Over 300,000 unique arts and cultural experiences created
SAACA was founded on the belief that a collaborative approach is the only sustainable and balanced way to build a meaningful arts organization. SAACA is focused on redefining arts to become inclusive of our diverse creative sector and unique regional assets and heritage. We accomplish our mission through the presentation of key programs, projects, and events.
A LEGACY OF DIVERSE COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Since the organization was founded in 1997 as the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council, the work has always been focused on the centric work of community based, collaborative outreach programs and events. Below is a sampling of the programs and community events which we have presented, created, collaborated on and established throughout the State.
The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted SAACA's ability to present community programming. Although many of our events have been cancelled, paused or altered, we stay committed to engaging in work that is most relevent and needed to sustain and promote the work of artists and the creative sector.
For a current list of programming and events, please visit the PROGRAMMING & EVENTS tab of our website, or click on the LEARN MORE for active events and programming.
Due to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the events and festivals may be postponed or remain in the to be announced categories.
Oro Valley Spring Festival of the Arts (2013-present) March 18 & 19, 2023 LEARN MORE
Oro Valley Festival of the Arts & Holiday Tree Lighting (2013-present) December 3 & 4, 2022 LEARN MORE
Oro Valley Fall Artisan Market (2021 to present) October 1 & 2, 2022 LEARN MORE
La Encantada Fine Art Festival (2011-present) October 22 & 23, 2022 / February 4 & 5, 2023 LEARN MORE
Sky Islands Fall Artisan Market (Formerly Patagonia Fall Festival) October 8 & 9, 2022 LEARN MORE
Sahuarita Art at the Lake Festival January 14, 2023LEARN MORE
Sahuarita Chalk Art Festival (2019-present) TBA LEARN MORE
PAST EVENTS Desert Ridge Plein Air Painting Festival (2018-2019) Park Place Chalk Art Festival (2012-2016) Phoenix Chalk Art Festival (2013-2018) Cox Communications Movies in the Park (2012-2017) Paper Flower Bomb Festival (2017) SPLASH – A Celebration of Live Art (2014-2016) Oro Valley Fourth of July with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (2003-2009)
Devour Culinary Classic (2010-present) 2023 Dates TBA LEARN MORE
Devour the World (2018-present) TBA LEARN MORE
Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge (2011-present) TBA LEARN MORE
SAVOR Food & Wine Festival (2014-present) 2023 Date TBA LEARN MORE
Tucson 23 Mexican Food Festival (2016-present) 2023 Date TBA LEARN MORE
World Margarita Championship (2014-present) 2022 Date TBA LEARN MORE
Arizona Wine Growers Association (AWGA) Grand Wine Festival & Awards (Future Dates TBA)
PAST EVENTS AZ Food & Wine Festival (2018) Sweet Charity Dessert Challenge (2014-2018) Three Sisters Culinary Series (2019) Monark Great Chef Series (2016-2018) CARNIVAL (2018-2019) SWING Cocktails & Classics (2015-2016)
DIGITAL ARTS & CULTURAL PROGRAMS
AARP 2020 Digital Arts Series (2020)
Oro Valley Photography Competition (2021) LEARN MORE
Slow Food Cooking Classes (2020-2021)
Oro Valley Concert Series(2020)
LIVE MUSIC & CONCERTS
JW Marriott Live Music (2020-present) LEARN MORE
Oro Valley Concert Series (2012-present) LEARN MORE
PAST EVENTS Oro Valley Riverfront Concert Series (2019) Jazz Legends Live (2008-2018) Musical Gold in the Morning (2010-2019) Tuba Christmas (2012-present) MasterWorks Concert Series with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (2002-2016) OdySea Cultural Connections (2019) Musical Magic for Kids (2007-2018) Opera 101 (2008-2019) St. Philips Concert Series (2018-2020) Tucson Premium Outlets Concert Series (2017-present) Concert of All Ages (2010-2014)
PUBLIC ART & MURAL PROJECTS
Oro Valley Summer Transportation Art by Youth Public Art Program(2002-present) LEARN MORE
Sahuarita Painted Electric Boxes and Mural Project (2018-present) LEARN MORE
Oro Valley Public Art Installations 1% for Public Art Code (2000-present) LEARN MORE
Umbrella Sky – Phoenix, AZ (2018)
Scottsdale Quarter Pinwheel Project(2017)
Sahara Apartments Mural Commission(2019)
Welcome to Oro Valley Mural(2021)
Artscapes Project in Phoenix, AZ(2018-present)
Music Greats Mural Wall in Tempe, AZ (2018)
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation, preservation and advancement of the Arts. SAACA strengthens the bonds between people, place and purpose through collaborative, arts-driven experiences.