60TH ANNUAL REX ALLEN DAYS, Willcox |Annual celebration for Hometown Boy (Rex Allen), star of movies, television, rodeo, singer & songwriter, and the voice of Disney for more than 30 years.  Celebrated with concerts, rodeo, carnival, parade, tractor pulls, Western Legends Award, Cowboy Hall of Fame Dinner and much, much more.  (September 30- October 2, 2011)

100 YEARS OF ARIZONA AT WORK, Phoenix | A unique exhibit of historical photographs depicting 100 years of Arizona’s economic growth. Alliance Bank of Arizona’s collections of photographs portrays the people- entrepreneurs, small business owners, and workers- in the industries and infrastructure that shaped Arizona’s growth. (January – February 2012)

100YEARS OF LOVING GOD AND LOVING PEOPLE, Scottsdale| One hundred years ago, a small group of people gathered at Brown and Indian School Roads in Scottsdale to start a church. These pioneers of faith were determined to seek after God’s heart, to reach those within the neighborhood who didn’t know God and to build a community which would one day be known as the City of Scottsdale. We have continued to pursue this mission through faith, committed leadership and open-handed generosity. 100 years later, we continue in the urban center of Scottsdale. On March 16-18, 2012 we will celebrate 100 Years of Loving God and Loving People. There will be food, fellowship, music, art exhibits, worship and a variety of events throughout the weekend. (March 16-18 2012)

A NATURAL WONDER OF THE WORLD: THE ARIZONA GRAND CANYON, Phoenix| The third level of the Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor will be transformed to a vivid tribute of the Grand Canyon. The entrances to the concourses of level 3 will be adorned by the fine art collections of the Grand Canyon Association and U.S. National Parks Service. Additionally, the gallery in Terminal 4 will feature the story and paintings of Bruce Aiken, who lived at the bottom of the Grand Canyon for more than 30 years. From the edge to the basin of the Colorado River, airport passengers and visitors will witness the grandeur of the canyon through the artist’s eye. (June 16, 2012 – January 13, 2013)

AJO ARTS ALIVE! ARIZONA CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION, Ajo | Ajo Arts Alive! Arts & Culture Celebration celebrates Arizona’s Centennial with a variety of arts & cultural activities including a quilt show, an old-time fiddler contest, open artist studios, art exhibits, an old-time vaudeville show, a historic home tour, the Sonoran Shindig Desert Festival, musical performances, and more. Some activities are FREE, others have an admission fee. FREE –Open Artist Studios, Art Exhibits, Sonoran Shindig Fiddler’s Contest & Show — $5 per activity Ajo Piecemakers “Quilting in the Sonoran Desert” Quilt Show — $2 per person Igor’s Jazz Cowboys Musical Performance — $12 per person Old Time Vaudeville Show — $7 per person Historic Home Tour — $10 per person (February 2- 11, 2012)

AMERICAN MUSICAL SALUTE TO ARIZONA, Statewide | The American Musical Salute is a patriotic themed program that has been in existence for 20 years.  This program will feature youth bands, choirs and orchestras from all 50 states in a year-long tribute to Arizona, commemorating her past and celebrating her future.  (January – December 2012)

ARIPEX STAMP SHOW | The 54th Annual Stamp Show. The show will feature rare items of postal history from throughout Arizona. Up to 60 stamp dealer booths, stamp club information, 300 frames of competitive exhibits.  (February 24-26, 2012)

ARIZONA AUTHORS & APPETIZERS, Scottsdale | Several diverse authors, with an Arizona background, will speak about their writing and their books, they will also participate in a question & answer session. These authors will have depicted facets of life & history in Arizona in their books and in their speaking engagements. (May 20th2011)

ARIZONA CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION CONCERT, Chandler | The Chandler Symphony Orchestra will provide a free Centennial Celebration Concert, featuring music that celebrates the beauty of the Grand Canyon State and our long standing Native American, Hispanic, Prospector and Pioneer roots. (February 3, 2012)

ARIZONA CENTENNIAL FILM FESTIVAL, Prescott| The Prescott Film Festival is thrilled to pay homage to the history of filmmaking in Arizona that continues to this day. We will be screening three days of Arizona films; past, present and future. (September 16-18, 2011)

ARIZONA COWBOY POETS GATHERING, Yavapai College Campus Prescott, Arizona Yavapai| Arizona has a rich history in cowboy poetry. Many of what is considered to be classic cowboy poetry today can be attributed to leaders and historical figures in Arizona. Over 50 poets and musicians will perform cowboy songs and poetry in seven venues throughout the campus. (September 15-17 2011)

ARIZONA HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS FAIR, Tempe| The public is invited to submit 19th and 20th Century photos of people, places, and events that show the story of Arizona. The photos will be presented on a continuous tape in the auditorium. There will be speakers regarding Arizona history. (October 15, 2011)

ARIZONA VALENTINE, Phoenix| The museum will be showcasing artwork from Arizona artists depicting their love of the state through their art. The artwork will have different formats, but each depicting a unique aspect of the 100-year-old state. (November 12, 2011 – June 3, 2012)

ARIZONA VAST & INTIMATE: MERRILL MAHAFFEY LANDSCAPES, Phoenix| Arizona treasure, artist Merrill Mahaffey has spent his life interpreting the landscape of the southwest, particularly Arizona. His artwork includes both broad and intimate viewpoints. Using the drama of shadow and sunlight, his works interpret the amazing geologic formations of the region. (September 17, 2011 – April 1, 2012)

AZ AUTHORS CENTENNIAL WRITING CONTEST, Statewide | The Arizona Authors Association has run a writing contest for 30 years and, in 2011, the contest will honor the Centennial by creating a special category for stories on Arizona by Arizona residents. Contest winners will be awarded a monetary prize and publication in the 2011 Arizona Literary Magazine – Centennial Edition. (January – July, 2011)

AZ CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION – YOU ARE THERE, RADIO THEATER SHOW, Sedona | Radio Theater style presentation re-enacting some moments, debates, personalities, humor and drama of AZ’s constitutional convention. An original show based on historical research. Audience participation. Decor of the era.  Refreshments. Radio Theater is a form of audio storytelling with minimal visual components. It depends on dialogue, music and sound effects to help the listener imagine the story. Tickets $7/adult, $4/youth, children under 6 free. (February 11, 2012)

BRAVO PEORIA 100!, Peoria | Bravo Peoria is a celebration of literature, arts and culture in the community.  Bringing together the city, schools, local organizations and businesses, this event will feature entertainment, education and cultural displays and activities that portray events in Arizona’s history and is dedicated to the celebration of Arizonans and their transportation, past and present.  (March 12, 2011)

CELEBRATING OUR ARIZONA, Prescott | Fine Arts & Fine Crafts by Local & Statewide Arizona Artists (September 19, 2011 – January 3, 2012)

CENTENNIAL SERENADE, Metro Valley| Our fundraising gala will be held on 4-14 at Memorial Hall, Steele Indian School Park. This is a fundraising event with a ticket price of $125 for a hosted reception, dinner and entertainment. All 300 of our choristers will perform throughout the evening. Our spring concerts will be held on May 19th & 20th. Tickets are $10, $17.50 and $20. Over 300 children ages 8 -18 will present two heartwarming concerts performing songs from around the world and special performances for Arizona’s Centennial. The PCC Gala and concerts will commemorate Arizona’s statehood with selections of Arizona songs that evoke the natural splendor and peoples of the West. The highlight of the season will be the performance of an Arizona themed song, commissioned specifically for the Phoenix Children’s Chorus by Dave and Jean Perry. With dedicated children from all over the city learning the intricacies and nuances of vocal music, the Phoenix Children’s Chorus is composed of two chapters in Central Phoenix and the East Valley. The chorus’ weekly rehearsals culminate in live performances where the children showcase the skills they have developed through teamwork, training and practice. (April 14, 2012; May 19, 2012; May 20, 2012)

DESERT VIEW: A CENTENNIAL OF ART IN PHOENIX, Phoenix | By illuminating Phoenix’s 96-year history of art collecting, the show will present an essential but little-known aspect of our state’s cultural heritage. It will feature early efforts by the Woman’s Club of Phoenix to raise money and purchase artworks for the city, and trace the arc of collecting through the 1980s when the city formed the Phoenix Arts Commission (renamed Arts and Cultur Commission) and Public Art Program. (December 16, 2011 – April 20, 2012)

EXHIBITION: THE BORDER PROJECT: SOUNDSCAPES, LANDSCAPESE & LIFESCAPES, Tucson | The Border Project presents sound art, music, performance, painting, sculpture, installation, video, film, and photography that examine historical and contemporary life in the U.S./Mexico borderlands region. Unique in its range of focus, the exhibition treats Arizona, USA and Sonora, Mexico as partners with shared histories, dreams and political realities. It celebrates the rich cultural heritage of this region from Spanish colonization, to Mexican independence, to the Gadsden Purchase, through today. Building on these legacies, The Border Project acknowledges the complexities of border communities that encompass narratives of Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, Asian Americans, American Indians, and Europeans. The exhibition also explores borders as artificial boundaries, and purposefully crosses them. Visitors will hear sounds, experience fronterizo narratives, and view contemporary art forms juxtaposed with historical documents, allowing for an immersive experience. The artists, most of whom are emerging and mid-career artists from Arizona and Mexico, will be appearing throughout the exhibition for public programming. Exhibition programming will be extensive – 8 events in the planning in addition to the exhibition. (November 17, 2011 – March 11, 2012)

I LOVE YOU ARIZONA, Apache Junction | An original 12 act play, setin a 1912 AZ community, which integrates the political, cultural, economic, and social facets of AZ life. The story includes romance, a love triangle, conflict and adventure, the exploits of Eastern vowboys moving west, a spirited saloon with gambling townsmen, vivacious dancing girls and a gossip, exchange of health remedies and advice. A charismatic mayor and numerous social events include an auctioning of picnic baskets, an evening at the “Oprey House” and the advent of a group of mail order brides to enliven the plot. In the end conflict and questions are resolved with the appearance of an Eastern stranger, who has come to claim a niece, the Madam’s adopted daughter. The final scene depicts the town’s celebration of Feb. 14, 1912. Throughout the play classic Western music is sung along with popular songs, saloon songs of the era, folk and religious ongs in the quilting bee. Research has supplied us with cowboy humor and expressions used at that time, which we have incorporated into the speech of the characters. (February 7-9, 2012)

IN THE DEVIL’S FRYING PAN, Cave Creek, Flagstaff, Tucson | A cast of actors of all ages will present this original play with music based on the oral histories of Arizonans from the state’s territorial period through the time of its statehood. The play will tell stories of extraordinary Arizonans from all over the state and illustrate how these disparate characters came together to form a unified state. The play will be written so that portions of it can be made available to schools. (January- August 2012)

MULTIPLE EXHIBITIONS AT PHOENIX ART MUSEUM, Phoenix| 3 Special Exhibitions that tie in with the Centennial theme: 1) The Bridge at Hoover Dam: Photographs by Jamey Stillings August 13, 2011 – December 4, 2011 2) Iconic Arizona: Celebrating the Arizona Centennial with Photographs from the Center for Creative Photography 3) Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century December 18, 2011 – April 29, 2012 The Museum also presents its permanent collection, which includes some of the earliest paintings of the Arizona Territory, as well as the Philip C. Curtis Collection, which features over 50 years’ worth of paintings by this intriguing and sought-after Arizona artist. (August 13, 2011 to April 29, 2012)

NATIONAL TRAIN DAY, Chandler| May 10, 1869 the Transcontinental Railroad was completed. To celebrate this great achievement and to promote riding the rails on passenger trains Amtrak started National Train Day in 2008. In 2009 the Arizona Railway Museum joined in this event. During normal operations the museum has 3 to 6 pieces of equipment open for visitors to walk through. For National Train Day the museum opens all of its equipment, approximately 30 cars, for guests to see. In the past we have offered caboose rides, entry in to our locomotives and a chance to blow the locomotive’s air horns. When available, privately owned passenger cars and cabooses stored at the museum are also open to the public. Past attendance has ranged up to 1500 persons although it is believed that the facility can handle crowds up to twice that number. (May 12, 2012)

PRESCOTT FRONTIER DAYS® 125TH WORLD’S OLDEST RODEO® , Prescott| This annual event, consisting of an eight performance rodeo, parade, and three night dance, has taken place since 1888.  In 2012, the event will focus on the historical happenings in and around Prescott and Yavapai County, including ranching and mining.  (Rodeo |June 28-July 3, 2012; Parade | June 30, 2012; Dance | June 28-30, 2012)

PUEBLO GRANDE MUSEUM INDIAN MARKET – CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION AND SALE, Phoenix | Confirmed artists of the 2012 Pueblo Grande Museum Indian Market will be invited to create an art piece based on a theme ?A Hundred Years of History.? Artists who choose to participate will provide a written narrative describing the story behind the art as it relates to Arizona’s past century. Photographs and narratives will be posted on the market website There will be an exhibit and sell of these specially created artworks which is a kickoff to the 36th annual Indian Market. The public is invited to this event. No admission required. (December 7-9, 2012)

SAN TAN COMMUNITY PERFORMING ARTS WESTERN VISTAS, Mesa | Featuring songs of the southwest and performance of the commissioned AZ Centennial Overture and other works by AZ composers. Also highlights dance and song performances by Native Americans. (February 25-26, 2012)

SANTA RITA HIGH SCHOOL CENTENNIAL FAIR, Tucson | Santa Rita High School is hosting a celebration to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the great state of Arizona. We are planning to have one of the biggest celebrations in the city of Tucson. The events will include, but are not limited to; performing acts, carnival games/jumping castles, car shows, historical food/artifacts, local vendors/sponsors, local media outlets, Ward 4 constituents, local keynote speakers, and much more! (February 12, 2012)

SCOTTSDALE ARABIAN HORSE SHOW & SHOPPING EXPO, Scottsdale | The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show & Shopping Expo is the largest Arabian horse show in the world, and attracts over 2,400 horses, and thousands of people, from all over the globe. Started in 1955, this show provides residents and visitors with a chance to enjoy the pageantry, athleticism and beauty represented by these magnificent horses. It also celebrates Western horse heritage and the Arabian Horse Ranchers who populated Scottsdale at the time of its founding. (February 17 – 27, 2011)

SEDONA CENTENNIAL QUILT, Sedona| The Sedona Centennial Quilt has been designed by local quilting artists and members of the Red Rock Quilters to depict important periods of local history over the last 100 years. The 50?x70? quilt wall hanging will feature hand stitching, hand-appliqué and be hand quilted. (December 30, 2011 – February 14, 2012)

THE HEART OF ARIZONA, Prescott | This is concert three (3) of the 2011-12 season. This concert is titled “The Heart of Arizona” in honor of the Centennial. The symphony is commissioning a musical selection by Henry Flurry in recognition of the event. Additionally, the symphony will perform the Sy Brannon piece commissioned by the state. The concert will also feature the beloved Toni Tennille. Both composers will be in attendance. The conductor is Paul Manz. (February 12, 2012)

THE SOUNDS OF STATEHOOD, Tempe| The Sounds of Statehood is a musical story which portrays the history of Arizona from about 1870 to February 14, 1912, culminating with statehood. Using two fictional characters, Mariquita Hernandez and Captain Jesse Wrightson, The Sounds of Statehood depicts the lives of actual, true-to life town founders, such as Judge Charles Hayden and his wife Sallie Hayden of the Hayden Flour Mill in Tempe. Historical events and prominent Arizona pioneers are also brought to life on stage, from areas such as; Flagstaff, The Grand Canyon, Prescott, Jerome, Pinedale and Tucson. (February 14, 2012 – March 3, 2012)

UNTOLD STORIES AND UNSUNG HEROES, | ASU’s School of Theatre and Film is creating a play that will be interactive, educational, historical and celebrate the centennial. (February 9-19, 2012)

VERTIELEE FLOYD MEMORIAL PAYSON OLD TIMES FIDDLERS CONTESTPayson | The Old Time fiddling State Championship (National Qualifier) & Accoustic Music celebration. Incorporates over 2 days of family fun including Old Time, Accoustic, Music Concerts, Old Time fiddling contest for all ages, camping, Jamming, crafts and vending operations (September 23-25, 2011)

WHITE MOUNTAINS ROUNDUP, | An event that will be celebrating 100 years of Arizona cowboy and ranching heritage through poetry, music and fine arts. (July 15-16, 2011)

YUMA SQUARE AND ROUND DANCE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL FESTIVAL, Yuma| Three days of square and round dancing and lessons. Family-oriented event. That pays tribute to the hard lives early Arizona citizens had and the ways they found to have fun by square and round dancing. (February 10-12, 2012)

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