Take a creative vacation in Scottsdale
There is no better way to spend a vacation in Scottsdale than to take the creative route. This is because the place is home to a bustling art scene with more than 100 art galleries, the best museums, architectural landmarks, cultural events and a public art program.
What’s more, Scottsdale’s creative streak can be seen even in its beautiful communities featuring contemporary style garage doors.
Here’s how to spend a creative holiday in Scottsdale:
Visit America’s Original Artwork
Scottsdale has a 40-year tradition every Thursday night at 7-9 in the evening. You can visit for FREE all galleries along Main Street and Marshall Way in the Arts District which showcase artworks from all over the world. Plus, you can take in a bite at one of the local restaurants to take a wonderful horse-carriage ride.
Join Scottsdale Events
Because art is in the lifeblood of Scottsdale, it hosts a variety of art events throughout the year. There’s the Celebration of Fine Art and the Arizona Art Expo in January and the Scottsdale Art Festival in March.
Take in all museums
Scottsdale has a host of museums that will definitely pique your interest. Take the time to see cutting-edge modern art at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; view American West artworks and artifacts at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West; international and outstanding artworks and artifacts from the Phoenix Art Museum and the Southwest’s American Indian cultures at the Heard Museum.
Enjoy wonderful performance art presentations
At the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) and the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, take in dazzling local, national and international presentations. There are about 5,000 instruments available at the MIM and wonderful musicals at its music theater. At the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, you can catch broadway shows, standup comedies etc.
Spot magnificent public art
In Scottsdale, the Public Art Collection continues to grow. Since 1985, there are now nearly 100 permanent installations and various temporary exhibits all around the city. You can even see the magnificent works of artists such as Robert Indiana who made the LOVE Sculpture and Ed Mell who designed Jack Knife.
Enjoy legacy designs
The city features several legacy art. Paolo Soleri, an Italian-born designer known for his “arcology” and environmentally sound community called Arcosanti has designed the popular bronze bells at Scottsdale called Cosanti. In the downtown area, the Soleri Bridge and Plaza can be seen, an homage to the importance of solar movement and the only bridge design of Soleri that was ever built.
Stay at Scottsdale resorts and enjoy the artworks
Even resorts in Scottsdale can be a creative adventure. The Phoenician has a $25 million art collection that can even rival the best museums. At the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, you can find the bright tropical artwork of Cuban artist Nelson Garcia-Miranda.
Soak in the native culture.
Aside from its art fare, Scottsdale also boasts of its history. Take part in Native Trails, a series of free noontime festivals every January through April. This will take you through an experience of the Southwest’s indigenous peoples.
So what are you waiting for? Rejuvenate your creative soul in Scottsdale now.