The pubic art map highlights some of the community ’ s favorite works of public artwork ! Take a self-guided enlistment and be certain to tag #BePartOfTheArts or @ YumaArtCenter in your visit.
Public Art Map
Public Art Guide
On the Yuma Art Center
The exterior of the Yuma Art Center proudly and prominently displays two murals, one by internationally acclaimed artist MOMO on the back of the center completed in 2018 and one by celebrated muralist Eltono on the South confront side of the construction above the Historic Yuma Theatre which was completed in 2019. Both murals were liberally gifted to the Yuma Art Center by the McKivergan Foundation with in kind contributions from the Historic Coronado Motor Hotel, LG Paint, Plaza Paint, and Sun Rentals. During his 2018 artist residency, MOMO besides created respective smaller scaled murals throughout the Downtown sphere, including several trash enclosures.
Sculptures on Main Street
The Yuma Art Center oversees the City of Yuma ’ mho sculpture collection including many works of art found in Historic Downtown Yuma. noteworthy pieces include three trail sculptures by Shanen Aranmour which were completed through a Union Pacific Railroad Beautification Grant. Recent sculpt aquiisions besides include “ Nada ” located in front of the Yuma Art Center which was donated by artist Antonio Jose Arce. besides in front of the center is, “ Sky and Mountain Ribbon Piece : Wars and Rumors of War ” by artist George Goyer. This big exploit of art primitively stood in the front of the Yuma Art Center at the Depot placement. It was donated to the Yuma Fine Arts Association in 1985 by Betty Williams on behalf of the Bess Fox Varner Fund. The sculpture was acquired by Ray and Val Drysdale after the Depot fire and was prominently and publicly displayed at their residence on Arizona Avenue for over two decades. It was donated by the Drysdale syndicate to the City of Yuma ’ s populace art collection in November 2019 to live once again in front of the Yuma Art Center .
Summer Mural Program
For over 20 years, the Yuma Art Center has coordinated the Summer Mural Program which has educated and employed area senior high school school students. Through a particular partnership with Arizona at Works, the program engages local youth each summer in “ art boot camp ” where participants pick up a paint brush for the first time. Over the course of two months participants learn biography and job skills through the arts which culminate with a collaborative and community-centered solve of public art. big mural projects can be seen on the Yuma Civic Center, Desert Sun Stadium, Kennedy Pool, Yuma Readiness Center, John Morris Cottage, Joe Henry Optimist Center, United Building, North End Community Center, and at versatile Parks and City facilities .
NexGen Mural a Month Program
The Yuma Art Center has been fortunate to collaborator with NexGen Leadership Council on the Mural a Month Program which has coordinated several murals throughout the Yuma area. With fund from the Arizona Community Foundation and secret sponsors, the center has assisted in administering and coordinating the come mural projects : Adry Del Rocio ’ s mural on Del Sol Market, Lupoli ’ s “ Greetings from Yuma ” mural, Alonso Delgadillo ’ second murals on the School of Beauty and MGM Design, Ruben Poncia ’ S mural on Alice Byrne Elementary School among others .
Arizona Creative Communities Institute – DIY Murals
The AZ Creative Communities Institute ( AZ CCI ) offered minor teams, made up of divers members of Arizona communities, a unique opportunity to explore the many ways creativity can be put to work for positive community impact. AZ CCI teams became share of an active learn net, learning from and with local and national experts, adenine well as peers from other Arizona cities, towns, and neighborhoods. Under AZ CCI, Team Yuma developed the DIY Murals Project, a public artwork inaugural with the goal of cross-pollinating community members and beautifying the community. DIY Murals is an ultra-participatory visualize that puts paint brushes directly in the hands of the community to paint a mural together ! But why ? Because the arts transcend barriers ! From terminology to location, we know the arts have the baron to bring a community together and build civic pride. In October 2018, three murals were created : one on the Foothills Library, one at the Big Curve in front of Lowe ’ sulfur in Yuma, and one in the PPEP Park in San Luis. In 2019 extra murals were completed at Roxaboxen Park in Yuma, City Hall Courtyard in Somerton, Rolls and Bowls Restaurant in San Luis, and on the Music Building at Arizona Western College in the Foothills. Team Yuma includes : Abraham Andrade, Owner of Rolls and Bowls and Co-Founder of Chicano Art Collective, Lindsay Benacka ( Team Lead ), Arts and Culture Program Manager for the City of Yuma, and Isaac Russell, a Director at Littlewood Fine Art and Community Co-Op and Ann Wilkinson, Theatre Professor at Arizona Western College. The project was designed in character by artists Brad Downey, Lia Littlewood, and Lucinda Yrene ‘ La Morena ’ and community members, Maria McKivergan and Cari Jean Nelson .
Interested in public on your property or donating to the community?
Contact Lindsay Benacka, Arts and Culture Program Manager at Lindsay.Benacka@yumaaz.gov.