Washington St/3rd St Light Rail StationARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER’S MISSION IS TO INSPIRE, EDUCATE AND ENTERTAIN PEOPLE OF ALL AGES ABOUT SCIENCE.
Arizona Science Center has a rich history of exploration, innovation and collaboration. Beginning as a community project of The Junior League of Phoenix in 1980, the Center has established itself as a major institution of learning for families, teachers and students and other guests. Over three decades, with substantial help from the citizens of Phoenix and years of focused content and program development, the Center has grown to serve over a half million guests annually, of which nearly 140,000 are school children.
The continued growth of the Center and its close connection with the Arizona community provides a unique experience for everyone it reaches. Using an informal, hands-on approach to science exploration and inspiration the Center has more than 164,000 square-feet of space, of which 98,000 is dedicated to the exploration of our guests. Additional learning opportunities and services include outreach programs, focused field trips, camps, classes, to-the-moon and beyond presentation in the Dorrance Planetarium, immersive shows in the 5-story IMAX® Theater and featured exhibitions.
Ballet Arizona is an innovative and provocative professional ballet company that creates, performs, and teaches outstanding classical and contemporary ballet. The company is dedicated to preserving and celebrating classical dance while creating and commissioning new innovative works.
Ballet Arizona is under the artistic direction of Ib Andersen, who was a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet for over a decade. An administrative team and community Board of Directors provides support services and oversight for the company’s activities, and is assisted by the dedicated efforts of an enthusiastic Volunteer Corps.
Ballet Arizona is dedicated to serving the people of central Arizona through Education and Community Outreach programs, which touch the lives of more than 35,000 children each year.
Ballet Arizona believes that a performance can change lives. We offer our audiences and participants the opportunity to expand your imagination on a unique journey to a place where it has never been and allow you to experience art in a way that surpasses words!
- To advance and promote the art of puppetry
- To celebrate the great state of Arizona – its culture, heritage and ecology – through the art of puppetry
- To educate children and their families
- To make a positive impact on the cultural climate of Arizona
The home of the Great Arizona Puppet Theater is an important Phoenix landmark. Built in 1929, the beautiful Phoenix LDS 2nd Ward Church was purchased by the Highway Department in 1972 for construction of I-10 and targeted for demolition. Public outcry saved the building and it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is an outstanding example of Spanish Colonial style architecture and was designed by the famed architectural team of Burton and Pope. Features include a domed ceiling arising from Moorish columns, stenciled and hand-painted decorative motifs on ceilings and beams throughout trhe building, and a lovely courtyard overlooking the Margaret Hance Deck Park and downtown Phoenix.
The theater bought the building in 1996 when it was in general disrepair and started the long process of renovation. Three years later the former chapel was opened as the performing space. Another three years of work enabled the puppeteers to open the former social hall as the auditorium. The chapel now serves as gift shop, lobby and exhibit area. Also on site are workshop areas for puppet construction, puppet storage, office for the puppet theater, birthday party room, a puppet library and a guest room for visiting guest artists.
Great Arizona Puppet Theater is a non-profit professional puppet theater founded in 1983 as a touring company. The theater is open to the public 5 days a week year-round with shows for children and adults and also tours throughout the community serving a total audience of 85,000 annually, mostly children. GAPT has received the Mayor’s Environmental Award for Education, numerous Best of Phoenix awards and the UNIMA-USA Citation for Excellence in Puppetry.
Home to James Beard Award-winning restaurants, the world class Arizona Science Center, the historic 1895 Rosson House Museum and its collection of carefully restored historic homes and buildings, Heritage & Science Park is a crucial piece of the cultural landscape in downtown Phoenix. The tree-lined park also is a popular home for major festivals and special events that bring thousands to the area each year.
The mission of the Irish Cultural Center is to provide a link between the people of Arizona and the people of Ireland and other Celtic cultures. Programs, classes, festivals, exhibits and special events include history, music, art, dance, literature, drama, crafts, language, travel, sports and traditional activities.
The goal of the Irish Cultural Center is to provide the public with the highest quality educational and cultural programming. The Center is owned by the City of Phoenix and is operated through public private partnership with the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation.
Hours of Operation
From 10:00AM until 3:00PM;
The Irish Cultural Center grew out of a cooperative public-private partnership between the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department; the Arizona Department of Transportation; a Sister City relationship with Ennis, Ireland; and the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation, a local non-profit coalition of affiliated Irish and Celtic organizations.
Our Irish community is growing and with it is our Irish Cultural Center. Please be part of the spirit and volunteer a few hours to the Center. Volunteer duties will range from clerical duties and running the gift shop to conducting tours of the Center. Whatever amount of time you can afford is appreciated.
The Irish Cultural Center, The Heart Of The Celtic Community, is a Division of the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation a 501 c (3) Not For Profit Corporation, and is owned and maintained by the City Of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.