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Prescott is a historic city boasting much in the way of arts and culture.The Yavapai College Performance Hall features world class productions!

Prescott Elks Opera House Theatre

Prescott's Beautiful Historic Performance Space. The Elks Building and Opera House are listed in The National Register of Historic Places.

The Christmas Season in Prescott brings The Acker Night Music Festival

Groups of musicians perform in downtown businesses, often accompanied by hot chocolate & goodies!

Prescott Art Festivals

There are fantastic arts festivals throughout the year from the Mountain Artists Guild, the 4th Friday Art Walk and many more! The Town Square is vibrant with activity all times of the year!

Prescott Center for the Arts

Presenting great performances with some terrific local talents. The venue is in an historic church in Downtown Prescott & has a small gallery on the ground floor

Phippen Museum

This attractive museum features historical items from the ranching history around Prescott & an extensive collection of photography, oil paintings and bronze sculptures.

Sharlot Hall Museum

Sharlot Hall Museum is named after its founder, Sharlot Mabridth Hall (1870-1943), who became well known as a poet, activist, politician, & Arizona’s first territorial historian.

Elisabeth Ruffner has built a legacy as an arts & cultural historian and preservationist.

Elisabeth was a founder of the Heritage Foundation of Arizona & helped secure nominations for more than 700 historic Prescott buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.

Buckey Awards for Excellence in the Arts 

These awards created by Andrew Johnson-Schmit celebrate the artists, performers and arts supporters of Yavapai County. 

Chalk It Up! Prescott 

Chalk It Up! Prescott is a family-friendly, community-centered, artistic endeavor intended to cultivate & support the creativity in people of all ages & abilities.

Prescott Fim Festival - Helen Stephenson - Founder/Executive Director

Provides the community with cultural events that entertain, inspire, & inform while supporting independent and critically acclaimed films and filmmakers from around the world.

Professional Writers of Prescott

Writers of all persuasions and genres: poets, novelists, short story writers, journalists, freelancers and essayists, memoirists and creative nonfiction writers, technical and grant writers, and writers of fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults.

Tsunami on the Square

Established in 1998, Tsunami on the Square is a free, all-ages, outdoor performing arts and culture festival in Prescott, Arizona. The mission is to build community through the human tradition of live performance culture.

The Smoki Museum

The Mission of the Smoki Museum is to instill an understanding and respect for indigenous cultures of the Southwest.

The Mountain Artists Guild and Gallery

Mountain Artists Guild and Gallery is the Oldest Visual Art Organization in the State of Artizona.

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Welcome to the Prescott Area Arts and Humanities Council’s website! 

PAAHC has had low visibility in town the past few years, with the exception of having helped to organize the Arizona Centennial celebration here in Prescott.  As the new PAAHC President, one of my goals is to try to make PAAHC more visible again and more of a presence in our community.  The first initiative to help realize the goal is inaugurating a free, brown-bag, lunch interview series called, “My Life in Art,” in which I will ask area artists (which will include a wide definition of the word “Artist” to include visual artists, actors, singers, musicians, administrators, writers, entrepreneurs, etc.) questions about the life as artists.  The interview will last no more than 30 minutes and will allow the audience to ask questions after the interview.  

PAAHC will, as it’s been doing for many years now, continue to administer Grants to non-profit arts organizations in town with funds generously appropriated by City Council from the Bed Tax revenue.  

As part of the goal to make PAAHC more visible is a new and more user friendly website, re-designed by PAAHC Board Member, Terri New.  Please let us know how we can make the website more effective for you.  

PAAHC membership has waned greatly in the past few years, another issue to be rectified.  Arts organizations and individual artists can be members of PAAHC.  Why become a PAAHC member?  If for no other reason, it gives artists and organizations a more effective voice in City government. 

PAAHC has a small number of members because of its low visibility and relative inactivity, but has had low visibility and has been relatively inactive because of low membership.  I encourage you or your organization to become a member of PAAHC, get involved and make Art more present and better heard in Prescott. 

Prescott is known for its wondrous outdoor activities, Whiskey Row and the “World’s Oldest Rodeo” (all amazing and treasured).  Prescott should also be known for being a haven to and of ART.  But in order to make that a reality, all artists and arts organizations need to work together and hopefully, PAAHC can be the conduit for that to happen.  Join PAAHC today and let’s make Prescott one of the most desired Arts destinations in Arizona!   Thank you!  

Artistically yours,

Jon Meyer
PAAHC President Executive Director
Prescott Center for the Arts


Mile-high Prescott is a community small in size, but is big on arts & culture. Our dedication to the arts is seen year after year, through the many museums & galleries to local theater groups. Residents and visitors can experience arts and culture through the numerous signature events that Prescott hosts. Deep historical and cultural roots-including ranching, mining, Old West cowboys and Native American tribal life-continually make there way into the town's museums and art works, as well as special annual events. Local art advocates work hard to keep arts & culture alive in Prescott.

Watch this video to learn about the incredible arts scene in Prescott featuring arts leaders: Cindy Gresser, Vivienne Farmer, John Langellier, Kim Villalpando and Jon Meyer.

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