Arizona Arts launches 2022 Signature Series in October

Arizona Arts, the University of Arizona’s umbrella organization for on-campus performing and visual arts, presents a month-long Signature Series in October as part of National Arts and Humanities Month .

The series highlights AU’s academic and artistic programs. It kicked off on Wednesday, October 5 with “An Evening with the Creative Class” presented by UA School of Dance. In all, the series will feature eight events that highlight every aspect of the Southwest art scene.

Here’s a bit of what to expect.

“An Evening with the Creative Class”


7 p.m. Wednesday, October 5, to Stevie Eller Dance Theater, 1737 E. University Boulevard., on the AU campus. Free entry. For more information, click here.

Presented and facilitated by Duane Cyrus, Director of the UA School of Dance, the program aims to take an inclusive approach to the artists’ creative process.

“I thought of it as a sort of artist’s lounge at first,” Cyrus said. “It costs so much money to produce live performances, and it takes so long, and I thought, ‘Wow, could there be a way that dance could be accessible to people? “”

While dancing is a fundamental tenet of the class, Cyrus said he wanted to make sure the “collateral damage” of dancing is also accessible to the public.

“The costume design, the music, all the other parts of the dance, could that be made available to the public in a way that’s easier to get?” Cyrus said.

Cyrus, who was named head of the UA School of Dance in early September, hosted a similar event for more than a decade while teaching at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

“I offered it at least twice a year, and we had all kinds of subjects. We watched artists react to war. We looked at gender and sexuality. We spotlighted women artists,” he said. “There were all kinds of topics.”

“It’s not politicized; it is about art. But it’s about how dance and art are really part of the thread, the fabric of our culture,” he said. “Dance doesn’t just live remotely on a stage… It’s an interwoven part of our culture, and that’s what ‘Evening with the Creative Class’ is all about.”


October 5 through November 8 in the Student Success District on the Mall near the Student Union; free. Details here.

“Impulse,” presented by Arizona Arts Live, is an installation of 15 light-up, harmonizing seesaws installed on the main mall and free to anyone who wants to jump on them.

The display uses repetitive lights and sounds to transform the area into an urban play space, according to the event page on the Arizona Arts website.

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“The Thief Collector” and “Restored: The Return of the Ochre-Woman”

Opening of the exhibition October 8 and until May 20 to UA Museum of Art, 1031 N. Olive Road; the film will be screened at Centennial Hall on Thursday, October 6. Admission is free by booking tickets via

Over Thanksgiving weekend in 1985, Willem de Kooning’s ‘Woman-Ochre’, one of the most valuable pieces in the University of Arizona Museum of Art’s collection, was cut from its sound. frame and fly to the museum.

Nearly 37 years after the theft of the painting, the “Ocher-Woman” returns home.

An opening reception for the painting’s return will be held Oct. 8, and the exhibit at the University of Arizona Museum of Art will run through May 20. The exhibit will include conversations with people involved in the recovery and restoration of the painting, which has been estimated at $160 million.

Starring Glenn Howerton, actor, writer, and executive producer of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “The Thief Collector” is a 2022 film based on the actual robbery at UAMA.

On Oct. 6, Arizona Arts Live will host a free screening of “The Thief Collector,” a docudrama based on theft, at Centennial Hall before the painting returns home for free.

“Musical frescoes”

5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at Maynards, 400 N. Toole Ave., downtown Tuson. Free entry; details here.

Organized by the Fred Fox School of Music in conjunction with Meet Me at Maynards, ‘Musical Murals’ will feature student bedroom ensembles playing along a route ‘that connects colorful walls of art to downtown Tucson,” according to the event page.

The “Musical Murals” started in 2021 and attracted hundreds of people from the community to participate in the march. The weekly Meet Me at Maynards urban trek has been a Tucson tradition for 14 years.

“32 Sounds” at the Marroney Theater

8 p.m. Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22to Marroney Theater, 1025 N. Olive Road. Tickets are $40, $5 for students with ID through Fine Arts box office.

The film by JD Samson, Michael O’Neill and Sam Green “weaves 32 specific audio recordings into a cinematic meditation on the power of sound,” according to the Arizona Arts event page.

Audience members will be given headphones for the experience, and as the film plays on the screen, Samson and O’Neill compose the score together live as Green narrates.

“Sama Alshaibi: generation after generation”

Phoenix Museum of Art, 1625 N. Central Ave., Downtown Phoenix. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for students up to the museum.

Sama Alshaibi, recipient of the 2021 Arlene and Morton Scult Artist Award, has her own exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum which is also featured in the 2022 Arizona Arts Signature Series.

“Generation After Generation” opened Sept. 17 and runs through May 2023 and explores themes of dispossession, ecological entropy, and historical imaginings.

“Embodying yourself as a subject” with Sama Alshaibi and Deborah Willis

5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 27to Creative Photography Center Hall, 1030 N. Olive Road. Free entry. Click on here for more details.

“Embodying Yourself as a Subject” is the final event in Arizona Arts’ 2022 Signature Series. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Sama Alshaibi of the University of Arizona School of the Arts and will feature Dr. Deborah Willis, Professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Embodying Yourself as a Subject examines the ethical and political challenges that photographers face when photographing subjects and will introduce audience members to ways for photographers to effect real change.

*El Inde Arizona is a news service of the University of Arizona School of Journalism.

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