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Board of Directors
Lisa Sampson, President
Zachary Sayre, Secretary
Robert Marrlett, Treasurer




Mission Statement: To explore, express, and experience creativity in all its forms through stimulating learning opportunities within a transforming community.

Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Place – “SNAP” is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts entity located at  Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ in Scottsdale, Arizona. SNAP provides space for people of all ages to explore, express, and experience their own creativity. Originally called Ocotillo Center for Creativity and co-founded in 2007 by Rev. Katharine Harts, Lisa Sampson, Jill Marderness, Carrie Abts and Dan Loven, non-profit status was achieved in July of 2009 and the name changed to Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Place – “SNAP” in April of 2010 to better serve and represent the citizens of south Scottsdale.

SNAP offers both adult and youth programming. Current offerings include Argentine Tango taught by internationally acclaimed Tango Champions Rommel Oramas and Daniela Borgialli, Phoenix AZ Shakuhachi Friends led by Chuck Peck on 1st Saturday mornings, Loving Yoga every Saturday morning, Conscious Dance and Community Drum Circle on 3rd Friday evenings, Open Arts Studio on 1st and 3rd Saturday afternoons, Inspirational Women’s Circle creative workshops, Flute Ensembles coached by Avira Flute Duo and Cello Ensemble led by Pat Fisher. SNAP offers Private Music Lessons taught by top-notch instructors. SNAP also hosts youth camps including Summer Musical Theatre Explorations taught by Larry Loeber and Tina Khalil, and Shakespeare Junior Winter Camp taught by Arizona Actor’s Academy, Brandy Hotchner/Artistic Director, who also offers private coaching sessions for aspiring actors at SNAP.

Future plans include the Music Alive at SNAP concert series coming in January 2013, That’s Pinteresting creative workshops, Fall and Spring Break Arts Camps and an After School Arts Program (ASAP!) Teaching and rehearsal space is available to artists and artist entities on an hourly rental basis.  Call 480-947-4770 for more information. Please look below at what has Happened at SNAP.


Past programming has included classes in Zumba, Belly Dance Basics, Gentle Yoga, Cards for the Season, Calligraphy, and summer camps including Camp Jam and STE(A)M (Science Technology Arts Engineering Mathematics) through “Discover Science 4 Kids,” plus many special arts events such as “TAP Into SNAP,” “New Year’s Celebration,” “Opera Meets Jazz,” and Arts and Wellness Open House. Dias Dance Life has rehearsed its dance events at SNAP and Greasepaint Youtheatre rented the SNAP space for Les Mis, Cinderella and Annual Gala rehearsals during their 2011-12 Season.

Since 2007, Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Place classes have included Tai Chi, Swing Dance, Fitness and Flexibility 101, The Art of Writing Poetry, Everyday Gifts, Communication 101, Private Music Lessons, Music on Mondays (adult amateur chamber music) and Musical Adventures (sessions in Conducting, Drumming, Recorder, Piano, Voice, Strings).

Summer Youth Camps have included Trapeze Camp, Art Camp, Summer Musical Theater Explorations (MB & Co.), STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics), Camp Jam and Camp Jam Kidz.

In addition to classes and camps, SNAP has sponsored many special events:

  • TAP Into SNAP – Scottsdale 60th Anniversary free arts event
  • Arts and Wellness Open House: “Loving Yourself 1st Health Fair”
  • R. Carlos Nakai and Will Clipman Benefit Concert
  • Eats-N-Arts outreach series on the last Saturday of the month
  • La Boheme Preview with Arizona Opera
  • Opera Meets Jazz featuring Rhapsody in Blue with pianist Larry Loeber, and Musicians of the Arizona Opera Orchestra (AZOOMA)
  • Red Rocks Music Festival Concert - "Classical Meets Jazz" Workshop with the authors of “Saving Paradise”
  • Live performance of the musical - "The Last Five Years"

Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Place “SNAP”
On the campus of Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ
4425 N Granite Reef Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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