an original work of art using Valley Metro passes. The completed pieces will be on display at MCA Museum from October 6th through 15th and then sold at the sale on October 10th for $50 each. All proceeds benefit Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum exhibition and educational programs. 
Fee to participate: None
Want More Details? 2015 - 2016 Season Prospectus
Deadline: September 25, 2015 (by 5:00pm)

Festival Opportunities
Spark! is an immersive festival environment featuring participatory activities, music, original performances, art and more. Applicants are encouraged to think outside the box, exploring the use shadow, light or color to change the way the Mesa Arts Center campus is experienced. The outdoor festival begins at noon each day and will continue through 10 p.m. Each evening will feature spark! 
After Dark activities from 7p–10. 
Want More Details? Visit spark!
August 7, 2015 (by 5:00pm)

Mesa Arts Festival will take place on Dec. 12-13, 2015 and features juried artwork from various mediums. All work must be original and created within the last 2 years. A new jury of arts professionals is impaneled each year to ensure the show remains fresh and to eliminate any favoritism or bias.
Awards: up to $1,000
Fee: Early Bird - $25, After Aug. 14 - $40 (plus booth and rental fees)
Want More Details? Mesa Arts Festival
Deadline: Early Bird - August 14, 2015, Final - September 25, 2015

Creative Catalyst Opportunities:
Creative Catalyst is an initiative of Mesa Arts Center founded in the belief that the arts not only build our social fabric, providing vibrancy and personal enrichment, but are critical ingredients for community and economic development. Creative Catalysts seeks to engage people Under 40 in envisioning, designing and implementing activities that will involve and delight their peers and the broader community with the creative life of Mesa, and will enable them to grow as community and arts leaders.
Phase 1:
Concepts for brief informal relatively short art experiences (15-60 minutes in length). With the idea of participants completing their engagement in one sitting or that enable people to participate as they wish over the course of an hour or two (engaging for a limited amount of time to add their piece to a larger process or artistic product, or in some cases being able to choose to stay longer and participate more deeply). These will be presented in places where people are gathering for other reasons.
Phase 2:
Phase 2 is looking for brief concept proposals for workshops that create interest in developing to achieve greater engagement in the arts for Under 40. Concepts should be for workshops of 1-3 hours that enable more in-depth engagement and learning (technique/skill development, exploration of community issues through art, connecting art to a specific place, collective art-making, etc.).
Fee: None
Want More Details? Contact Jennifer Gaustelum at
Deadline: Round 1 - July 31 (but continue to submit. There will be plenty of future opportunities)


Dr. Ruth Tan Lim Project Room Proposals
The Project Room is a space dedicated to the exhibition of professional quality, contemporary artworks. Preference will be given to artist’s proposals that include the use of the space to create site-specific and/or exhibitions of new media (including film/video, sound, digital and/or web-based works) but does not prohibit work in traditional media.
Fee: $25 per proposal
Want More Details? 2015 - 2016 Season Prospectus
Deadline: Dec 18, 2015 (by 5:00pm)

North Gallery Proposals
The North Gallery is a space dedicated to the exhibition of professional quality, contemporary artworks. Its intent is to identify, recognize, and promote artists living in Arizona, with an emphasis on the Greater Phoenix/Mesa area, and/or artists who have a significant presence within the State.
Fee: $25 per proposal
Want More Details? 2015 - 2016 Season Prospectus
Deadline: Dec 18, 2015 (by 5:00pm)

Highlighting the finest in contemporary crafts from around the country, this annual crafts exhibition has become a benchmark of innovation and quality produced within traditional craft forms such as ceramics, fibers, basketry, metals, wood, glass, jewelry, and papermaking and book arts.
Awards: up to $2,000 and a a solo exhibition in the MCA Museum Project Room the following year.
Fee: $25 for up to four artworks.
Want More Details? 2015 - 2016 Season Prospectus
Deadline: Friday, Oct 16, 2015 (by 5:00pm)

2016 Print Calendar
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum will produce its sixth annual limited edition calendar that will feature 12 original works on paper by emerging and established contemporary artists. Up to 48 artists will be invited and selected to produce a 50 print edition. Each print will randomly appear as a month in a calendar with no artist being repeated. The calendars will be sold for $200 each and all proceeds will be used to fund MCA Museum programming and exhibitions.
Fee: None
Want More Details? 2015 - 2016 Season Prospectus
Deadline: November 6, 2015 (by 5:00pm)

By: Christina Haase

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Experience Classical Music Inside Out!

Classical Music Inside Out enables members of the audience to become fully immersed in the performance of magnificent music which is interpreted by master musicians themselves. During each performance the musicians will interact and share their passion for music, give informal insights, and significantly deepen the listening experience. These intimate and non-traditional performances will illuminate many outstanding works of classical music, the artistic process and the musician’s journey of exploring and inhabiting the vessels provided by the composer. 

The Mesa Arts Center is honored to have in guidance for this series, special guest Artistic Director Zuill Bailey. Bailey is a master at getting audiences inside the music, providing insight into its technical challenges, historical context, and emotional colors. These are just a few of the reasons we asked him to not only curate the series, but to facilitate in pre-show conversations with our Classical Series artists.


The introduction to our series begins in October with the superb Bach Goldberg Variations:The Art of Transcription. Goldberg Variations have become an iconic monument to Western Music. This performance will feature the marvelous Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Scott Rawls, and Zuill Bailey.

In February, we will explore the music of Astor Piazzolla and Nuevo Tango with Quint Quintet. Featuring the energetic Argentine musicians JP Jofre, Pedro Giraudo, Claudio Ragazzi and Octavio Brunetti, who are led by the four-time GRAMMY® nominee Philippe Quint. 

Founded in 1946 at The Julliard School in New York, the incomparable Julliard String Quartet is the first ensemble in the United States to play all six Bartok quartets, and they have honorably carried the United States and The Julliard School banners worldwide.   Devoted master teachers, the members of the Juilliard Quartet offer classes and open rehearsals when on tour.

The finale of our fabulous series is the hilarious performance of Igudesman and Joo: And Now Mozart. This duo has received over 40 million hits on YouTube for their unique blending of comedy with classical music and pop culture. Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-Ki Joo are taking the world by storm. 

Don’t miss out on any of these brilliant performances and the unique experience, be sure to show your love for classical music with season tickets to Classical Music Inside Out! Season ticket holders receive a 15% discount to each of the four performances and a Classical Music Inside Out wine glass at a pre-show wine and cheese reception.