Public programs are designed with access, wellness, and fun in mind! Showcasing both visual and performing arts, these experiences are delivered on-site or through outreach into the community.

Photo: Betty L Hum Photography

Memory Lounge

Memory Lounge is a program for people living with mild to moderate stages of dementia-related illness and their care partners. It is an enjoyable, social outing that helps couples live in the moment as they engage in the arts.

Life Stories

We each have a story to tell; here’s a chance to tell yours. This eight-part workshop series for writers of all experience levels, from beginner to expert, will help you get your tales from head to page with prompts, exercises, and sharing. 

Library Creatives

Expand your visual literacy through art workshops at the Scottsdale Public Libraries.

Second Saturdays @SMoCA

Every second Saturday we present fun art activities for the entire family that spark conversation about contemporary art.

Instructor Amy Silverman

Balancing Acts: A Writing Workshop for Care Givers

Join others who spend their days and nights looking after young children, aging parents, and anyone in between as we learn from one another and build community through writing and workshopping true stories in this six-part virtual series. 

Club Creatives

In partnership with after-school youth organizations, high-quality art workshops, experiences, and excursions are offered to local clubs in order to enhance community youth skill development and provide career advancement opportunities.

Inspiring Aspiring Architects

For 14 years, Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation has partnered with local architects and architectural firms to provide Inspiring Aspiring Architects, a unique workshop opportunity exploring careers in architecture and design.

Knight Rise at Sunset 

In this illuminating program, you will experience the sunset inside the James Turrell Skyspace Knight Rise at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA). Scottsdale Arts staff will enlighten you about this important artist as you capture the sunset’s glow with watercolors, followed by an exclusive Museum tour.