Arts & Culture in Surprise
Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission
The Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission supports City Council policies to encourage cultural growth that ensure art, culture and entertainment are central elements of the quality of life for residents. Learn more about the Commission
Surprise Arts and Culture Master Plan
Surprise is developing its first Arts & Culture Master Plan. The master plan will help us to better express the City’s uniqueness and artistic vitality by setting the standard and strategic direction for how we continue to implement and enjoy arts and culture in our community. Learn more about the process and upcoming events
Developing this plan requires input from the community. Anyone who lives, works, or invests in the City of Surprise is encouraged to be involved in shaping the Arts & Culture Master Plan. In addition to attending outreach meetings, emailing the City, or participating on social media, you can take our online survey.
Art Experiences in Surprise
The growing art scene and available cultural events in Surprise play an important role in making this a unique and fascinating place to live and play. Below is a list of art experiences throughout the City for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Second Sundays in the Park – This free city-sponsored concert and entertainment series is offered the second Sunday of the month during the spring and fall. All events are held at the Surprise Community Park, 15953 N. Bullard Avenue. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.
Surprise City Hall – The Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission selects rotating art displays and some permanent pieces of the city’s art collection located in the first floor lobby and hallway of Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, and also in the outdoor courtyard area. Enjoy paintings and sculptures by area artists during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., excluding holidays.
Valley Vista Performing Arts Center – Valley Vista High School Performing Arts Center (PAC) is a state-of-the-art performing arts center operated by the Dysart Unified School District. This venue offers a roomy lobby, 1,300 plush seats, professional BOSE sound, and theatrical lighting. The PAC plays host to a variety of arts and cultural events. For more information, please visit: Valley Vista Performing Arts Center
West Valley Arts HQ – The Arts HQ consists of 2,500 square feet of indoor gallery space plus an outdoor courtyard. These flexible spaces allow for a multitude of arts and cultural events, and can be adapted to meet various visual and performance requirements. For more information, please visit: http://www.westvalleyarts.org
West Valley Conservatory of Ballet – WVCB is a nonprofit organization that strives to provide the community with classical ballet training. WVCB also has a performing arts company which consists of volunteer dancers whom are classically trained and have a passion for their art. For more information, please visit: http://www.wvballet.org
West Valley Symphony – The West Valley Symphony presents concerts for listening enjoyment and provides an opportunity for orchestral music education. For more information, please visit: http://westvalleysymphony.org
Surprise Pops Band – This band plays free concerts in the West Valley, including in Surprise. They just ask that you bring a nonperishable food item for the Valley View Community Food Bank. For more information, please visit: http://www.surprisepopsband.com
WHAM Art Association & Gallery – WHAM presents programs, exhibitions and special events which foster interaction between artist and the community. The association also maintains WHAM West Gallery, a beautiful showroom for juried art shows and special events. For more information, please visit: http://www.wham-art.org
Art Experiences near Surprise
Arizona Broadway Theatre – An arts venue that combines quality dining and professional theatre.
Catitude Art Gallery – Catitude provides artist show and studio space, guest artists each month, special events and a variety of art forms.
Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts - A state-of-the-art 600 seat theatre dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational richness of Wickenburg and our surrounding communities.
Desert Caballeros Museum – This museum aims to collect and preserve the history, learning, lore and mementos incident to the development of Wickenburg and the Arizona Territory.
Ghostlight Theatre – This performing arts venue aims to educate and enrich the community through dramatic arts by offering a quality and diverse theater experience. Theater Works – Theatre Works is a theatre company that presents dramas, musicals, comedies and other special events.
Phoenix Opera - Arizona's most exciting opera company is dedicated to presenting magnificent traditional operas. The fully restored Orpheum Theatre, the last remaining example of palace theatre architecture in Phoenix, is the home of Phoenix Opera.
Theatre Works of Peoria – Theatre Works is a theatre company that presents dramas, musicals, comedies and other special events.
West Valley Art Museum – A premier cultural venue that features regular art events and a unique fine art collection.
White Tank Branch Library – Experience a variety of art exhibits and cultural events.