The Mesa Arts Center received an award from a trade group after competing against venues that included the famed Sydney Opera House.
The MAC got accolades from International Association of Venue Managers, which presented the center with its Venue Excellence Award in the performing arts center category. The Mesa Arts Center was competing with the Sydney Opera House and the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa Bay, Fla.
The award is given to an organization based on service to the community, team building, professional development, and safety and security operations.
“This honor belongs to the entire Mesa community, which has been so supportive and engaged with the Mesa Arts Center and its programs,” Mayor Scott Smith said. “We took center stage hosting CNN in February for a Republican Presidential Debate and the immediate response from those on site was that our facility and its staff are second to none.”