One of the premier performing-arts halls in the western United States, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts showcases a diverse season of music, dance, theater, comedy and film from around the world. Each year, the Center presents hundreds of events that entertain and inspire – from live performances and educational programs to community celebrations and major festivals.
The Center is among the most important projects of Arizona architect Bennie Gonzales, who designed the 1975 adobe-inspired building as part of the Scottsdale Civic Center. A major renovation in 2009 by Scottsdale architect John Douglas modernized the Center’s main entrance and interiors.
The Center’s spacious Dayton Fowler Grafman Atrium welcomes visitors and features the Patron Services Box Office, Store @ the Center, ArtReach Space and Young@Art Gallery. Works of art on view include Kana Tanaka’s radiant glass sculpture, Spirit of Camelback (2009), commissioned by Scottsdale Public Art.
The Center is located on a beautifully landscaped, 21-acre urban park, a short walk from Scottsdale’s Old Town and gallery districts. The park is the setting for the award-winning Scottsdale Arts Festival in addition to many other events.
Nearby attractions include Robert Indiana’s iconic Love sculpture and Louise Nevelson’s Windows to the West as well as the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), which was designed by architect Will Bruder and includes James Turrell’s Knight Rise skyspace and James Carpenter’s Scrim Wall, both commissioned by Scottsdale Public Art.