Arts & Culture

Tucson has an eclectic arts scene, along with an award-winning performing arts community that encompasses theater, opera, ballet, and symphony. Tucson's various creative offerings are centered in the heart of downtown, but can be found valley wide.

Galleries are found throughout the city, with many contemporary art galleries and museums - such as MOCA and the Tucson Museum of Art - concentrated downtownThe University of Arizona's Center for Creative Photography houses one of the most comprehensive photographic collections in the world and hosts temporary exhibitions from its collections and elsewhere. The University of Arizona is also home to the Arizona State Museum, which has unique Southwestern artifacts, and the University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA), which displays art spanning the Renaissance to the 20th century. On the northeast side of the valley is the De Grazia Gallery in the Sun, a unique gallery of local artist Ted De Grazia’s Native-American and Southwest-influenced art. Be sure to visit the Central Tucson Gallery Art Association's website to learn about the 1st Saturday Art Walks in the core of the city.

Performing arts venues and companies include the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, Tucson Music Hall, the Tucson Convention Center, and the Temple of Music and Art. Tucson's Arizona Theatre Company, the leading professional theater company in the state, has received national recognition. Its productions range from the classics to recent Broadway hits and commissioned pieces. The award-winning Tucson Symphony Ochestra offers a nine-month season of classical music. The Arizona Opera makes Tucson its home, performing a standard repertoire along with less-frequently performed works. Dance lovers can see performances of Ballet Arizona, which is based in Tucson, as well as the UA Dance Ensemble. The UA Presents series at The University of Arizona Centennial Hall brings a variety of performances and groups throughout the year. Broadway in Tucson brings the touring Broadway experience. In September and October, the Tucson Pops Orchestra offers “Pops in the Park,” free weekly performances under the stars at Reid Park. 

Media outlets that feature information on the local scene include: Arizona Daily Star's Caliente, KXCI 91.3 FM, Tucson Weekly, Zocalo Magazine.