An Impressive Showcase for Music, Dance, Theatre and Art
A flourishing arts and entertainment resource for more than 50 years, Arts at MCC continues a legacy of performances and exhibitions by renowned visiting artists and promising students who receive extraordinary training by acclaimed faculty. Infused with the passion, knowledge and dedication of accomplished arts instructors and mentors, inspirited novices devote countless hours honing talents that are showcased to local, national and global audiences. Preeminent performance facilities and a new Art Gallery maximize award-winning set designs, imaginative choreography, expressive music, remarkable performances and innovative artistry.
Excellence nurtured by acclaimed faculty
Art tracks costs of Valley progress, hope for future
This student-designed 60’ x 20’ mural on the west side of Studio 28 at the MCC Southern & Dobson campus incorporates many themes highlighting the heritage of the Southwest. Women’s rights, the cultural gap between generations, urbanization, water rights and the concept of past, present and future are all interwoven into the design, which seeks to bring awareness to the good and bad consequences of expansion. The project involved months of student research, design and execution and included a Community Paint Day, which drew over 70 participants from MCC and the community.
Completed in Spring 2016 under the direction of artist Hugo Medina. This collaborative project was overseen by a cross-disciplinary team and made possible through a 2015-16 Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction grant and MCC contributions.
Art faculty watercolor on display
Pieces showcased at First Studio in Phoenix
Two original works from MCC Art faculty member, Cynthia Peterson-Fimea, were showcased as part of a No Consensus: 15 Artists, 15 Directions exhibit on display at First Studio in downtown Phoenix from December 2015 through January 2016.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Local theatre reviewer writes of MCC's presentation of a Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, "Mesa Community College's production sizzles with passion and greed."
Ezekiel E. Barkman in the MCC Theatre & Film Arts Department won a 2015 ariZoni Theatre Award of Excellence in Set Design for a Non-Contracted Theatre.
Ceramic Student's Tree of Life
MCC alumnus James Schwarz captures the beauty of contrast and science with his first public art piece in the Tree of Life dedication. After battling with triple mononucleosis and returning to school, Schwarz recognition was a semester’s worth of work validated and proved that his tree of life represents him and his journey to where he is today. “Build a backup plan. If you get knocked down, it’s going to leave some scarring,” Schwarz says. “You need to realize there’s not a set timeline in life. It’s about self-discovery. Make your own timeline.”
Craig Peterson, MCC’s Director of Choral Studies and Music Department Chair, performed as part of a Grammy-winning choir on Rachmaninoff: All-night Vigil. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences bestowed a 2016 Grammy for Best Choral Performance for the recording which combined 56 singers from the Phoenix and Kansas City chorales. The recording was released March 10, 2015, the 100th anniversary of the world premiere of Rachmaninoff’s classic, which was first performed by the Moscow Synodal Choir.
Dance of the Chromosomes
Art display enriches the appearance of the college with student-produced artwork.
MCC alumna Reece Grissom presents a collection of three life drawings. The artist uses human figures to represent the chromosomes during mitosis with stylized movements. Grissom has also been taking dance classes at MCC for more than 35 years and used her experience in dance to help her visualize the biological process with the movements and poses of dancers bodies.
From a Small Village in Mexico, the World Became a Stage
MCC alumnus Emigdio Arredondo grew up admiring dancers on movies and television, but did not think the opportunities were available to pursue his dreams. At MCC he joined the Dance Company and eventually changed his major when his professor, Tina Rangel, helped him gain opportunities and network. Arredondo is one of over 600 dancers to be selected for the University of Arizona’s School of Dance in the fall of 2015. “It took a while for me to accept my passion, and I don’t think I would have done it so quickly and effectively without MCC,” Arredondo said.
Empty Bowls Events
Fighting hunger one bowl at a time
At MCC's annual Empty Bowls events, you can choose one of thousands of handcrafted bowls and dine on a simple meal of bread and soup in observance of World Hunger Day. All proceeds go directly to the nonprofit Paz de Cristo Community Center, which provides anti-hunger and empowerment support for the East Valley's homeless, unemployed, working poor and their families. “During this past year, Paz de Cristo averaged 7,000 visits per month from those in need of food, clothing and other services,” said Paz de Cristo Director Arlen Westling.
AllisOne and OneisAll
Alumnus Geoff Coppola's AllisOneenOsillA, a palindrome for All is One, One is All, was created in collaboration with MCC mathematics faculty Madeleine Chowdhury. The name chosen, AllisOneenOsillA, suggests how many small pieces make up a larger piece and an analogy of how many citizens make up one larger community, a tie to MCC’s International Education Department.
MCC student pursues acting career
Janae Dunn fell in love with the theatre at an early age, the thought of playing challenging characters driving her career goals. At MCC she was cast in “Rumpelstiltskin”, and took on one of the most challenging roles she had ever played. Her professor, Kevin Dressler, helped her through the transformation and the show, but also with her career. “It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” Janae says, “It helped me develop self-confidence, skills, and intuition to propel my career forward.”