Daily Archives: March 1, 2009

March proclaimed “Phoenix Arts Month”

Every weekend during the month of March, arts events will be hosted in downtown Phoenix and surrounding neighborhoods, along with events, exhibitions, and performances on other days throughout the month.  In recognition of the local arts community and these public festivals, Mayor Phil Gordon has proclaimed March as “Phoenix Arts Month” and invites everyone to attend and celebrate.

  • March 7-8, Art Detour: The city’s First Fridays art walk of local galleries and art spaces organized by Art Link.  Free shuttles run beginning at Phoenix Center for the Arts, and take guests to destinations throughout downtown Phoenix.
  • March 7-8, Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market: One of the nation’s most acclaimed gathering of Native American artists. 
  • March 12-15, West of Western Culinary Festival: Celebrating Arizona’s chefs and culinary arts at the Phoenix Art Museum
  • March 15, Phoenix Art Museum: Spring exhibition “In Contemporary Rhythm” opens.
  • March 21-22, Valley Fever Art Festival: Phoenix’s newest festival celebrating visual and performing arts, including music, dance, poetry, theater, street painting, and more at Heritage Square.
  • March 28-29, Phoenix Fringe Festival: Innovative, experimental and provocative theater by local, national, and international artists.

For a full calendar of events during the month of March, click here.

Grand Avenue’s Mutant Pinata Show ready to rock, roll, hang, fly, twist & turn

mutant2009Phoenix’s own Mutant Pinata Show will take place again this year at 1301 Grand Ave., at historic Bragg’s Pie Factory, and will be open for the March First Friday (March 6 from 6-12 p.m.); Art Detour Weekend (March 7 & 8); March Third Friday (March 20); and April First and Third Fridays (April 3 & 17).

The exhibit will be comprised of dozens of hand made, eclectic, and bizarre mutant pinatas — some made with the traditional paper mache base and others configured out of materials as diverse as colored cement and chicken wire.  Pinatas are decorated with a variety of materials including (but not limited to) glitter, pom poms, chenille, packaging peanuts, moss, masks, fleece, fake flowers, and feathers.  Most entries for the exhibit are from the Valley, made by local children, artists, and crafters, but at least one is coming all the way from Hawaii.  All entries that are submitted will be hung in the large vaulted room in the former pie factory, creating a visual pinata cacophony.

The Bragg’s Pie FActory, a cast-in-place concrete streamline-moderne building built in 1946 by Alan and Elaine Bragg, and was recently accepted to the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, contact Beatrice Moore, 602-391-4016.

Take the Canalscape survey

CanalscapeASU and other public and private sector partners are exploring the possibility of creating vital urban hubs where canals meet major streets throughout metro Phoenix. These hubs could range in size and character, depending on community requests.  ASU students are conducting a public survey and would like your feedback.  To take the survey, click here.  

To view the program and slide show from the recent Canalscape Symposium (over 200 in attendance), click here.  You can catch Canalscape updates via Twitter.  

For those interested in the AIA Canalscape Competition, it will be posted here very soon.  A competition kick-off meeting and sign-up session is scheduled for Thursday, March 5, 2009, at 3 p.m. at AIA headquarters (30 N. 3rd Ave., #200, Phoenix), with project submittals due Friday, July 31, 2009.  If you have any questions about the Canalscape concept or project, contact ASU professor, Nan Ellin.

Save Our History invites applications for community education/preservation projects

Save Our History, a program of the History Channel and the American Association for State and Local History, is a national initiative that supports local history education and historic preservation efforts in communities across the United States. Each year, Save Our History awards a total of $250,000 to history organizations that partner with schools or youth groups on preservation projects that engage students in learning about, documenting, and preserving the history of their communities.

Eligible applicants are required to be nonprofit 501(c)(3) history organizations such as a museum, historical society, preservation organization, historic site, library, or archive.  Other eligible applicants include local government agencies such as a parks and recreation commission, historic commission, department of local history, or other local government agency that owns and/or operates a historic site or property.  Applicants must be located in one of the 50 states or D.C.  Deadline is June 5, 2009.

Applicants must partner with local elementary, middle, or high school(s), or organization(s) that provides educational programming for children of similar ages to design a historic education and preservation project.  Organizations that have received a Save Our History grant in the last three years are not eligible to apply.  For complete program information and descriptions of previously funded projects, visit the Save Our History Web site.