History

Guests at the Made In Clarkdale Art show

Guests at the Made In Clarkdale Art show

Made in Clarkdale serves as a venue to display the creative talents of the residents, college students, and workers of Clarkdale in all forms of art. Established in 1986, this organization has been a home to the community’s creative expression and community spirit that:
  • Encourages and nurtures creativity and appreciation
  • Is inclusive of the many levels of experience and talents of local artists
  • Offers motivating arts education classes for youth
  • Brings the surrounding communities together to celebrate each other and the arts
Made In Clarkdale Born in 1986

For nearly a quarter of a century, artists from Clarkdale have joined together to share their artistic experiences at a community art show called Made In Clarkdale. It began as an avenue by the Clarkdale Chamber of Commerce in December 1986 to fund a community newsletter. At the first show seventeen local artists were invited to participate by the show’s creator, Ellie Bauer. Without her vision and drive, the first show, would not have survived its three-day run. The artists did not really know each other and certainly did not understand what responsibilities and dedication were needed. But despite everyone’s inexperience, the show was a success from the beginning. We were truly amazed to discover that our little community saddled between two of Arizona’s most popular “art towns,” had so much to offer.