Art is For Everyone
While Scottsdale’s travel amenities are some of the best around, there’s much more to us than sparkling pools and big name hotels. (Though that’s definitely a bonus.) Did you know that Scottsdale is also home to more than 100 art galleries, studios and museums, and over 70 public art works?
The best part is that experiencing Scottsdale’s arts scene is easily affordable – or even free! Such is the case with the Scottsdale ArtWalk, which takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday in the downtown arts district. It’s a go-at-your-own-pace activity, and so is the self-guided, 60-minute Scottsdale Public Art Walking Tour through downtown.
Art of all types takes the stage at the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts in downtown, where this season’s line-up includes a cabaret act from actress Jane Krakowski and a concert from the Duke Ellington orchestra. Or, take in classic musicals like Oliver and Rent at the Desert Stages Theatre. Inspired to make music of your own? Stop by the Musical Instrument Museum’s “Experience Gallery” where you can play unique instruments from all over the world.
Also catering to creative minds are resorts like The Phoenician and The Hermosa Inn, which are both home to exhibits that rival those of any top museum. The Phoenician’s is a $25 million collection with works from Europe, Asia and beyond, and The Hermosa Inn is a personal gallery for once-owner cowboy/artist Lon Megargee.
Another highlight at The Hermosa Inn is the Artist-in-Residence series. The program brings together famous artists, authors and resort guests for an intimate dinner where featured speakers like sculptor Jenna Raskin give insight into the inspiration behind their latest projects.