Tempe Center for the Arts
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (September 2009)|
Photo near the Main Entrance of the Tempe Center for the Arts
|Address||700 West Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, Arizona 85281
|Owner||City of Tempe|
|Type||Arts Center for Performing and Visual Arts|
|Capacity||Studio - 200 Seats
Theater - 600 Seats
|Built||2004 - 2007|
|Opened||September 9, 2007|
|Construction cost||$65 Million|
Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) is a publicly owned performing and visual arts center in Tempe, Arizona.
The building was designed by Barton Myers Associates of Los Angeles and Architekton of Tempe. A citizens group, formed in 1998, spearheaded a ballot initiative to create an arts center. The resulting increase in the sales tax of .1% was used to fund seed money for the management, design, and construction of the facility.
A management firm (Kitchell CEM) was selected by the city government to oversee a three-phase design competition, leading to the selection of the design team in 2000. Following public input, the design was completed in 2003. Construction began in April 2004 and took 40 months. The Center was completed in August, 2007, with a grand opening on September 9, 2007.
The Center features a roof made of complex geometric folded plates. The roof is highly visible from the surrounding freeways and the man-made Tempe Town Lake, which occupies the natural watercourse of the Salt River, immediately adjacent to the site. It is also visible by many airplanes landing at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, two miles west of the building.
Home to city-produced programs:
- Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night
- Songwriters' Showcase
- In the Spotlight
- Tempe Poetry in April
- Art After Work
- Tempe Symphony Orchestra
- Music Under the Stars
- Tempe Youth Wind Symphony
- Finally Friday
- Ballet Under the Stars
The project is home to Tempe’s Homegrown Cultural and Arts Groups:
- Theater companies - Childsplay
- Dance companies - A Ludwig Dance Theatre, ConderDance, and Desert Dance Theater
- Music ensembles - Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Arizona Wind Symphony, Tempe Community Chorus
Five public art pieces were included in the design:
- Entry Marquee – Ned Kahn
- Fireplace– trueNorth - Mayme Kratz and Mark Ryan
- Fountain Reflections – Ned Kahn
- Lobby Carpet – Ramona Saskiestewa
- Aurora - Brower Hatcher
The Center includes the Gallery at TCA, a visual arts gallery featuring free exhibits of two- and three-dimensional artwork by local and internationally recognized artists.
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