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June 25, 2021 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2021 @ 5:00 pm MST

The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation, preservation and advancement of the Arts. SAACA strengthens the bonds between people, place and purpose through collaborative, arts-driven experiences.

Southern Arizona has long served as a hub for arts and culture. Despite the deep profusion of talent, our creative community has found difficulties in making a living from their work as well as sharing it with the community. We created SAACA to address these needs by cultivating programming that puts a spotlight on our local creatives and celebrates our unique culture, while providing direct opportunities for artists to make and sell their work.

CAPTRUST Community Gallery
Arizona Landscapes
In hopes of creating a stronger sense of our community as we spend time apart, the CAPTRUST Phoenix Community Gallery features an exhibition with artwork inspired by Arizona landscapes. The Summer 2021 exhibition was inspired by the place we call home, Arizona. This theme brings out diverse artistic interpretations of our community. The exhibition features a diverse array of female artists with work in various mediums and styles, including figurative, abstract, and black and photography.

• Barbara Garber @barbaragarger20
• Casey Cheuvront www.caseycheuvront.com
• Ira Beckway www.Iragrin.com
• Nancy Breiman www.nancybreiman.com

View the virtual exhibition here

CoderDojo Summer Workshops
At CoderDojo Tucson, young people between the ages of 7 and 17 learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more. Visit the CoderDojo website to sign up for free, in-person workshops at CATALYST Arts & Maker Space!
Do Your :Bit Workshop | June 30th 1pm – 5pm
Robotics! Workshop | July 8th 1pm – 5pm
For questions email: [email protected]
CoderDojo community platform

Cupcake Decoration Class with Chantilly Tea
Join Tamara, from Chantilly Tea, for an hour of fun creating fondant flowers and leaves to decorate cupcakes. Each child will learn how to make fondant flowers and receive 5 cupcakes to frost and then decorate with their creations. Class numbers are limited due to social distance requirements. Drop off class. Masks required. Ages 8-12 yrs. $35.00 per child.
July 17th 1pm and 2:15pm
For questions email [email protected]
Purchase tickets on the Chantilly Tea website

The Inner Voice Studio: Musical Theater Intensive
Join The Inner Voice Studio for a Musical Theater Intensive for students ages 12-18 years old. Students can participate in acting and dancing classes, voice masterclasses, audition workshops with highly experienced teachers – and there will even be a special guest from Broadway. The camp will culminate with a staged, in-person program with scenes from all of your favorite musicals. Spots are limited.
5 Day Camp
July 26 – July 31 from 1 PM – 5PM
Questions: [email protected]
or call (520) 271-5475
Instagram: @theinnervoicestudio

Young Artist Summer Series Camp with Angela Hitt Designs
Give your child the gift of creative expression! Join us for a week this summer and learn a variety of 2D and 3D art techniques. Students will be taught a variety of skills and will be given options for projects they would like to complete. At the conclusion of the week we will hold an art show where family members can see the artwork created throughout the week. Students will participate in the complete artist experience in this summer camp through the processes of design, production, reflection and display of their work. Recommended for ages 8 and up. ZOOM options available.
5 Day Series $200
July 19-23 from 9am to 12pm
Learn more and make reservations at:
Contact: [email protected]

Paper Mache and Crepe Paper Flower Workshops by Lunas Paper Designs
Learn the traditional Mexican Folk Arts of Paper Mache sculpture and Crepe Paper Flower Making with artist Sandy Villegas of Lunas Paper Designs. The two day summer camps and workshops will run in June and July 2021, starting at $35 per camp. Lunas Paper Designs is also available for special bookings such as private workshops, parties, birthdays, Quinceañeras, weddings, baby showers and anniversaries.
Learn more and make reservations at:

Art Mixer
Have some fun and get creative with Art Mixer, a unique Tucson paint and sip experience. Public and private paint events and classes are available with no minimum number of participants. Just pick a project and schedule a date and time to paint. Attendees can choose step-by-step painting projects on canvas, wood board, wood cutouts, wine glasses, wine bottles and paint-and-take ceramics! Browse the Photo Gallery, Class Listings, and Shop at www.artmixer.net to see more projects and pricing! New projects are always being added.
To schedule an experience with Art Mixer, email [email protected].
Follow Art Mixer on Instagram and Facebook to stay up on events.

Puppet Camp with Red Herring Puppets
Build your own puppets and put on a show! Participants will create a shadow puppet, hand puppet, and scarf marionette. Friends and family are invited to the final performance. During the workshops, each camper will make a hand puppet character with a papier mâché head and a cloth body based on one of their dreams to create original vignettes, record each person’s voice, and create a soundtrack with music and effects. This camp takes place July 12-16, Monday – Friday, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Ages 8 – 13. $150 per student.
Learn More and Register at:

Sahuarita Rock and Roll
Quail Creek – Veterans Municipal Park
1905 N. Old Nogales Hwy, Sahuarita, AZ 85614​
September 11, 2021
​Join the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance and the Town of Sahuarita for a community celebration of music, arts, and classic cars.

​The event will feature
• Art Activity Stations
• Classic Cars
• Live Artist Demonstrations
• Food Trucks
• Live Rock and Roll Music

Oro Valley Fall Artisan Market
Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85737
October 2 & 3, 2021
The 2-day outdoor artisan market in Oro Valley showcases some of the Southwest’s finest artisans in fashion, food, home goods, painting, and visual arts. In addition, pop-up music performances and food trucks will be onsite for attendees to enjoy. The event will feature a reduced capacity of 60 artisans and five food vendors. The curated arts and crafts market celebrates the ingenuity of independently owned, small businesses and artists who channel their passions into creating one-of-a-kind handcrafted products.

Sky Islands Fall Artisan Market
(Formerly the Patagonia Fall Festival)
Patagonia Town Park, 325 McKeown Ave, Patagonia, AZ 85624​
October 9 & 10, 2021
The 2021 event will take on a new feel in the community of Patagonia, AZ, with a reduced capacity and focus on supporting the entire Sky Islands communities. In light of the tremendous toll the pandemic has caused in communities throughout the State, the Sky Islands Tourism Association has decided to introduce the Sky Islands Artisan Market.

​The event will focus on tourism to the Sky Islands region and introduce programming to support the small businesses, wineries, and regional experiences that only Patagonia, Sonoita & Elgin can offer. The weekend will feature the main event located at Patagonia Town Park, featuring up to 100 artisans, food vendors, and exhibitors, live music, entertainment, and picnic fun. Additional programming is designed to support businesses throughout the weekend. We encourage the community to visit the artisan market and take part in visiting local wineries, shops, outdoor spaces, and restaurants.

POP: Art in Unexpected Places Festival
Kierland Commons, Kierland Boulevard, 15205 N Kierland Blvd Suite 150, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
November 6 & 7, 2021
A series of interactive arts experiences – spanning live art, music, philanthropy, culinary, wellness and more will kick off the holiday season as part of the fifth-annual Kierland POP experience in Scottsdale. The festival will take place in 2021 with a modified structure to accommodate changing public health needs, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Browse and shop from up to forty local artists, creators, and makers selling a variety of beautiful handmade creations. Whether you’re shopping for the holidays or looking to treat yourself to something unique, these artists are sure to have something you’ll love! This festival does not provide space for nonprofit, non-artisan or food truck vendors.

Sahuarita Chalk Art Festival
Sahuarita Lake Park
15466 S. Rancho Sahuarita Blvd
Sahuarita, AZ 85629
November 13, 2021

The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance and the Town of Sahuarita are inviting artists to hit the pavement, with chalk that is. In one day, an amazing collection of chalk artists will bring the park pavement to colorful life in the third annual Sahuarita Chalk Art Festival. Attendees can watch professional artists create stunning murals in a variety of themes throughout the community, or grab a piece of chalk and make their own colorful addition.

SAACA supports this unique arts approach to expand opportunities for local artists to exhibit, develop and showcase their craft in the community, while giving youth and emerging artists the opportunity to participate in the arts in this creative and interactive way. We believe that an investment in the arts and creativity, is an investment in your communities cultural assets and place.

La Encantada Fine Art Market
La Encantada Shopping Center, 2905 E Skyline Dr, Tucson, AZ 85718
November 20 & 21, 2021
From metalwork to locally-designed fashion, the open-air La Encantada Fine Art Market is an opportunity to support local artisans and fine art crafters while strolling the lush and ever-blooming garden walkways of the outdoor La Encantada Shopping Center. Artists are among the hardest hit during the pandemic. We invite the community to come out to support their work and be inspired by their creativity in a safe and socially distanced atmosphere and a kickoff to the holiday shopping season.


This festival does not provide space for nonprofit, non-artisan and food vendors.

Oro Valley Festival of the Arts & Holiday Tree Lighting
Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85737
December 4 & 5, 2021
The Oro Valley Festival of the Arts and Holiday Tree Lighting is a two-day Festival that adds vibrancy to Oro Valley by creating opportunities for people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds to celebrate the arts alongside a meaningful celebration to welcome the Holidays. The mission of the Festival of the Arts is to connect art and the community by presenting an annual arts festival and by promoting the arts in the Southern Arizona community.

In 2021, the event will feature a reduced capacity of artists, featuring space for up to 120 exhibitors, artists, and food vendors. The event will maintain vibrancy by featuring student performances, Tuba Christmas performances, free children’s activities, and a modified community gathering around the Holiday tree for a unique tree lighting experience. More details will be announced in September 2021 as to the event details and activations.




About the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating, preserving, and advancing the Arts. SAACA strengthens the bonds between people, place, and purpose through collaborative, arts-driven experiences. SAACA (formerly the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council) was created to develop cultivated programming that spotlights local creatives and celebrates unique culture while providing direct opportunities for artists to make and sell their work. To date, SAACA has created over 200,000 arts-driven experiences, from innovative community festivals and cultural celebrations to creative sector development and accessible arts enrichment programs. SAACA continues to grow in footprint and impact while strengthening the bonds between people, place, and purpose.

Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance | 4500 N. Oracle Road, Suite 110, Tucson, AZ 85705


June 25, 2021 @ 8:00 am MST
December 31, 2021 @ 5:00 pm MST
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Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA)
(520) 797-3959
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