Phoenix

Top art exhibitions and shows to see in metro Phoenix in 2022

Last year finished strong for metro Phoenix museums and galleries and that trend looks to continue in 2022.

Several exciting art exhibitions are on the calendar for the new year while some significant exhibitions to see in 2022 are already open. “Treasures” at the Musical Instrument Museum, “Legacy of Ceylon: Art and Photography of Sri Lanka” at the Phoenix Art Museum and some art exhibitions are in full swing.

Others will open as the year goes on like artist Beverly Penn’s “Radical Adaptation” at Lisa Sette Gallery and “Southwest Silverwork” at the Heard. SMoCA and Mesa Arts Center are other galleries that will feature several exhibitions throughout the year.

‘Treasures’ at The Musical Instrument Museum

The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix opened its newest exhibition, “Treasures: Legendary Musical Instruments,” on Nov. 12. The showcase — which is scheduled to remain open until September 2023 — features a curated collection of

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Mikiztli event celebrates Dia de los Muertos in Phoenix

Music, art and people filled Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix on Sunday to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead.

Put on by the Cultural Coalition, the event, named Mikiztli, celebrates the Indigenous roots of honoring the dead through food, dance, story and prayer.

Sunday’s event, which marked the 10th anniversary of the celebration, brought hundreds of new and old faces to the park.

Artist and gallery owner Sam Gomez put the finishing touches on his booth as he talked about how the celebration helped people connect to their Indigenous roots.

“I think there’s a lot of people who, especially now with a lot of push with Indigenous culture, are looking to find their identity and that connection,” he explained.

Sam Gomez stands at his booth with art from local artists at Dia de los Muertos in Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021.

He believed that people could connect to the past, the future, and each other through celebrations like these.

“We’ve got to learn from the past and

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Top Phoenix area museum, theater and arts things to do for March

While some arts and culture centers remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, others are working to offer new shows and new art exhibitions in Arizona as safely as possible.

Theaters including the Herberger Theater Center have taken their stages outside. With socially distant seating, the theater will present three new concerts from a series that was postponed earlier in the year. Meanwhile, museums such as the Phoenix Art Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Mesa Arts Center have new exhibitions with safety considerations due to the ongoing pandemic in place.

One highlight in March is the work of playwright Elaine Romero will be celebrated by 14 theater companies across the nation. Romero is Arizona Theatre Company’s playwright-in-residence and five theaters in Arizona will be participating.

“Love is the entry point for every story I tell,” Romero said in a press release.

“I fall in love with a character,

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