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Located in downtown Mesa, the Mesa Arts Center is the largest arts center in the state. It includes a total of four performance spaces including the Farnsworth Studio Theater, which seats 99 for an intimate setting, and on the other end of the spectrum the 1,600-seat Ikeda Theater. The complex also includes the Mesa Contemporary Arts, home to five different art galleries, as well as 14 visual and performing art classroom studios. Valley residents come from near and far to enjoy everything from live musical performances to impressive visual-art exhibits at the impressive arts center. Numerous Mesa-based arts organizations partner with the center and perform regularly at the center. For example resident companies include the East Valley Children's Theater, Mesa Encore Theater and the Symphony of the Southwest. Public tours are available on Wednesdays at noon from September to June, though reservations are required.
The performance space, which opened its doors in 2005, has revitalized the downtown Mesa district, not to mention bringing mondo culture to the Eas...
Drop-in and group tours of the Mesa Arts Center. No reservations required for individual tours. Call to schedule a group tour.
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This places has some great architecture to admire and some great theatres where you can see some great shows. Indie Rock concerts, local plays, children's choir, orchestra concerts, this place has it all. We've even taken family pictures here.
Mesa Arts Center is known for bringing plays, guest speakers, and classical dance to the Valley, but the venue has established itself as a prime concert spot in recent years. Indie acts like The Weepies and The Decemberists are given equal footing with bluegrass acts like Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers and avant-jazz from Return to Forever. The seating is plush and comfortable -- and though it's tough to rock out at the MAC, the sound quality is gorgeous, the lighting is... More »
Give the dead their due and buy cool stuff, too, at the Día de los Muertos Celebration held at Mesa Arts Center in downtown Mesa. This annual Day of the Dead extravaganza, usually mounted as close to November 1 and 2 as possible (the dates conveniently coincide with All Souls' and All Saints' days on the Catholic liturgical calendar), boasts a two-day Mexican folk art mercado, a community-built altar (called an ofrenda) and altar contest, family-oriented artist workshops and a special... More »
It takes more than a glitzy exterior for a venue to be fly. It's what's inside that counts. That's why the stunning Mesa Arts Center, arguably one of the most stylish arts spots in the Southwest, places a premium on programming happening events like Sound in the Ground. The bimonthly Thursday-evening series plugs the opening of exhibits in the Mesa Contemporary Arts galleries by bringing in local musical acts that represent the displayed shows. Because the art lives on the edgier side, the... More »
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