az art alliance community outreach volunteer arizona seniors veteransCommunity Outreach is central to  Arizona Art Alliance’s Mission.
Arizona Art Alliance partners with member arts organizations to provide:

– art instruction
– supplies
– materials
– exhibition opportunities

Monetary donations aid in the development  and implementation of  art classes and mentoring programs.

Thousands of volunteer hours are generously given by our members to support these programs. Programs assisted by the Alliance benefit students of all ages and levels of ability, including Veterans, and Survivors of Suicide.

Artists  are very generous with their time and resources to sustain and expand these programs. Supported programs are listed below.

Visit the calendar for an updated class schedule.

Your support helps us to bring more classes, supplies and offerings to the Veteras and the Survivors of Suicide who participate in our programs.

Join us in making a differnece.

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Free Workshop for Veterans and
for those whose life has been touched by Suicide:

Virtual Zentangle Galaxies with Cindi Standley PhD
1:00 PM (Az) July 14, 2022

click on link to register

The art of meditative drawing is practiced with the use of the Zentangle® method – an easy, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.  De-stress and be present in this free virtual workshop. There are no mistakes.

Cindi Standley, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Bioethics and Medical Humanism at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix and the Director of the Art in Medicine program at the College. She has been funded by the Arizona Commission on the Arts for her Creativity in Elder Care program which teaches students how to use creative expression with elders and those with dementia to improve empathy and patient care. She is a certified Zentangle® Teacher, and teaches meditative pattern drawing to promote self-care and wellness. She is also certified through the QPR Institute to provide suicide awareness and prevention training. She recently completed the Molly Blank Fund-ASU Gammage Teaching Artist program utilizing the Kennedy Center Arts Integration method.  For her personal arts background, she is trained in botanical illustration and enjoys doing mixed media as well as other visual arts.

Materials needed: pencil, black pen (water proof fine tipped marker), watercolor paints, paper and brushes, white gel pen, q-tips.

Questions?  contact Tess Mosko Scherer

Survivors of Suicide Classes

In partnership with Your Art Your Story, classes are held through the Arizona Artists Guild, offering free art classes to Suicide Survivors. This program is designed specifically for friends and families who have lost a loved one to suicide as well as those who have attempted suicide and survived.  Attendees will receive the benefits of expression, social interaction with others, and the enjoyment of quality time engaged in a creative activity. Working alongside one another so that they can meet and share with people in similar situations.

click here to learn about Your Art Your Story and to participate in classes


In 2013 the Arizona Art Alliance implemented a program to give back to our Veterans through therapeutic fine art instructions. The program is designed 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 art program series was developed and coordinated with our member Veteran Outreach organizations.

The AZ Veteran Art 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. Many convenient locations provide access to a wide range of professional artist instructors. Project funding is provided by our artists, donations and grants.

Former Naval Officer and artist, 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, we increased to four locations and served 432 men and women veterans. Since then, we have proudly served over 4,500 men and women veterans! Testimonials from class participants continues to be extremely positive reflecting art’s benefits. The program continues to grow.  Scroll down for class times and locations.  Click the links for detials.

NORTH PHOENIX – 4th Saturday each month 10 am – 2 pm
followed by a class for Survivors of Suicide 3:00-5:00
Arizona Artists Guild
18411 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85023
David Bradley, Program Coordinator
602-828-4713  |

WHAM (What’s Happen’n Art Movement)
SURPRISE – 2nd Monday of each month 10 am – 2 pm
WHAM Gallery
16560 N. Dysart Rd., Surprise, AZ 85378
Marty Wolfe, Program Coordinator |

MESA – 2nd Thursday each month 9 am – 12 pm
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 1 pm – 4 pm
520 S. Higley Rd., Mesa, AZ 85206
Loralee Harris, Program Coordinator |

CAVE CREEK – Every Thursday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
7100 E. Cave Creek Rd. (Stagecoach Village), Ste. 144, Cave Creek, AZ 85327
Nancy Breiman, Program Coordinator |

PRESCOTT – 2nd Wednesday each month 5:30-8:30
228 N. Alarcon Street, Prescott, AZ 86301
Britny Jenkins, Program Coordinator |

Mana House Veterans Assistance Prog.
Contact coordinator for dates and times
2422 W. Holly St., Phoenix, AZ 85009
Danelle King, Program Coordinator
602-254-6785 Ext. 56004

To learn more about our Outreach programs, to get involved or to donate to support the program contact us at or call 928-300-7185.

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

az art alliance community outreach volunteer arizona seniors veterans

The Veterans Outreach Program is sponsored by:


Residents of Life Care of Paradise Valley

az art alliance community outreach volunteer arizona seniors

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: Pat Johnston –

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 –

Other Ways We Help Those with Common Outreach Art Goals
Kids In Focus

Kids In Focus is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering and inspiring at-risk youth to reach their potential using photography to ignite their imagination and build their sense of confidence and value. Tapping into the power and universal language of photography, Kids In Focus enables children to gain a new perspective on themselves and their environment. The kids’ eyes are opened to their own potential for creativity and success and to new possibilities of connecting with others and the world.

Click here to learn more about Kids In Focus.

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