Center Initiatives

Center ProgrammingDiverse, World-Class Programming
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts provides audiences with affordable access to unparalleled artists, diverse and inclusive programs, relevant and cutting-edge experiences, and performances from around the globe. Each season, the Center presents an extraordinary variety of performing arts, including:

  • Broadway
  • Classical
  • Country & Folk
  • Dance
  • Family
  • Film
  • Holiday
  • Jazz & Blues
  • Pop
  • Theater & Comedy
  • World

2012-13 Discovery SeriesDiscovery Series
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Discovery Series takes audiences on an artistic journey to a different part of the world each year. Spanning many different artistic disciplines, the Discovery Series includes educational programs, festivals, films and other special events. Audiences have had the opportunities to explore the arts and cultures of the following nations:

  • 2011-12 Australia + New Zealand
  • 2012-13 India
  • 2013-14 Brazil
  • 2014-15 Spain + Portugal
  • 2015-16 United Kingdom + Ireland
  • 2016-17 France

2014-15 Discovery Series2015-16 Discovery United Kingdom + Ireland Advisory Committee Members

  • Ann Niemann
  • Anna O'Hara
  • Annette Rehder
  • Bethany Tso
  • Blythe Sweeney
  • Chas Moore
  • Dr. Adrienne Leavy
  • Dr. Guy Whatley
  • Erin Sweeney Morgan
  • Gregory Castle
  • Helen Buck
  • Jim Daugherty
  • John Drury
  • John Good
  • John Keating
  • Katie O'Connor
  • Mark Bailey
  • Mary Hill Connor
  • Mary Moriarty
  • Michelle West
  • Peggy Hesley
  • Sara Crosby-Hartman
  • Sean & Janet Lee

Education and OutreachEducation and Outreach
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ education and outreach programs foster engagement and appreciation of the arts for all. In 2013–14, the Center’s education initiatives connected 25,241 people of all ages and backgrounds with art and artists through 1053 education activities, which included school and family matinee performances, teacher training, master classes, lectures, workshops, in-school artist residencies and outreach with community partners.

At a time when schools continually face reductions in arts funding, the Center continues to work with more than 50 local schools and community centers, including more than 23 schools classified as Title I with a significant student population living in poverty.

ASU Concerts at the CenterCollaborations
As a vital part of the community, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts partners and collaborates with many local organizations to present diverse, high-quality programs. The Center’s ongoing partnerships include:

  • ASU School of Music
  • City of Scottsdale Human Relations Commission and Community Celebrating Diversity
  • Detour Company Theatre
  • Kennedy Center Partners in Education
  • Phoenix Innovation Foundation
  • Scottsdale Charros
  • Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Scottsdale International Film Festival
  • Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts (Arizona Wolf Trap)