Now on display, the project is a collaborative partnership, highlighting local creative community
In late Spring of 2018, the Arizona Business Committee for the Arts (AZBCA), the School of Architecture at Taliesin (formerly the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture), and Scottsdale Quarter forged a dynamic partnership with the goal of creating an experiential, community-based, temporary art installation to display onsite at Scottsdale Quarter retail center.
The Pinwheel Project made its debut at Scottsdale Quarter on August 22, 2018. Twelve 5-foot pinwheels were created to be suspended on high above the Scottsdale Quarter splash pad. Each of the eye-catching pinwheels were envisioned in partnership with Scottsdale Quarter, and handcrafted by students from the School of Architecture at Taliesin.
The large-scale art installation frames the splash pad space and provides an interactive, stunning visual arts element to the Center. The project is a custom arts and business partnership, demonstrating that when arts and business partner, communities benefit.
“Our collaboration with AZBCA is an invaluable opportunity for the School and our students to engage with the local community through arts based creative placemaking,” said Chris Lasch, Dean of the School of Architecture at Taliesen. “Projects like these help to enhance our overall academic experience through hands-on learning, taking key principles outside of the classroom into real world experience, they give us a better understanding of the local communities we serve and contributes to the goal that we share with AZBCA -- to illustrate the transformative potential of art and design in our public places.”
“We wanted to create a suspended art installation that was fun, eye-catching and completely unique to any other installation we’d ever come across,” said Alison Goodman, Marketing Director of Scottsdale Quarter. “The idea of installing pinwheels was simply that – an idea that our team thought of and that Chris Lasch and his team flawlessly executed. The Quarter is committed to the art community; we always look for new ways to incorporate installations and The Pinwheel Project took us to a new level of creativity. The bright colors in the moving pinwheels suspended over our beloved splash pad were just the refresh we wanted as we go into the last months of summer.”
“Our vision for arts and business partnerships like The Pinwheel Project, is to inspire Arizona’s business community to partner with the arts to ensure innovation, opportunity, and development in our creative sectors,” said Executive Director and Founder of AZBCA, Kate Marquez. “The arts are a powerful way to build sustainable communities where people want to live, work, and thrive.”
The installation is currently on display through October 2018.
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About Arizona Business Committee for the Arts
The Arizona Business Committee for the Arts is a program is administered by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation, preservation and advancement of the arts. AZBCA is a program partner with Americans for the Arts and the National Partnership Movement, which David Rockefeller founded in 1967. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves, SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events and other programs. The Alliance also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for all ages.
About Scottsdale Quarter
Scottsdale Quarter caters to one of the country’s wealthiest communities with luxury retail and one-of-a-kind eateries set within a beautiful backdrop that has won both local and national design awards. The town center is home to more than 70 national and local retail, dining and entertainment options, as well as numerous events and activities throughout the year. A dynamic offering of things to do along with things to buy keeps guests engaged and returning often. Scottsdale Quarter is open seven days a week: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday noon – 6 p.m. (summer hours vary). For more information, please call (480) 270-8123 or visit scottsdalequarter.com. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/ScottsdaleQuarter and follow us on Twitter @ScottsdaleQrtr and Instagram @ScottsdaleQuarter.
About the School of Architecture at Taliesien
Established by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1940, the Foundation is deeply committed to the preservation of Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ and Taliesin near Spring Green, WI. The Foundation uses the principles of organic architecture to create dynamic STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) education programming. By preserving Wright’s legacy, The Foundation is dedicated to pursuing new innovations and inspiring innovators.
Outstanding food and drink were served while raising money for needed community programs in Southern Arizona.
The rain this past Sunday evening did not chase the fun away. The 8th annual Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge once again wowed attendees with amazing flavors and inventive culinary creations, while the band kept the crowds dancing late into the evening.
With more than 1,000 attendees, 38 participating restaurants, chefs, brewers and distillers and nearly 70 recipes judged, the Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge brought a rainbow of Southwest inspired dishes and spirits to the La Encantada Shopping Center.
As attendees enjoyed the appetizing offerings of some of Tucson’s best restaurants, this signature culinary fundraiser raised much needed funds for nonprofit, the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, as well as support for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
Over 70 entries were evaluated, contributing in both special judged and People’s Choice categories. Selecting a favorite was particularly difficult among each of the brilliant contributions of savory and sweet delights.
The sounds of Mariachi Herradura and duo, Cool Breeze set the festive tone by opening the evening on a high note, while the headlining performance by Zona Libra kept the party going.
The judges panel contributed their foodie expertise to select the outstanding winners on Sunday night. The panel included:
Special thanks can be provided to each of our contributing professional judging panel.
Sandra Cannett - Fat Tucson Owner & Content Creator
Andi Berlin - Arizona Daily Star Writer & Digital Media
Mark Whittaker - Tucson Weekly, Chow Food Writer
Melissa Stihl - Tucson Foodie, Writer
Michael McDonald - President, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
Lea Peterson - President Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Laura Oldaker - Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Ricardo Pineda - Mexican Consulate
Blanca Ramirez - Traditional Mexican Chef
Chef Ariana Olivias - Chef Chic
Natalie Morris - Local First Arizona Director of Food Initiatives
Chef Mat Cable - Fresco Pasta & Pizzeria & Tucson Originals
Kim Fernandez - SAACA Board of Director
Celestino Fernandez - University of Arizona
And the winners are:
Judge's Choice 1st Place -- Tequila Factory – Tecate Traveling Taco
Judge's Choice 2nd Place – The Living Room -- Chilaquiles
People's Choice 1st Place -- El Coronado Restaurant - Birria Taco
People's Choice 2nd Place -- The Grill at Quail Creek - Pork Belly Taco
Judge's Choice 1st Place – Cruz Del Sol Tequila -- Cruz Resposado Tequila
Judge's Choice 2nd Place -- 3 Amigos – 8 Year Extra Anejo Tequila
People's Choice 1st Place – The Lodge at Ventana Canyon -- Berry White
People's Choice 2nd Place -- 3 Amigos – 8 Year Extra Anejo Tequila
Judge's Choice Traditional Salsa 1st Place -- Crossroads Restaurant -- Tomatillo Salsa
Judge's Choice Traditional Salsa 2nd Place— The Grill at Quail Creek – Brasas Salsa
Judge's Choice Alternative Salsa 1st Place -- Ritz Carlton at Dove Mountain -- Sweet Mango Chile Salsa
Judge's Choice Alternative Salsa 2nd Place -- The Tequila Factory -- Fruit Pico de Gallo Salsa
People's Choice Salsa 1st Place -- Angie's Kick Ass Salsa -- Hot Salsa
People's Choice Salsa 2nd Place -- Ritz Carlton at Dove Mountain -- Sweet Mango Chile Salsa
People's Choice Salsa 3rd Place -- Angie's Gourmet To Go - Fire Roasted Tomato Mango Habanero Salsa
Judge's Choice Most Creative Display -- Rigo's Restaurant
The Southern Arizona Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge is a fundraising event to benefit the presenting nonprofit organizations. All proceeds that are raised through ticket sales are invested into programs that provide foundational support to the communities' well-being.
The partnership between the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona began nearly nine years ago in a collaborative fundraising effort aimed at partnering to create a signature community event.
The Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge also promotes local businesses in a lively environment by connecting attendees with local restaurants. Guests will have access to taste samples from many restaurants in one location while personally interacting with the chefs and mixologists that create the recipes they are tasting. At the end of the evening, awards will be presented to the event champions in over 15 categories.
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Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance
The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to ensure that, through engagement in arts and culture, our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves, SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events and other programs. The Alliance also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for all ages.