Twist my arm

Arm twisting of the yoga variety

Truth be told, no arm twisting will be needed when the Women’s Metropolitan Arts Council holds their “In the Bag” event to benefit the Phoenix Art Museum.

The group consists of professional women who share a love of art and a gift for networking.

And it sounds as though they may have at least one other thing in common–the determination and drive to see to it that no designer bag ever finds itself homeless.

Designer handbag of the Kate Spade variety

In the Bag” on Sept 24, 2010 will feature signature cocktails, hor d’oevres, live entertainment and an auction of designer bags stuffed with all sorts of goodies.

Sip away, friends. It’ll up my odds of prevailing come bidding time!

Phoenix Art Museum presents “The pARTy” on Nov 6, 2010. The annual black-tie gala features cocktails in the sculpture garden, a gourmet dinner and dancing inside the museum’s wing for modern art.

Fundraiser treat of the adults-only variety

Rock on with your artsy self to support the “educational programs and exhibition schedule” of the museum.

Phoenix Boys Choir holds their “Fall 2010 Gala” on Oct 30 at Memorial Hall at Indian School Park. The “cocktail attire” affair features a performance by the choir as well as a jazz ensemble and a live auction. Practice hoisting those auction panels, maties!

“Night at the Museum,” the 2011 fundraising gala for Children’s Museum of Phoenix, takes place Feb 19–and it’s a lovely night of grown up fun “where your inner child comes alive.”

A designer purse of the children’s variety?

I went to their first fundraising gala many years ago, before they even had a building for the museum–and it was among the funnest fancy affairs I’ve ever attended.

Moondance 2010” shines on Heard Museum in Phoenix on Oct 23, featuring cocktails, dinner, dancing and a silent auction–which is your chance to own a work of art by an American Indian artist.

Mistake of the competitive auction bidding variety

More than 45 artists were invited by the Heard to paint a 12″ x 12″ canvas for the auction benefiting the museum’s education programs.

The Heard Museum describes the event as “Arizona Blacktie”–which they translate as “jewels, jeans and jackets.”

Once again, no twisting required.


Note: If your arts organization is holding a fundraiser not mentioned here, feel free to comment below to let our readers know–or send details to

Coming up: Spotlight on recent Superintendent Candidates Forum at the MIM, Lynn and Liz explore Cedar City in Utah, Season preview for Creative Stages Youth Theatre, Theater awards honoring Valley youth

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