Submitted by MCCDAdmin on Thu, 04/13/2017 - 16:09

TEMPE, Ariz. – April 13, 2017 -- Public attendance is welcome and free at the Elemental Cultural Arts Festival on April 13 and the Artists of Promise event on April 27.

The inaugural Elemental Cultural Arts Festival spotlights talented students, scholars and community artists who will express their art in vocal expression (storytelling, spoken word), movement (dance), vision (street art, photography), and sound (beat-making, DJing, ensemble).

Elemental Cultural Arts takes place on Thursday, April 13 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum at 1625 N. Central Ave. The reception begins at 5 p.m.; attendees are invited to enjoy the art exhibit before performances begin at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Artists of Promise is an annual gala performance and exhibition that honors the 2016 – 2017 Chancellor’s Award winners. The event’s performers have won the District wide competitions in dance, creative writing, music, theater, film/media arts and the visual arts. Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick will present the evening’s awards. Tomas Stanton is the evening’s emcee.

Artists of Promise will be held on Thursday, April 27 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Herberger Theater at 222 E Monroe St, Phoenix. The reception and art exhibit are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; performances begin at 6:30. This event is also free and open to the public.

The creative writing winners participated in an additional honor, the Creative Writing Awards Dinner on April 12 at Scottsdale Community College, where “Passages” was unveiled. “Passages” is a book inclusive of the winning entries of all four competitive categories: essay, fiction, one-act play or script, and poetry. “Passages” will also be available at the Artists of Promise event.

For more about the Elemental Cultural Arts Festival and Artists of Promise, contact Linda Speranza, District Fine Arts Coordinator,, 480.731.8630 or visit and

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About Maricopa Community Colleges

We are the Maricopa Community Colleges. We are 10 colleges, two skill centers, and numerous education centers, all dedicated to educational excellence and to meeting the needs of businesses and the citizens of Maricopa County. Each college is individually accredited, yet part of a larger system - the Maricopa County Community College District, which is one of the largest providers of higher education in the United States.


Arts and Culture


Maricopa Community Colleges are dedicated to leading the development of education programs and services in the fine arts and each year furthers this commitment by sponsoring performances that feature the emerging talents of student and community artists. This April, Maricopa presents two events and invites the public to join in the celebration of art and culture