A product of community leadership, clear vision and unwavering determination, the Center for the Arts is a testament to the Gila Valley's passionate commitment to the arts. The CFA opened in 2007, owned and operated by the Safford Unified School District. Built with the generous support of the community, the Center marks the collaboration of a world-class team of architects, designers, and acousticians.
The Center is equipped with two theaters, with a total seating capacity of 999. The unique design of the Center allows for the rear section of the main auditorium to rotate 180 degrees to become a more intimate performance spaces: The 239-seat Recital Hall.
Superb Acoustical Setting Designed by SSPW Architects of Scottsdale Arizona, the Center is an acoustical masterpiece, providing a superb quality of sound for live performances. Patrons and artists alike have hailed the Center's acoustics as being among the best in the state.
The facility is used by the music and arts programs through out the school district as well as being rented by other schools and organizations through out the Gila Valley. Over the past 4 years , thousands of patrons have been entertained, educated, thrilled and inspired in this beautifully designed and elegantly accommodating facility enjoying a broad range of programming, including an array of all genres of music - jazz, country, adult contemporary, comedy, family programming and many other special events.
The Center for the Arts was built to serve the greater good of the school and the community. We are committed to the importance of the arts having a place in the lives of all people. We seek to provide opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn about and experience the arts. Our mission is to provide quality performing and visual arts programs that reflect the needs of a diverse community; and to raise funds to support programs and future needs of the Center for the Arts.
Message From The Director
Dear Patrons and Partners of the Center For the Arts,
Welcome to our brand new web site for the Center For the Arts. We are excited to launch our new site and hope you will visit often to see our calendar of upcoming events, photo album of past events, newsletter and all kinds of information related to the CFA. Our new web site is the latest enhancement in our quest to provide the Gila Valley with the finest, state-of-the art venue and family entertainment we possibly can.
One of the most significant features of our new site is the ability to purchase tickets directly from the site. There are many benefits of online purchasing, not the least being the convenience to you the patron. You will now have the option of purchasing your tickets in the convenience of the your own home as well as visiting the sites where tickets are being sold. Also either way you choose, you will be able to use a credit or debit card. Online ticket services will also provide a real-time snapshot of ticket sales and seats still available. These services will be available in the next month or so.
The success of the CFA, a non-profit organization, would not be possible without the partnerships between the Safford Unified School District and our community leaders, businesses, service organizations, sponsors and most of all, you our patrons. These partnerships and your support have kept the CFA alive and able to continue delivering services to the community even during a challenging economy. We are deeply grateful to each of you for recognizing the impact of arts and education on the quality of life and the need for appropriate facilities here in the Gila Valley.
We hope you and your entire family have enjoyed attending the variety of shows and performances at the CFA this past year and we look forward to seeing you at our next exciting show.