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.
The Inaugural Desert Ridge Mural Project Presents Evolving Creative Placemaking Experience for Summer Season
A dynamic partnership between Arizona Business Committee for the Arts (AZBCA) and Desert Ridge Marketplace providing local and interactive arts experiences
The Arizona Business Committee for the Arts (AZBCA) and Vestar Properties team up for another arts integration in Phoenix to transform the Desert Ridge Marketplace into a living public art gallery. The series will provide opportunities for local artists and the public to interact in an unfolding arts experience that changes the face of the shopping center.
Over the course of 12 weeks, 12 talented artists will create unique murals throughout The District. Each weekend a different artist will paint live, creating a new work of art for guests to enjoy. Visit The District each week and snap a photo of the newest backdrop – capture all 12!
Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with the artists themselves - and in many cases the artwork itself - as they create their original murals for the public. Desert Ridge will capture the talents of local artists to in this immersive experience.
The first round of artists include:
June 2-3 | Rita Goldner, Scottsdale, AZ | painting near Justice
Inspiration – desert scene with a desert ridge in the foreground and water to provide a cooling effect
About the Artist: Rita Goldner received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Art Education from Rhode Island College. She joined the Navy after college and was able to absorb a wealth of artistic inspirations while traveling to exotic places around the world. She paints almost exclusively in plein air, and experiments with a variety of media. She teaches workshops on plein air painting and a monthly volunteer art class for veterans.
June 9-10 | Melody Smith, Chandler, AZ | painting near The Splash Pad
Inspiration – stained glass designed to be fun with big, bold colors
About the Artist: Growing up in Los Angeles, traveling the world and soaking up the local culture has influenced Melody’s art style. She defines her art as “Contemporary Urban Eclectic” – a mix of modern pop art and urban designs in acrylics. She tends to put a modern flare on urban trends incorporating graffiti, tattoo, folk art and city dwellings. Her art is known for its brilliant colors and whimsical interpretations.
June 16-17 | Gina Ribaudo, Mesa, AZ | painting near American Eagle Outfitters
Inspiration – colors and expressive strokes are used to create a piece with depth and dimension allowing the viewer to become a part of the scene
About the Artist: I am a self-taught artist. I started painting in my friends and families children’s rooms 25 years ago. I have owned my own mural business for 25 years, originally in Seattle and moved to Arizona 18 years ago. I specialize in interior and exterior murals. I am also a fine artist, portrait artist and live painter. I absolutely love my job. I get to bring my clients imaginations to life with my mural creations in their homes and businesses and entertain the public with my live painting. Portrait art with vibrant expressive brushstrokes is my real love where I feel I can truly show my style.
June 30-July 1 | Michael Schwartz, Tucson, AZ
Inspiration – fusion of technology, architecture and social space using energy sources, reflective light, translucent and solid areas.
About the Artist: From the jungles of northern Guatemala, to Jamaica, Canada and the neighborhoods of the USA, muralist Michael B Schwartz has been masterfully sharing the joy of creative place-making for over a quarter century. A graduate of the Tyler School of Art with a MFA from the University of Arizona School of Art, he has worked with many organizations, including the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and Tucson Arts Brigade. In May 2009, he joined community-arts leaders at the White House for a historic dialogue about the role of arts in natural recovery. His many awards include the Puffin Foundation and Art Matters Fellowships. His recent murals include works for the U at Park, Sister Jose Women’s Shelter and the Monsoon Gallery in downtown Tucson.
July 7-8 | Victor Navarro, Tucson, AZ
Inspiration: colorful, full of movement showcasing imagery drawn from my Hispanic heritage and culture
About the Artist: Capturing his overpowering artist expressions has been Victor Navarro’s passion since the age of 15. Since moving to the United States from Guadalajara, Mexico in 1998, Victor nurtured his artistic inspiration which soon became an obsession. Graduating from The University of Arizona with his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and having received his Masters Degree (M.Ed) from Northern Arizona University, Navarro seized art teaching opportunities at various institutions, such as Pima County College, Tucson Parks & Recreation and Splendido. Creating and promoting his artwork has been Navarro’s objective; nonetheless he contributes to the promotion of the Fine Arts by partaking in artistic events, fundraisers and other community engagement opportunities for the benefit of his peers. Victor Navarro has received various awards, including the Silver Medal from Paris’ International Academy of Lutece. Navarro has received recognitions from the Societe Nationales des Beaux Arts and the European Center for the Promotion of Arts and Literature. At 19, Navarro was one of the youngest artists to be invited to exhibit his artwork at the famed Louvre in Paris, under the salon “Carrousel du Louvre.” Additional recognition along with prizes have continued to follow from Art Communities in the United States as well as France.
Stay tuned for the next round of artists, inspirations and locations!
Official event hashtag: #DRMMuralProject
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Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance and Phoenix Premium Outlets present a series of free, family-friendly concerts to run through December
Don't miss the sounds of some of Arizona's finest local musician's at Phoenix Premium Outlets. The signature free concert series, held every Saturday evening, will feature a variety of weekly performances from local musicians and bands.
Presented by Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, the free weekly performances will take place Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Arroyo Court at Phoenix Premium Outlets. Coupled with delicious food from the Food Court and over 90 stores offering extraordinary savings, the evenings provide the perfect outing for the whole family.
"We are excited to welcome the community to experience these beloved concerts," said Elyse Munger, Area Director of Marketing. "Our live entertainment is a truly diverse line up of local talent and the concert series is a weekly event the whole family can enjoy."
The concerts are a creative collaboration between Phoenix Premium Outlets and the Arizona Business Committee for the Arts, a program of the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, bringing opportunities for local musicians to showcase their talents to the community, and cultivating new business and arts partnerships in new and innovative ways.
Cool Vibrations, 60s Oldies
What's the Big Idea, Jazz
Good Question, Jazz
Santa Pachita, Latin
April Anne, Pop and Country Covers
People Who Could Fly, Pop
The Unday, Rock Originals
OnesAll, Funk, Rock
Rilen' Out, Reggae Rock
Swingset, Blues, Rock, Classics
Come Back Buddy, 50's Covers
April Anne, Pop and Country Covers
Weslynn, Indie Pop
Laura Joy, Pop, Rock
Gregy Spivey Band,
Visit saaca.org for more information about the bands.
Phoenix Premium Outlets Concert Series
When: Weekly, Saturday Evenings 5 p.m. to 8p.m.
Where: Phoenix Premium Outlets, 4976 Premium Outlets Way, Chandler, AZ 85226
Phone: (520) 797-3959
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About Phoenix Premium Outlets
Phoenix Premium Outlets features extraordinary savings of 25 to 65 percent off exceptional brands including: Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Polo Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade New York, Coach, and Nike. Enjoy the mountainous views of Arizona at this outdoor shopping center located within Wild Horse Pass off of I-10 at Exit 162. Shoppers can keep up-to-date on promotions, events, and general news by visiting the website www.premiumoutlets.com/phoenix.
About Simon Premium Outlets
The global Simon Premium Outlets portfolio offers exceptional brands at extraordinary savings through a diverse mix of luxury, designer and popular retailers representing the best in fashion, family and home. The 86 Simon Premium Outlets in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico and South Korea are some of the most iconic and productive shopping destinations for residents and travelers including Woodbury Common (New York City), Orlando, Desert Hills (Palm Springs), Las Vegas and Wrentham Village Premium Outlets (Boston). For more information visit premiumoutlets.com or follow Premium Outlets on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
About the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance
The Southern Arizona Arts & 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.
For more information about programs and events produced by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance please visit www.saaca.org.
Inaugural POP: Art in Unexpected Places Festival announces performance line-up with over 40 innovative art experiences
3D Paintscaping Experience, Performing Arts, Dance, Live Art demonstrations, Music and oversized Origami sculptures to name a few.
Kierland Master Association in collaboration with Kierland Commons and The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa are proud to bring the community an innovative and immersive arts experience. The POP: Art in Unexpected Places Festival on May 12 & 13, 2017, is presented in partnership with the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance.
POP: Art in Unexpected Places will feature more than 40 unique art experiences over two days, including Friday night's Charity Celebration and Saturday's dynamic art in unexpected places experience: two main stages featuring live bands throughout the day; hands-on mixology demonstrations; engaging kids activities; interactive watercolor demonstrations by talented local artists; community dance performances; juried art walk; merchant special offers; creative Mother's Day gift ideas; a life-size origami garden and so much more.
"We know that business and arts partnerships are an effective way to help build resilient and vibrant businesses, our local economy and communities," says Kate Marquez, Executive Director, Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. "We are enormously proud to partner with the Kierland community to expand conversations and experiences through our local artists and creative outlets."
On Friday, May 12, the weekend will kick off with an intimate outdoor celebration, POP: Charity Night, held at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. Chefs Zachary Bocker (Nellie Cashman's, Westin Kierland Resort & Spa); Derek Biazo (deseo, Westin Kierland Resort & Spa) Siegfried Hohaus (Mastro's Ocean Club); Julio Ramirez (Snooze, an A.M. Eatery); Carlos Garcia (Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar); and Mark Rosatti (Shake Shack) will prepare menu and libation samplings for guests to enjoy. The highlight of the evening's festivities will come at dusk as the resort transforms into a vibrant 11-story canvas as its exterior walls come alive with PaintScaping, themed 3-D images and animations festively set to music. PaintScaping merges a virtual world with the existing world by projecting 3-dimensional digital mapping onto buildings that act as the canvas for characters, colors, and objects as living and moving parts of the façade. POP: Charity Night tickets are $50/per person (inclusive of all food and libation samplings) and can be purchased at http://www.kierlandpop.com/charity-night.html.
The festivities continue on Saturday, May 13, 2017 as POP: Art in Unexpected Places Festival will present emerging and well-known artists in over 20 mediums who will showcase performance, visual and experiential art. From fashion to origami, live music to culinary arts, attendees will feel inspired and delighted as they experience art around every corner of Kierland Commons and The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa.
POP is fun for the whole family at Kierland Commons, featuring selected activities for the including a GAMI GARDEN featuring life-size origami displays and hands on art activities for all ages.
11am - 1pm Balloon Twisting by Dru Heffington
11am-5pm Family Photos on the POP Flower Wall
11am - 3pm Arts & Crafts with Phoenix Children's Museum
Creativity will be on full display at the Kierland POP Arts Festival. ART POP experiences will include pop up live painting demos, caricature sketching, life-size sculpture features, interactive arts murals, balloon art, and hands on art encounters. The Festival will also feature an Art Walk, showcasing art for sale from local artists in various mediums and genres.
11am - 1pm Nelson Garcia-Miranda, Westin Kierland Artist in Residence
11am - 1pm Caricatures By John Munson
11am - 2:30pm Ramona Wright, Watercolor Artist
11am - 2:30pm Jeremy Jones, Watercolor Artist
11am - 2:30pm John Erwin, Watercolor Artist
11am - 5pm Chalk Art Mural by Ignacio Garcia
11am - 5pm Chalk Art Mural by Gina Ribaudo
2:30pm - 5pm Roisin McDermott, Watercolor Artist
Attendees can visit participating restaurants and retailers for one-on-one chef interactions, food and drink specials, as well as special culinary & mixology education demonstrations and experiences.
11am - 5pm Sur La Table demonstrations including outdoor pizza oven, indoor smoke-less grill, and smoked non-alcoholic margaritas
1pm - 1:30pm A Taste of Arizona, Chef Zachary Bocker of Nellie Cashmans'
3pm - 3:30pm Fresh and Flavorful Ceviche, Chef Derek Biazo of deseo
Boasting two main stages, in-retailer performances and strolling talent, POP will come alive with the sound of music in genres ranging from 50's rock and jazz to current pop hits.
11am - 12:30pm Priority Male, All Male A Capella
11am - 1pm Come Back Buddy, Retro Rock Music
11am - 12pm Agave String Quartet
11am - 12:30pm Mike Goodrick, Acoustic Guitar & Vocals
12pm - 2pm Jay Taylor, Acoustic Guitar & Vocals
12pm - 2pm Clazzmates, Jazz Duo
12pm - 2pm Rae Brown, Acoustic Keys & Guitar
1pm - 3pm Rachelle Romero, Saxophone
1:30pm - 3:00pm LuMar, Acoustic Duo
1:30pm - 3:30pm April Anne, Acoustic Keys & Vocals
2pm - 4pm John Calvert, Acoustic Guitar
3pm - 5pm Eric Lubach, Folk
3pm - 5pm Kim Weston, Acoustic Guitar & Vocals
3:30pm - 5:30pm Mello Groove, Jazz
3:30pm - 5:30pm Kevin Thomas, Acoustic Guitar
Dance, drumming, taiko performances, street dancers and performers, and cirque-themed activities are just a few of the experiences to celebrate during the Kierland POP Festival.
11am - 12pm Pound, Exercise Dance
11am - 2pm Vessel, Performance Art
12pm - 1pm Ballet Folklorico Legacy de Tolleson
12:30pm - 1pm K2Enterprise, Taiko Drumming
1pm - 3pm The Circus Farm, Juggling & Hula Hoop
2pm - 4pm Vessel, Performance Art
3pm - 5pm Nuebox, Performance Art
3:30pm - 4pm Axe Capoeira
Additional programming announcements will be made over the course of the next week; please visit www.kierlandpop.com for complete schedule, event layout, featured artist bios, performance details, and tickets to POP: Charity Night.
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. Learn more at www.saaca.org
The Kierland Master Association are key stakeholders of the master-planned 730-acre Kierland community located on the border of Phoenix and Scottsdale and adjacent to the to the award-winning mixed-used destination, Kierland Commons, The Westin Kierland and the Kierland Golf Club. The Kierland Master Association was formed to enhance, promote and preserve the values and use of the project, which opened in 1996, by maintaining and supporting the quality design and character of the community. The Kierland Master Association is assisted and professionally managed by CCMC, the community management company that has been building communities by creating experiences that connect people in the neighborhoods where they live and in the offices where they work. For more information, please visit www.CCMCnet.com.
Located in the heart of Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa provides contemporary amenities and design while helping its guests to experience the Essence of Arizona through an ever-changing collection of paintings, rare photographs, and commissioned artworks as well as an educational wildlife program. The Resort's full-service spa, Agave, The Arizona Spa, showcases traditional therapies handed down from Arizona's many cultures of healing, as well as rare ancient treatments infused with the essence of the Far East. Bringing together perfectly manicured golf, golf boards, golf bikes and Segway golf, the best exercise physiology and on-site golf equipment fitting, the Kierland Golf Experience is the area's most innovative golf program. The rejuvenation continues at the Resort's 10 unique dining venues, with its renowned Heavenly Bed®, and with premier shopping and dining destinations located adjacent to the Resort. Complementing the Resort's award-winning FUN program for all ages is its Adventure Water Park complete with 110-foot-long waterslide, 900-foot lazy river and the Kierland FlowRider board sport simulator. For meetings and events, the Resort offers more than 200,000 square feet of well-appointed indoor and outdoor space.
Well-placed in the enviable enclave where North Phoenix meets Scottsdale, Kierland Commons is a 24/7, mixed-use urban oasis that is home to some of the most desired lifestyle brands and the region's most alluring restaurants and nightlife. Top-drawing names include Anthropologie, Athleta, Arhaus, Coach, Crate & Barrel, Eileen Fisher, Michael Kors, Sur La Table, True Religion Brand Jeans and many more, plus nearly a dozen exciting restaurants including Zinc Bistro, Postino Wine Café, Shake Shack, Bar NoRTH, The Greene House. Close proximity to Scottsdale Airpark and a trove of top-tier business parks and corporate settings, Kierland Commons is the place to see and be seen for young professionals, fashionistas, foodies and resort visitors from across this dynamic part of the market. Visit www.kierlandcommons.com.