Phoenix Center for the Arts


1202 N. Third St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 254-3100

Through a unique partnership with the City of Phoenix, the non-profit Phoenix Center Arts Association offers the center's award-winning arts classes and programming. Students can register for classes online on the Phoenix Center Arts Association website.

The new director of the Arts is Joseph Benesh. He can be reached directly by phone at (602) 254-6926 or via e-mail at:

For more information on classes, programs and center management call (602) 254-3100.

For information on Theater Rentals or bookings contact Liliana Gomez by phone at (602) 254-3100 or by e-mail at

The Facilities
The Phoenix Center for the Arts is a full service arts complex that features:

Third Street Theater – An intimate 211-seat theater that can host performances, plays, meetings and other events and may be rented for community or corporate functions (June, July and August excluded). For information about renting the theater, contact Liliana Gomez by phone at (602) 254-3100 or by e-mail at

  • Classrooms – The center has four classrooms and a multi-purpose room in the main building.
  • Visual arts studios – Creative space for photography, ceramics, metals, painting, glass, fiber art, and children's art.
  • Art Gallery – A stop on Phoenix’s “First Friday” art tour, the gallery hosts several shows each year, including “African Vibes,” “Arte Latino en la Ciudad” and Resident Artists Show. Emerging artists are encouraged to submit pieces and works for showings and openings.


Youth Zazz rehearsing

Performing Arts Programs

The center is proud to be the host of exciting performing arts programs for youths: The Phoenix Center Arts Academy. This includes CityJazz and Phoenix Children's Chorus. The ensembles rehearse regularly at the Phoenix Center, perform locally, and have been invited to national and international performances.

The Phoenix Children’s Chorus – The chorus comprises four choirs: Prep, Cadet, Concert and Encore. The curriculum is designed to teach the art of choral singing to youths from second grade through high school. Chorus members are taught the basic elements of choral singing and performance skills. The Phoenix Children’s Chorus holds auditions in May and sponsors a summer music camp in August. Prior musical training is not required. Potential members need only possess a clear and pleasant singing voice, a love of singing and the desire to learn. Call (602) 534-3788 for more information or visit the chorus website at


Youth Zazz rehearsing

CityJazz - This "big band" has been raising the roof at the Phoenix Center for more than 18 years. CityJazz consists of two 18 piece big bands and combos. The musicians who are between 10 and 18 years old, are given the opportunity to learn, improvise and perform jazz. Participants should plan on attending once-a-week rehearsals and all concerts. call (602) 254-3100 for more information or visit the Phoenix Center Centers Arts Association website


Special Programs & Events
Phoenix Festival of the Arts – The annual event features handmade items produced by local artists, instructors and students, as well as live performances, a community mural, and food trucks.