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Our vision is to establish a multicultural arts center with an open-door policy. To broaden the base of understanding, appreciation and support for the arts through meaningful education initiatives and community partnerships, and to be of service to artists around the state.
Over the course of our three-year history, The Arizona Consortium for the Arts has carved out a distinctive role among the region's thriving arts and cultural institutions as a unique organization. The Consortium also partners with other organizations and provides children and adults a wide range of programs with hands-on, up-close encounters with their own creativity and previously untapped talents. And that's just for starters.
One of the best known and most prominent projects is the highly acclaimed The Blue Guitar Magazine, noted for both its quality and its range. The Blue Guitar is a literary and arts journal/magazine. It features Arizona emerging and established writers and artists. The Blue Guitar has drawn statewide submissions and is currently published online. The magazine has thousands of readers in Arizona, throughout the country and abroad. We also publish The Blue Guitar Jr. Edition, which features works by children and works by adults who write for children.
Another popular programming is the Consortium's annual Blue Guitar Festival of the Arts. The Festival features our local musicians, dancers, singers and readers from The Blue Guitar Magazine. The audience is treated to a varied program that runs the gamut from theatre and dance to music of all genres and spoken and written word presentations.
In addition to promoting a wide range of programs in the visual, literary and performing arts, The Arizona Consortium for the Arts maintains a varied and growing portfolio of weekly programs, projects and services for artists, audiences, and collaborating organizations.
In our three-year history, the Consortium has supported visionary, adventurous and thought-provoking artists spanning all disciplines. During our Third Annual Blue Guitar Festival of the Arts this coming April, the public will have the chance to celebrate our artists through presentations, exhibitions, readings and performances at a local venue. Some of the performances will feature local arts and cultural groups that collaborate with our Consortium.