Canal Convergence:

The Power of Play 

November 3–12, 2023 

Scottsdale Public Art is pleased to announce that the free, annual public art event Canal Convergence is lighting up the Scottsdale Waterfront again this fall. 

Large-scale public artworks created by artists from around the world and locally will illuminate the Scottsdale Waterfront each evening from Friday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023.  


Join us this November to enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities and performances alongside light-based public artworks at the Scottsdale Waterfront. The 2023 event will include live music, workshops, dance performances, food and beverages, and more!  

Scottsdale Public Art is continuing to monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and remains committed to helping everyone have a safe Canal Convergence experience. We encourage visitors to wear face masks and practice social distancing as needed, and as always, to be kind, patient, and respectful of others.  

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The Scottsdale Waterfront, in and above the Arizona Canal and along the pedestrian pathways and bridges, between Scottsdale Road and Goldwater Boulevard.  




Every year, Canal Convergence selects a featured theme to be highlighted alongside our perennial focus on Water + Art + Light, interactivity, and sustainability. This year’s featured theme is “The Power of Play.”  

Since Canal Convergence officially began in 2012, it has embodied an ever-evolving conversation about site-specific public art, light art, community engagement, and more, all within the context of an outdoor, nighttime-focused event. For Canal Convergence 2023, each artist is directed to present an artwork that celebrates “The Power of Play,” interactivity, and sustainability, but also draws from any of our past featured themes like “Reconnect,” “The Story of Water,” and “Art and Technology.”   

In addition to recognizing “The Power of Play” through the artwork themes, this year’s event also looks to celebrate the vibrant global artist community that has made Canal Convergence so memorable over the years. Scottsdale Public Art selects artists who have exhibited work at Canal Convergence throughout the 10-year span alongside artists who are new to the event. With this collection of past and present artists, we will highlight not only our evolution as an event but also the artists’ growth.   

Check back for more information on 2023 artworks!