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Artists Sought for September 11 Tribute Exhibit


The Dysart Unified School District and The Vista Center for the Arts are seeking artists in partnership with the City of Surprise, the West Valley Arts Council and Ground Floor Artists for a 9/11 tribute art exhibit. 

The inaugural Surprise Mayor’s Exhibit: A Tribute To Our Heroes, marks the 20th anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11 and aims to reflect on how the heroes of this day have shaped, and continue to shape, our nation into one of support, togetherness, and collective endurance. Individual artists are invited to submit works thematically tied to the events of September 11, 2001 and/or works remembering and celebrating those who gave their lives through heroic acts.

The Mayor’s Exhibit will be juried by a panel of partners and community members, along with City of Surprise Mayor Skip Hall. Student submissions (ages 13-17) are free, and adult artist (18+) fees are $20-25.  The deadline to apply is 11:59pm on July 30, 2021 and artists can submit up to three individual pieces for consideration. Entry details and requirements can be found on the West Valley Arts website. Questions regarding entries can be directed to

Mayor’s Exhibit: A Tribute To Our Heroes opens September 3, 2021 at The Vista Center for the Arts, 15660 N. Parkview Place in Surprise, and will coincide with performances to be held at this location through November 11, 2021. Artists will be notified by August 9.

Entry Details and Requirements

About The Vista Center for the Arts Built in 2008, The Vista is a state-of-the-art performing arts center operated by the Dysart Unified School District. This venue brings a variety of events and shows to the community, and offers a spacious lobby, 1,300 seats, and theatrical sound/lighting. The Vista Center for the Arts is located at 15660 N. Parkview Place in Surprise. The Vista operates through the Community Education department, which offers a variety of services to the community, including Growing Minds Preschool, sports and enrichment programs, driver's education courses, facility rentals, The Vista Center for the Arts and more! All programs within Community Education, including The Vista, are self-funded and proceeds support and help to keep all programs affordable. For more information or to purchase tickets to an upcoming event, visit or call (623) 523-8888.  

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15802 N Parkview Place, Surprise