Description & History
Phoenix — America’s 6th largest city — is a lively multicultural community located at the heart Arizona’s “Valley of the Sun.”
It is a “new” city built on ancient foundations: the earliest known settlers were here more than 1000 years ago. The ancient Hohokam peoples’ creative solution to the challenges of life in the desert – more than 300 miles of hand-dug canals -- inspired our modern city’s founders to build here, too. Modern Phoenix was incorporated in 1881.
Phoenix bursts with opportunities to explore the arts and explore history, science and nature. Our city proudly boasts inspiring museums, many professional art galleries, and a year-round calendar of dance, music and theatrical performances. A dynamic community of visual and performing artists energizes the cultural scene and sets the stage for exceptional public events such as downtown’s lively “First Fridays,” many ethnic festivals and, during the winter months, several celebrated arts and crafts fairs.
Opportunities abound for children, families, adults and seniors. We invite you to discover and participate in the vibrant cultural life of Phoenix, Arizona.