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Festival Coming to Downtown Phoenix December 13-15, 2013

Phoenix Center for the Arts and Arizona Humanities present the second annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts, December 13-15, 2013 at Margaret T. Hance Park in the heart of Downtown Phoenix.

This year’s free, weekend-long event is chock full of arts and humanities programming, live entertainment, family activities, art vendors and more. Enjoy delicious food from local food trucks and relax in the wine and beer garden.

In the Family Zone, children can participate in assembling a giant mosaic out of colorful tiles, creating beautiful desert images. Also, express your artistic skills and contribute to the community mural.

At this year’s Phoenix Festival of the Arts, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton will continue to present the Mayor’s Arts Awards. These awards serve to identify outstanding leaders in six areas; Visual Arts, Theatre, Music, Dance, Public Art, and Creative Writing. An eighteen-person committee of experts in each medium performed a two-stage selection process to nominate candidates. Nominees were be chosen based on the criteria of innovation, impact, and integration. The awards presentation is scheduled on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

By the Numbers

This year’s festival will include 118 booths, including 74 art vendors, 37 arts and culture organizations, 9 exhibitors, 11 food vendors, 127 mural artists, plus 55 live performances!

See the full entertainment schedule here.

Event Facts

Event: The Second Annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts

Dates: December 13-15, 2013

Hours: Friday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, December 14 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, December 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Booths open until 5 p.m., entertainment ‘til 9 p.m.)

Admission: FREE

Anticipated Attendance: 12,000

Where: Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix AZ 85004

Parking/Transportation: Limited street parking available. Avoid the hassle and take METRO Light Rail to the McDowell/Central Ave or Roosevelt/Central Ave. Bike racks are also available.

Presenting Organization: Phoenix Center for the Arts and Arizona Humanities

Supported By: Arizona Community Foundation, Lou & Evelyn Grubb, SRP, Home Depot, S&M Moving Systems, Hensley Beverage Company, Phoenix New Times, and Yelp!

Information: info@phoenixfestivalofthearts.org or 602-254-3100

About Phoenix Center for the Arts
Phoenix Center for the Arts is a historic building located in downtown Phoenix well-suited to provide art, music and performing art classes and programs. This facility, known to most as the Phoenix Center for the Arts or The Center, is managed by the Phoenix Center Arts Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to provide the community with the opportunities to participate in the visual and performing arts through creative and affordable quality programming. The Association now offers online registration for classes year round. Info: www.phoenixcenterforthearts.org

About Arizona Humanities
Arizona Humanities (AH) builds a just and civil society by creating opportunities to explore our shared human experiences through discussion, learning and reflection. Founded in 1973, AH is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. AH supports public programming in the humanities that promotes understanding of human thoughts, actions, creations, and values. AH works with museums, libraries, and other cultural and educational organizations to bring humanities programs to residents throughout Arizona. All AH-supported activities involve humanities disciplines such as history, literature, philosophy, and other studies that examine the human condition. Info: www.azhumanities.org