Multi-Cultural Connections

Greater Phoenix owes much of its modern character to the many cultures that have enhanced the area's social fabric. From the original Native American inhabitants and early Spanish explorers to the more recent contributions of vibrant world cultures, the area's rich cultural mix shines into many facets of everyday life. A closer look reveals opportunities for entertainment and enlightenment.

The Multi-Cultural Affairs Department and the Multi-Cultural and Arts Foundation (MCAF) - components of the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau (GPCVB) - share a commitment to bringing a greater awareness of the area's diverse cultural heritage to visitors and residents alike. MCAF members advise the leadership of the GPCVB and help develop programs to increase economic opportunities for local ethnic owned businesses.

HISPANIC AMERICAN

Corona Ranch and Rodeo GroundsWhen the Arizona Territory and later the state of Arizona was formed, Hispanic families had been living in the area for generations. Their longtime presence is abundantly evident in the art, architecture, music and cuisine that Greater Phoenix visitors encounter today. The following attractions offer a glimpse into the vibrant and creative Hispanic American culture:
Cesar Chavez Memorial Phoenix City Hall, Second Avenue between Jefferson and Washington Streets
Cesar Chavez Park (602) 262-6111
Chicano Research Collection (480) 965-4932
Corona Ranch and Rodeo Grounds (602) 237-3533
El Tianguis Marketplace (480) 820-4644
The Great Southwestern Swap Meet (602)352-1228
Movimiento Artisto del Rio Salado
126 S. Central Avenue
Museo Chicano (602) 257-5536

NATIVE AMERICAN

Tribute to Navajo Code TalkersTwenty-one federally recognized Native American tribes reside in Arizona, with a total population of roughly 300,000second only to Oklahoma. The most visible are the Navajo, who occupy a 14-million-acre reservation covering the northeastern corner of the state and extending into Utah and New Mexico. Hopi, Apache, Yaqui, Hualapai and many other tribes enhance Arizona's unique regional character. Learn more about Native cultures at these area attractions:
Atlatl, Inc. (602)277-3711
Chantlaca (602) 254-5230
Gila Arts and Crafts Center (520) 315-3411
Heard Museum (602) 252-8848
Hoo-Hoogam Ki Museum (480) 874-8190
Pueblo Grande Museum and Archeological Park (602) 495-0900
Tribute to Navajo Code Talkers Northeast corner of Central Avenue and Thomas Road

ASIAN AMERICAN

Arizona Buddhist TempleAccounting for about two percent of the area's population, the Asian American community is represented by residents from China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Tibet, Thailand and the Pacific islands. Visit the following area attractions to experience the unique contributions these cultures have made to the state's ethnic diversity:
Arizona Buddhist Temple (602) 278-0036
COFCO Chinese Cultural Center (602) 273-7268
Chinatown Project Exhibit 2nd and Jefferson Streets
Japanese Friendship Garden (602) 256-3204
Korean Cultural Center (602) 703-4255
Korean War Memorial (602)542-4581
Re-creation of Japanese Internment Camps (480) 929-0292
World War II Japanese Internment Camp and Photo Exhibit (520) 315-3411

AFRICAN AMERICAN

Eastlake Park Civil Rights MemorialThe African American population has a rich history in Phoenix and has made important historical contributions to the West. From the Buffalo Soldiers who were instrumental in Arizona's territorial history to community leaders who joined the national civil rights campaign and helped desegregate Phoenix schools, African Americans have influenced Arizona for generations. Discover more about their important contributions at these area attractions:
Arizona Opportunities Industrialization Center (602) 254-508
Black Theatre Troupe, Inc. (602) 258-8128
Booker T. Washington School Memorial Room (602) 271-0040 Ext. 810
Eastlake Park Civil Rights Memorial 16th and Jefferson Streets
First Institutional Baptist Church (602) 258-1998
George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center (602)254-7516
Jesse Owens Memorial Medical Center (602) 824-4350
Tanner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church (602) 253-8426