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Call for photo submissions

Calling all shutterbugs in Arizona! Capture the breathtaking beauty of the Grand Canyon State and showcase your talent on our site.

Our goal is to feature “every city, every county” – from Ajo to Yuma, Apache to Yavapai plus dozens in between – with the hope of spreading the goodness that is Arizona and celebrating the sweeping landscape of this place so many of us are lucky to call home.

By contributing, you grant us the right to feature your work – like this stunning snap of Sedona by Kayla Ruiz – on our website and social media channels.

Email submissions to

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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Look what you made us do

In 2018, I saw both Taylor Swift Atlanta shows. For The Eras Tour, I couldn’t land a ticket, and neither did most friends.

So when her concert movie was released, we didn’t take a chance or wait in line, we bought out a theatre!

Even as many were navigating heavy hearts, health issues, new schools, family stress, COVID and more, Taylor Swift brought 32 of us together to immerse and forget over a wonderfully fun evening of dinner, drinks and dancing. Kids and adults alike clapped, sang, took pics, used camera lights and treated it like a private concert party.

Tara Murphy, 360 Media, Inc., The Atlanta 100

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Immerse yourself in da Vinci’s world

If ever there were a true Renaissance man, it was Leonardo da Vinci, whose seminal work – “Vitruvian Man” – was created circa 1490 as a means of explaining balance and proportion in art and architecture.

Enter, Leonardo: The Universal Man, a novel take on the artist’s famed drawings, sketches and journal entries via immersive, state-of-the art projection technology. The floor-to-ceiling spectacle includes a current interpretation of his drawings and creations – including the “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper ” – replete with sound, light, animation and kaleidoscopic color palettes.

On view now through June 28 at Lighthouse ArtSpace Phoenix in Old Town Scottsdale.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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Glendale student claims top poetry prize

Last month, Biruni Hariadi recited her way to the top at the Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals in Tucson. The student at Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy competed against peers from all corners of the state and emerged the Arizona 2023 Champion.

The competition, administered by the University of Arizona Poetry Center, began in the classroom and advanced through multiple levels; next month, Hariadi travels to the nation’s capital to compete against champions from all 56 states and U.S. jurisdictions for a chance to win the title of Poetry Out Loud National Champion – plus a $20,000 scholarship.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The 100 Companies

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Arizona Musicfest April line-up in Scottsdale

A trio of live concerts at Arizona Musicfest is on tap this month featuring music across the ages:

“The Folk Legacy Trio” – dubbed a living library of the folk era – took to the stage Tuesday, April 11 for an evening of nostalgia, straight from the 50s and 60s.

• April 17 belongs to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, to whom Broadway vocalists will pay their R-E-S-P-E-C-Ts in a tribute concert to the legendary singer and icon.

• April 29: “Takin’ It To The Streets” pays homage to the Doobie Brothers’ greatest hits.

All three shows will feature “Concert Close-Up” video enhancement.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The 100 Companies

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PhxArt explores the history of photography at ‘Fashioning Self’ exhibit

Since the advent of the Kodak camera in 1888, we’ve been crafting our appearance – in portraits and selfies – for a public audience. 

Fashioning Self: The Photography of Everyday Expression” examines the role of photography in shaping, sharing and shifting identity. The exhibit, now on display at the Phoenix Art Museum, features 54 works of street, documentary and self-portrait photography spanning 1912 to 2015 that explore the complex relationship between fashion as a tool for self-expression and photography’s role in capturing it. 

The exhibit, born of a world where cameras are commonplace and (nearly) everyone curates a feed, invites audience participation.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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Annual Arizona Indian Festival to kick off first weekend in February

The Arizona American Indian Tourism Association (AAITA) will host a festival to honor and celebrate 22 of Arizona’s indigenous Indian communities. AAITA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase and promote tourism development for Indian communities in Arizona, while maintaining the probity of each tribe.

Coinciding with Western Week, the festival will be held in historic Old Town Scottsdale at the intersection of First Street and Brown Avenue on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 6 from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Visitors can expect to learn these tribes’ history and culture while enjoying food, art, crafts, storytelling and music.

Amanda Fox, The Arizona 100

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Charitable music festival returns to Phoenix this March

Phoenix’s beloved music festival for a cause, M3F Fest, returns to downtown’s Margaret T. Hance Park March 4-5, 2022.

The annual event donates 100 percent of its proceeds to charity, raising $1.1 million in its last two years alone. Conceived as a team-building exercise by producers WESPAC Construction, the festival’s donations build homes for the homeless, support cancer research, music therapy programs and more.

M3F was the last big music festival to play in the Sun Valley before Covid caused the concert industry to shut own. This year’s eclectic lineup features artists like Leon Bridges, Spafford, ZHU and many more.

– Margaret Willard, The 100 Companies

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SculptureTucson Announces Inaugural Sculpture Park Exhibition

SculptureTucson Announces Inaugural Sculpture Park Exhibition

SculptureTucson is pleased to announce “Rough Terrain,” the inaugural exhibition of its new sculpture park. The two-acre park will be home to large-scale works now through the 4th of July, and is located adjacent to the organization’s headquarters at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park.

All displayed sculptures are available for sale, and featured artists include Rotraut Moquay, Fred Borcherdt, Al Glann, Kevin Caron, Steven Derks, Willie Ray Parish, Jeff Timan, Elizabeth Frank, Hector Ortega, Greg Corman, Pat Frederick, Jonquil LeMaster, Julia Arriola, Adrian Wall, Joy Fox McGrew, Jimmy Descant, Peter Eisner, Joan Waters, John Nelson, Barbara Jo Borch and Alex Heveri.

The Arizona 100 reports

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Phoenix Jazz Vocalist Offers Virtual Music, Movement & Memory Program

Phoenix Jazz Vocalist

A long-time advocate for the power of the creative spirit, and in response to COVID-19, Valley resident and jazz vocalist Shannon Wallace, CDP created, an online, interactive live-streaming and on-demand Music, Movement & Memory program serving those living with dementia and cognitive impairment, and their caregivers.

The program’s video sessions feature Wallace interacting with her audience who are then able to experience full-body movement exercises; memory and hand-eye coordination games; problem-solving games; humor and reflective conversation, all set to music and/or rhythm. Wallace is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) through the American National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP).

The Arizona 100 reports