Each year, Visions brings together 42 high school art students from diverse Maricopa County high schools for a yearlong series of activities designed to cultivate artistic skills, collaboration, and civic engagement. Celebrating its 21st year in 2021, the program is based on a strong community partnership between Scottsdale Arts and participating schools that represent economically, ethnically, and culturally diverse communities. To date, more than 900 students have graduated from the program. 

Most years, Visions students visit exhibitions and college art departments, attend workshops and gallery talks by outstanding local and national artists, collaborate on arts projects, participate in communication workshops and diversity discussions, and exhibit their work in Scottsdale Arts’ Center Space gallery at Scottsdale Center for the Performing ArtsExplore the most recent exhibition, Visions ‘21, online. 

The pandemic didn’t stop Visions from connecting youth with local, national, and internationally recognized artists. The program has shifted from in-person to online learning via Zoom, giving them access to even more incredible artists to work with around the world in fields as diverse as augmented reality, digital editing, and video art. 

This program is by invitation only. For more information, email: Learning@ScottsdaleArts.org

“This program has opened up a whole new level of creativity, allowing students to fully express themselves, which makes my classroom that much more open and fun to learn in.”  — Teacher, Visions ‘20 

“I struggle with depression and anxiety, and my mind would sometimes be so negative that I couldn’t go to school. With Visions, and the policy of keeping grades up and attendance up, and just the overall excitement of counting down the days until the next Visions meeting, honestly keeps me getting up out of bed in the morning. I have never been so close to a certain group of students and teachers.” — Student, Visions ‘20