Library Creatives is a partnership between Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Public Library. This program provides exhibitions and workshops for children, families, and grandparents to engage with the arts while promoting academic achievement and powerful learning experiences. With the library’s place at the center of community and the free access people have to them, this partnership makes the perfect place to show and engage with art. 

Join us for a 3-part workshop series which blends traditional Native American practices of storytelling with a contemporary approach. This series is in conjunction with FIRST: Native American Arizona Artists in the Public Gallery @ Civic Center Library. Participants will be able to use the techniques taught in the workshops to create their own zines. 

You may have heard the term “zine” before and wondered what it meant. A zine is a self-published work of original text, poetry, drawings, and images that is reproduced in small quantities. Think of it as a mini magazine! Amber McCrary is a Diné poet, zinester, and feminist who specializes in creative writing and mixed media. Participants will learn creative writing/poetry, collaging, and mixed media techniques to make a small publication.  

All ages welcome. No prior experience is necessary, and supplies are provided. 

Space is limited. Registration required through Scottsdale Public Libraries

Downloadable Fun 

Print these workbooks from past exhibitions to learn and practice different art-making techniques at home! Materials can be found around the house or at your local art supply store.


Creative Videos

The following activities are in conjunction with Artists’ Breakfast Club, 20 Years, an anniversary exhibition highlighting Arizona artists who regularly meet with the intention of fostering artistic cooperation, mutual support, and community. It was on display at the Civic Center Public Gallery at Scottsdale Civic Center Library from October 5 – December 31, 2020. View the virtual exhibition.

To learn more, visit Scottsdale Public Library

African Thumb Piano Activity

Co-curator of WEST: Arizona Artists of Color at the Civic Center Public Gallery, Joe Willie Smith is known for his sound sculptures made from found objects. Find out what you can do with wood and bobby pins to make a mbira, otherwise known as an African thumb piano. 

Supplies Needed: 

  • 3-inch by 4-inch thin basswood (Product Link) 
  • 4–5 bobby pins  
  • Masking tape 
  • Markers 
  • Wire cutters (optional) 

Watch the slide show for step-by-step instructions to create your instrument! 

FIRST Native American Artists of Arizona
January 10 – March 30, 2022

Art-on-the-Go: Take home a free zine poetry activity designed by Diné poet, zinester and feminist, Amber McCrary. 


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“Showing the Way”

Have you ever seen a strange stack of rocks when you go hiking and wondered what they are? Cairns are stacks of rocks that have long been used to pave the way for travelers who might be lost. Think about your goals, your family’s goals, and how you would like to see the future. Who inspires you and shows you the way? Local artist Patricia Sannit will show us how to build our own cairns using painted rocks and air-dry clay or items around the house. This is family fun you won’t want to miss!

Creative Photo Layering

Amp up your Instagram editing skills with local artist Cherie Buck-Hutchison, who will teach you how to create double-exposure photography for free from your cell phone! Suitable for all ages and anyone with an Android or iPhone device.

Are you an avid collector of memories but don’t know what to do with that giant box of birthday cards? Been meaning to do something with all those sports T-shirts? Do you have a lot of junk mail lying around? Take simple household items such as these and learn how to make your very own “Clutter Quilt” with local artist Heidi Dauphin who will demonstrate how she was inspired to create her piece Great Grandma’s Crazy Quilt Transformed. No prior experience necessary, and it’s fun for all ages!