Scottsdale Arts COVID-19 Response

Thanks for helping us do our part in keeping artists, staff, and patrons safe.
1. Just making sure: All guests age 12 and older must show us a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the show and photo ID.
2. Even better: Present proof of your full vaccination status at the door. (Instead of a negative COVID-19 test.)
3. Easy Street: Head to and sign up for vaccination proof in your Apple Wallet.
4. Show us your smize: Masks are still highly encouraged to prevent transmission.
5. It’s a party; tell your friends: Make sure that other ticket holders in your group know about these policies before your event.
6. Sorry folks, no exceptions … but now we can all safely enjoy live events together again!

NOTE: Please read on for IMPORTANT details below.



Reopening Guidelines

Know Before You Go

SMoCA’s policies and protocols are rooted in safety for our staff, our artists, and the public and visitors with whom we interact. The primary goals for our response to the COVID-19 virus has always been to protect public health while continuing to fulfill Scottsdale Arts’ vital mission of art exhibitions, performing arts events, and community engagement.


We have three (3) easy ways for you to ensure smooth sailing into our events. Choose the one that works best for you. Once you decide, make sure you do not forget the important verification items listed below.

Remember, you can arrive as much as two hours and 30 minutes (2.5 hours) ahead of time if you want to avoid any lines.


Everyone attending will be required to provide proof of a valid negative COVID-19 test Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours. Antigen tests are not allowed.

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test can include:

  • A photo or email of negative COVID-19 test results from a reputable provider.
  • Proof of results should include:date of test name of person being tested as it will be compared to identification.
  • At-home tests will not be accepted as there is no way to confirm day/time of test.


As an alternative to a negative COVID-19 test, valid proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will be accepted.

  • Fully vaccinated means:
    • You have received TWO doses of the Pfizer OR Moderna vaccines or ONE dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
    • This vaccination was COMPLETED two or more weeks from the event date.
  • Acceptable proof of vaccination includes:Physical vaccination card with your name on the card.
    • A picture of the card (with your name visible)

Proper identification with the name matching either the test results OR the vaccination card will be required as well.

Acceptable forms of photo ID:

  • Driver license
  • Passport
  • School or work ID
    • Must clearly indicate your name matching the vaccination card.
    • Must include a photo.


If you take a little time up front to register, you can use VaxYes for all events at Scottsdale Arts for quick and easy check in. This app verifies your vaccination status. Just use your smart device to access the QR code and show it to Scottsdale Arts representatives at the event. VaxYes keeps your information private and secure, and it makes entry hassle-free.

  • Instructions for how to set up this app on your phone can be found here.
  • VaxYes users may be able to move more quickly through our verification lines.

Other Helpful Information:

Here are some free testing locations:

Please note we only accept Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours. Antigen, and at-home tests are not allowed.

  • Embry Health
  • Free testing sites in Arizona map.
  • Verification tables will be set up prior to each event. Plan your arrival time accordingly to allow enough time to pass through the verification process.
  • Upon completion of verification you will be provided documentation that will allow you into the event or theater when the doors open.
  • If you choose early verification, you will be free to leave the area and return closer to event time—just don’t lose your documentation.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a CDC-approved mask? A list of CDC-approved face masks is available here.

2. Has SMoCA updated its ventilation systems? Yes, the HVAC system has been upgraded to include ionization and UV filtration as well as MERV-13 filters and our air changes per hour exceed standards for performance spaces.

3. What is the easiest way to show proof of vaccination for entry into the for events at SMoCA? Patrons can show their valid vaccination card, a photo of their card, or can show a digital vaccination record. We are recommending the use of the VaxYes application to check your vaccination status more quickly and easily.

Scottsdale Arts is partnering with VaxYes, a digital app that securely stores health information allowing you to privately share your COVID-19 status. Instructions for how to set up this app on your phone can be found here:

4. What happens if a patron comes to the Museum but doesn’t have proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test? Patrons who are not able to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test at the door will not be permitted to participate in events at SMoCA. They can exchange their tickets into a future event when they are able to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result, put their ticket fees on their Scottsdale Arts account to use at a later event, or receive a refund for the event.

5. Do these policies apply to student groups? Since students 4 and younger are not able to be vaccinated and HIPPA laws preclude us from requesting negative COVID-19 test results from students at school events; we will be applying pre-test-result and pre-vaccination protocols. These include masking and physically distance guidelines for student groups.

6. Do these policies apply to family events? All attending who are 12 and older will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test result (or vaccination card in lieu of test). Those 11 and younger will be asked to remain masked throughout the performance, unless actively eating or drinking.

7. I’m not going to an event, but I want to visit the Museum or shop in The Shop @ SMoCA. What protocols are in place there? The Shop’s capacity will be moderated to help ensure physical distancing. Customers will be expected to wear face masks for the safety of our staff and other shoppers.