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Scottsdale Arts’ elegant fundraising event, The ARTrageous Gala, will be a virtual celebration at 7 p.m. April 10.

“The ARTrageous Gala | A Love Story will celebrate the visual and performing arts with complimentary viewing of an online program commemorating the profound community impact of Scottsdale Arts,” according to spokesman Brian Passey.

That includes its four operating branches – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation – and its two signature events: Canal Convergence and Scottsdale Arts Festival.

Anita Lang, CEO and design principal at IMI Designs, is chairing The ARTrageous Gala | A Love Story.

“Why do we all share this love story with art? Perhaps it’s for all different reasons,” Lang said. “For me, I can identify as an artist that loses myself in the passionate energy of creation and also as the observer who experiences a meaningful resonance with a soulful interpretation of art.”

Viewers “will experience an array of artistic offerings,” Passey promised.

That will include “dazzling new art, cutting-edge augmented reality experiences and stunning guest performers – all designed to remind attendees of the love they have for the arts and the impact the arts have on the community.”

The program will include performances by artists who will appear at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts during the 2021–22 season, providing a sneak peek at the coming shows. 

Among the performers are Eva Noblezada and Seth Rudetsky.

Rudetsky regularly hosts programs with Broadway stars, conversing with them on stage and accompanying their performances on the piano. Noblezada is a Tony-nominated actress who originated the role of Eurydice in “Hadestown.”

“The ARTrageous Gala | A Love Story is a very special opportunity to highlight and celebrate the diverse and innovative programs at Scottsdale Arts that inspire our community,” said Lauren Zapien, membership and events manager for Scottsdale Arts.

“By pivoting to a virtual format, we are excited to broaden our audience and welcome special guests from across the country while supporting the arts in Arizona.”

Supporters can elevate their streaming experience with The ARTrageous Gala in a Box, which includes “decadent sips and sumptuous bites provided by Atlasta,” plus exclusive treats from Scottsdale Arts.

There are various Gala in a Box options, including ARTrageous Cocktail Reception, ARTrageous Dinner and Wine or ARTrageous Dinner Party for 10. Delivery options are also available.

Additionally, the gala will feature a virtual silent auction with luxurious staycation packages, creative merchandise and featured visual artworks by local artists. The auction will launch prior to the event.


ARTrageous sponsors include Billie Jo and Judd Herberger, BMO Harris Bank, Nationwide, Harvard Investments, APS, Cox, Renewal by Andersen, Lifetime Windows & Siding and Arizona Pride Guide.