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Founded in 1999, 5 Arts Circle is a 501(c)(3) social group that supports five premier visual and performing arts organizations vital to the cultural and economic life of our community. The membership organization is an advocate for the arts in metro-Phoenix and has raised nearly $4.3 million to date for the Arizona Opera, Ballet Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum, Scottsdale Arts and The Phoenix Symphony. In the 2017-2018 season, 5 Arts Circle will celebrate its 18th anniversary.
Arizona Opera, Ballet Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum, Scottsdale Arts and The Phoenix Symphony.
The organization started from humble beginnings, and has grown to be a source of support that continues to significantly broaden and strengthen the financial base of each of the five designated arts groups. Like many good ideas, 5 Arts Circle was conceived on a golf course. It was December 1999 – a time when Arizona’s population was booming, but donations to the arts were not down. So, retired businessman Howard Hirsch issued a challenge to his foursome; secure private donations for the arts to enhance cultural offerings in the Valley. From that challenge emerged 5 Arts Circle, a unique model that generates funding for five fine arts groups.
Glad you asked! Feel free to contact Jill Christenholz at jchristenholz@fiveartscircle.org or (602) 524-7153.

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