Chandler offers a mix of art and culture activities for all ages, at several public venues, most of which are managed by the Community Services Department. The Chandler Center for the Arts, Vision Gallery, Chandler Museum and Chandler Public Library each offer residents and visitors a variety of services, programs, activities and special events on a year-round basis. There are also private galleries, museums, festivals and organizations that add to the vibrant culture in Downtown Chandler and beyond.
Chandler Public Library strives to assist all citizens in obtaining information to meet their diverse personal, educational and professional needs.
With four locations in all geographic areas of the community, library users have the opportunity to meet and interact with others, attend programming, sit quietly and read in an approachable inviting environment - all with high-speed access to the digital world. We provide access to a variety of resources - books, magazines, ebooks, Lynda.com, ancestry.com, job center - so library users of all ages can explore topics of personal interest and continue to learn throughout their lives. The libraries serve as learning, educational and cultural centers for the community and promote the development of an appreciation for reading and learning.
Chandler Public Library has volunteer opportunities available for individuals to assist with programming, sit on the Library Board or engaging with the Friends of Chandler Public Library.
The Chandler Museum is an innovative learning environment where the community comes together to share our stories, store our cultural heritage and experience Chandler as a people and place. The vision of the Museum is to be the community's principle resource to explore its people's history, culture, and their place in the rapidly changing world of today.
Chandler Museum is currently closed while a new museum building is built adjacent to the historic McCullough-Price House. Once the new Museum opens (December 2018) the McCullough-Price House will serve as an archival research center.
The museum also runs Tumbleweed Ranch, an outdoor learning environment which features a 1917 home, historic grocery store and antique agricultural equipment, located in Tumbleweed Park.
The Museum has a Museums Advisory Board, and partners with three supporting nonprofit organizations - Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch, Chandler Sports Hall of Fame and Chandler Historical Society. Chandler Museum also offers opportunities for volunteers or interns, as well as resources for teachers.
Chandler Center for the Arts presents a variety of performing arts events, including traveling productions, local arts organizations and Chandler Unified School District events. It also features an Exhibition Gallery. The Center presents youth programming throughout the year with Connecting Kidz.
A product of community leadership, clear vision and unwavering determination, the Center for the Arts is a testament to Chandler's passionate commitment to the arts.
The Center for the Arts opened in 1989 as a shared facility between the City and the Chandler Unified School District. Built with the generous support of the community, the Center marks the collaboration of a world-class team of architects, designers, and acousticians.
Vision Gallery is an art gallery and a cultural center of Downtown Chandler that is located in the City Hall campus, on the northeast corner of Arizona Ave. and Chicago St. Exhibits are rotated regularly at Vision Gallery as well as its sister gallery located at Chandler Center for the Arts.
Vision Gallery present youth programming throughout the year with Vision Kidz.
Gallery programming is managed by Chandler Cultural Foundation, a nonprofit organization.