Our Mission

About Us

Artzbeat is a free magazine that is published twice a year by Education and Community Services (ECS) in conjunction with the Cactus Shadows High School and the Cave Creek Unified School District #93.

Our Mission

Artzbeat serves the Desert Foothills communities of Cave Creek, Carefree, North Scottsdale, North Phoenix, Desert Hills and Anthem. © 2006-2017.

Artzbeat celebrates and promotes the arts in our schools and community. We ensure that the arts are an integral part of our schools and community. We provide local students the “real world experience” of writing copy and taking photos for a glossy magazine that is distributed throughout the community.

We include the following art forms in our coverage:

  • creative writing
  • dance and movement
  • drama
  • film and video
  • instrumental music
  • music composition
  • performing arts
  • photography
  • visual arts
  • vocal music
  • architecture


Artzbeat magazine print distribution is 10,000 each issue. Forty percent (40%) of the distribution goes directly into homes of K-6 children in the Cave Creek Unified School District #93 (CCUSD), which extends through North Scottsdale, North Phoenix, Carefree and Cave Creek. Copies are made available in art
and music classes and in school offices of CCUSD middle and high schools. Additionally, Desert Foothills area Charter Schools receive approximately 1,000 copies total. The remainder of the copies are placed strategically in North Valley retail spaces, professional offices, libraries, galleries, restaurants, church offices, Chamber of Commerce, nonprofit organizations, the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, and other public locations.

Magazine Content

Artzbeat issue themes are rotated among the following: Dance, Drama, Visual Arts, Literary Arts, and Music. Feature Articles include but are not limited to Profiles of Community Arts Advocates; Student Spotlights; Alumni Update: Where are they now?; community and student art events; museums; community and student artists; and art galleries.