Arts and culture are important because individually and together they preserve our heritage, provide a medium for artistic expression, and for many, an opportunity to escape from the stresses and complications of daily life. The arts and culture of the White Mountains includes the heritage of many—from early Mormon pioneers to the several Indian tribes native to this area—and our communities have captured the spirit of it all in art, displays, and activities.
The Culture and Arts of the White Mountains
Arts Alliance of the White Mountains
Established in 1999, the organization promotes a strong interest in the arts. The organization supports visual, performing and media arts in the White Mountains region. Understanding that a strong interest in the cultural arts is a benefit for both the region’s economy and quality of life, the organization supports a film society, art scholarships and events.
251 N. Penrod Road
Show Low, AZ 85901
High Country Art Association
High Country Art Association sponsors an Annual Fourth of July Arts and Crafts Festival. This event features fine art and crafts exhibited by artists from all over the country. Food and beverages are available for purchase, and live entertainment performs all weekend. Proceeds from the silent auction, featuring art from participating artists, will support art programs in the Pinetop-Lakeside community.
Renee Cushman Art Museum
A remarkable collection of artwork given as a gift to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) by Renee Scharf Cushman, who was not a church member. The collection contains an engraving attributed to Rembrandt, pen drawings by Tiepolo, and other art and furniture dating from the Renaissance to early 20th century. The museum is housed in a special wing of the LDS Stake Center in Springerville and is open by appointment only. The Round Valley Chamber of Commerce schedules tours of the museum.
418 E Main St
Springerville, Arizona 85938
Silver Creek Performing Arts Association
Music and performing arts have been a part of Snowflake and Taylor heritage since its founding in 1878. Early pioneers brought their beloved instruments and sheet music with them when settling this region, and like much of the heritage, this love for the arts also lives on. The Silver Creek Performing Arts Association sponsors local choirs and world-acclaimed concert musicians and performers. A typical seasonal calendar might include Chinese acrobats, an operatic duet and pianist, or a night of orchestral Broadway hits.
190 South 200 West
Snowflake, AZ 85937
White Mountain Symphony Orchestra
The White Mountain Symphony Orchestra aspires to excellence in performance of a wide variety of orchestral music from all eras and a diversity of composers. Our performance repertoire has included full orchestral works, chamber music, concertos and collaborative performances with choirs and dance troupes. Among our most important activities is the annual“Music Is…” program introducing the 4th and 5th grade students of Navajo and Apache counties to the world of orchestral music. Each season we aspire to offer new opportunities and experiences for enjoying and sharing orchestral music with the White Mountains. For example, this year we will be introducing the students to The Planets by Gustov Holst.