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Hey Phoenix, any significant touristy events in ’09? Tourist bureau wants to know.

The Arizona Office of Tourism is requesting 2009 event information to be considered for their online Calendar of Events.  These items encourage tourists to experience special occasions held throughout Arizona.  For events to be considered, they must be open to the public and of interest to tourists.

Submissions should include the date and year; community in which the event takes place; name of event; venue; venue address; description of event; admission, event time; phone number and/or Web site for the public to obtain additional information.

Please include your contact information along with your submission so that we may reach you with any questions we may have prior to posting your event.  Photography to accompany listings may be included, and we can supply you with an image information form.  If you have questions or would like an event submission form, contact Marjorie Magnusson by e-mail or 602-364-3695.

Twitting the Phoenix arts & culture scene

Want the latest news (and perhaps gossip) about the metro Phoenix arts and culture scene?  Well go high-tech with one of the latest social media tools, Twitter, to follow what’s happening.  Here’s a sampling:

If you know of other local individuals and organizations “twitting” on this topic, feel free to reply back and we’ll add them to the list.

Arizona Music Project musicians (by hometown)

As noted in a previous post, the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) has embarked upon a new project to encourage visitors to not only see Arizona but to hear Arizona.  AOT has developed the Arizona Music Project (AMP), a six-minute musical tribute to Arizona that captures the state’s diverse geography, culture, and heritage in music.  In addition to the composition, a documentary was created to chronicle the journey of the musicians who contributed to the project. 

And those musicians, places of residence, and instruments are:

  • Chandler: John Herrera, percussion
  • Gilbert: VerRona Grandil, viola, violin
  • Mesa: Dominic Amato, saxophone; Carrie Caruso, violin; Nick Sterling, guitar; Joe Swierupski, bass; Melanie Yarger, cello
  • Phoenix: Hai Jung Choi, bass; Bob Giammarco, bass: Chuck Kerrigan, tuba; Louie Moses, drums; Joshua Whitehouse, trumpet
  • Prescott: Joseph Torguson, pedal steel guitar
  • Scottsdale: Richard Bass, trombone
  • Surprise: Jason Camiolo, composer, drums; Paul Cruize, guitar
  • Tempe: Elijah Bossenbroek, piano; Nathan Mitchell, French horn
  • Tucson: Gabriel Ayala, classical guitar, flute

Tourism officials bring musicians together to promote Arizona

[Source: Larry Rodgers, Arizona Republic] — The Arizona Office of Tourism has aired scores of slick print and video ads promoting the state, but marketers are turning to a music video and Web-based social-networking sites to reach a new group of potential visitors.  Their new tool, the Arizona Music Project, is being launched this weekend.

The project is the culmination of a statewide call to musicians early last year via such Web sites as MySpace and Craigslist.  Nineteen players were selected to record a six-minute theme, which moves from jazz to Latin to classical to country, accompanying a video showcasing the state’s scenery and lifestyle.  It’s a vibrant combination of music and images that took seven months to assemble using musicians from around the state.

Arizona has created a presence on and posted a video for an edited version of the song on YouTube in an effort to reach potential visitors who frequent such sites.  The song also will be used in TV and radio ads.  “We know that music is becoming a more important part of the Arizona scene, and we want to showcase music as a part of the culture and diversity of Arizona to our visitor audience,” said Margie Emmermann, state tourism director.  “This is the first project that enters us into the social (networking) media aspect of our advertising.  It has launched us with new audiences.”  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

What downtown Phoenix tourist spot should be feted?

The Arizona Office of Tourism seeks nominations for the 2008 Governor’s Tourism Awards.  These industry awards honor individuals and organizations that have made noteworthy contributions during the past year for the betterment of the tourism industry.  The awards will be presented at the 28th Annual Arizona Governor’s Conference on Tourism at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson on July 10, 2008.  All submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 30, 2008.

Visit the Governor’s Conference on Tourism section of for award categories, guidelines, and nomination forms.  For more information, contact Kiva Couchon at 602-364-3724 or via e-mail.

Phoenix Visitor Information Center now open downtown

[Source: Lynn Ducey, Phoenix Busniess Journal] — The new Visitor Information Center in downtown Phoenix [made] its formal debut Monday with a public open house.  The facility is at 125 N. Second St., inside the Phoenix Convention Center.  The joint effort between the Arizona Office of Tourism and the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau is intended to help downtown visitors get their bearings and learn more about what Phoenix, the Valley, and the state have to offer.  The center is equipped with nine 50-inch plasma screens programmed to highlight Arizona’s landscapes and tourism offerings.  A 43-inch interactive state map helps visitors access location-specific information via a touch screen.  They also can research and build travel itineraries at Internet stations.  The center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.