Arts & Culture

Cindy Ornstein

Director of Arts and Culture, City of Mesa

Executive Director

Mesa Arts Center




Illya Riske

Deputy Director of Arts and Culture and Mesa Arts Center




Sarah Goedicke

Management Assistant to the Executive Director



Arts & Culture

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Arts & Culture Strategic Plan

The Arts and Culture Department of the City of Mesa, Arizona serves as the cultural liaison and ambassador for the City; the chief advocate for the importance of arts and culture to community life, education and economic development; and the oversight body for the three City-owned arts and culture venues/programs: the i.d.e.a. Museum, the Arizona Museum of Natural History, and the Mesa Arts Center. 

The Department seeks to engage with businesses, educational institutions, community members, volunteers, City staff, and other cultural and government entities to further the vision, mission and goals of the Department’s Strategic Plan and support the Strategic Initiatives of the Mesa City Council.  The Department supports the idea that arts and culture—rooted in the value that creativity and discovery are the engine of human progress and well-being—are essential to healthy and civilized societies, and to fulfilled and productive human activity.