a place for the arts

Bisbee, Arizona

CSP Parking Lot Movie
DATE CHANGE to Friday, September 3
Beauty Is Embarrassing
A documentary about artist Wayne White  
- Gates open 6:30 PM  -
Suggested donation $5.00

No advanced tickets, bring a

chair and a mask!

Raised in the mountains of Tennessee, Wayne White found success as one of the creators of the TV show, Pee-wee’s Playhouse, which led to more work designing some of the most arresting and iconic images in pop culture.


Part biography, part live performance, Beauty Is Embarrassing tells an inspiring story of this one-of-a-kind visual artist and raconteur. The film traces White’s career from an underground cartoonist in New York’s East Village to his big break as a designer, puppeteer, and voice-over actor on Pee-wee’s Playhouse. The film, like White, embraces the ragged edges and messy contradictions of life, art, and family with rabid humor and honesty.

Made possible by a grant from  AZ Community Foundation - Cochise  and ACA

 Social Distancing and masks are needed now as much as  ever!  Lets keep  each other and our community safe. Please remember to wear a mask when at Central School. 

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Presented and Central School Project & by Bisbee After 5   Wed October 6 – Sun Oct 11


 Jurors pop up show with artist meet and greet, nocturne painting on Subway, Fast draw and Paint in Grassy Park, Painting the view of Mexico San Jose Peak events: (1 for registrants and 1for kids) at Bisbee Library Annex in San Jose, and our wet paint sale, informal critique session.

We are moving the headquarters of the festival from grassy park over to Central School Project for public health and safety concerns as well as for logistical reasons. CSP has ample indoor and outdoor space options depending on weather and our pandemic public health situation – we are cautiously going forward.

 Join other artists in painting Old Bisbee’s historic architecture, sprawling staircases, vintage streets, industrial mining remnants, and colorful homes set amidst the scenic Mule Mountains to compete for $800 in prizes. You also have the opportunity to sell your Festival pieces to the public at the Wet Paint Exhibition and Sale. Start painting any day you wish with the festival dates, there are no requirements for start day.

The Delta variant is highly contagious so we need everyone to be vigilant with masking and social distancing.

Plein Air Festival Details -->

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Central School Project has received much needed funding for general operations ~

We want to thank  all the dedicated hard working arts and community foundation staff  that worked tirelessly supporting organizations all over the country that fundraised and also faithfully distributed CARES act funds. 

 Thank you to the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Western States Arts Federation , Arizona Community Foundation, The Community Foundation of Southern Az,  The NEA, the Community Foundation - Cochise,  The Bisbee Foundation, The Bisbee Woman's Club, The Bisbee Arts Commission


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