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Arizona's Best Attractions & Activities for Artists


Arizona is home to a range of attractions and retreats that cater to artists. From workshops and Native Art exhibitions to historical museums to explore on the way to your next Grand Canyon helicopter tour, Arizona has something for everyone. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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  • From primitive cave drawings left behind by early
    civilizations to the famous landscape paintings
    of artist Dale Nichols, the Southwest has long
    been an inspiration to mankind. Arizona is
    especially appealing to creatives, with many
    vibrant artists colonies spread across the
    state. Whether youre a sculptor looking for a
    new muse, or simply searching for pieces to add
    to your collection, stop by these popular
    attractions on your next visit to Arizona.

  • Arcosanti is an incomparable art compound located
    about an hour outside of Phoenix. The massive
    living museum was originally started in 1970 by
    visionary Paolo Soleri, but construction on the
    site continues to this day. Soleri designed
    Arcosanti to be a self-sustaining city, complete
    with mixed-use buildings for living and working.
    After you explore the bizarre city of Arcosanti,
    dont forget to pick up a famous wind bell from
    the gift shop.

  • Known as the home and photo studio of brothers
    Emery and Ellsworth Kolb, today the site is a
    historic museum offering resplendent views of the
    Grand Canyon. Located on the precipice of the
    South Rim, Kolb Studio exhibits the brothers
    historic photographs of life in the early
    twentieth century.
  • After your visit, explore a whole new perspective
    of the area with a Grand Canyon tour from
    Papillon. South Rim airplane tours depart at
    Grand Canyon National Park Airport, less than ten
    miles south of Kolb Studio.

  • Once home to a thriving copper-mining industry,
    the town of Jerome fell on hard times during the
    Great Depression. It was considered a veritable
    ghost town until the 1960s brought new life to
    the area. Jerome is now known as a bohemian
    settlement and one of the weirdest towns in the
    West. On a walk through city streets, visitors
    can view ghost town relics, far-out craft
    studios, and folk art galleries.

Tubac, Arizona was also on the brink of becoming
a ghost town in the late 1940s, until resident
and renowned landscape painter Dale Nichols
founded an art school in town. The institute
inspired other artists to settle in the area, and
Tubac was born again as an arts colony. Art is
still a major component of life in Tubac, and the
Tubac Center for the Arts is a great place to
explore what local pros have to offer. The center
provides exhibits for the whole family, including
work from area artists, film screenings, and
  • Those who prefer the art of music will love the
    Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. The massive
    space features instruments from all over the
    world, with exhibits categorized by region.
    Visitors can also view instruments owned by their
    favorite musicians, including galleries dedicated
    to Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, and

  • Sedonas red sandstone landscape is a vision to
    the many artists and craftsmen that call the town
    home. Almost every street has several galleries
    to discover, or you can develop your own skills
    with a workshop at the Sedona Arts Center.
    Another must-see is the Sedona Jazz on the Rocks
    Festival held each September.

  • If a trip to the Southwest has you feeling
    inspired, join the annual Art Unraveled event in
    Phoenix to learn valuable skills while making new
    friends. Running for a total of seven days, Art
    Unraveled has over 125 classes to choose from.
    Workshops include drawing, painting, jewelry
    making, collage, sculpture, and more.

  • Papillon is the world's oldest and largest aerial
    sightseeing company. We offer over forty unique
    and affordable excursions featuring spectacular
    views of the Grand Canyon, the Hoover Dam, Lake
    Mead, Monument Valley, and beyond.
  • On your next trip to Arizona, experience Grand
    Canyon sightseeing like never before by visiting
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  • Slide 3
  • By CodyR from Phoenix, Arizona, USA (arcosanti
    apse on Flickr) CC BY 2.0 (http//creativecommons
    .org/licenses/by/2.0), via Wikimedia Commons
  • Slide 4
  • By Grand Canyon National Park CC BY 2.0
    via Wikimedia Commons