Arts & Culture
Mural-clad brick walls, glowing benches, a solo gopher, waterways art, and a color-changing water tower are a few creations found in Gilbert. Not to mention, an established theater, historical museum, and gallery to feed your cultural side.
Art Intersection encourages creative individuals to take their work to the next level through programs and facilities in which they learn, create, and exhibit. Three galleries showcase art from emerging and established artists and a workplace is available for individuals to create their own art. If you need a black and white darkroom, to use Photoshop or Lightroom, or to make large digital prints, the facility is available; and, Art Intersection even offers 1-on-1 tutorials.
The space is also available for groups to hold events. Art and photography groups can even use the lab for workshops and lectures.
Gallery 4 is an extension of Art Intersection, but with a different mission. Exhibitions and programs in Gallery 4 invite the viewer to engage in personal reflection and conversation regarding social, environmental, and cultural topics. Artists presenting work in Gallery 4 intend to provoke thinking and stimulate dialogue for the exchange of ideas as well as community engagement.
Open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Located at HD South – Gilbert Historical Museum
10 South Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ 85296
Gilbert Art Walk is an art gathering that takes place on select Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from October – April. Offering an array of artistic styles for exhibition and sale, this casual and eclectic event offers locals and tourists an opportunity to discover emerging and well-known artists alike.
Art Walk is held at Water Tower Plaza, located at the intersections of W. Page Avenue and N. Ash Street in Gilbert.
The Gilbert Heritage District is full of art and much of it is integrated into the design of the buildings and surrounding infrastructure. The intent of integrating art into the design of the district is to pay homage to the heritage of Gilbert. Some of the major themes include water, agriculture, lighting, people, and community.
The water tower is at the core of the district and has become an icon of Gilbert and is lit to celebrate many holidays and causes that are important to the community. Along with the tower, there are many water displays in Water Tower Plaza and along the Western Powerline Trail.
Lighting is another major theme with neon signs above many restaurants and shops and glowing art benches positioned throughout the district.
A growing collection of murals grace the brick walls in Gilbert. A concentration of these local works of art can be found in the Heritage District but you can find others hidden among the shops at SanTan Village and near the restaurants of Agritopia.
Check out the Gilbert Art Map to explore these fun and inspiring works of art.
HD SOUTH | Home of the Gilbert Historical Museum
Gilbert Historical Museum has been at the heart of the Gilbert community since 1982. The HD SOUTH building, the original Gilbert Elementary School built in 1913 and home to the museum, sits proudly on the National Register of Historic Places, the only building in Gilbert with that designation.
Gilbert is home to a powerful 9/11 Memorial that pays tribute to the lives lost during the worst act of terrorism on American soil. The memorial features an 8-foot steel girder beam that once held up the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Four granite walls feature the names of those lost in the attacks. The memorial rests on a pentagon shape and is surrounded by bricks, some of which have messages from donors and can be found at the Municipal buildings at 50 E. Civic Center Drive.
Live theater is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening, especially when you pair it with a delicious meal. In Gilbert, you can enjoy Broadway shows, touring acts, and local talent.
Higley Center for the Performing Arts
The Higley Center for the Performing Arts features two performance spaces – the concert hall which seats 1,235 and includes all of the technical amenities of a professional venue, and the 186-seat theatre for smaller stage performances.