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The Gold Canyon Arts Council sponsors and promotes performing, visual and other related arts activities in the greater Gold Canyon area through a series of culturally diverse public performances, festivals, educational residency programs, artistic awards and the encouragement of the arts in area schools including those in low-to-moderate income areas of Maricopa, Pinal and Gila Counties.

The Gold Canyon Arts Council is an IRS Sec. 501(c)(3) corporation.

Formed in 1998, the Gold Canyon Arts Council presents a fine arts concert series, Canyon Sounds, from November to April. Designed to affordably meet the needs of the far East end of the Valley of the Sun, the programs vary from traditional classical chamber music to ethnic and folk performances with indigenous instruments. Past seasons featured blues, jazz, and theater as well.

Although not associated with the church, performances are held at the United Methodist Church of Gold Canyon through a cooperative agreement. The excellent acoustics of this facility make it an ideal venue for music and theater appreciation.

Each year, on the fourth Saturday in January, the council sponsors the Canyon Arts Festival celebrating the artists and the cultures that define and grace our area. The festival promotes both the visual and performing arts while facilitating fund raising for other community organizations. Since its inception in 2001, the festival has become a signature community event.

Many of the artists performing in the series also accept our challenge to bring the fine arts to the youth of the community. School residencies are carried out in cooperation with Apache Junction, Superior, Miami, Globe, Coolidge, Ray (Hayden), and the San Carlos Apache school districts and with local colleges and universities.  The ability to interact with youth in this fashion is a key criterion for artist selection. Artistic Director Dr. Jack Kukuk served as Director of Education for the Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts, produced festivals and performances across the country and internationally, and came to Arizona as Managing Director of the Festival of the Sun in Tucson. A resident of Gold Canyon, Jack also is Executive Director of Voices Without Borders, his most rewarding endeavor.

Membership in the Gold Canyon Arts Council is open to anyone who shares our belief that the arts are an important part of community life for people of all ages. We hope you decide to join us in our efforts. Your help, both financially and as a volunteer, is crucial to our mission of enhancing the atmosphere for artistic expression and enjoyment of the fine arts.


The Gold Canyon Arts Council sponsors and promotes performing, visual and other related arts activities in the greater Gold Canyon area through a series of culturally diverse public performances, festivals, educational residency programs, artistic awards and the encouragement of the arts in area schools including those in low-to-moderate income areas of Maricopa, Pinal and Gila Counties.

The Gold Canyon Arts Council is an IRS Sec. 501(c)(3) corporation.

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