Since its inception in 1928, Arizona Artists Guild has promoted the arts through education, exhibition
and outreach.

Community Outreach
is the cornerstone of the Arizona Artists Guild’s activities, and is the main focus of
our organization. We recognize the impact that art has on people’s lives and it’s potential for facilitating
healing, which is immeasurable. AAG recognizes the value of the arts in how it enriches lives. Guild
members and Outreach Program participants alike relate stories about how their lives were changed
through their own exposure to Fine Art, be it at an early age or later in life when they could pursue a life
long urge that had been repressed due to family and career obligations.

Tuition-Free Monthly Art Classes

AAG provides tuition-free monthly art classes to underserved segments of our community who find an
improved quality of life through making art. To follow are descriptions of each program. If you are
interested in participating either as volunteer or participant, please email
We recognize that everyone’s situation and needs are different. Our program is not therapy or intended
to replacement counseling. We encourage participants to engage in any form of therapy, counseling or
support that suits their needs.
Partial funding provided by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture through appropriations from the
Phoenix City Council and in part by the Arizona Art Alliance which receives support from the Arizona
Department of Veteran Services and Arizona Commission of the Arts.

Veterans Art Class:

4th Saturday of each month* from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. In person.
In recognition of the sacrifice made in service to our country, AAG offers a program to provide free art
instruction for Veterans of US military service.
Email: to register.
*schedule is subject to change based on holidays. Please be sure to check the website for additional

Creative Distraction

Is a virtual art class meeting on the 4th Saturday of each month from 2:00-3:00 pm.
This class is open to Veterans, healthcare workers or anyone experiencing loss, grief or isolation.
Class descriptions and materials list are available on the AAG website. Classes are designed to be made
with art supplies commonly found at home, such as pencils, paper, colored pencil, etc. However, if you
need assistance with art supplies please reach out and we are happy to provide them for you.
Contact Tess to make arrangements:
Classes are held via zoom:

Once you register, you will be emailed a link to access the class. Please be sure to save the link so you
can join in.
Tips for attending via Zoom:
 You can log in about 15 minutes before the class starts.
 If you encounter any login problems, text or call Tess at 928-300-7185 for assistance.
 Be sure to gather your materials in advance and have enough room so that you can work on
your piece of art. AAG is here to assist email or call Tess 928-300-7185.

Creative Journey (formerly known as the Survivors of Suicide class)

The Creative Journey class is open to anyone who is experiencing loss, grief, or isolation. This class is
also open to anyone working in healthcare.
In person classes will be held from 3:00-5:00pm on the following dates:
January 28, March 25, April 22, July 22, September 23 and October 28, 2023
Classes are designed to be expressive. No art skills are required. All materials are provided.
This project is in partnership and funding from Your Art Your Story

Click here for additional information and the class schedule.

Since 1993, AAG has provided financial aid to Arizona’s college level fine-art students. These
scholarships offer invaluable validation, financial support, and creative encouragement. In addition to
the scholarship funds, AAG has partnered with Shemer Art Center and Museum to host an exhibit of
scholarship recipients’ work. This is a significant opportunity for art students to have work shown at the
prestigious museum. Both organizations have a long history with the Arts in Arizona. AAG Scholarship
Click here to learn more:

Visions of Possibilities Exhibitions

An art exhibition in partnership with The Beatitudes Assisted Living Community, a senior care facility in
central Phoenix. Juried Members of AAG are invited to a one or two-person three-month-long exhibit.
Rotating quarterly, residents of the Beatitudes and their families enjoy the changing exhibitions and the
opportunity to enjoy art when often they cannot get out to experience it at museums or galleries. AAG
Community Service Project at Beatitudes.
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