FRONT & CENTER DIRECTORY


ARIZONA FINE ART EXPO
26540 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
480-837-7163 • arizonafineartexpo.com
info@arizonafineartexpo.com
Arizona Fine Art EXPO showcases 115 studios filled with award-winning artists. Watch “Art Made in America” before your very own eyes. Meet the artists, visit the café, stroll the Sonoran Desert Sculpture Garden, relax by the Koi Pond. Weekends come alive with music in the garden, plus other special events. Enjoy paintings, glass, stone, copper, wood, clay, jewelry, bronze and more. Subject matters include abstracts, figurative, wildlife, cutting edge contemporary, traditional landscapes, African, Western and more!

 

ARIZONA JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center
Mel Kessler, Board President
Dr. Lawrence Bell, Ph.D., Executive Director
Jeffrey Schesnol, PMP, Ordained Madrikh, Associate Executive Director
Stacy Faherty, Events Manager
122 E. Culver St., Phoenix
602-241-7870 • azjhs.org
lbell@azjhs.org
Preserves the rich heritage of Arizona’s Jewish communities and educates the public on the Jewish contribution to Arizona and American life. Our building was Phoenix’s first synagogue and is rented frequently for lifecycle and holiday events for people of all faiths, plus meetings for up to 250 people. Visit three exciting exhibits this year: Oct. 15, 2017: “Tikkun Olam Repairing the World – The Art of Four Renown Artists”; Feb. 11, 2018: “Holocaust Survivors We Remember: The Art of Robert Sutz”; May 14, 2018: “Israel’s 70th Anniversary: The Faces of Israel” Photography by Joel Zolondek. Free monthly films, book discussions and panels.

 

ASU KERR CULTURAL CENTER
Stacey Bailey, Program Coordinator
6110 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
480-596-2660 • asukerr.com
rental@asukerr.com
ASU Kerr is a historic arts venue in the heart of Scottsdale. Jazz, classical, world music, storytelling and theatre are showcased in the adobe former home and music studio of composer/violist Louise Lincoln Kerr.

 

CENTER DANCE ENSEMBLE
Howard Paley, Managing Director
222 E. Monroe, Phoenix
602-254-7399 • centerdance.com
info@centerdance.com
Center Dance Ensemble performs dance in the classical modern style, with four distinct performances, each telling enlightening and entertaining stories through movement.

 

DESERT GATHERINGS, INC.
Todd Herzog, President
12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
602-910-7472 • desertgatheringaz.org
Desert Gatherings, Inc. is a 501c3 corporation formed to bring the Phoenix Jewish community together through the spiritual power of music. This year’s Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest will be held on Nov. 5 from 4-8 pm.

 

GREATER PHOENIX JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Jerry Mittelman, Co-Executive Director
Barry Singer, Co-Executive Director
6501 E. Greenway Pkwy. #103, PMB 234, Scottsdale
602-753-9366 • gpjff.org
The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival was formed 22 years ago with the mission to present international independent films with Jewish themes to Greater Phoenix. GPJFF helps increase the sense of community among Jews in the Valley and raise awareness of the rich variety of Jewish culture to all filmgoers. Films are shown in Scottsdale and the East and West Valleys. “Film in the Schools” program for middle and high school students promotes lessons of tolerance. Special screenings held throughout the year. 2018 Festival runs Feb. 11-25.

 

JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER PHOENIX
Marty Haberer, Executive Director
Robin Loeb, COO
12701 N. Scottsdale Road #201, Scottsdale
480-634-4900 • jewishphoenix.org
info@jewishphoenix.org
The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix strengthens Jewish identity and life while providing for Jews in need in the Valley of the Sun, in Israel and around the world by engaging the next generation, enriching the lives of our community’s seniors and supporting Israel and Jewish communities worldwide.

 

JEWISH HISTORY MUSEUM & HOLOCAUST HISTORY CENTER
Bryan L. Davis, Executive Director
Hedy Feuer, President, Board of Directors
Barry Kirschner, Vice President, Board of Directors
564 S. Stone Ave., Tucson
Mail: PO Box 889, Tucson
520-670-9073 • jewishhistorymuseum.org
museum@jewishhistorymuseum.org
The Jewish History Museum presents and preserves the history of Jews in southern Arizona in the first synagogue built in the Arizona Territory. The Museum is located on a recently expanded campus at the southern edge of downtown Tucson and features a Holocaust History Center, sculpture and memorial gardens. Jewish history, life, learning and culture are explored at the museum through a dynamic schedule of programs. Historic synagogue and memorial garden available as rentals for events.

 

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM (MIM)
4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix
480-478-6000 • MIM.org
guestservice@MIM.org
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) enriches our world by collecting, preserving and making accessible an astonishing variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. MIM offers guests a welcoming and fun experience, incomparable interactive technology, dynamic programming and exceptional musical performances. MIM fosters appreciation of the world’s diverse cultures by showing how we innovate, adapt and learn from each other to create music – the language of the soul.

 

PHOENIX THEATRE
Sara Jayne White, Director of Marketing and Communications
100 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix
602-889-5285 • phoenixtheatre.com
s.white@phoenixtheatre.com
As the largest producing regional theatre in the Valley – and the state’s very first arts organization – Phoenix Theatre offers more experiences than any other. With over 200 performances and thriving outreach programs, we inspire over 100,000 citizens every year.

 

SCOTTSDALE ARTISTS’ SCHOOL
Carly Harty, Interim-Executive Director
Sandra Zally, Youth Programs
Danielle Spahle, Development Director
3720 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale
480-990-1422 • scottsdaleartschool.org
info@scottsdaleartschool.org
Scottsdale Artists’ School is a non-profit organization providing fine art education to artists of all ages and skill levels. The School offers more than 200 programs including workshops, weekly classes, demonstrations and youth classes. The School maintains one of the largest fine art programs in the country and workshops are taught by working professionals. Programs are geared toward a variety of artists, from aspiring novices to advanced artists. Visit the School’s website for more information!

 

SCOTTSDALE MUSICAL THEATER COMPANY
David Hock, Executive Producer
Hector Coris, Assoc. Producer/Marketing
Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
Mail: 6230 E. Via Estrella Ave., Paradise Valley
602-909-4215 • scottsdalemusicaltheater.com
info@scottsdalemusicaltheater.com
“Bringing Broadway’s Favorites Back to Life” – This one phrase alone embodies the driving force behind Scottsdale Musical Theater Company. Musicals are America’s greatest contribution to the history of theater. SMTC prides itself on presenting affordable theatrical productions of famous Broadway shows in their entire original Broadway versions. All shows feature well-known guest stars, professional sets and costumes, great local talent and a full live 20+ piece orchestra so that these shows can be heard and appreciated as they were originally meant to be

 

THUNDERBIRD ARTISTS
480-837-5637 • thunderbirdartists.com
info@ thunderbirdartists.com
Award-winning producer, Thunderbird Artists, is celebrating 36 years and will span into the fifth generation with their great granddaughter, Madison. Thunderbird Artists continues to receive numerous awards and rave reviews from patrons and artists alike. Patrons love the ambiance of sipping fine wine, while listening to music and strolling throughout Arizona’s finest gathering of prominent and emerging artists. Meet world-class artists at art & wine festivals in Carefree, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Surprise and Fountain Hills.

 

VALLEY OF THE SUN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
Jay J. Jacobs, CEO
Kim Subrin, COO
12701 N. Scottsdale Road #201, Scottsdale
480-483-7121 • vosjcc.org
info@vosjcc.org
The Valley of the Sun JCC is an inclusive community center that enriches physical, mental and spiritual growth through relationships and an array of programs, including child development, youth, fitness and social engagement. The J serves people of all faiths, backgrounds and abilities.

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