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Humanities Project Excursion: First Ever Phoenix Festival of the Arts

Phoenix Festival of the Arts

Festival Poster Detail

Join in the fun at the inaugural Phoenix Festival of the Arts! The free event features a weekend of live arts entertainment, arts vendors, a hands-on community mural, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, a children’s area, and more. Celebrate artists and arts organizations from across Phoenix’s cultural landscape.

The City’s first signature arts festival, will take place in the heart of downtown Phoenix at Hance Park December 7-9, 2012. Hosted by Phoenix Center for the Arts and sponsored by Lou and Evelyn Grubb, this free festival will become an annual tradition in the Valley of the Sun.

Event Facts at a Glance


The Inaugural Phoenix Festival of the Arts


December 7-9, 2012


Friday, December 7 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, December 8 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Art exhibitors will be open until 5 p.m.)
Sunday, December 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.




Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix AZ 85004


Limited street parking available. Avoid the hassle and take METRO Light Rail to the McDowell/Central Ave or Roosevelt/Central Ave. Bike racks are also available.

Supported by:

Phoenix Center for the Arts, operated by Phoenix Center Arts Association (a 501c3 nonprofit). Our mission is to provide the community with opportunities to participate in the visual and performing arts through creative and affordable quality programming.

Event Highlights:

Three days of live arts entertainment. Plus dozens of arts vendors, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, a children’s play area, flash performances and more!

“Unifying the Arts”

The festival will unite the arts and arts organizations through a cross-pollination of artistic markets in a way Phoenix has never done before. Just as First Friday’s have become a destination for citizens throughout the valley due to cooperation from galleries, retail, food, and performance venues, the festival will similarly serve to stimulate economic growth within the community. Furthering this model, the festival will act as an added tourism attraction in the winter.

“Our goal is to unify the Phoenix arts community and to show how accessible the arts really are,” said Joseph Benesh, director of Phoenix Center for the Arts. “The arts aren’t just a weekend activity. Phoenix has a huge cultural landscape, where people can find things to do any day of week – and we want everyone to know that.”

Community Participation: Mayor Greg Stanton is the honorary chair and will participate in the ceremonial kick-off on Friday, December 7.

Members of the arts community around the Valley are invited to participate, including:
Arts vendors who produce locally made original art.
Valley arts organizations large and small!
Performing arts groups (ex: poetry, choirs, dance, hip-hop, symphony, folk, etc.

About Phoenix Center of the Arts

Phoenix Center for the Arts is a historic building located in downtown Phoenix well suited to provide art, music, and performing art classes and programs. This facility, known to most as the Phoenix Center for the Arts or The Center, is now managed by the Phoenix Center Arts Association, a nonprofit organization. Our mission is to provide the community with the opportunities to participate in the visual and performing arts through creative and affordable quality programming. The association now offers online registration for classes year round. Summer classes include the Summer Extravaganza, and arts program for youth 6-14. For more information, visit

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  • Jennifer W.
    Social Media Person, Humanities Project, Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Michelle
    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Tim
  • A former member

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  • Arizona COR

    AzCoR provides a local voice for many non-theist groups in AZ!

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