the in the zone project is an interview/portrait series showcasing visual and performance artists, in an effort to shine the spotlight on the culture of art & entertainment in and around the phoenix metropolitan area


With CYPHERS - The Center for Urban Arts closing one chapter and preparing to move on to another, AZ KRUMP fam came out to represent at this year’s My Fest on the CYPHERS’ stage.  If you weren’t able to attend, here’s a small peek at what you missed.


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IN THE ZONE:  CYPHERS - The Center for Urban Arts

The Center for Urban Arts is Phoenix’s premiere center to learn, practice, and celebrate urban art forms.  We aim to showcase the essence of hip hop culture as a liberating force in our communities.  At the Center we teach hip hop, aerosol art, yoga, house, and other styles of movement and art that push the boundaries of urban culture.  We take our inspiration from the urban metropolis, and combine cutting edge artistic practice with innovative style.  The Center’s vision is to educate students about the history and cultural importance of urban art styles, as well as provide authentic movement techniques and practice.  All of our classes use hip hop methodology to liberate students and inspire thought and practice rooted in community, justice, and art engagement.

Unlike other studios, The Center for Urban Arts teaches the foundations, history, and cultural knowledge of all urban art forms to deepen our student’s respect and appreciation for the styles they practice.  We believe that responsible artists are those that understand the historical and culture significance of their art form.

The urban arts are inspired by revolutionary tactics from those that live at the margins.  From hip hop dance to aerosol art, all styles are rooted in self-expression and bold individual identity.  Our classes and culture uphold the traditions and knowledge of each particular form and believe that urban art can be a catalyst for thoughtful change.

At the heart of The Center for Urban Arts is the strong connection to community.  We foster deep bonds with our students and teachers, and believe that The Center can be a hub for urban arts culture, youth, students, and teachers to come together to create revolution through cutting edge styles, cultural exchange, and rigorous practice.

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IN THE ZONE: Barrett-Jackson 2013 - An Introspective Look at American Car Culture (PART II)

In this segment, resident Arizona artist, Lucretia Torva gives us her perspective on how art, history, and memorabilia each contribute to the Barrett-Jackson experience…

Lucretia Torva’s lifetime of art experience inspires her masterful technique, clever eye, and intriguing compositions. Having grown up in Europe, she was blessed with exposure to some of the world’s greatest museums and landmarks. This instilled in her a great respect for past creations as a starting point from which to grow into the future…

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IN THE ZONE: Barrett-Jackson 2013 - An Introspective Look at American Car Culture (PART I)

What is it about people’s fascination with cars, making car culture such a phenomenon that an event like Barrett-Jackson has to exist?  This brief series seeks to answer this question in addition to others by asking some of the attendees that participated in this year’s event held in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

This short segment features Jason Bair, owner of Bair Customs in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which specializes in custom automobile build, upgrade, restoration, and modification.

IN THE ZONE: CYPHERS - Center for the Urban Arts (teaser)

IN THE ZONE:  Amanda Adkins

Human emotion is such a mystery and the artwork that flows from that should also be enigmatic.  My artwork comes from a place of secrets; a place where I express my deepest desires and release my personal pain.  Simultaneously, I like the viewers of the artwork to come up with their own explanations, uncover their own secrets, and hopefully feel a connection or some type of release.  

I use variety of media to create unique and meaningful art that is both cerebral and emotional.  My inspiration to create comes from my intimate experiences and my environment. My current series, Unraveled, is focused on the complexity of relationships.   Interwoven in the artwork of Unraveled is the idea of entropy in the human condition and how the impermanence of our own relationships is juxtaposed with Mother Nature’s ability to extend or endure through relationships of instinct and love, as we may see, for example, in animals that mate for life. Subsequently, there are also aspects of cultural belief about love and marriage that I have tied in.  This series also intends to explore the connection between personal happiness and our overall well-being.  “What makes one happy?”  To express the deeply personal but universal concepts of Unraveled, I have primarily been using spray paint and oil.  I also use mixed media materials such as, paper; coal, casting material in other works.

 I feel I was first influenced to make artwork shortly after a tragedy happened in my family.  My eldest sister, my dearest friend, was killed in a car crash in 1995.  To cope with the loss that couldn’t be put into words, I began to paint, and art has been my necessity and passion ever since.  Over the last 15 years I have been developing my artistic language through my work and showing my art pieces in galleries in Arizona.  I attended Arizona State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Art Education.  While currently teaching art to K-8th grade students, I also teach a Community Mural Making course as a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University.  I think it’s important to help connect the community to art, to inspire appreciation and encourage an understanding of human expression.

                                                                                                                                Amanda Adkins, Artist

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