Since 1947 the Phoenix Symphony has been providing performances to the cty on the regular basis. They started with occasional performances and the program has blossomed to welcoming more than 300,000 guests to their 200 annual performances. The season runs from September through June and performances include classical and pops performances. The symphony hall is in downtown Phoenix, but performances are also held at Mesa, Scottsdale, Prescott, and throughout the central part of the state. It is a popular field trip destination for school children and it gives them an opportunity to experience classical performances in an interesting way. They symphony seeks to educate the community and is supported by a number of volunteers. The gift shop and the annual Symphony Gala are both organized and run by the volunteers. Their art education program brings the symphony to children and adults in Arizona. The goal of the educational programs is to help children benefit from music performances and to offer adults ongoing educational opportunities that involve the arts. The symphony is an important part of the community and provides art and culture for the Phoenix community. The arts are vital to the city and the symphony rounds out a diverse environment that appreciates the local culture.