The Tempe Center for the Arts is located on the southwest end of Tempe Town Lake and is part of a 17-acre lakeside art park developed by Design Workshop, a Tempe landscape architecture firm.
The center was designed by Tempe-based Architekton and Barton Myers Associates of Los Angeles. It houses a 600-seat proscenium theater, a 200-seat studio theater and a 3,500 square-foot gallery.
A citizens group, formed in 1998, spearheaded a ballot initiative to create an arts center. The resulting increase in the sales tax of .1% was used to fund seed money for the management, design, and construction of the facility.
A management firm (Kitchell CEM) was selected by the Tempe city government to oversee a three-phase design competition, leading to the selection of the design team in 2000. Following public input, the design was completed in 2003. Construction began in April 2004 and took 40 months.
The Center was completed in August, 2007, with a grand opening on September 9, 2007.
The Center features a roof made of complex geometric folded plates. The roof is highly visible from the surrounding freeways and the man-made Tempe Town Lake, which occupies the natural watercourse of the Salt River, immediately adjacent to the site. It is also visible by many airplanes landing at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, two miles west of the building.
FACILITY HOURS AND OTHER INFORMATION
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday
10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Friday
11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday
Open Sundays based on performance schedule
Administrative Office hours
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday
except on city-observed holidays
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281
Box Office: 480-350-2822 (2TCA)
- A Ludwig Dance Theatre
- Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts
- Arizona Wind Symphony
- ASU Public Events
- Childsplay 480/921-5700
- Desert Dance Theatre
- Lakeshore Jazz Series
- Tempe Community Chorus
- Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble