Día de los Muertos Festival 2015


Thank you to all who came out Sunday, November 1st to be a part of Xico’s Día de los Muertos Festival in partnership with St. Mary’s Basilica! Many came to enjoy and celebrate this special day of tradtion through dancers, music, arts and crafts, kids activities, and great food.

An incredibly talented group of artists and artisans showcased their work in the beautiful church plaza. The youth from Carl Hayden Community Center did an amazing job painting the faces of visitors. If you missed us this year, make sure to join us at next year’s celebration!

Phoenix Rising: The Emergence of the Latina Artist

Phoenix Rising Postcard Blog!

Join us for Xico’s new exhibition!

During your First Friday frolicking October 2nd, make a stop at the Xico Galería , where Xico is hosting the artists reception for Phoenix Rising: The Emergence of the Latina Artist from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Xico Galería, 1008 E. Buckeye Road, Suite 220. Fourteen regional female artists comprise the exhibition. “Latinas are often under represented, and we wanted this exhibition to highlight these women and the caliber of their art,” said Donna Valdes, Xico executive director. Become part of the Xico community and enjoy this free event while enjoying light refreshments. The exhibition runs from September 11 through November 14.

Featured Artists:

Denise Amaya   –   Elena Beltran   –   Cristina Cardenas
Emily Costello   –   Irene Torres-Felix   –   Emma Garcia
Norma Garcia-Torres   –   Maria Kane   –   Annie Lopez
Tiffany Mayorga   –   Teresa Muñoz   –   Azalea Rodriguez
Mary Ann Rodriguez-Veatch   –   Patricia Silva   –   Veronica Verdugo

Xico’s First Friday Sponsor:





Xico’s Beverage Sponsor: Hensley 2009 (BLACK)LOGO

Xico’s First Arte y Vino!

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This month, Xico launched a brand new workshop called Arte y Vino, where members of the community came out to Xico to paint, drink wine, and make memories. Local artist Gennaro Garcia led the group through painting Frida Kahlo, while allowing each person to individualize their painting using different colors, patterns, or techniques! It was a really unique opportunity in the Phoenix area because participants had one-on-one attention from the instructor, free wine, food, and supplies, all a great price! Check out pictures from this event in our Facebook Album!

For future Arte y Vino events and other Xico Workshops, check out the calendar on our website! Contact Xico at 480-833-5875 or info@xicoinc.org to register or make payments for future events!


Order & Chaos! Opening Featured in New Times!


Despite the incredibly hot temperatures, the Order & Chaos! exhibition opening was a huge success! We had very high attendance – about as high as the temperatures – and a good mix of people who were familiar with Xico, and people who were experiencing Xico for the first time! The eclectic styles of the several artists featured in the show made for a very interesting and unique exhibition, showing off how each artist had a distinct view of what order and chaos is.

Xico was also proud to find out that we were featured in the Pheonix New Times’ article, 7 Must-See Art Shows in Downtown Phoenix on Third Friday! We had a few people say that they heard about the exhibition opening through this article, so we were grateful to be featured!

Thank you to everyone who attended, and the artists who submitted their work to the show! It was a truly wonderful night.

If you weren’t able to make the show, please feel free to stop by Xico and take a look around! The exhibition will be on display through August 13th.

Xico is Out in the Community


On Friday, May 1st, Xico participated in the Isaac Schools Arts Festival at Morris K. Udall Middle School. We had a great group of students help us create two collaborative mural that they then were able to keep. The talented students from grades K-8 worked together with us to create two bright and beautiful murals, one included a Southwest landscape, the other including the names and designs of many students. Xico had a great time and would like to thank Isaac Schools for including us in this fun event!

Xico’s Celebrates its 40th Birthday at 27th Annual Dinner & Art Auction

2015 Auction Photo



Some  of us  remain forever young, even if only in our own hearts and minds…and so while some things never seem to change, all things do, even the Xico Board of Directors, most of whom donned costumes from the popular period sitcom Saturday Night Live that shares Xico’s birthday for the 2015 fundraising event. One thing we’re glad has not changed? The success of Xico’s biggest annual fundraising event of the year. Held at the Arizona Biltmore, on February  20th, the event once again offered good food, super spirits and lively auction action. With the backdrop  and theme of the fun-loving spirit of the popular TV showperiod costuming worn by the Xico Board and some attendees served to  remind that good times can be held by all.

From fundraising, to art, volunteers and staff, the results of the evening fundraiser were all positive.  “A deep appreciation goes to all those individuals and businesses who supported the event with a myriad of contributions,” said Donna Valdes, executive director. “Without them, we could not present an event that consistently draws more than 500 out for the evening.” While the next annual fundraising date has not been set, the event traditionally takes place in February. Make plans now to attend in 2016, and come find out for yourself why the event draws big attendance each year!