Patagonia Creative Arts Announces 20th Anniversary

IT’S OUR 20TH ANNIVERSARY!      Here are the achievements and partnerships we will celebrate this year: An Art partnership with the Patagonia Elementary, Middle and High School – that’s five days a week of art classes on campus! The Tin Shed theater modern heating and cooling system with help from […]

Thanksgiving Weekend in Patagonia

Join us as we celebrate the weekend in Patagonia!  There are several events happening across town including:   The Artisans Market at the Patagonia Creative Arts Center Artisans Market Art and Collectibles Market at the Plaza de Patagonia, hosted by the Ovens of Patagonia Ovens of Patagonia Tours and Special Performances […]

Patagonia Fall Festival Sponsorship Opportunities

  SAACA has opened up sponsorship opportunities for the 30th annual Patagonia Fall Festival this October 13 & 14, 2018. This is an exciting opportunity to support the Fall Festival and the Arts in the greater Southern Arizona area.   The package is attached. You can find out all that SAACA […]

Preludes and Postludes

Happy New Year 2018! As we begin the new year we would like to share with you Preludes and Postludes, our first newsletter.  We have experienced many exciting events this season and we are looking forward to more inspiring performances in 2018. Wishing you a happy and peaceful new year, SCFPA […]

The Nutcracker at the Tin Shed Theater in Patagonia!

 Don’t miss this Once in a Lifetime Big Screen Event – A Holiday Classic – Bring the whole family – Right here at the Tin Shed Theater in Patagonia, AZ! Royal Opera House – The Nutcracker                December 20th from 6 to 9 pm with intermissions December […]

We Have the Heat!

The Tin Shed Theater will be warm and snug for our expanded winter cinema program Thanks to a generous grant, donations, and a small loan we were able to install two large gas furnaces, seal up some big and a lot of small holes to stop the drafts and add […]

Additional Concerts!

Presents Three Additional Concerts for 2017 at BENDERLY-KENDALL OPERA HOUSE* THE WORD IS OUT! THE OPERA HOUSE IS IN! Due to an extraordinary response from musicians on tour who have requested to perform in our new venue we have added three additional concerts to the 2017 Season Please make room […]

Exhibition on Film

Art Movie Exhibition

Patagonia Creative Arts Association brings Exhibition on Screen to the Tin Shed Theater EXHIBITION ON SCREEN™ is the originator and pioneer of bringing exhibition-based art films to the cinema. Filmed exclusively for cinema at the exhibitions and on location, this ground-breaking series allows art lovers to revel in and essentially […]

Grand Opening of New Opera House in Patagonia Arizona

Public Invited to Grand Opening of The Benderly – Kendall Opera House After more than a decade of bringing world-class music into private homes in Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz Foundation for the Performing Arts (SCFPA) announces the Grand Opening of its permanent performance venue, the Benderly – Kendall […]

Winning Photo

2016 Photo Contest Winner and Pictures

We are proud to announce that Jeff Gallemore was the winner of the 1st Annual Sky Islands Photo Contest! Jeff won $100, had his picture featured at the SITA booth during the Fall Festival and will also have his winning photo used on SITA postcards! Jeff’s winning photo All Entries

The Santa Cruz County International Film Festival

The Santa Cruz County International Film Festival is an annual event that is held every October in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.  This year, it will be held October 20th through the 23rd. Both Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora have a history of internationally famous actors who have visited […]

What is Art?

The start of the Patagonia Fall Festival, a celebration of music & art, is fast-approaching (October 7 – 9). In light of this, we thought it would be a good idea to ask the question, “What is Art?”. According to the dictionary, art is an expression or application of human creative skill […]

Expanded Musical Entertainment at Patagonia Fall Festival

The Patagonia Fall Festival calls itself a “celebration of music and art”, and music will really earn its top billing with this year’s expanded entertainment program. The Santa Cruz Foundation for the Performing Arts (SCFPA), based in Patagonia, is the sponsor of the music performances this year, and they are […]

Horse Activities in Sky Islands Arizona

Horse Activities in Sky Islands Arizona

“Enjoy a variety of horse activities here in the Sky Islands of Southern Arizona” Horses are an inspiration to many people and are associated with many common symbols such as power, grace, beauty, nobility, strength and freedom. The horse is also one of the 12 Chinese signs of the zodiac. […]

1st Annual Sky Islands Photo Contest

We want to see your best photos of the Arizona Sky Islands’ region of Sonoita, Elgin and Patagonia. Be as creative as you desire with the photos. You are only limited by your imagination! Send your pictures to Deadline to submit photos is September 15, 2016. The winner will be […]

World-Class Birding in Patagonia

No matter if you’re new to birding or are an avid birder looking to check rare species off your life list, Patagonia is your place. Article written by Dina Mishev and published by Arizona Guide It’s not just because birds outnumber people in Patagonia that the former mining supply town and its surrounding area […]


The histories of Patagonia, Sonoita, and Elgin are as colorful as their sunsets and as rich as the ore that came from local mines. Native Americans, Spaniards, Mexicans, ranchers, miners, and Jesuit priests have all inhabited this land over the past five hundred years, and recent archeological work suggests evidence […]