Updated 4/9/2020, 5:30 p.m.


Statement from Mesa Arts Center regarding temporary closure due to COVID-19 (coronavirus)


In the interest of public health and safety amidst the unprecedented health crisis caused by COVID-19, the City of Mesa has extended the temporary closure of Mesa Arts Center until further notice.


Learn more: Mesa continues proactive measure in response to COVID-19 pandemic


The reopen date is dependent on the state of the health crisis and its economic impacts. Updates will be made available as plans change.


“We already miss sharing in-person arts and cultural experiences and discoveries with you and will work to share what we can online during the closure period,” said Executive Director Cindy Ornstein. “Know that we will continue to share developments with you, our valued patrons and supporters, and we are anxiously awaiting the day when we can welcome you in person again. Thank you for your patience and support.”


Check this page frequently for the most up-to-date information.


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See below and continue to refer to this page as updates are posted as they become available. At this time Mesa Arts Center Box Office is handling many calls and logistics related to postponed and canceled events and classes. While every effort is being made to respond quickly, we ask that you do not call the box office but await contact instead. 


Show postponements or cancellations are listed below in chronological order. Mesa Arts Center Box Office has already or will soon be contacting ticket holders for these events directly.  

In the event of a postponement, rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as the information becomes available and your tickets will be honored for the new date. Refunds will be available if you are unable to attend.

In the event of a cancelation, Box Office will automatically refund ticket value to the original credit card used for purchase. If the purchase was made in cash or check, a check will be issued to the purchaser within three weeks.

Robert Dubac's Book of Moron (March 17-March 22)—Rescheduled for April 10, 2021

Reefer Madness presented by Mesa Encore Theatre (April 4-19)
Drum Tao (April 4) —Rescheduled for October 2 

MeatEater (April 15) - Rescheduled for February 26, 2021

Puddles Pity Party (May 18) - Rescheduled for October 8

Science Friday Live (September 12)

Marion and the Merry Men, a True Legend of Robin Hood  (June 11-21) - Rescheduled June 2021


The Office! A Musical Parody (March 17-29)

National Geographic Live: From Summit to Sea (September 16) 

Live from Laurel Canyon (September 25)

The following Mesa Arts Center events or programs have had status changes:  

  • Art Studios 2nd Session spring and summer 2020 classes and workshops have been canceled. Registrants will be contacted directly. 
  • Arts in Service, Creative Aging, Dance for Parkinson's Disease and Arts in Mind programs have been suspended


Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum is closed beginning Tuesday, March 17.

The Store, an artists cooperative gallery is closed beginning Tuesday, March 17. 

As a venue that hosts a variety of events and public gatherings, Mesa Arts Center is being vigilant and taking necessary precautions issued by health officials. While the facility has established rigorous cleanliness protocols, additional procedures have been added, including but not limited to the following:


  • Displayed signs in all restrooms and eating areas to encourage frequent hand washing and proper cough/sneeze containment.
  • Availability of disposable sanitizing wipes for students, guests and employees.
  • Frequent cleaning of hard surfaces and touch points throughout the facility, including door handles, light switches, handrails, armrests, elevator buttons, tools, kiosks and counters.
  • Availability of hand sanitizer stations in high traffic areas.
  • Overall increase of cleaning procedures.


Best practices for health and wellness:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, couch or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • If you are ill or experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please stay home. 


Driving Directions

Click here for a map and directions.


From the North:
1-17 South to 1-10 East
1-10 East to the 202 Loop East
202 Loop East, exit Country Club
Take Country Club South to Main Street, turn left onto Main
Mesa Arts Center is located at One E. Main Street on the Southeast corner of Center and Main.


From Central Phoenix:
1-10 East to the 202 Loop East
202 East, exit Country Club
Take Country Club South to Main Street, turn left onto Main
Mesa Arts Center is located at One E. Main Street on the Southeast corner of Center and Main.


From the East:
US 60 West towards Mesa (the Superstition Freeway)
Exit Country Club and head North
Take Country Club North to Main Street, turn right onto Main
Mesa Arts Center is located at One E. Main Street on the Southeast corner of Center and Main.


From the Northeast:
101 Loop South to the 202 Loop East
202 Loop East, exit Country Club
Take Country Club South to Main Street, turn left onto Main
Mesa Arts Center is located at One E. Main Street on the Southeast corner of Center and Main.


From the South:
1-10 West to the US 60 East towards Mesa, Tempe, Apache Junction (the Superstition Freeway)
Exit Country Club and turn left
Take Country Club North to Main Street, turn right onto Main
Mesa Arts Center is located at One E. Main Street on the Southeast corner of Center and Main.


Metro Light Rail

Metro Light Rail makes a stop at Center & Main St. directly across from Mesa Arts Center. Click here for the latest schedule and locations.


Valley Metro Public Bus Transportation

Valley Metro provides public bus transportation services to stops in downtown Mesa near the Mesa Arts Center. Click here for the latest schedule and locations.


To Reach our South Parking lot from Main Street (traveling east from Country Club)- turn right onto Center St. and quickly make a left onto 1st Avenue. The Parking Lot is immediately on your left.


Parking spaces for persons with disabilities are available in the Mesa Arts Center parking lot for vehicles displaying handicapped parking stickers or license plates.  These spaces are available on a first come basis.  Click here to view a parking map.


Before your visit, we recommend checking our parking updates page to find the latest information on parking restrictions and alternative options.

For roughly the first 75 years of its history, the City of Mesa was contained within the "original square mile," bordered by what are now University Drive, Broadway Road, Country Club Drive and Mesa Drive. Mesa Arts Center stands at the exact center of that square mile, at One East Main Street.


Today, downtown Mesa is a diverse mix of culture, business, government, arts, recreation and entertainment. Anchored by the international award winning Mesa Arts Center, you'll find unique shops, diverse restaurants, award-winning museums and much more in Mesa's original mile-square district.


For more information about Mesa, Arizona, please visit the following websites:

Mesa Bucks - Good for City of Mesa Museums and Mesa Arts Center Performances

Click here for upcoming Mesa Buck Shows


Shop Mesa! Get the Arts started in 2009 to reward consumers for shopping in Mesa. Since the launch of the program, the City has distributed almost $60,000 in Mesa Bucks to spend at Mesa's arts and cultural attractions. 


The City of Mesa appreciates the importance of the arts and making them available to everyone. That is why consumers who make purchases in Mesa are rewarded with discounts on arts and cultural offerings through Shop Mesa! Get the Arts. Shop in Mesa to earn Mesa Bucks towards buy one get one free admission to select shows at Mesa Arts Center, as well as buy one get one free entry to the Arizona Museum of Natural History, and i.d.e.a. Museum. This season has an exciting new addition; Mesa Encore Theatre, Southwest Shakespeare Company, and other resident companies who perform at Mesa Arts Center will be accepting Mesa Bucks to select performance of their shows.


It is easy to redeem Mesa Bucks. Simply save your receipts from any purchases made in the City of Mesa and bring them to the Mesa Arts Center Box Office. The sales tax price will be matched in Mesa Bucks from $3 up to $200 per visit. These non-monetary vouchers can be used to purchase admissions to any of the Mesa arts and cultural facilities, exhibits, and select performances with the purchase of a ticket at regular price. When redeeming sales receipts for Mesa Bucks, allow approximately 2-5 business days for Box Office to process your receipts prior to ordering tickets.


Consumers do not need to be a Mesa resident, but only receipts of purchases made in the City of Mesa are valid. Mesa Bucks cannot be used for purchases at any of the Museum or Mesa Arts Center stores, have no cash value, and there is no carryover of unused funds. The accumulation of tax on all receipts must add up to a total of at least $3, in order to convert to a minimum of $5 in Mesa Bucks. The maximum amount to be converted to Mesa Bucks per receipt and per day is $200. Mesa Bucks can be used to purchase admissions/tickets on a buy one, get one free basis (Mesa Bucks have to pay for the full cost of the second with no partial payment).


For more information on exhibitions and performances visit Arizona Museum of Natural History ,  i.d.e.a. Museum  or Mesa Arts Center. When browsing the Mesa Arts Center website, look for the Shop Mesa logo next to the participating performances.


For more information, contact us at or call 480-644-6500.