Sedona Creative Community — Arts Organizations in Northern Arizona
The Sedona Arts Center is one of Northern Arizona’s oldest creative arts organizations. The Arts Center was founded in 1958 by Egyptian sculptor Nassan Gobran and a group of local artists to spark creative inspiration in Sedona and promote a broad range of artistic expression. Within just a few years the Center was alive with art classes and community events that fanned the flames of arts and culture in Sedona. The Center offered classes in a dozen different arts and crafts, hosted chamber music and recitals, offered lectures, exhibited world famous artists (many of whom taught at the Center including famed Surrealist Max Ernst), produced live theater performances, sponsored dance and poetry readings and even served as the home of the first films offered to the public in Sedona.
Through the years the Arts Center and Sedona’s blossoming reputation as an artistic community became a magnet for artists and collectors from around the world. Eventually arts organizations spun out or sprung up in the community to focus on specific interests and to develop collaborations with artists with similar goals.
The Sedona Arts Center celebrates the success of the many organizations in Sedona and the surrounding communities in Northern Arizona that have found their voice. We encourage our friends and members to support each of these organizations in their efforts to advance the visual, literary, functional, performing and film arts.
Follow the links below to learn more about the arts and culture organizations in our region and to stay abreast of their offerings.
Presented in Alphabetic Order:
Artists’ Coalition of Flagstaff (flagstaff-arts.org) Mission: The mission of the Artists’ Coalition of Flagstaff is to encourage and promote artistic growth and professional development of local artists and to create a forum for the arts within the Flagstaff community through exhibitions and educational programs.
Arizona Pastel Artist Association (azpaa.com) Mission: The Arizona Pastel Artists’ Association is a non-profit organization of pastel artists who are dedicated to promoting artistic creativity, art appreciation and increased awareness of pastel as a fine arts medium. Through workshops, programs and art exhibits, the APAA seeks to engage the broader community in the creative challenge, while encouraging and nurturing creative skills of our membership.
Arizona Plein Air Painters (arizonapleinairpainters.com) Mission: To practice and promote the tradition of Plein Air Painting and to mentor emerging artists and share their expertise with fellow professional artists. To educate the public on the importance of art in the quality of life.
Chamber Music Sedona (chambermusicsedona.org) Mission: To enrich the lives of Northern Arizona residents and visitors by presenting the finest international, national, and regional performing artists and to promote a love of the performing arts through arts education programs.
Flagstaff First Friday Art Walk (flagartscouncil.org/artwalk) Event: The First Friday ArtWalk is one of Northern Arizona's premier arts events. Each month, art galleries and businesses in historic Downtown Flagstaff open their doors with special art exhibitions, performances, live music, treats and much much more.
Jerome Art Walk (jeromeartwalk.com) Event: First Saturday Jerome Art Walk is the perfect night to start the season’s shopping for the perfect present. Twenty-five galleries and studios welcome visitors with beautiful art, music and refreshments.
Mountain Artists Guild (MountainArtistsGuild.org) Guiding Principals: 1) A cohesive volunteer-based art center, 2) A learning center for artists 3) A gathering place for artists and community organizations for mutual interaction 4) A respected provider of exhibition opportunities for members and other artists 5) A resource for artists for information and art enhancement 6) An organization free of debt with adequate physical plant and parking facilities.
Museum of Northern Arizona (musnaz.org) Mission: The mission of the Museum of Northern Arizona is to inspire a sense of love and responsibility for the beauty and diversity of the Colorado Plateau through collecting, studying, interpreting, and preserving the region’s natural and cultural heritage.
Northern Arizona Watercolor Society (naws-az.org) Mission: An organization dedicated to promoting the art of watercolor painting throughout Arizona.
Prescott’s 4th Friday Art Walk (artthe4th.com) Event: The 4th Friday of the month offers locals and visitors a night out to mingle with creative people, engage in great dialogues with wonderful art, share food, libations and live music and purchase new treasures for their art collection.
Red Rocks Quilters (redrockquilters.org) Purpose: Committed to educating ourselves and the public about the place that quilts hold in our lives, history and hearts.
Sedona Area Guild of Artists (sedonaareaguildofartists.com) Purpose: SAGA (Sedona Area Guild of Artists) is a for-profit organization consisting of professional artists living and working in Sedona, Arizona. The organization has excellent artists working in painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, textiles, glass, installation, and performance art as well as most other popular media.
Sedona Art Museum (sedonaartmuseum.org) Purpose: The Sedona Art Museum is a non-profit, permanent institution which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates te art of Sedona for the purpose of education, study and enjoyment.
Sedona Camera Club (sedonacameraclub.com) Purpose: to provide area photographers with an opportunity to improve their photographic skills and knowledge and share what they have learned with others who have the same interest.
Sedona Gallery Association (sedonagalleryassociation.com/?page_id=236)
Sedona International Film Festival (sedonafilmfestival.org) Where Movies Rock!
Sedona Visual Artist Coalition (sedonaartistscoalition.org) Purpose: The purpose of the Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition is to create a supportive visual arts community which provides educational, exploratory, and social opportunities. This community of professional and emerging artists from the greater Sedona area work in both 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional art, and encompasses many mediums: oils, acrylics, watercolor, fiber, wood, glass, clay, metal, film, and mixed media.
Verde Valley Archaeology Center (verdevalleyarchaeology.org) Mission: To preserve archaeological sites and collections, to curate the collections locally, and to make them available for research and education; to develop partnerships with American Indians, cultural groups and the communities it serves; to foster a deeper understanding of prehistory and American Indian history in the Verde Valley through the science of archaeology.
Verde Valley Sinfonietta (vvsinfonietta.org) Mission: To provide great live performances of the world’s finest classical music.
Verde Valley Weavers and Spinners (azfed.org/Guilds/verde.php)