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The Phoenix O​ffice of Arts and Culture, in collaboration with Arizona Humanities and the Phoenix Convention Center, celebrates Arts and Humanities Month with a series of performances and talks at City Hall and other city locations throughout the month of October. National Arts and Humanities Month is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. It is designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of participation in the arts. 

The Month-long celebration begins Friday​​​, Oct. 3, from 11a.m. to 1p.m. in the City Hall atrium. 200 W. Washington Street. More than 25 Phoenix arts and culture organizations will set up tables to provide information, takeaways and discounts to encourage attendance at events throughout the month.

Mayor Greg Stanton will read a proclamation at noon which will "call upon our citizens to celebrate and promote the arts and culture in Phoenix and encourage their participation in the rich cultural activities available throughout the City."

The Oct. 3 celebration will also feature performances by a jazz combo from The Nash, a Roosevelt Row venue for jam sessions and special performances by local and visiting musicians. The Nash was named by Downbeat as one of the world's top jazz venues in 2014. Also performing that day will be the Spirit of Phoenix Chorus, one of the premier performing organizations in the Barbershop Harmony Society. Spirit of Phoenix is one of the most decorated choruses in Society history.

Other performances and events throughout the month of October include:  

Wednesday, Oct. 8
​The Power of Words: Sharing Words, Changing Worlds, Adams Street Training Room​, noon

Words have incredible power: they can inspire imagination, elevate the spirit, inspire feats of valor, or wound like a knife. In this talk Arizona Humanities Executive Director Brenda Thomson discusses the impact f words and freedom of expression in our American culture.


Friday, Oct. 10

Rosie's House Saxophone Quartet, City Hall Atrium, noon
Rosie's House, a free music academy for inner- city children, uses the power of music education to build the heart, mind, character, home, community and future of our students.

Tuesday, Oct. 14

​Meet the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Calvin C. Goode Building, 10 East
​Learn more about the City's award-winning public art program, the work POAC does to support Phoenix's numerous arts and culture organizations and a brand new arts learning program that takes STEAM into Phoenix neighborhoods.

Friday, Oct. 17

Pan American Musical Journey, City Hall  Atrium, noon
Valley favorites Carmen and Zarco Guerrero perform a wide variety of Latin folkloric music—rhythms from Brazil to Mexico and all points in between.  The concert features cumbias, boleros and rancheras with the sounds of bamboo flutes, accordion and guitar.

A Walking Tour of the Terrazzo Floors at PHX Sky Train​, Gallery @ City Hall, City Hall Atrium, 6 p.m.
This event begins at the Gallery @ City Hall with a talk by terrazzo floor artists and fabricators and will move on, by light rail, to the PHX Sky Train.

​Thursday, Oct. 23, 

The Ballad of Arizona: Our First 100 Years, Calvin C. Good Building 10 East, noon
Writers and scholars Jay Crvath and Dan Shilling use live music, storytelling, video and other visual aids to highlight stories of Arizona's first century, including famous and lesser-known chapters of the Arizona narrative.

Friday, Oct. 24

Phoenix Boys Choir and the Knabenchor Der Singakademie Fra​nkfurt, City Hall Atrium, 12:30 p.m.
The Phoenix Boys Choir has sung in major venues in Europe, historical cathedrals around the world, and named an Honorary Phoenix Point of Pride. With guest Knabenchor from Frankfurt, Germany, the choirs will perform the finest music in the boy choir tradition.

Wednesday, Oct. 29 

Rising Youth Theatre Five Minute Light Rail Plays, City Hall Atrium, 12​​​:30 p.m.
Rising Youth Theatre, youth-driven theatre embedded in and reflective of our community, which challenges audiences to hear new stories, start conversations and participate in their communities will perform a series of short plays recently seen on the Light Rail system.

Thursday, Oct. 30 

​Storyteller Mark, Orpheum Theatre Stage, noon
Mark Goldman invites audiences to enter the many different places of his imagination and then continue the journey on their own.​​

RSVP: Space is limited for this event. To RSVP, please call 602-262-6164. In your message Leave: First Name, Last Name, and contact Phone Number.

For a list of Phoenix Arts and Cultural Organizations with link to their websites, click here​ 

​Phoenix Arts and Humanities Month at City Hall is made possible through support of Arizona Humanities, the Phoenix Convention Center and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. For more information on National Arts and Humanities Month, please visit:

For more information about the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, visit, call 602-262-4637 or TTY 602-534-5500, or follow the Office of Arts and Culture on Facebook: ​