About Us

A product of community leadership, clear vision and unwavering determination, the Center for the Arts is a testament to the Gila Valley's passionate commitment to the arts. The CFA opened in 2007, and is owned and operated by the Safford Unified School District. Built with the generous support of the community, the Center marks the collaboration of a world-class team of architects, designers, and acousticians.The Center is equipped with two theaters, with a total seating capacity of 983. 

The unique design of the Center allows for the rear section of the main auditorium to rotate 180 degrees to become a more intimate performance spaces: The 239-seat Recital Hall.  The Superb Acoustical Setting Designed by SSPW Architects of Scottsdale Arizona, makes the Center  an acoustical masterpiece, providing a superb quality of sound for live performances. Patrons and artists alike have hailed the Center's acoustics as being among the best in the state.

The facility is used by the music and arts programs throughout the school district as well as being rented by other schools and organizations throughout the Gila Valley. Over the past 11 years, thousands of patrons have been entertained, educated, thrilled and inspired in this beautifully designed and elegantly accommodating facility enjoying a broad range of programming, including an array of all genres of music - jazz, country, adult contemporary, comedy, family programming and many other special events. 

The Center for the Arts was built to serve the greater good of the school and the community. We are committed to the importance of the arts having a place in the lives of all people. We seek to provide opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn about and experience the arts. Our mission is to provide quality performing and visual arts programs that reflect the needs of a diverse community; and to raise funds to support programs and future needs of the Center for the Arts.


CFA Staff

Email: cfa@saffordusd.com

CFA Director
Chris Murphy

(928) 348-7070
Email: cmurphy@saffordusd.com

CFA Asst. Director
Heath Maxwell

(928) 348-7071
Email: hmaxwell@saffordusd.com

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