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Art and Culture In Fountain Hills

Public Art Scene

Fountain Hills has not only natural beauty, but it also is home to exquisite creations. A public art program, initiated in 2001, has resulted in the acquisition of some 70 pieces of art placed throughout Fountain Hills. In 2007, The Town of Fountain Hills began a program requiring developers to pay one percent of construction costs to fund public art at commercial and multi-residential buildings. Single family homes are exempt.

The Public Art Committee takes a major role in raising money for public art works. Active procurement of a specific piece, by commissioning a specific artist or through gifts to won, the committee reviews and facilitates each proposed art acquisition. The committee considers how the art “reveals a unique or special quality about Fountain Hills; contributes to the awareness of Fountain Hills’ history and cultural identity; adds aesthetic quality and interest to Fountain Hills’ infrastructure; engages the public in an entertaining, educational or contemplative way; and makes a statement about the identity, character or values of life within Fountain Hills. Enjoy the video below to see what a great job they have done. And thanks John Hersey for a great video!

The Culture Scene

Besides the extensive pubic art collection, there are art galleries, and art sows. The theater is an integral part of the town. Ballet Arizona annually brings its preview show to the community for a “Ballet Under the Stars” program. There is Community Chorus, Fountain Hills Chamber Players and Community Band.

  • Fountain Hills Community TheaterOur community theater will be entering its 25th season. Led by a strong Board of Directors and Executive Director, Val Stasik, the theater is regularly honored with numerous nominations and wins at the annual Valley Arizona Theater Awards ceremony.With the talents of Artistic/Technical Mainstage Director, Peter J. Hill and Artistic/Technical Youth Director, Ross Collins, this hometown theater continues to entertain area theater-lovers. Hundreds of volunteers help make this possible as well as a dedicated staff. The theater is located at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd.  480-837-9661
  • Fountain Hills Cultural and Civic Association – This non-profit corporation is dedicated to “enhancing the quality of life in Fountain Hills by supporting, developing and operating cultural, civic, and educational activities in our community. Some functions of FHCCA:

Art and Music in the Schools, Civic Affairs, Community Band, Community Center Exhibits, Community Chorus, Greening of Downtown, In-Home Concerts, Juried Art Show, Piano Competition, Pointsettia Tree of Remembrance and Public Art.

  • Fountain Hills Art League – All group members are artists themselves, so there is a great deal of exchange of ideas and experience between them. Many members participate in the all-member art show each January at the Community Center as well as the juried art show facilitated by the Arts Council. There is also an all-member show each March with a live auction and free wine reception. Proceeds from the March event go to the middle school art program. 480-837-3399
  • Thunderbird Artists – The producer of fine art and wine festivals throughout the Southwest, Thunderbird Artists has been promoting artists from all over the United States and abroad for almost 30 years, providing emerging artists a marketplace to sell their works, and help launch art careers. Thunderbird Artists holds the annual Fine Art and Wine Affaire in Fountain Hills in March, as well as other fine art and wine festivals in Carefree, Scottsdale, Colorado and Texas. 480-837-5637