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$300 million recommended to spend on Phoenix parks, land

Rendering of Downtown Civic Space, Phoenix

[Source: Casey Newton, Arizona Republic] — City officials will spend nearly $300 million on land acquisition and park development in the next five years under a proposal recommended recently by the Parks and Recreation Board. The funds, which come from voters’ extension of the Parks and Preserve Initiative earlier this year, will be split almost evenly between acquiring preserve land and developing and improving parks.

Parks due to see funding from the initiative’s passage include:

  • Downtown Civic Space
  • Steele Indian School Park
  • Papago Park
  • Phoenix Zoo
  • Reach 11 Recreation Area
  • Rose Mofford Sports Complex
  • Unnamed park at 51st and Sweetwater avenues

The parks board recommends eliminating a $2 million appropriation for acquisition of Pioneer Living History Village in far north Phoenix. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Visit up to 15 great Phoenix attractions with ShowUp’s Now Pass

The ShowUp Now Pass is an all-inclusive pass to the museums and attractions of the Greater Phoenix region.  For one low price — even lower with Summer Pricing — you’re invited to experience as many as 15 destinations unique to the Desert Southwest.  There are two pass options available: (1) “Golden Triangle Pass” provides admission to visit the Phoenix Art Museum, Heard Museum, and Desert Botanical Garden, or (2) “Total-Access Pass” provides admission to visit all 15 area attractions:

For more information and to purchase your Now Pass, click here.

Things you can do to support Phoenix arts & culture

[Source: Maricopa Partnership for Arts and Culture] — Every member of our community deserves to have opportunities to discover and enjoy a diversity of arts and culture offerings.  Access to the arts for individuals and families depends on community support and action.  Fortunately, there is a great deal you can do to help, and most of it is fun!  Here are some ideas of how to get involved and help keep arts and culture a vital piece of our quality of life.

  • Attend an event – visit to find the surprising variety of offerings available every week in the region.
  • Take a child to a museum, the zoo, or a live performance for kids.
  • Encourage your employees to attend and support arts and culture organizations and events.
  • Advocate for arts education experiences for young people.
  • Advocate to your peers nationwide that Greater Phoenix is emerging as a worldclass, 21st Century region.
  • Integrate arts and culture support in your company’s business plan.
  • Sign up for the MPAC eNewsletter to stay informed on MPAC’s activities.
  • Use your influence to ensure that your elected officials understand the critical business case for a vibrant and sustainable arts and culture community.
  • Sign up at Arizona Citizens for the Arts for information and updates on legislation that impacts the arts and cultural sector.
  • Support efforts to secure funding for the region’s non-profit arts and culture organizations.
  • Speak up for arts and culture as a vital piece of our economic prosperity and infrastructure.
  • Share your thoughts and ideas at

Phoenix is no cultural desert, says PA travel columnist

[Source: Charles J. Adams III, Reading, PA Eagle] — In conversation with an artistic, educated, informed, intelligent, and intellectual (in case she’s reading this) friend, I mentioned that I had just returned from a trip to the Phoenix area and enjoyed a visit to the Phoenix Art Museum.  “Ah, yes,” she sarcastically sighed, “Phoenix — cultural capital of America!”

When challenged, she continued her assault on the artistic attributes of the Arizona metropolis.  When further challenged, she admitted that she had never been to the “Valley of the Sun.”

She should go.  Should she seek consolation in what she considers a cultural void, she will find it in more than 60 art, nature, science and history museums; historic sites; zoos; and gardens.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]