THE ARTS IN YUMA

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The arts are em­braced in­Yuma.Whether it’s dance,mu­sic,the­ater or vis­ual arts, you’ll find some­thing that sat­is­fies your in­ter­ests.

Yuma’s rich cul­tural di­ver­sity pro­vides the back­ground for mul­ti­ple cel­e­bra­tions that demon­strate the wide artis­tic ef­forts of var­i­ous cul­tures.We cel­e­brate the cul­ture of Na­tive Amer­i­cans,African Amer­i­cans, Mex­i­can Amer­i­cans and any other eth­nic­ity that has con­trib­uted to the Amer­i­can cul­ture.Our range goes from his­tor­i­cal to to­day to the fu­ture.

The City of Yuma ad­vances the arts by pro­vid­ing dis­tinct op­por­tu­ni­ties for com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion and artis­tic growth.Ad­vo­cacy is strength­ened by work­ing with the City of Yuma

Arts & Cul­ture Com­mis­sion, Pub­lic Art Com­mit­tee, and Per­form­ing Arts Com­mit­tee.The city man­ages the op­er­a­tions of the Yuma Art Cen­ter, which is the cat­a­lyst for artis­tic growth in our com­mu­nity.Your visit won’t be com­plete un­til you visit these great venues.

THE­ATER GROUPS

Since 1980,Yuma Com­mu­nity The­ater has served area res­i­dents who en­joy on­stage com­edy, drama and mu­si­cal pro­duc­tions.Through­out its his­tory,its ac­tors and mem­bers have been res­i­dents of the area whose sole in­ter­est has been pre­serv­ing and pro­mot­ing live the­ater.

For more in­for­ma­tion about up­com­ing pro­duc­tions, call (928) 919-4876 or visit www.yu­ma­com­mu­ni­tythe­ater.org.

BAL­LET

Ev­ery year,Yuma-area res­i­dents look for­ward to per­for­mances by Bal­let Yuma and Yuma Bal­let The­atre. For more in­for­ma­tion about up­com­ing per­for­mances,visit www.bal­letyuma.org and­www.yum­a­bal­letthe­atre.org.

YUMA JAZZ COM­PANY

Yuma is home to the Yuma Jazz Com­pany, an award-win­ning pro­fes­sional in­stru­men­tal jazz group that has re­leased orig­i­nal CDs and has been re­viewed by na­tional me­dia.

It per­forms reg­u­larly at lo­cal venues, and this year marks the 11th sea­son of its Vil­lage Jazz Se­ries,a weekly se­ries of free con­certs held in the Vil­lage area of the Yuma Palms Re­gional Cen­ter.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.yu­ma­jazz.com.

YUMA OR­CHES­TRA AS­SO­CI­A­TION

The Yuma Or­ches­tra As­so­ci­a­tion, which has pro­moted string mu­sic in the Yuma area since 1976, will present a va­ri­ety of en­sem­ble per­for­mances by youth mu­si­cians of var­i­ous ages.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.yu­maorches­tra.org., or call 928-246-6715.

FIDDLERS

The Ter­ri­to­rial Chap­ter of the Ari­zona Old Time Fiddlers has per­for­mance jams at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions and times.All per­for­mances are free and open to the pub­lic. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Den­nis Rus­sell at 928-750-3201.

YUMA ART CEN­TER

254 S. Main St. 928.373.5202 www.yu­maaz.gov

Hours: 10am to 8pm Tues­day-Satur­day, Closed Sun­day and Mon­day

City of Yuma Parks and Recre­ation Depart­ment op­er­ates and main­tains the Yuma Art Cen­ter, which fea­tures the 640-seat His­toric Yuma The­atre.The Yuma Art Cen­ter and His­toric Yuma The­atre are in the heart of his­toric down­town Yuma. These lo­ca­tions of­fer a wide va­ri­ety of spe­cial events for adults and fam­i­lies, with fea­tures that in­clude:

• Four vis­ual art gal­leries

• Class­rooms and artist stu­dios

• Black and white pho­tog­ra­phy dark­room

• Pot­tery stu­dio

• Gift shop with unique ob­jects for col­lect­ing and giv­ing

• 640-seat His­toric The­atre

The Yuma Art Cen­ter and His­toric Yuma The­atre are great places to meet peo­ple or to have busi­ness and pri­vate gath­er­ings,meet­ings, wed­ding re­cep­tions and hol­i­day par­ties.

HIS­TORIC YUMA THE­ATRE

254 S. Main St. 928-373-5202 www.yu­maaz.gov

The His­toric Yuma The­atre is man­aged by the City of Yuma with events oc­cur­ring year-round,in­clud­ing orig­i­nal film screen­ings, com­mu­nity the­ater pro­duc­tions, Satur­day chil­dren’s mati­nees,Ari­zona His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety tours and film se­ries, jazz fes­ti­vals,art sym­po­siums,ed­u­ca­tion work­shops, grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies, choir con­certs,and spe­cial events and pre­sen­ta­tions in con­nec­tion with down­town mall events.

The His­toric Yuma The­atre is avail­able for lec­tures, film show­ings, demon­stra­tions, pre­sen­ta­tions, sem­i­nars, artist-in­res­i­dence pro­grams, and other ed­u­ca­tion gath­er­ings.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to in­quire about rent­ing the His­toric Yuma The­atre, con­tact the Yuma Art Cen­ter, 928-373-5202.

DANCE COM­PA­NIES, STU­DIOS AND VENUES IN THE YUMA AREA:

• Bal­let Yuma, (928) 314-4762

• Dance Etc., (928) 783-4194

• Dance­mak­ers,(928) 783-7754

• Dancers Work­shop, (928) 314-3262

• Dawn’s Dance Stu­dio, (928) 329-6858

• Golden Road­run­ners,(928) 343-1086

• Jazz of Yuma, (928) 329-6858

• Square Dance Hall & Bou­tique, (928) 344-1969

• Yuma Bal­let Academy, (928) 314-4762

• Yuma Bal­let The­atre and Per­form­ing Arts, (928) 341-1925

• Yuma Square & Round Dance As­so­ci­a­tion

MU­SIC GROUPS AND STU­DIOS IN THE YUMA AREA:

• AWC Cham­ber Singers, (928) 344-7574

• AWC Yuma Youth Choir, (928) 317-6019

• Cac­tus Keys Pi­ano Stu­dio, (928) 782-0680

• Ci­bola High School Per­form­ing Choir, (928) 783-7837

• Kin­der­mu­sic,(928) 782-9941

• Kofa High School Roy­alaires,(928) 7265750

• String Am­bas­sadors, (928) 726-7799

• Sun­set Bar­ber­shop Cho­rus, (928) 3176019

• Sweet Ade­lines, (928) 317-6019

• Yuma Cho­rale, (928) 344-7574

• Yuma Jazz Com­pany, (928) 345-1534

• Yuma Or­ches­tra As­so­ci­a­tion, (928) 2466715

THE­ATER GROUPS:

• A Leap of Faith Per­form­ing Art Academy, (928) 783-3303

• AWC The­ater, (928) 344-7592

• Desert Point Pro­duc­tions, www.de­sert­pointe.org; [email protected]­sert­pointe. org

• 5 Point The­atre Com­pany, (928) 2464318, or email [email protected]­hoo-com

• His­toric Yuma The­atre, (928) 3735202

• Yuma Com­mu­nity The­ater, (928) 9194876

VIS­UAL ARTS OR­GA­NI­ZA­TIONS:

• AWC Stu­dent Art Gallery, (928) 317-6000

• Desert Artists of Yuma, (928) 342-3953

• Moun­tain Shadow Artists, (928) 342-6587

• North End Artists’ Co-op­er­a­tive, [email protected] hot­mail.com

• Pot­pourri Artists, (928) 345-0243

• Vil­lage Art Gallery, (928) 341-0039

• Yuma Art Cen­ter, (928) 373-5202

• Yuma Fine Arts As­so­ci­a­tion, (928) 329-6607

• Yuma Art Sym­po­sium Inc., (928) 782-1934

Wide-open spa­ces and a mild cli­mate dur­ing most of the year make for ideal con­di­tions for out­door ac­tiv­i­ties.

It’s right here in Yuma. From ex­plor­ing na­ture to chal­leng­ing your ath­letic skills, Yuma has what you need. Check out these ac­tiv­i­ties.

SWIM­MING

The City of Yuma op­er­ates three pub­lic swim­ming fa­cil­i­ties and shares a fourth with the Yuma Union High School Dis­trict.

City of Yuma

Phone: 928-373-5243 http://www.yu­maaz.gov/parks-an­drecre­ation/parks/swim­ming-pool­sand-wa­ter-fea­tures.html

Those with open swim times are:

VAL­LEY AQUATIC CEN­TER

4381 W. 18th Street

This cen­ter of­fers both a com­pe­ti­tion pool and a leisure pool.The com­pe­ti­tion pool is 25 yards by 110 feet and the leisure pool is 5,972 square feet.

Con­ces­sions are avail­able.

KENNEDY POOL

23rd Street and Kennedy Lane (ac­cessed from 24th Street)

The Kennedy Pool is 50 me­ters by 65 feet with a 212-foot slide and a sep­a­rate 2400-square-foot leisure pool.

MAR­CUS POOL

5th Street and 5th Av­enue

(545 W. 5th Street)

Mar­cus Pool is 25 me­ters by 25 yards with an 800-square-foot leisure pool.

Open swim hours are based on avail­abil­ity and vary through­out the year. To learn cur­rent hour and rates call 928.373.5243.

NAT­U­RAL SWIM­MING LO­CA­TIONS

For those look­ing for a more nat­u­ral lo­ca­tion, try these op­por­tu­ni­ties:

• Gate­way Park

• Se­na­tor Wash

• Squaw Lake

• Mit­try Lake

For de­tailed in­for­ma­tion, see the ‘On The Wa­ter’ sec­tion.

WALK­ING SMUCKER PARK

Av­enue A south of 24th Street

This park fea­tures a paved, mea­sured walk­ing path with fit­ness sta­tions.

The multi-use paths along the river­front and the East Main Canal also serve as walk­ing cour­ses.

For more, go to http://www. yu­maaz.gov/parks-and-recre­ation/parks/paths-and­trails.html

TEN­NIS

Vis­i­tors have ac­cess to four ten­nis com­plexes in Yuma.They are:

JAMES DEYO ATH­LETIC COM­PLEX

Av­enue A & 36th Street, Ad­ja­cent to Desert Sun Sta­dium

Fea­tur­ing nine lighted ten­nis courts in­clud­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion court and two prac­tice courts, this cen­ter of­fers the right place for a great ten­nis ex­pe­ri­ence.

CARVER PARK

5th Street & 13th Av­enue Lighted courts.

CI­BOLA HIGH SCHOOL

20th Street west of Av­enue C

Un­lighted – Avail­abil­ity sub­ject to school sched­ule.

YUMA HIGH SCHOOL

4th Street & 5th Av­enue

Un­lighted – Avail­abil­ity sub­ject to school sched­ule.

GOLF

Golf is pop­u­lar in Yuma, and still af­ford­able.The large num­ber of cour­ses per capita keeps prices about half of com­pa­ra­ble cour­ses in Phoenix.Take ad­van­tage of these great rates and try them all.

The va­ri­ety of cour­ses as­sures each vis­i­tor the op­por­tu­nity to find the par that meets the tal­ents.

If you are into the cham­pi­onship va­ri­ety,check out the course at Mesa Del Sol, de­signed by Arnold Palmer, or the Desert Hills Mu­nic­i­pal Golf Course,rated one of the best mu­nis in Ari­zona.

If you’re into golf, you need to be in Yuma!

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