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Community Outreach

AZ Art Alliance’s Community Outreach Programs

az art alliance community outreach volunteer arizona seniors veteransCommunity Outreach is a key element of the Arizona Art Alliance Mission. So many of the Alliance Art Organization Members participate in programs – “Enriching Life Through Art.” The Arizona Art Alliance teams with our member organizations to help provide art instruction, supplies, materials, display opportunities, and monetary donations to develop and implement local art education and mentoring outreach programs. Thousands of volunteer hours are freely given by our members to support these programs. Programs assisted by the Alliance benefit students of all ages and levels of ability, including veterans, special-needs individuals, seniors, life-care residents, Alzheimer’s patients, and at-risk youth. There are many other programs run by the individual leagues without requesting Alliance funding, as well. Artists across the state are very generous with their time and talent. Supported programs are listed below.

AZ Art Alliance’s Veterans Outreach Programs

Programs Manager: John Fontana,, 602-369-2854
In 2013 the Arizona Art Alliance implemented a program to give back to our Veterans through therapeutic fine art instructions. “The Art of Healing” title was chosen to reflect our efforts to help Veterans deal with the wounds of war, namely Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Driven by the passion of Arizona Art Alliance Founder, John Fontana, an effective therapeutic art program series was developed and coordinated with our member Veteran Outreach organizations.

The Veterans Outreach Program began with the determination to help reduce our military’s suicide rate of 22 per day! The program is managed and coordinated by Alliance volunteers guided by our mission to offer the highest quality fine art instructions and art supplies FREE to all participating veterans. The classes begin in a warm and friendly atmosphere and begin with classical drawing and painting techniques, then branching out to include other genres. Seven convenient locations provide access to a wide range of professional artist instructors. Project funding is provided by our artists, donations and grants from the Arizona Department of Veteran’s Services and other Veteran supportive sources.

Award-winning Artist and former Naval Officer, Ms. Rita Goldner, organized the curriculum, volunteer instructors, art supplies and logistics for the first program, accommodating as many as sixteen Veterans, many referred by the Phoenix VA Hospital. Due to the popularity a second art class was soon added. In 2015, four locations served 432 men and women Veterans. Testimonials from class participants continues to be extremely positive reflecting arts’ therapeutic benefits. The program has grown to six member art groups with seven locations. Contact information is listed below:

TEMPE – 3rd Friday each month 12pm – 4pm
Pyle Adult Recreation Center
655 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282
Rita Goldner, Program Coordinator/Instructor, 480-948-6547

NORTH PHOENIX – 4th Saturday each month 10am – 2pm
Arizona Artists Guild Building
18411 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85023
David Bradley, Program Coordinator

WHAM (What’s Happen’n Art Movement)
SURPRISE – 2nd Monday each month 10am – 2pm
WHAM Gallery
16560 N. Dysart Rd., Surprise, AZ 85378
PEORIA – 3rd Thursday each month 10am – 2pm
8335 W. Jefferson Ave., Peoria, AZ 85345
Connie Whitlock, President, 623-584-8311

MESA – 2nd Thursday each month 9am – 12pm
Mesa Active Adult Center
247 N. MacDonald St., Mesa, AZ 85201
Red Mountain Multigenerational Center
4th Thursday each month 12:30 pm
7550 E. Adobe St., Mesa, AZ 85207
The Citadel
Last Saturday of the month 1pm – 4pm
520 S. Higley Rd., Mesa, AZ 85206
Loralee Harris, Program Coordinator, 480-223-3641

CAVE CREEK – 1st & 3rd Thursday each month 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sonoran Arts League Office
7100 E. Cave Creek Rd. (Stagecoach Village), Ste. 144, Cave Creek, AZ 85327
Pat Bell-Demers, Executive Director, 480-575-6624

APACHE JUNCTION – 3rd Wednesday each month 10am – 3pm (starts September 20, 2017)
Apache Junction Veteran’s Center
462 N. Palo Verde Dr., Apache Junction, AZ 85120
Carol Tone, Program Coordinator, 480-216-7970

To learn more about our Outreach programs, to get involved or to explore partnering opportunities, contact us at or call 602-870-7610.

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az art alliance community outreach volunteer arizona seniors veterans

az art alliance community outreach volunteer arizona seniors veterans

az art alliance community outreach volunteer arizona seniors veterans

The Veterans Outreach Program is sponsored by:




Residents of Life Care of Paradise Valley

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This program is managed by the Desert Sage Artists and has been ongoing for almost twenty years in partnership with Life Care of Paradise Valley. Art classes for seniors, disabled and residents are lead by compassionate professional artists. Art shows and displays of the residents’ work are also managed by these volunteers. There is a joy in the recognition of accomplishment through awards that continues to inspire the residents. Contact: Vince Valicenti –

Students with Special Needs

az art alliance community outreach volunteer arizona extra special artExtra Special Art volunteers have been active for many years in the Cave Creek Unified School District offering art experiences and instruction to special-needs children of all ages in the Life Skills, Positive Learning Center and high school Special Education classes. Students with physical and intellectual challenges participate in a personal-success oriented program and benefit from expression through art. They participate in shows and exhibitions of their work. They are exposed to different art materials as well as cultural and historic art and craftsmanship. Desert Artists also shares the resources, materials and volunteer work with the Scully Learning Center Foundation. Scully offers art and craft instruction to special-needs participants of all ages. They also have other activities such as gardening, animal care, music and more. Some of our special-needs students have been with us from first grade through high school and are now continuing to participate at the Scully Learning Center. Contact: Ann Rice, Programs Coordinator –

After-school and Summer Art Programs for At-risk Elementary Children

az art alliance community outreach volunteer arizona opportunity houseFounded by Art League West and now managed by WHAM, this all volunteer-run program is offered to children in the Avondale area. Both after-school classes and summer classes are taught by the professional artist volunteers which offers a whole new world of artistic creation opportunities for the students. The volunteers arrange exhibitions and shows for the children complete with recognition receptions and awards. It is such an inspiration when the children and their families see the children’s work on display! As with other programs, various art media are taught, giving the children a wide variety of artistic experiences. The program offers a safe, friendly and creative environment for students after school and during the summer break. Contact: Nancy Hampton, Program Coordinator –

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