2017-18 Arts Heroes

This May, ON Media, with Phoenix partner SRP and Tucson partner the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, recognized the often unsung people who help the arts to flourish. These Arts Heroes – 16 individuals and one organization – were acknowledged for their mostly behind-the-scenes contributions to the success of the arts in Phoenix and Tucson. One was recognized each month in the programs for the performing arts.

The Tucson Heroes were feted at the Hotel Congress on May 10, and the Phoenix Heroes were celebrated May 18 at Symphony Hall prior to the performance of Live from Broadway by The Phoenix Symphony. Each hero received a large plaque printed with a copy of his or her profile.



Shaliyah Ben, The Heard Museum
Karol Rice Cooper and Mark Fearey, Valley Youth Theatre
Chandra Crudup, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, Arizona State University
Rosemarie Dombrowski, Phoenix poet laureate and professor, Arizona State University
Casandra Hernández Faham, CALA Alliance
Catherine “Rusty” Foley, Arizona Citizens for the Arts
Jeff Libman, clinical associate professor, Arizona State University, and vice president of Jazz in AZ
Meribeth Reeves, Desert Foothills Theater
Bob Tancer, philanthropist






Terry Etherton, Etherton Gallery
Chelsea Farrar, University of Arizona Museum of Art
Ilona Vukovic-Gay, Tucson Symphony Orchestra
Norma Gomez, Ballet Folklorico de Ajo
Margaret Joplin, Design Collaborations
Mark McLemore, NPR’s Arizona Spotlight
Marc David Pinate, Borderlands Theater
WAMO, Warehouse Arts Management Organization







ON Media publishes the programs for the major arts groups in the two cities, as well as visitor guides, The Red Book, The Red Book Magazine, azredbook.com and other specialty publications.

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