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 20th year in 2019, 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.

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.

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