The Flinn Foundation has given $100,000 to the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts to support its new Scottsdale Arts Presents initiative. The award follows a $25,000 planning grant awarded by the Flinn Foundation to Scottsdale Arts in 2016.
Scottsdale Arts Presents enables the organization to expand its reach, brand awareness and service to the community by presenting artists and programs at venues beyond its downtown Scottsdale campus. The most recent grant will be used to provide a strong financial foundation to develop future off-site performances and collaborations for this initiative.
Scottsdale Arts Presents was developed as part of the organization’s 2015 strategic plan and launched during the 2016-2017 season, laying the groundwork for a distinct array of artistic and venue partnerships.
For the 2017-2018 season, Scottsdale Arts Presents will showcase five artists at venues around the Valley: a sold-out concert with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott on Nov. 10 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix; a reading and book signing with best-selling author David Sedaris on Nov. 18 at the Orpheum Theatre; an evening of storytelling with Ira Glass, the host and creator of public radio’s This American Life, on Jan. 20 at the Orpheum Theatre; a concert with the acclaimed vocal ensemble The Manhattan Transfer on Jan. 31 at the Celebrity Theatre; and two performances of Rob Kapilow’s What Makes it Great? Series on Jan. 16 and Feb. 20 at the Musical Instrument Museum.
PHOTOS COURTESY SCOTTSDALE ARTS