|Celebrating 60 Years!
Your Hometown Creative Heart
Sedona Arts Center has been bringing creative people together for the past 60 years. In 1956, a group of creative people decided to turn a small Western town 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 within the red rock landscape.
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 going 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. The modern-day Sedona Arts Center also presents innovative collaborative projects like the Business of Art series, Dirty Laundry, Loving Bowls, the 12 x 12 Project, Sedona Ukulele Posse and the Sedona Celebration of Landscape. We also develop and produce global projects like Sedona Summer Colony, Plein Air festivals, and the new Sedona Art Prize.
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. 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 all of the wonderful cultural opportunities listed above—that make Sedona special!
Sedona Arts Center Celebrates 60! Birthday Party and Silent Auction
April 6, 2018 from 5 to 8pm
Join us in Celebration of 60 Years of sharing, teaching and exploring art in Sedona!
Plus, place bids on your favorite works by local fine artists!
Who doesn't love a good birthday party?
We're wrapping up our year-long celebration of the Sedona Arts Center’s 60th Anniversary with the best birthday bash ever – including birthday cake, a silent auction, music, wine, hors d'oeuvres and did we mention birthday cake?
All free and open to the public!
Come celebrate with us and bid on loads of fun silent auction items including original art, vouchers for your favorite local restaurants, resorts and wineries – and much more!
We'll kick off the celebration with a preview of silent auction items beginning Thursday 9am-5pm in the Art Barn. Shhhhh – don't tell anyone but some of the items will be available for a special “BUY IT NOW” option beginning Thursday morning. Otherwise – you'll have to come to the party Friday night between 5pm and 7pm to snag some loot!
The party is free but the proceeds from the silent auction will go to support the Sedona Arts Center and all the valuable programs SAC has been providing to our beloved community for six decades! Count 'em!
WHERE: Sedona Arts Center in the historic Art Barn
WHEN: First Friday April 6 5pm–7pm (Silent Auction Preview Thursday and Friday 9am-5pm)
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