Scottsdale Family ArtsFest at SkySong
to Debut March 24-25

New Community Event Celebrates Visual, Performing Arts Created by Scottsdale K-12 Students

Scottsdale Family ArtsFest at SkySong will be held on March 24 and 25 at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center in south Scottsdale. Scottsdale Family ArtsFest at SkySong will be a free, two-day festival of creativity that includes performances, interactive demonstrations, creative interventions, and culinary delights from local food trucks throughout SkySong.

Over the course of the event, attendees will experience performances and art exhibitions delivered by Scottsdale Unified School District students, family friendly arts activities presented by Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation, and interactive demonstrations from City of Scottsdale departments.

Scottsdale Community Partners (SCP) will be holding their annual Alli Ortega Empty Bowls Fundraiser in the lobby entrance of the event in SkySong Building 1. There will be bowls crafted by SUSD students and the Scottsdale community available for purchase, in  addition to an online auction featuring class bowls, art, and various goods donated by the community. Funds raised will support all SCP programs, in partnership with City of Scottsdale Human Services, such as the Vista del Camino Food Bank, Back-to-School, and Healthy Packs weekend food program for SUSD students.

The event starts on Friday, March 24 and runs from 4 to 6 p.m. that day, and will resume Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be several different areas to explore, including:

Center Stage will feature performances by SUSD bands, choirs, and orchestras. This area will also include hands-on, artist-led activities from Scottsdale Arts including painting, sculpture, and souvenir tote bags.

Art exhibitions from elementary, middle, and high school students will be throughout SkySong’s campus. A highlight includes bowls created by SUSD students that will be available for sale to support families facing food insecurity in Scottsdale.  

The Café Stage presents smaller ensemble performances, interactive experiences presented by City of Scottsdale departments, and light refreshments. 

The event is a partnership between Arizona State University, the Scottsdale Unified School District, the City of Scottsdale, Scottsdale Arts and the SkySong development team. Seed funding for the event was provided by a grant from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to Arizona State University. Sponsorships for the Scottsdale Family ArtsFest at SkySong are available as well. 

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