Arts in Service

Thanks to generous support from The Boeing Company, Arizona Department of Veteran's Services, and the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, Mesa Arts Center is pleased to present Arts in Service, which provides creative pathways for veterans and service members to use studio arts experiences in reaching their personal goals, whether those are finding a supportive community, stress relief, working toward overall health and wellness, or pursuing career interests in art-making. 


Mesa Arts Center has reopened its Art Studios with robust safety protocols.

Follow the link for details and what you need to know before you visit.




Click the following link to learn more about classes and availability. 


New On-line Spring Classes available! 

  • Online: Arts in Service Watercolor
  • Online: Arts in Service Clay in the Garden

In-Person Spring Classes

  • AIS Borosilicate
  • Arts in Service: Intro to Clay
  • AIS Soda Lime Flameworking
  • Arts in Service: Printmaking
  • Blacksmithing: Arts in Service
  • Welding Arts in Service
  • COMING SOON: Jewelry (Summer of 2021)


All materials provided, register early space is limited.

Participants may be contacted to show proof of service from either a DD214 or Veteran's driver license.


 For more information on how to register please refer to the How to Register tab at the bottom of this page.





Registration for Fall online Arts in Service classes begins September 4


Arts in Service Classes (for service-member and veterans only):

Participants may either call (480) 644-6538 Monday -Friday, 9am-5pm, or visit the Box Office fill out and submit a registration form - Download the form here.  Questions during the evening or weekend can be directed to (480) 644-6500. Registrations will be taken in the order received. Participants who turn in a registration form through the Box Office will have their forms time-stamped for accuracy.

*Please note that the bellydance classes have changed to Tuesday nights.


Participants can also email with questions.


Participants will be contacted by the Studios Department to confirm registration via email. If you are unable to attend your class, please contact the Box Office or Studios department so that we may give your seat to another service-member, veteran or spouse.


Military Spouse/Partner Programming:

Specialty military spouse workshops available Spring 2020! For veterans, service-members with their spouse or military spouses only. View the Spouse Workshops available here!


*These workshops are for military spouses only (life partner/committed partner/domestic partner also included).


NEW! Arts in Service Bellydance classes now open to military spouses and partners!


To learn more, ask questions or stay up to date on events, email to be added to our email list.

Arts  in Service Policies:

Arts in Service classes are only for veterans or service members of the United States Armed Forces. Students will be asked to present their DD214 the first day of class or may present their Driver's License with the VETERAN designation.


Arts in Service class participants may only enroll for a total of 3 classes per semester.


Participants must submit a valid email address with their registration - all communication regarding classes will be sent via email.


Arts in Service Spouse Workshop Policies:


Military spouse workshops are for military spouses/partners to attend either alone or with their spouse who is a service-member or veteran.



Glass Flameworking: Service Members Learn to manipulate molten glass with a torch to make cosmic marbles and hollow form pendants, ornaments and objects. Intermediate to advanced demos will challenge continuing students. Students will also have the opportunity to work with instructors in fusing, marbles and glass beadmaking.


Blacksmithing: Learn the basics of Blacksmithing while making functional objects for the home such as handles and hooks.


The Science & Art of Photography: A four week introduction to the first camera. Learn the processes the first photographers used as you retrace their pioneering steps in time.


Intro to Clay: Students will learn the basics of working with clay, including coil building, slabs, pinch pots, creating texture on clay, and adding design detail. Students will have a weekly demo and then create their own personal pieces. Students will learn about glaze application and choose their own color and glaze design. Students will have a brief opportunity to learn and try out the pottery wheel. Individual creativity encouraged in this fun class. 


Welding: Learn to bend, shape, cut weld and finish steel to make decorative objects and art for you home or yard. Learn Oxy/Acetylene and Mig welding, Plasma Cutting, shearing, rolling, grinding and other shop processes to manipulate and finish steel work.


Jewelry: In this weekly class, students will learn the fundamentals of jewelry and metalsmithing skills.  A variety of techniques will be covered and students will work directly with the instructor throughout the course.  Students will learn to file, sand, texture, form, saw/pierce, rivet, solder, bezel set, polish and more.  Students can expect to complete 3-4 projects during this class.  


Printmaking: No experience necessary for this class that will cover beginning to advanced techniques in several processes: monotype, dry point, relief printing and collagraph. You will be encouraged to try them all but can focus on any one if so desired. All materials provided!


Playwriting: Join us for this 8 week session that explores the foundations of playwriting. Participants can expect discussions on storytelling, in-class writing activities, tips for getting ideas onto the page, and strategies for rewriting. The class will culminate in a public reading of the participants’ works. No prior experience in playwriting is necessary for this class. Those with prior experience will find new opportunities to strengthen their writing.


Bellydance: Classes will cover basic moves, style concept, posture, and body awareness. Students will learn a choreographed dance. Dress: wear something comfortable; bare feet or dance shoes.


Watercolor : Learn watercolor basics such as appropriate watercolor materials and tools, ways for organizing your palette, color, composition and painting theory, and more. You will become familiar with traditional transparent watercolor techniques like painting wet-on-wet or wet-on-dry, learn how to paint 'mud-free', and add texture and color variation using salts, and other materials. The instructor will give you comprehensive, personalized tips and advice to make your painting technique more effective and efficient. Students responsible for purchasing materials, please contact instructor for supply list.


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