Explore your creativity at the Scottsdale Arts Festival through hands-on activities, giant yard games, music, museum visits and more!
Community Art Studio
Curious about art?
Explore a variety of art mediums at the Community Art Studio. From murals to music-making, we’re sure you’ll leave inspired. All ages welcome, all materials are provided, and no prior experience is necessary.
We are proud to partner with the following quality organizations and artists: Patti Hannon, Arizona Musicfest, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, Free Arts of Arizona, Phoenix College, Rachel’s Young at Art Studio, and Scottsdale Artists’ School.
The Community Art Studio is located on the north side of City Hall.
Marble Mountain Installation
Escape to Marble Mountain
Participate in fiber workshops and art activities surrounding storytelling and character-building. Participants will learn how to marble dye fabric and make their own take-home creature. All ages welcome, all materials are provided, and no prior experience is necessary.
This installation is presented by Kayla Newnam, a local artist known for her paintings, murals, and installations that create new worlds filled with bright colors and quirky patterns. Newnam was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ and got her BFA in painting from Pratt Institute of Art and Design in Brooklyn, NY.
Cut + Paste: Collaborative Collage
Exploring creativity through collage
Using glue sticks, magazines, and other ephemera, participants will explore their creativity through the art of collage in this participatory activity. All ages welcome, all materials are provided, and no prior experience is necessary.
Presented by Cut + Paste (C+P), a collage group founded in Phoenix, AZ in 2015. Originally conceived as a platform for friends to create art objects in a social setting, the group quickly garnered interest from the local arts scene. Over the last few years C+P has evolved and now provides all collage materials and offers free monthly events for the public across the Valley. Venues include museums, libraries, festivals, and other multi-use spaces. C+P aims to promote community through creative, tactile experiences for people of all ages and skill levels.
We invite festival attendees to enter the Positive Place and add their own personal stories to create a dynamic, inspiring space. This installation is designed in partnership with Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale and The Walter Hive.
Giant Games Garden
Located in the lawn northeast of city hall
Partake in a variety of giant versions of your favorites such as Jenga, Connect 4, Tic-Tac-Toe, Checkers, Corn Hole, Yard Dice, and more.
Giant Games Garden is located in the lawn northeast of City Hall.
New this year at Scottsdale Arts Festival
Join us in a fun scavenger hunt for festivalgoers!
Learn how to play.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA)
SMoCA will be open during Festival hours. Patrons can visit the Museum for free Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
To launch a year-long 20th anniversary celebration, SMoCA presents Now Playing: Video 1999–2019, an exhibition that samples the last 20 years of video art. As a former movie theater, the Museum embraces the chance to turn its entire exhibition space over to the moving image. Exploring the complexities of contemporary art and life, the works transform the Museum into a space that enables the viewer to get lost in time. The exhibition features the immersive sound and video installation of Shirin Neshat’s Turbulent (1998) and the largescale, multi-channel video Love Story (2016) by Candice Breitz that juxtaposes individual experiences of the worldwide refugee crisis with the power of celebrity appeal. Additional artists include: Mark Bradford, Petra Cortright, Song Dong, Kota Ezawa, Mads Lynnerup, Christian Marclay, Paul Pfeiffer, Aaron Rothman, Mika Rottenberg, and Diana Thater.