About Us

The Back Story

Like many a good idea, Arizona 5 Arts Circle (5 Arts) was conceived on a golf course! It was December 1999 – a time when Arizona’s population was booming but donations to the arts were not. So, retired businessman Howard Hirsch issued a challenge to his foursome: Let’s create a way to encourage new, seasonal and lifelong residents to financially support five visual and performing arts organizations vital to our community’s cultural life.

Charged with this mission, they formed Arizona 5 Arts Circle, a 501(c)(3) non profit membership organization to attract arts enthusiasts who provide funding support for:

From these humble beginnings has grown a new source of support that continues to significantly broaden and strengthen the financial base of each of these premier arts organizations.  In fact, donations now exceed $3.8million!