Arts & Culture

The Gila Valley community embraces its art culture through theater, festivals, and education. Locals with a love for creation and expression are quick to share their passion through classes, workshops, and mentorships.


David M. Player Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts is a testament to The Gila Valley's passionate commitment to the arts. Built with the generous support of the community, the Center marks the collaboration of a world-class team of architects, designers, and acousticians. The unique design of the Center allows for the rear section of the main auditorium to rotate 180 degrees to become a more intimate performance space. Owned and operated by the Safford Unified School District, the Center is known for its superb quality of sound for liver performances.

Photo courtesy of the  Eastern Arizona Courier

Photo courtesy of the Eastern Arizona Courier

Safford Wine, Art, & History Festival

In April, the community comes together for a two-day celebration of local art, music, wine, and history. The festival features live music throughout the day with a special concert on Saturday night. Arizona Wineries offer tastings and bottles of their latest vintages, while local vendors set up booths with delicious food and fine art.


The Little Art Gallery

The Little Art Gallery displays the art work of participating members of the Art Guild of Eastern Arizona (AGEA). Each month they have a different Featured Artist or Special Seasonal Show. The gallery is free to the public Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Come visit with one of the participating artists on these days. The "Family Friendly" art covers most media. Most of the work is for sale. They also sell limited art supplies.


Debbie’s Art Supplies

Calling all antiquors, crafters, and art enthusiasts! Debbie’s Art Supplies is the place to go for all your beading, quilting, jewelry-making, and cake-decorating needs. The shop also features handcrafted jewelry made by local artisans, ceramics, and a revolving stock of beautiful antiques.


Eastern Arizona Old Time Fiddle Contest

The Arizona Old Time Fiddlers Association hosts a fiddle contest each year on the second weekend in February. The group aims to preserve, promote, and perpetuate the art of old time fiddling. Folks of all ages are encouraged to develop their musical talents with opportunities to perform in public.


Battle of the Bands & Nickel Picnic

Join Graham County at the Fairgrounds as the best local bands battle for the annual title. Hosted by Kat Kountry 94.5, the picnic combines local music with delicious food and local vendors.