Bringing MIM to You

While MIM’s galleries are closed, the Museum continues lifting spirits through music. There are many ways to continue engaging with MIM while exploring the world’s music and cultures.

Relive the magic of past performances
Experience the MIM Music Theater from home with uplifting concerts featuring musicians from around the world, including South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, iconic Mexican American singer Lila Downs and legendary Americana and blues duo Hot Tuna.

Make some music at home
Explore MIMkids resources for fun and educational music-making and instrument-building activities. Making and listening to music at a young age develops early literacy, physical and social-emotional skills. Follow along with Katie Palmer, MIM’s curator of education, to the entertaining scarf activities that you can do at home with your little ones.

Dive deeper into MIM’s collection
Immerse yourself in the inspiring musical stories from throughout the museum’s galleries. Get an inside look at the imagination and craftsmanship behind some of the world’s most visually stunning inlaid guitars in the Telly Award-winning documentary series from MIM’s 2016 special exhibition Dragons and Vines.

Music matters—now more than ever
You can help MIM today by purchasing a gift card to use toward a future visit or concert tickets. You can also shop the Museum Store online or by calling 480.478.6002 for instruments, kids’ toys and books to entertain and engage.

Chevy Humphrey Elected to National Board

Chevy Humphrey, Hazel A. Hare president and CEO of the Arizona Science Center and incoming chair of the American Alliance of Museums, has been elected as a new trustee to the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation.

“Chevy oversees a $12 million nonprofit with over 330 employees and volunteers, and over a half million visitors a year. And she leads an organization with whom the T.R. Library will need to partner as we move forward,” says Cathilea Robinett, chair of the Foundation. “She is a leader who is in the arena.”

Humphrey has led transformative change in museums and informal learning institutions for more than two decades. Before serving as president and CEO of the Arizona Science Center, she held leadership positions at The Phoenix Symphony, Houston Symphony, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston. During her tenure at Arizona Science Center, she has earned widespread recognition for her efforts to engage and inspire individuals of all ages, earning distinctions as the first-ever recipient of the Association of Science and Technology Centers Chair’s Award for Outstanding Achievement and one of AZ Business’ Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. She prides herself on her ongoing efforts to mentor young women to realize their potential.

“For over 20 years, I have made it my mission to create immersive, enriching visitor experiences in values-based organizations that impart important lessons about our local communities, nation and the world,” Humphrey says. “I’m excited to take on the important work of creating a living library where visitors from around the world can learn from, and not just about, the life and legacy of Theodore Roosevelt.”

Humphrey is in the process of pursuing her Doctor of Business Administration at Grand Canyon University and serves on the boards of several local, statewide and national institutions that include Grand Canyon Education, the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute, College Success Arizona, Downtown Phoenix Partnership and the American Alliance of Museums.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Ballet Arizona presents its reimagined take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Feb. 13–16 with live accompaniment by The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall.

Set to Ib Andersen’s critically-acclaimed choreography, the masterpiece comes to life with all-new sets and new costumes. Andersen celebrates his 20th anniversary as the artistic director of Ballet Arizona this season, and it was befitting to have one of his most beloved works reimagined to celebrate the milestone in his career. A Midsummer Night’s Dream shows the lighter side of ballet and showcases Andersen’s spectacular ability to tell tales through movement.

“We have never undertaken a project this massive in our own shops before, and it something of which I am very proud,” Andersen says. “To witness what we are able to do and build here is beyond anything I ever thought possible. In our home studios each day, I coach our talented and beautiful dancers in rehearsals, work alongside our costume shop team made up of local artisans who are building more than 80 costumes from scratch, and work in our scene shop with the designers and production team to build the sets for this new production. To be able to create all of this within our very own walls is a ‘dream’ unto itself.”

Studio Spotlight offers an intimate behind-the-scenes look on Jan. 31. Guests are also invited to meet the dancers and learn about their characters at A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s Pre and Post Performance Chats on select dates. Meet 45 minutes before show time at Symphony Hall to learn more about the artistic vision that went into the creation of Andersen’s fresh take on the 424-year-old story. Pre-show Chats occur on Feb. 13 at 6:15 p.m. and  Feb. 14 at 6:45 p.m. A post-show chat will occur on Feb. 15 following the 2 p.m. matinee performance.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream with The Phoenix Symphony

Feb. 13-16

Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix

For more information, visit

Legends of Speed

From Nov. 3, 2019, through March 15, 2020, Phoenix Art Museum presents Legends of Speed, the Museum’s first major exhibition of racing cars. Legends of Speed showcases an unprecedented selection of more than 20 cars spanning six decades and driven by some of the greatest drivers in the history of racing, such as A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Dan Gurney and Stirling Moss. The exhibition includes winners of 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Indianapolis 500 and the Italian Grand Prix, and featured marques will include Maserati, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo, Ford and Bugatti. Phoenix Art Museum will be the sole venue for this landmark exhibition.

“We are very excited to bring this remarkable collection of racing cars to Phoenix Art Museum,” says Gilbert Vicario, the Museum’s deputy director for curatorial affairs and the Selig Family chief curator. “Legends of Speed will enable our community to explore the artistry and design of these iconic cars, while learning about some of the greatest races and race car drivers in history. This exhibition is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience many of the world’s most famous and successful race cars all in one place.”

1967 All American Racer, Gurney Eagle F-1 Race Car. Private Collection. PHOTO BY PETER HARHOLDT

Inspired by the success of the Museum’s 2007 Curves of Steel, the first art exhibition to explore the impact and influence of streamlining on American and European 20th-century automobile design, Legends of Speed will again bring a standout selection of historic cars to Phoenix, this time featuring legendary racing cars.

All of the featured cars are loaned to the Museum by internationally recognized collectors and automotive museums from across the United States and Arizona, including Melani and Rob Walton and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. Highlights will include A.J. Foyt’s first Indianapolis 500 winner, loaned to the Museum by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and Mario Andretti’s Formula-One championship winner, a 1977 Lotus 79.

Arizona audiences will also have the opportunity to view a Ford GT 40 that won the renowned 24 Hours of Le Mans in France twice, first in 1968 when it was driven by Pedro Rodriguez and Lucien Bianchi, and again in 1969 when it was driven by Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver.

Legends of Speed

Nov. 3, 2019, through March 15, 2020

Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

For more information, visit


Philanthropist Dedicates $5M to Health-Care Education

Following a longstanding family tradition of investing in health care and health-sciences education benefiting the Phoenix community, local philanthropist Doris Norton has donated $5 million to Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Creighton University. The gift will expand much-needed health-sciences education in Phoenix, creating a pipeline of physicians, nurses and other health-care professionals at a time when the Valley, state and nation are facing an imminent shortage of health-care professionals.

“I’m delighted to support this expanding partnership between St. Joseph’s and Creighton University,” Norton says. “We’ve always believed St. Joseph’s is the leading hospital in the Valley. Knowing that Creighton mirrors the same commitment to educating outstanding health-care professionals makes this the perfect union.”

Norton’s gift designates $3 million to support development of a new Creighton University Health Sciences – Phoenix Campus adjacent to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in midtown Phoenix. Phase one of the project—a 180,000-square-foot building with capacity for more than 800 students—is currently under construction at Park Central Mall. It is expected to be completed in spring 2021. Norton has allocated $2 million toward St. Joseph’s endowment scholarships for students entering the nursing field, reflecting a commitment to health-care education that she has supported during her family’s decades-long relationship with St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Creighton’s Phoenix campus will enroll students in nursing, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, and physician-assistant programs, as well as students in a four-year medical program. The new campus further strengthens a longstanding partnership between St. Joseph’s and Omaha-based Creighton established in 2005, when Creighton medical students began month-long rotations at the Phoenix hospital. That relationship expanded in 2009 when Creighton and St. Joseph’s established the Phoenix Regional Campus for third- and fourth-year medical students. In 2018, St. Joseph’s welcomed the inaugural cohort of students in Creighton’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, putting students who hold undergraduate degrees on a 12-month trajectory to a new nursing career.

The $5 million gift underscores the passion and commitment to Arizona, St. Joseph’s and education shared by Doris and her husband, John, who died in 2016. John was born at the hospital, as were the couple’s three children. Together, John and Doris generously funded campus renovations to support the initial partnership between St. Joseph’s and Creighton University School of Medicine, and they established the Doris Norton Scholars program to endow scholarships for Creighton medical students.

The late John Norton and Doris Norton with Creighton scholars

In 2014, the Nortons made a transformational gift to St. Joseph’s in the amount of $19 million—the largest donation in Arizona history at that time—to establish the John and Doris Norton Cardiothoracic and Transplantation Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Three years later, the Institute’s lung transplant program soared to No. 1 in the nation, recognized for saving more lives than any other facility in the country while still maintaining the highest quality outcomes and shortest wait times.

Recently, Creighton University, Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Valleywise Health (formerly Maricopa Integrated Health System) and District Medical Group entered into a strategic partnership known as the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance. The partnership’s goal—to strengthen and expand graduate medical education programming to new generations of physicians, nurses and allied health professionals—will improve the health outcomes for the community, state and nation. Arizona currently ranks in the bottom third of all states in the number of residents and practicing physicians per 100,000 people. This alliance aims to attract health-care students to undergo expertise training, degrees and careers in Phoenix for the benefit of patients throughout Arizona.



A Tropical Wedding for Elizabeth Anne Sarvas and Kane Samuel Swerner

November 4, 2018

Caleta Palmilla Beach, San Jose Del Cabo

Elizabeth’s parents: Anne and Terry Sarvas, Paradise Valley

Kane’s: Suzie and Laurence Swerner, Bel Air, California

The reception: The Acre

The honeymoon: African Safari Nairobi, Kenya

Wedding planner: Adrianna Dupinet

Design: Event Design by Marianna Idirin

Flowers: David Ruiz, Let It Bloom

Photography: Pink Palm Photo

Josef Albers in Mexico

The Heard Museum presents Josef Albers in Mexico through May 27. The exhibition demonstrates the influence and connectivity between the work of Josef Albers (German, 1888-1976) and the abstracted geometric vocabulary of pre-Columbian art, architecture and material culture. The Heard Museum is the third and final stop of the exhibition which opened in New York in 2017 then traveled to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice in 2018.

Josef Albers in Mexico is organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and curated by Lauren Hinkson, associate curator of collections at the Guggenheim in New York. Drawing from the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Josef Albers in Mexico presents an opportunity to learn about a little known aspect of the artist’s practice and the influences he absorbed in his travels.

“Through his close attention to ancient architecture, Josef Albers developed new modes of seeing the modern world,” says Lauren Hinkson. “This exhibition of his celebrated paintings, along with lesser-known photographs and collages, reveals the complex and often surprising roles of place, time and spirituality in Albers’ body of work.”

Included in the exhibition are rarely seen early paintings by Albers, including Homage to the Square and Variant/Adobe series, works on paper and a rich selection of photographs and photo collages, many of which have never before been on view. The photographic works reveal a visual conversation Albers created in response to his frequent visits to Mexico to view archaeological sites as early as the 1930s, illustrating the nuanced relationship between the geometry and design elements of pre-Columbian monuments and the artist’s iconic abstract canvases and works on paper. Accompanying the artworks are a series of letters, personal photographs, studies and other ephemera.

Josef Albers was born in Bottrop, Germany, in 1888 and was a fixture at the pioneering school of art, architecture and design, the Bauhaus, until its forced closure by the Nazis. Albers and his wife, Anni Albers (1899–1994), an accomplished artist and textile designer, relocated to the United States in 1933, where he first accepted a position as head of the department of art at Black Mountain College outside of Asheville, N.C., a position he held until 1949. He then went on to be the head of the design department at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Josef and Anni Albers traveled often to Latin America with particular interest in Mexico – visiting the country more than a dozen times from the 1930s to the 1960s. Albers’ fascination with the visual culture of Mexico left an indelible mark on his own artistic production and methodology, with sites like Teotihuacán, Chichén Itza, Monte Albán, and Mitla resonating within his paintings and stimulating new experiments in his photography.

Josef Albers in Mexico

Through May 27

Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

For more information, visit

Ballet Arizona Presents George Balanchine’s Finest

George Balanchine, known as the father of American ballet, broke ground when he put his twist on traditional ballet standards and technique. Ib Andersen, Ballet Arizona’s artistic director, presents five performances of Balanchine’s work during All Balanchine, including one never before performed by Ballet Arizona, from May 2 through May 5, at Symphony Hall. Andersen is one of only a handful of artists worldwide entrusted by the Balanchine Trust to stage these masterpieces.

Ballet Arizona presents Balanchine’s Emeralds for the first time. Originally one part of a three-part Balanchine suite, Emeralds evokes the elegance and romanticism of 19th century France, presented with music by Gabriel Fauré.

Theme and Variations, presented with glorious choreography and glittering costumes, recalls the grandeur of classical ballet. An homage to Balanchine’s roots, the piece evokes a great period in classical dance when the Russian ballet flourished alongside Tchaikovsky’s music.

Square Dance combines the spirit and verve of an American folk dance with the precision and techniques of classical ballet, with music by Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli. This light and vibrant piece is one of the most technically demanding ballets in the Balanchine repertoire and a playful uplifting delight that will energize audiences.

Andersen’s understanding of Balanchine’s work draws respect from dance critics across the country.

“One of the most striking developments in modern ballet is that there is now a trans-American, even trans-global, Balanchine diaspora. Ballet Arizona ranks among the most significant,” Alastair Macaulay from The New York Times says.

To celebrate the Ballet Arizona premiere of Emeralds this May, G.G. Gems, Inc created a one-of-a-kind designer pendant featuring two magnificent emeralds, each emerald cut. The emeralds are connected by a line of diamonds and the pendant is suspended from an 18-inch platinum chain together weighing approximately 5 carats.

Designer Glenna Gibbons received her inspiration for this work of art from the romantic Parisian influence in the choreography and costumes created by the legendary Balanchine. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100. For a chance to win, visit or contact Natalie Salvione at 602-343-6522. The raffle drawing will be held on May 5.

All Ballanchine

May 2 – 5

Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix

For more information/tickets, visit

SMoCA Celebrates 20th Anniversary

As the title suggests, Environ, the new mural unveiled at SMoCA, was designed to reflect multiple features that directly surround the space. Each aspect of the courtyard where it resides is taken into consideration — from the colored light of James Carpenter’s glass scrim wall to the ever-changing view of James Turrell’s skyspace Knight Rise, as well as the nearby native plant life.

Pulling simple abstract shapes and colors from each of these influences created one cohesive and fluid design. The intention of the artist is to complement the space and welcome visitors to spend time within the courtyard walls.

Janel Garza: Environ

Through Jan. 1, 2020

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale



To launch a yearlong 20th anniversary celebration, SMoCA premieres Now Playing: Video 1999-2019, an exhibition featuring video art sampled from the last 20 years. Works by 11 international artists temporarily transform the museum, a former movie theater, into a space dedicated to the moving image. The iconic survey marks the importance of video in contemporary art and the social and political concerns that artists have addressed over the last two decades.

Through various techniques, from animation and time-based performance, to large-scale and immersive installations, the artists explore the complexity and beauty of contemporary art and life. Artists included in the exhibition: Mark Bradford, Candice Breitz, Petra Cortright, Song Dong, Kota Ezawa, Mads Lynnerup, Christian Marclay, Shirin Neshat, Aaron Rothman, Mika Rottenberg and Diana Thater.

Now Playing: Video 1999–2019

Through May 12

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale

Cycle the Arts

The annual Cycle the Arts, coming up April 14, offers a great way to experience a portion of Scottsdale’s large public art collection in south Scottsdale.

Scottsdale Public Art and the City of Scottsdale present this public art tour via bicycle every April during Valley Bike Month. The tour offers participants the chance to see multiple sculptures and other public artworks around south Scottsdale, while getting in a 10-mile bike ride.

“Cycle the Arts is a great way for residents of Scottsdale to learn the stories behind the public art they see every day around town or to discover pieces they might not have known existed,” says Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker, public art manager for Scottsdale Public Art. “Each stop on the ride features either the artist who designed the piece, a board member who approved the piece or a staff member who managed the piece to share in-depth information and answer questions from riders.”

Among highlights on this family-friendly ride are Diamond Bloomby artist Curtis Pittman and the towering One-Eyed Jack, one of the newest additions to the Scottsdale Public Art collection, by artist John Randall Nelson.

A special aspect of this year’s ride is a stop at artist Kevin Berry’s Tributary Wall, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Additionally, Gerd Wuestemann, president and CEO of Scottsdale Arts, will be joining the ride and speaking about exciting plans for renovations at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall.

This south Scottsdale route is the only ride offered this year and should be finished by noon.

Cycle the Arts

Sunday, April 14

Check in at 8:30 a.m. at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale

For more information and booking, visit

Aspiring Designers Showcase Winter Collection

Fashion and art are colliding this winter thanks to the continued partnership between Scottsdale Fashion Square and Arizona State University’s School of Art that started last summer. The shopping center is currently showcasing new works of art by students in the fashion program, which draws from all areas across campus, including engineering, architecture, painting, drawing and music. 

“Scottsdale Fashion Square is one of the most innovative shopping centers in the country,” says Christina Lanoue, assistant vice president of property management for Macerich. “As a leading luxury destination, we’re always looking for ways to reinvent, reimagine and plan for the future. So a partnership with Arizona State University’s School of Art makes a lot of sense, as these talented students are bound to transform the industry with their creativity and inventiveness.”

The collection, created by undergraduate students, is on display in a retail space at Scottsdale Fashion Square, on the upper level of the shopping center, in the Harkins Theatre wing.

“Hands-on projects and experiences like this help us to prepare our students for a variety of roles in the fashion and art industry,” says Galina Mihaleva, the ASU School of Art instructor who led the Fashion Construction II and Fashion Technology assignments. “Our students are thrilled to have their work on display in such a high-profile location in our community.”

Established in the fall of 2017, ASU’s fashion program combines a global perspective with strong industry ties. Classes in the program include fashion illustration, merchandising, design, construction and technology. ASU’s fashion program is led by Dennita Sewell, an ASU School of Art professor of practice who is also The Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design at Phoenix Art Museum, along with a team of professionals.


Electric Desert

Desert Botanical Garden invites guests to witness vegetation, light and sound unite in a mesmerizing display. At nighttime, cactus and desert become a living canvas.

This season’s unique installation is the work of Ricardo Rivera of Klip Collective. Starting Oct. 12, visitors can enjoy an immersive journey through the Garden experiencing light and original music.

Founded in 2003, Klip Collective is an experiential video shop that uses virtual reality, projection mapping, storytelling and soundscapes to create captivating, immersive sensory experiences on behalf of institutions, corporate clients and cultural partners. Philadelphia-born but globally based, Klip Collective has created projection experiences in a diverse array of environments across the world.

“Electric Desert” is Klip Collective’s second garden installation, but the first in a desert environment. The group’s first show was at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. The display includes seven site-specific locations, with each experience inspired by and related to the Garden.

This installation was made possible with the support of APS, Chase Private Client, Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, The Steele Foundation, American Airlines and Tempe Tourism Office.

Electric Desert

Oct. 12, 2018 – May 12, 2019

Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

For more information, visit


2018 VYTal Affair

Valley Youth Theatre, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary, hosted VYTal Affair, its annual fundraising gala, Aug. 18. The Newsies-themed event drew nearly 350 guests to the gala affair at the Herberger Theater Center. They were treated to several excerpts from Newsies, which was in production from Aug. 10 through 26, and enjoyed New York-themed food and drinks, including pizza, hot dogs and more from leading Valley caterers.

Following cocktails and a silent auction, the 2018 VYTality Awards were presented to Pam Kirby, Laura Stover and Grand Canyon University. Auctioneer Letitia Frye conducted the live auction, which included Broadway show tickets and roundtrip airfare for two on American Airlines, Waste Management Phoenix Open tickets, a Diamondbacks guest suite for one game, a Phoenix Suns guest suite for one game, dinner at Little Miss BBQ and dinner for eight at Tarbell’s.

Traci Chandler served as chair for the gala. Funds raised will help ensure that all Valley Youth Theatre mainstage performances remain fee-free for the participants.


Shahida and Shane Mangelsdorf with Catheryn and Robert Avalos

Hope Ozer, Brian Etheridge, Patrick Vance, Amy Vance and Mark Fearey

Billie Jo Herberger, Karol Cooper, Jim Silha and Kim Rice

Richard Silha and Bobb Cooper

Chris Provera, Yijee Jeong and Nicole Fries

Haley Hanni, Daniel Benham and Isabella Conner

Phyllis DuMond and Sharon Contorno

Scott and Bekke Holmes

Joseph Lehning and Emily Mettes

Bending the Straight Line

Housed in a partly subterranean modernist Al Beadle-designed building, Lisa Sette Gallery’s physical space is a study in angles and lines. Lisa Sette’s expansive gallery is a cool white square angled around a central, altar-like alcove made up of right angles, into which desert sunlight pours from above.

This summer, the gallery celebrates the paradox with “Circle / Squared,” a group show featuring works that revel in concentricity, bending the straight line toward experimentation and aesthetic gyration. The show relates back to past portraiture and landscape as well as the circular form found throughout art history.

The show includes the ceramics of surreal objects by Li Mingzhu; photographic portraits by Bettina von Zwehl and Tami Bahat; photo constructions by Luis González Palma, Kahn/Selesnick, Liu Xiaofang; industrial landscapes by Yao Lu; and portraiture mementos in the form of glass cameos by Charlotte Potter.

Yao Lu, New Landscape Part I (View of Waterfall with Rocks and Pines), c-print, 31.5″ x 31.5″, Edition of 10

One of Circle / Squared’s more conceptually startling works come in the form of Lu’s landscape photographs, which in color, theme and composition somewhat resemble the Japanese 18th century Ukiyo-e (or “Floating World”) genre of paintings and prints. Lu’s landscapes, however, are photographs documenting vast topographies of industrial detritus. The photographs’ circular form is a subversion, as the viewer arrives expecting a quaint historical work. Lu’s images instead show in shocking beauty the toxic material of human industry, mountains of rubble and boundless fields of soot, billowing and undulating before our eyes.

Bettina von Zwehl, Billy, pigment print, 3.125″ x 3.125” image, 6.5″ x 6.5” framed, Edition of 7

The works of von Zwehl, Bahat and González Palma present timeless figures or images in round or oval compositions. González Palma’s theatrical portraiture shows a deep play between presence and absence while expressing complex emotions and melding them with public and private symbolism. Von Zwehl’s mysterious, close-up portraits of people and animals are circumscribed by a heavy black frame, while Bahat’s disturbing tableaus present figures in gothic or medieval garments as though they were still-lifes, caught posing for eternity within their gold-leaf frames.

Potter makes explicit the connections between glass and photography, as well as the applications of these media toward an essential form of memory: the portrait. These small identities are the obvious descendant of an ancient form of personal memento carved in glass or shell — the cameo.

A circular view may suggest eyeglasses, telescopes, microscopes or binoculars. Kahn/Selsnick‘s staged photographs portray a post apocalyptic world in which humans unchecked by societal expectations, pursue their own odd social and creative impulses.

Liu Xiaofang, I Remember II-01, pigment print, 33″ x 33.” PHOTO COURTESY LISA SETTE GALLERY, PHOENIX

The camera’s-eye view is used to much different effect in the photographs of Xiaofang. Composed nearly completely of blue sky, Xiaofang’s works present distant figures, often children, in stark settings and simple poses. Xiaofang’s portraying work captures nostalgia.

Circle / Squared

May 5 –  Aug. 25

Lisa Sette Gallery, 210 E. Catalina Drive, Phoenix

For more information, visit


Stonewall Foundation Commits $200K Matching Grant to ATC

Arizona Theatre Company has received a commitment for a two-year, $200,000 matching grant from The Stonewall Foundation to spur a campaign of support for ATC’s new artistic vision, the continuation of its legacy and to provide ongoing financial stability for the organization.

Incorporated in 1977, The Stonewall Foundation has been providing annual support to nonprofit organizations in Tucson, donating more than $20 million to 21 organizations including Arizona Theatre Company.

Billy Russo, ATC managing director, says 50 percent of the matching grant must be contributed by new donors to ATC, donors who have not made a gift in the past 18 months or current donors who increase their contribution over the last fiscal year. The ATC Board of Trustees has committed the first 50 percent.

To make a gift of support for this matching grant, contact Julia Waterfall-Kanter, ATC development director, at or 520-884-8210, Ext. 7301.

Events and Exhibits Heat Up at Desert Botanical Garden

Temperatures may be raising in the desert, but activities continue at Desert Botanical Garden with an array of exhibitions and events. The garden is presenting a world-class season, including world-renowned artists, local musicians and dancers.

Three exhibits are currently on view. Through May 13, the “Spring Butterfly Exhibit” offers an up-close look at hundreds of North American butterflies such as painted ladies, zebra longwings and giant swallowtails among the garden grounds. Each week, 100 new pupae are added to the exhibit. Guests can also explore a caterpillar nursery and emergence chamber.

Patrons can celebrate the art, form and life of desert plants with “John Schaefer’s Flowers & Form” through May 20. Schaefer – who has distinguished himself as an educator, best-selling author and photographer – has chosen cactus plants and flowers as his photographic muse.

Head by Jun Kaneko

Through May 13, uncover Jun Kaneko’s colorfully glazed ceramic and bronze forms in the rich backdrop of the garden’s desert flora. Kaneko is an internationally renowned artist who specializes in large hand-built ceramic sculptures. His work has been featured in more than 40 major museum collections and shown in high-profile exhibitions and public art installations around the world. The garden displays the whimsical Tanukis and the iconic Dangos, Kaneko’s round form series.•

In addition to the three exhibits, Desert Botanical Garden presents a variety of events this spring.

During Spring Music in the Garden, the garden once again offers a diverse lineup of talented performers through June 23 (doors open at 6:30 p.m., concerts 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.).

• May 4: Cinco de Moio | Jazz

• May 11: A Touch of Class | R&B and more

• May 18: Dmitri Matheny Group featuring Holly Pyle | Jazz, contemporary

• May 25: Sahnas Brothers Band | Spanish and Mediterranean-inspired fusion

• June 1: Canyon Records Artists | Contemporary Native American performers

• June 8: Jay Allan and the Uncommon Good | Funky-folk, blues rock

• June 15: QVLN | Latin-infused contemporary

• June 22: AZ Dueling Pianos

The garden also presents Desert Night Cinema, May 10 – June 14 (doors open 6:30 p.m., movie starts 7:45 p.m.). Before the movie starts, live entertainment and movie-related activities will be offered.

On May 10, the garden celebrates National Cactus Day. Cacti are among the most threatened groups of living organisms in the world. The garden scientists are leading the way in the lab and in the field to address these issues.

Expect the unexpected as Ballet Arizona returns to the garden, May 15 – June 2, presenting Eroica, a new sensory experience choreographed by Ib Andersen. A presentation of movement and sound on a stage that embraces the desert, the garden provides a unique backdrop to pair with Andersen’s enchanting choreography.


“Eroica” performed by Ballet Arizona

Celebrate the agricultural roots of south Phoenix through the work of Spaces of Opportunity at Fund the Farm on May 17. Progress is being made through this community initiative by the garden to build this food desert into a thriving food oasis, including a farmers market, community farming and volunteer opportunities. The evening celebrates accomplishments and opportunities ahead with a performance by Las Cafeteras, a Chicano band from Los Angeles.

Flashlight Tours will be available Saturdays all summer, May 26 – Sept. 1. The tours are sensory adventures to see, hear and feel how the desert nights shimmer. Guests can capture the night-blooming plants and animals in the desert after dark.

Spring Events and Exhibits

Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

For more information, visit

MRA Associates Creates New Community Gallery

MRA Associates has partnered with The Arizona Business Committee for the Arts to create the Community Gallery at MRA Associates. MRA Associates is a wealth management firm with locations in Arizona, Nevada and Minnesota.

The rotating exhibitions in the Community Gallery will feature a program of thoughtfully selected, visually stimulating art in an effort to support artists, foster dialogue, encourage inquiry and offer enjoyment for the benefit of employees, clients and the wider community.

To open the gallery, the firm hosted a reception for clients and friends Feb. 22. Featured local artists, including April Howland, Jane Barton, Paddi Moyer and Sheri Farabaugh attended, mingling with guests as they enjoyed an acoustic guitar performance by artist Rebekah Rolland.


Featured artists April Howland, Sheri Farabaugh, Jane Barton and Paddi Moyer

Chris Bergthold, Jon Hersam and Brenda Bernardi

Carla and Scott Schnider

Jon Hersam; Paddi Moyer and Christina Burroughs

Hollywood in the Desert

Just in time for the Academy Awards season, Vision Gallery hosts the Hollywood in the Desert exhibition in historic downtown Chandler from March 8 through April 6.

Hollywood has always had a major influence on fashion and design, from silent movies to today’s red carpet. Names like Adrian, Helen Rose, Bill Travilla and Bob Mackie are known for dazzling the public with their creations on the screen and runway. Hollywood in the Desert shares fashions from these timeless influential designers and others, as curated by Robert Black.

Black, curator of the collection, is founder of the model and talent agency Ford Robert Black Agency. With his partner Doreen Picerne, philanthropist and fashionista, he shops around the world to offer a new vintage experience in red carpet couture, special occasion designer pieces and dynamic daywear, along with accessories and historic fashion treasures. Fashion by Robert Black boutique is located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale; visit for more information.

Vision Gallery will also hold a glamorous opening night on Wed., March 7, 6 – 9 p.m. Black will host the red carpet reception and actress Susan Clausen, playing the part of fashion design icon Edith Head, will entertain the crowd.

Hollywood in the Desert
Curated by Robert Black

March 8 – April 6

Opening Reception: Wed., March 7, 6 – 9 p.m.

Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler

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Hospice of the Valley Plans Dementia Care Campus

Hospice of the Valley plans to establish a Dementia Care and Education Campus in east Phoenix at the former site of the Scottsdale Unified School District Office. The campus will provide care for people at all stages of dementia and feature an intergenerational adult and child-care center and an education venue that will bring people together to share best practices in dementia care.

The multi-purpose campus will support patients, their caregivers, health-care providers, students, volunteers, neighbors and the community. As one of the top 10 states with elderly populations, Arizona’s fourth leading cause of death is Alzheimer’s disease. By 2025, more than 200,000 Arizonans will have Alzheimer’s disease, increasing by more than half from today.

The innovative Dementia Care and Education Campus is an extension of Hospice of the Valley’s internationally recognized educational and professional development programs aimed at enhancing quality of life for those living with dementia and sharing knowledge with those interested in careers involving dementia care.

The four-building campus will include:

 A 10-bed dementia palliative care unit for people with advanced disease on hospice

 A 12-bed assisted living home for people with mild, moderate or advanced dementia, many with behavioral problems, who may or may not be on hospice

 An adult day-care center for 20 people with dementia

 An early childhood education center for 13 children ages 3 – 5 in the same building as the adult day-care center.

 A dementia education center with a conference room for up to 100 guests and a café for community and campus visitors. The center also will include a model patient room to teach care.

The campus is expected to open in the fall of 2019.

Scottsdale Arts Names New CEO

Louisiana arts executive Gerd Wuestemann, D.M.A., has been appointed the new president and CEO of Scottsdale Arts. Wuestemann, who has served as executive director of the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, La., since 2008, was a unanimous board choice. He will begin his new duties on March 19, succeeding Scottsdale Arts’ interim president and CEO Mike Miller, who will continue to serve on the Scottsdale Arts board.

In his new job, Wuestemann will oversee 71 full-time and 104 part-time staffers. Over the past nine years, he has led the transformation of a small arts council into the Acadiana Center for the Arts, which in 2016 and 2017 won the Governor’s Culture Award. He developed public and private funding that allowed the arts center to build two new facilities, hire more staff and create a strong board to develop a vision and implement it. AcA has since quadrupled in size, annexed another arts organization and created a growing endowment, along with building local, regional and national partnerships.

Wuestemann holds a doctorate of musical arts from The University of Arizona, a master’s of musical arts from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a master’s of music from Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt, Germany. The new job represents a kind of homecoming for Wuestemann, who said he developed a strong affinity for Arizona while working on his doctorate at UA.

Scottsdale Arts’ mission is to create diverse visual, performing and public arts experiences that engage the community. The organization operates Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Scottsdale Public Art. It administers arts and cultural affairs for the City of Scottsdale and provides an education and outreach program in the form of tours, hands-on activities, master classes, lectures, workshops and classroom-based and community outreach activities.


‘Of God and Mortal Men’ Opens at Heard Museum

The Heard Museum is set to welcome “Of God and Mortal Men: Masterworks by T.C. Cannon” from the Nancy and Richard Bloch Collection. The large-scale exhibition of work by American artist T.C. Cannon (1946-1978) includes paintings not publicly exhibited in 25 years.

The exhibit will be open to the public Oct. 7 through April 15, 2018. Cannon, whose Kiowa name Pai Doung a Day translates to One-Who-Stands-in-the-Sun, was one of the most significant Native American painters of the 20th century.

Cannon had a breakthrough in his art career in the early 1970s, after serving for two years in the Vietnam war. His colorful imagery typically features stylized depictions of American Indians. It reflects a wide range of social, political and cultural influences including the civil rights movement in the United States, new figuration movements in art of the 1970s, film and pop art. The exhibition features work from his mature Santa Fe period and includes a majority of his most iconic paintings including Self Portrait in the Studio, Chief Watching and Grandmother Gestating Father.

T.C. Cannon, Self Portrait in the Studio, 1975, oil on canvas.
From the Nancy and Richard Bloch Collection.
Reproduced by permission of the Estate of T.C. Cannon. 2017 Estate of T.C. Cannon

“The Bloch’s collection represents the finest collection, public or private, of Cannon’s work,” says David M. Roche, Heard Museum director and CEO. “It’s an honor, and a true thrill, to introduce these paintings, many of which haven’t been shown publicly for more than 25 years, to a whole new generation of people.”

Cannon is often referred to as the “James Dean” of the American Indian art world. Like Dean, Cannon was charismatic and gifted. He was also tragically killed at the young age of 31. A primary goal of the exhibit is to bring new attention to an under-recognized artist and make the case for including his work in the broader narrative of American art.

The exhibit will also feature woodblock prints, lithographs and drawings by Cannon. Visitors will be able to page digitally through Cannon’s sketchbook that contains drawings and poems as well as song lyrics. A video remembrance of Cannon from the Colores series by the New Mexico PBS station KNME-TV will accompany the exhibition.

At the same time, two related exhibitions will open at the Heard Museum. “Lines and Codes” traces the history of Plains Indian drawing from which Cannon’s work emerged. And “It’s Your Turn” provides family-friendly activities inspired by the Cannon exhibit suitable for children eight years and up.


Of God and Mortal Men: Masterworks by T.C. Cannon 

Oct. 7, 2017 – April 15, 2018

Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

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Heard Museum Explores Navajo Sacred Mountains

Phoenix multidisciplinary artist Steven Yazzie of Navajo, Laguna and European descent, returns to the Heard Museum. Yazzie’s new show, Black White Blue Yellow, is an immersive four-channel video and sound installation, highlighting the connection between the Diné (Navajo people) and the four sacred mountains that border their territory.

Each sacred mountain is associated with a symbolic color: Hesperus Mountain or Dibé Nitsaa, Colo., sacred mountain of the North commonly called “big sheep” is associated with the color black; Blanca Peak or Sisnaajiní, Colo., sacred mountain of the East commonly called “the dawn” or “white shell mountain” is associated with the color white; Mount Taylor or Tsoodził, N.M.,  sacred mountain of the South commonly called “turquoise mountain” or “blue bead” is associated with the color blue;
 San Francisco Peak or Dook’o’oosłííd, Ariz., sacred mountain of the West commonly called “the summit which never melts” or “abalone shell mountain” is associated with the color yellow.

Black White Blue Yellow is a journey to sacred land and space, the source of cultural continuities: indigenous knowledge, mystery, discovery, fear, connection and exploitation by contemporary societies. The show is a culmination of video and sound documentation that brings the viewer into the complexities of these geographies in a temporal conceptual experience, designed to touch on the mountain’s symbolic nature residing deep within our human memory.


Jacobson Gallery, Heard Museum


The Heard Museum is teaming up with Rooted Community Yoga Project offering the opportunity for visitors to practice yoga “in” the exhibit. The in-gallery yoga experience will be held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month through Oct. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., in the Jacobson Gallery.


Black White Blue Yellow

Exhibition: Through Oct. 15
Yoga Sessions: Aug. 12 and 26, Sept. 9 and 23, Oct. 14; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

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Heard Museum Set to Host Iconic ‘Frida’ Exhibit

Heard Museum visitors will have a rare opportunity to see masterpieces by 20th century Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera when the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit opens April 11 in Phoenix. This will be the only North American stop on a limited world tour that began in October at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

The 33 works will be exhibited at the Heard Museum in the newly opened Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grand Gallery.

Diego Rivera, Calla Lily Vendor, 1943.
2016 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F.
Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and the INBA.

Shown through Aug. 20, the works are from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. They will include Kahlo’s Self Portrait with Monkeys and Diego on My Mind, and Rivera’s Calla Lily Vendor and Sunflowers. The Gelmans were Mexican-based European émigrés who were friends of Kahlo and Rivera.

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera at the Heard will provide our visitors a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience firsthand some of the most famous and iconic paintings ever created,” says David M. Roche, Heard Museum director and CEO. “This exhibit further allows the museum to explore the intersection of American Indian art with broader mainstream artistic movements such as Surrealism and Modernism.”

In addition to the paintings, more than 70 photographs taken by Edward Weston, Lola Alvarez Bravo and Guillermo Kahlo, Frida Kahlo’s father, among others, offer a look into the artists’ lives and tumultuous relationship. This will be the second exhibit in the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grand Gallery, the Heard Museum’s first new gallery in 11 years. The museum is teaming up with local businesses including presenting sponsor, Bank of America and supporting sponsor, PetSmart, Inc.

“We are committed to artistic diversity that helps unite communities by fostering an understanding and appreciation for art that makes Phoenix such a great place to live and work,” says Benito Almanza, Phoenix market president at Bank of America. “We are proud of our collaboration with the Heard Museum and especially pleased to share the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibition that we hope will educate and inspire.”

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

April 11 – Aug. 20

Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

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Phoenix Art Museum Explores Samurai Culture

On March 1, Phoenix Art Museum opened “Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection,” a traveling exhibition taking visitors on a journey back in time to discover the history, culture and pageantry of the revered and feared Japanese samurai warriors.

The exhibition, organized by The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum – The Samurai Collection in Dallas, features more than 140 objects of warrior regalia, with full suits of armor, helmets and masks, weapons, horse tack and other battle gear. It is the largest and most comprehensive collection of its kind outside of Japan.

Jinbaori (surcoat), mid Edo period, 18th century. Wool, silk, brocade.

“We are excited to present to our community this remarkable collection of samurai,” says Amada Cruz, Sybil Harrington Director and CEO of Phoenix Art Museum, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view objects of such exquisite craftsmanship and historical importance from samurai culture, enabling us to bring a taste of the wider world to our diverse communities.”

The exhibition traces the evolution of the distinctive appearance and equipment of the samurai through the centuries and examines the warriors’ history through works of consummate craftsmanship and exquisite design. During the centuries covered by the exhibition, warfare evolved from combat between small bands of equestrian archers to the clash of vast armies of infantry and cavalry equipped with swords, spears and even matchlock guns. Arms and armor were needed in unprecedented quantities, and craftsmen responded with an astonishingly varied array of armor that was both functional and visually spectacular, a celebration of the warrior’s prowess.

Dr. Janet Baker, the museum’s curator of Asian art, emphasized the exhibition’s wide-ranging appeal. “Visitors with a variety of interests, from military history to Japanese culture, will find something compelling in these objects.” She cited the unique opportunity for museum visitors to deepen their understanding of a historical culture whose presence lives on in the popular imagination.

Samurai regalia and culture is known to have influenced many elements of modern popular culture, from anime to Star Wars. “This exhibition allows us to explore the lives of historical figures who still fascinate us but whom we may not fully understand, whose way of life and approach to the world encompassed far more than responsibilities on the battlefield. To experience these objects in person is to broaden not only our knowledge of history, but of our cultural present and its perspective on the past.”

Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection

March 1 – July 16

Phoenix Art Museum (Steele Gallery), 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

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Sojourner Center CEO Appointed to State Domestic Violence Commission

Sojourner Center CEO Dr. María E. Garay-Serratos has been appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey to the Governor’s Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women. Garay-Serratos has dedicated her career to addressing domestic violence as a public health epidemic.

The commission is tasked with developing legislative and policy recommendations with regard to preventing violence against women, as well as expanding on successful prevention initiatives and coordinating and expanding services for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Garay-Serratos joins 21 other commissioners from across the state, each appointed by the governor. “I’m honored to work alongside such distinguished experts, advocates and professionals,” Garay-Serratos says. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to serve my fellow citizens and support he advancement of policies and programs that prevent violence against women.”

She has served as CEO of Phoenix-based Sojourner Center since 2014. Garay-Serratos is also the director of the Sojourner Center Institute. Prior to joining Sojourner Center, she served as a senior advisor to the Good Shepard Shelter in Los Angeles, a domestic violence shelter. Throughout her career, Dr. Garay-Serratos has been an outspoken and tireless advocate for understanding the roots of domestic violence and for pursuing innovative methods to prevent it.


Arizona Science Center Opens Immersive Shark Exhibition

Years of fishing pressure and media misrepresentation have pushed the shark to the brink of extinction. Arizona Science Center hosts a new exhibition Planet Shark: Predator or Prey running Feb. 5, through May 29, offering education and awareness about one of the ocean’s oldest predator.

Planet Shark: Predator or Prey takes visitors on a journey into the underwater world of sharks. Cutting-edge SENSORY4 technology provides a walk-through, multi-sensory cinematic gallery experience that leaves the viewer deeply immersed in the life of this impressive yet misunderstood animal. Guests can trace millions of years of evolution, come face-to-face with the great white shark and gain respect for the shark species.

“We are thrilled to feature this exhibition which offers our guests a better understanding of sharks through a fully interactive, entertaining experience. Sharks have a significant role in our ocean ecosystem and predate dinosaurs, insects and mammals,” says Chevy Humphrey, Hazel A. Hare President and Arizona Science Center CEO.


Predator or Prey feat


The creative team behind Planet Shark: Predator or Prey is Grande Exhibitions, an Australian-based producer of museum-quality exhibitions. This engaging exhibition was produced with assistance from experts in the fields of sharks, aquariums and ocean cinematography. The show includes shark models cast from real animals, a large collection of teeth and jaws, and rare fossils up to 370 million years old.

Planet Shark: Predator or Prey, located on level 3 in the Sybil B. Harrington Galleries, is supported by APS and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.

Planet Shark: Predator or Prey

Feb. 5 – May 29

Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix

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St. Joseph’s Foundation Announces New President

Terri Hoffman has been named president of St. Joseph’s Foundation, where she is responsible for developing and directing philanthropic fundraising for Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, UA Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s and St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center.

Founded in 1895, Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center is one of the largest hospitals in Arizona and attracts patients from around the world. The hospital’s Norton Thoracic Institute includes one of the top lung transplant programs in the nation. Last year, the hospital had more than 28,000 admissions and 84,000 emergency room visits. St. Joseph’s Westgate is located in Glendale and the UA Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s opened in downtown Phoenix in 2015.

Hoffman has been an integral member of Dignity Health’s philanthropy team for five years, playing a vital role in the success of many fundraising initiatives benefiting research, medical education and patient care at St. Joseph’s and Barrow Neurological Institute. For the past three years, she has served as vice president of development for St. Joseph’s Foundation and Barrow Neurological Foundation and has provided leadership to a team that raised more than $50 million during her tenure.

“Terri is an outstanding leader, supporter and advocate for St. Joseph’s,” says Patty White, president and CEO of Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. “Her tireless philanthropy work on behalf of the hospital has been remarkable and has benefited the organization and our thousands of patients. I anticipate that Terri will take the St. Joseph’s Foundation to even greater levels of success.”

Hoffman has 20-plus years’ experience in strategic development and direct fundraising. Her experiences include fundraising for both small local and large national organizations through personal solicitation and corporate partnerships.

She began her career with Dignity Health first as manager of donor acquisition and engagement at St. Joseph’s Foundation, Barrow Neurological Foundation and Dignity Health Foundation East Valley, before serving as a successful director of the Health & Wealth Raffle.

Prior to joining the Dignity Health family, she operated her own political consulting business, serving clients from multiple states including Arizona, Illinois, Texas and Georgia as well as Washington, D.C.  Hoffman is an Arizona native and graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in political science.


Foundation for Senior Living Receives $100K Grant

The Foundation for Senior Living has received 10 $10,000 grants from The Sunny Plumber. The money will be given monthly December 2016 through September 2017 in support of local senior home safety and improvement efforts. The purpose is to help FSL service seniors in the community by providing essential repairs to their homes.

“As we experience our own parents aging, we became more aware of the needs many seniors, who live on limited fixed incomes, have to fix severe problems in their homes,” says Gary Eisenhauer, general manager at The Sunny Plumber.

FSL supports qualifying seniors whose homes are in need of repairs and renovations. FSL manages the full cycle repair to include funding, contracting and permitting. These improvements enable seniors to continue to live safely and with dignity in their homes.

The first donation from The Sunny Plumber took place Dec. 5, 2016, and has already been put to use laying a new pipe and water meter for an FSL client. FSL will administer the funds directly.



Esperança Receives Thunderbird Charities $10K Grant

Esperança has received a $10,000 grant from the Thunderbirds Charities to support the organization’s Salud con Sabor Latino (Health with a Latin Flavor) program. The support will allow Esperança in 2017 to provide nutrition and physical-activity education to 60 uninsured/underinsured children and 60 parents living in poverty within the Phoenix metropolitan area and advanced education on physical activity with an introduction to urban patio garden to 30 parents who have already participated in the nutrition and physical-activity course.

“We are so appreciative of the grant from Thunderbirds Charities,” says James Hoyt, Experança president and CEO. “In Arizona, 33.9 percent of Latino adults and 30.6 percent of children 2 to 5 whose families participate in WIC are obese. The rate for families living at less than 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level is an astounding 53.3 percent, and Esperança’s Salud con Sabor Latino program is directly benefiting those families and providing much-needed support and education.”

Salud con Sabor Latino participants are primarily Spanish-speaking Latinos. The long-term health consequences of individuals living with lack of health education and resources will impact a child’s ability to learn and attend school, a mother’s ability to work and provide income, and a family’s ability to thrive.

Thunderbird Charities is the charitable arm of the Phoenix Thunderbirds. Its purpose is to grant funds raised by the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Thunderbird Charities’ mission is to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in our communities.

MIM Unveils New CMA Awards Display

Musical Instrument Museum recently unveiled a new display celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Association Awards, the longest-running annual music awards program on television. MIM worked closely with the CMA to create the exhibit, which features instruments on loan from several CMA Musician of the Year nominees and winners.

CMA CEO Sarah Trahern traveled from Nashville to attend the display opening, along with singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hunter Hayes, who spoke at the unveiling. The display, which is located in MIM’s Artist Gallery, showcases some of the legends of country music and will rotate on a periodic basis.

The initial installment of the CMA Awards display highlights instruments owned and used by some of the most respected musicians in country music, including the vintage Fender electric guitar that seven-time CMA Awards winner Roy Clark used on his 1962 debut album The Lightning Fingers of Roy Clark. The fiddle that seven-time CMA Awards-winner Mark O’Connor played on hundreds of Nashville recording sessions is also featured, as well as a dobro from Jerry Douglas, three-time Musician of the Year winner.

Winners of the CMA Awards are chosen by their peers. Country legends Eddy Arnold, Loretta Lynn and Chet Atkins were among the inaugural CMA Awards-winners in 1967. Since then, “Country Music’s Biggest Night” has continued to showcase the sounds, styles and artists that define country music history while charting its future course.

In the spirit of encouraging artists of the future, children from Rosie’s House, the music academy for underserved youth of Greater Phoenix, performed prior to the display unveiling. Rosie’s House is one of two organizations in the Valley that receive grants from the CMA Foundation; Phoenix Conservatory of Music is the other recipient.

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Sarah Trahern (CMA CEO), Hunter Hayes (artist), April Salomon (MIM Executive Director) and Neal Spielberg (Spielberg Entertainment)


Country Music Association Awards Display

Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix

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2017 Devour Culinary Classic

The Devour Culinary Classic, formerly known as the Devoured Culinary Classic, is a week-long annual culinary celebration hosted by Devour Phoenix, Local First Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum, and Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. The festival will be held Feb. 26 through March 5, 2017, with a series of events celebrating Arizona’s culinary talents at several venues in Phoenix.

The goal of the event is to showcase Arizona’s culinary talent as well as its fine food and drink producers and purveyors, while furthering metro Phoenix as a dining destination worthy of national and international prestige.

The main event, the Devour Culinary Classic, will be held on Sat., March 4, and Sun., March 5, at Phoenix Art Museum. The Dorrance Sculpture Garden will come alive with tastings of food, wine, beer and cocktails, as well as cooking demonstrations and interactive stations where attendees will have the opportunity to meet and interact with Arizona chefs.


2016 attendees. PHOTO BY MARK SKALNY


As Phoenix’s food scene evolves and continues to gain national attention, the Devour Culinary Classic will introduce the following changes and additions to reflect its growth:

  • The Devour Excellence Awards – The premier of the Devour Excellence Awards will feature special guest judges Adam Erace (award-winning food writer and Food Network personality), Barbara Fenzl (host of Arizona PBS cooking shows and founder of Les Gourmettes Cooking School), Cheryl Alters Jamison (four-time James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and host of Heating It Up on KVSF 101.5 and The Voice of Santa Fe Listen Live), Corby Kummer (James Beard Award-winning author, senior editor of The Atlantic and Boston Magazine), and Carey Polis (web editor for Bon Appetit). Judges will be on site to determine four awards to 2017 participants: Excellence in Innovation, Excellence in Taste, Excellence in Presentation and Excellence in Distinction.
  • Culinary demonstrations and workshops – Culinary demonstrations and taste workshops will be present this year, featuring chefs and beverage experts showcasing their talents in collaboration with favorite Arizona food makers and their goods.
  • New restaurants invited to participate – The Devour Culinary Classic has expanded its outreach efforts to include more of the new and diverse restaurants that have opened their doors in the last year. Confirmed new participants include Joe’s Midnight RunMichael Goldsmith’s restaurant, formerly chef at Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn; CRUjente Tacos, a new concept opened by Rich Hinojosa formerly chef at The Wigwam, Nico Heirloom Kitchen, new concept by Gio Osso of Virtu; and Helio Basin Brewery, one of the newest additions to Phoenix’s craft beer scene.
  • Expanded Local Foods Experience – Introduced at last year’s Devour Culinary Classic, the Local Foods Experience is a tool that highlights local food producers that many of the Devour chefs use on a regular basis, and put an emphasis on the importance of sourcing food locally.


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Since having grown into a week-long culinary experience, the Devour Culinary Classic now features a series of pre-events including: the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition, 7 Chef Singh Along, and Palette to Palate.

  • The Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition | Sun., Feb. 26, 2017, at DeSoto Central Market in Phoenix.
  • The 7 Chef Singh Along | Wed., March 1, 2017,. at Singh Farms’ new location in Tempe.
  • Palette to Palate | Thurs., March 2, 2017, in downtown Phoenix.


Tickets for the eighth annual Devour Culinary Classic will go on sale in limited release on Mon., Nov. 21, and to the public on Mon., Nov. 28.

General admission tickets include unlimited access to food and beverage sampling throughout the event, as well as any event programming including chef demonstrations. Devour Culinary Classic ticket holders will also receive free general admission and discount admission for special exhibitions at Phoenix Art museum such as Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, The Propeller Group, Self-Published Photobooks, and Horacio Zabala: Mapping the Monochrome.

In addition to these benefits, VIP ticket holders will have exclusive access to the general tasting area a full hour before general admission ticket holders. VIP benefits also include a parking pass at the museum and access to private lounge areas featuring exclusive chef access, menu tastings, cocktail samplings.


Devour Culinary Classic

Feb. 26 – March 5, 2017

Devour Culinary Classic (main event): Sat., March 4, and Sun., March 5, at Phoenix Art Museum.

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7th Annual Buckles & Bangles

Buckles & Bangles, UMOM’s fundraising dinner with a Western vibe, raised $320,000 to provide programs and services to homeless families. Suzanne Pearl and Carol Warner co-chaired the Oct. 28 event at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. Three hundred ninety guests attended this seventh annual event.

The evening honored Nita and Phil Francis with the Heart for the Homeless Award for their commitment and dedication to UMOM and Midwestern University as its Five Star Corporate Partner.

Dave Pratt served as emcee for the evening, and auctioneer Letitia Frye guests bidding in the live auction, especially when it came time to auction an adorable Maltese mix puppy donated by the Arizona Humane Society.

Following dinner, guests danced to the music of the band Mogollon.


October 28, 2016 - Buckles and Bangles benefit for UMOM at Camelback Inn.

Left, Maltese mix donated by the Arizona Humane Society. Right, guests draws a cork in the wine pull.

October 28, 2016 - Buckles and Bangles benefit for UMOM at Camelback Inn.

The wine pull

October 28, 2016 - Buckles and Bangles benefit for UMOM at Camelback Inn.

Douig Aitken, Tiffany and Co.; with Darlene Newsom, UMOM CEO; and Dr. Kathleen Goeppinger, president/CEO Midwestern University

October 28, 2016 - Buckles and Bangles benefit for UMOM at Camelback Inn.

Emcee Dave Pratt

October 28, 2016 - Buckles and Bangles benefit for UMOM at Camelback Inn.

Entertainment by Mogollon

October 28, 2016 - Buckles and Bangles benefit for UMOM at Camelback Inn.

Auctioneer Letitia Frye


Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Names New CEO

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, serving Phoenix and the West Valley, has appointed Marcia Mintz its new CEO. Mintz was selected by the organization’s board of directors following an extensive national search.

She joins BGCMP with more than 20 years’ nonprofit leadership experience. Most recently, she served as the president of the John C. Lincoln Health Foundation and senior vice president of community benefit programs and services at HonorHealth. She has also served as the chief development officer of Valley of the Sun United Way. Prior to that, she worked in the Bay Area for a multi-use residential and recreational campus and eight years in global program development.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to lead a great organization with a strong name and reputation for empowering youth and teens in our most underserved neighborhoods,” says Mintz. “I look forward to working together with the BGCMP team and board, as well as local leaders and supporters, to ensure a successful future for each and every one of our club members.”

Mintz holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Arizona, Eller School of Management, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University.

She will replace Amy Gibbons, who is retiring on Dec. 30 after serving BGCMP for 18 years.


WISP hosts ‘A Night to Remember’

Peter Fine

Peter Fine

Women Inspiring Scientific Progress (WISP) hosted A Night to Remember on Oct. 22 in CREATE at the Arizona Science Center. Banner Health President and CEO Peter Fine welcomed guests who gathered to celebrate 10 years of Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and enjoyed brain-stimulating activities and mingling with other friends of Banner Health.

Urban Electra provided the evening’s entertainment.

Proceeds from the event will help further the mission of ending Alzheimer’s disease while delivering the highest standard of care for patients and families.




Phyllis Kirk and Drew Clark

Phyllis Kirk and Drew Clark

Michael Jordan Photography

Urban Electra


Bienvenue to the Discovery France Series

Each year, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Discovery Series takes audiences on an artistic journey to a different part of the world. Spectators have had the opportunities to explore the arts and cultures of the following nations: Australia and New Zealand (2011-12), India (2012-13), Brazil (2013-14), Spain and Portugal (2014-15), United Kingdom and Ireland (2015-16).

This year France will be honored with a year-long celebration of French arts and culture, starting Oct. 22, 2016, with Piaf! The Show through March 26, 2017, with the OrigiNation festival.

Embracing a multitude of artistic disciplines, the Discovery Series extends throughout the center’s 2016–17 season and includes performances, events, exhibitions and a spring culmination festival.


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Baking French – Rigueur and Recipes, with Eugenia Theodosopoulos
Sun., Jan. 22, 2017

Piaf! The Show
Performed by Anne Carrere
Sat., Oct. 22, 2016, 8 p.m.

Satirizing French Society
The Art of Honoré Daumier
Wed., Nov. 2, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Sea-lore of Old France
Melusine’s Magic and New World Cousins
Mon., Nov. 28, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Paris Collection
Fashion 1984 to Now
Wed., Dec. 7, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

How the French Think
Revolution and Sex
With historians Kent Wright and Rachel Fuchs
Thurs., Jan. 12, 2017, 6 p.m.

The Ninth Arts
French Comics
With ASU Professor Enrico Minardi
Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, 6 p.m.

Baking French
(Culinary event/Demonstration)
Rigueur and Recipes
With Eugenia Theodosopoulos, owner and chef of Essence Bakery
Sun., Jan. 22, 2017, 3 p.m.

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Nouvelle Vague – French Cinema and Culture
Wed., Feb. 1, 2017

Nouvelle Vague
(Screening and discussion)
French Cinema and Culture
With Dennita Sewell, Jason Scott,
Claudine Villardito, Sloane McFarland and Morgan Evans.
Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 6 p.m.

Parks and Arts
Paris’ Greenspaces
Thurs., Feb. 9, 2017, 6 p.m.

Tour de France (Culinary event/Demonstration)
Wine and Cheese Tasting
Tues., Feb. 21, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Tour de France – Wine and Cheese Tasting
Tues., Feb. 21, 2017

A French Musical Feast
(Performance and Discussion)
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel
Tues., Feb. 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Paris’ Districts
The Inspiration for the Aimée Leduc Series
Thurs., March 9, 2017, 6 p.m.

Chef Jacques Pépin & Claudine Pépin
Demonstration and Conversation
Sat., March 25, 2017, 8 p.m.

A Festival of Native Cultures
Sun., March 26, 2017, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Discovery France Series

Oct. 22, 2016 – March 26, 2017

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

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Phoenix Chorale Names New President and CEO

Jen Rogers has been appointed the new president and CEO of Phoenix Chorale. She successfully led the organization last season as its interim president and CEO.

During that time, Rogers implemented a new business model and operational structure for the 58-year-old organization, posted record ticket sales and fundraising activities for the 2015/2016 season and recently launched its ambitious 2016/17 season.

Beginning with the Phoenix Chorale in 2008, Rogers’ primary role was to focus on marketing and branding the Chorale’s concerts and recordings, improving the patron experience and expanding community engagement activities. As vice president of marketing and communications, her approach resulted in a 99 percent increase in overall ticket sales, with a 157 percent increase in subscriptions and 79 percent increase in single tickets. Her outreach initiatives have ranged from free open rehearsals during the First Friday Art Walk to concert trailers, flash mobs and film screenings to a worldwide streaming event and more.

A champion and advisor for many nonprofit performing arts organizations across the Valley, Rogers currently chairs the music committee for Roosevelt Row CDC and serves as an associate director for The Nash, Arizona’s jazz education center. She also regularly advises Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children along with several area choral organizations including the Phoenix Girls Chorus, choral ensemble Helios and Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix. She was recently accepted into the 2016/17 Class of Valley Leadership.

“Jen is such an advocate for choral music and is so forward-thinking when it comes to ways to develop new audiences and engage the community. To find a partner who feels the power of this music to her very core, who understands artists and the special relationship they have with audiences, and one who is an exceptional communicator and organizer  . . . that is a rare combination,” says Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Chorale artistic director.


Musical ‘In The Heights’ to Premiere at Phoenix Theatre

From the famed creator of the Broadway musical, Hamilton, comes the Tony Award-winning season opener for Phoenix TheatreIn The Heights.

Described by the Chicago Sun-Times as “West Side Story for a new generation,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first musical tells the universal story of a vibrant community on the brink of change. It’s a place full of faith, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggle can be determining which traditions you keep and which ones you leave behind.

In the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, a young storeowner (Usnavi, played by Pasha Yamotahari) watches the joys and heartbreaks of his community as they pass through his bodega.

Blending hip-hop, jazz, salsa and merengue, this Tony Award-winning musical exuberantly celebrates values we all share.

Usnavi, played by Pasha Yamatohari, owner of a small bodega in Washington Heights.

Usnavi, played by Pasha Yamatohari, owner of a small bodega in Washington Heights.

In The Heights

Sept. 7 – Oct. 2, 2016

Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix

For more information or to buy tickets, visit or call  602-254-2151.

AWEE Names Development Officer

Brad Harris has been named vice president, chief development officer at Arizona Women’s Education & Employment (AWEE).

A development professional with more than 25 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector, Harris began his new role at AWEE on Aug. 1.

“Brad’s depth of experience and expertise will be vital in expanding our development and fund-raising outreach as AWEE broadens its reach and impact as the leading nonprofit workforce development nonprofit agency in Maricopa County,” says Marie Sullivan, AWEE president and CEO.

Previously, Harris, a north Phoenix resident, was associate director of development-individual giving with the Seattle Opera. He also spent three years as major gift officer at the Pacific Science Center and was development officer for major gifts at the Seattle Art Museum. He also had served as executive director of literacy Kansas City.

Harris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Kansas and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® designation from The American College of Financial Services.

He is a member of the Planned Giving Round Table of Arizona and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Phoenix Chapter.

Scottsdale Cultural Council Appoints New Development Director

Scottsdale Cultural Council has appointed Kathryn Joyce as its new director of development. A former Arizonan, Joyce brings an extensive background in fundraising for nonprofit organizations, higher education and the arts that spans 23 years.

Joyce is the principal and founder of Philanthropic Resources, a comprehensive development consulting practice based in Santa Fe, N.M., where she advised a variety of nonprofits and performing artists. She previously served as director of planned giving, corporate and foundation relations at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, Calif.; director of major gifts and planned giving at the Dallas Museum of Art; senior director of development at the University of North Texas, where she oversaw the fundraising efforts for the College of Visual Arts and Design and three other colleges; and director of parent giving at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Joyce spent 14 years living and working in Arizona and was executive director of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra for three seasons. She has also served as the volunteer president of the Arizona Orchestra Association and a senior grants panelist for the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

“Arizona has a vibrant arts community, and the Scottsdale Cultural Council has been a vital partner for the past three decades. It is a pleasure to be part of the team building sustainable support for the essential arts and educational experiences that the organization does so well,” comments Joyce. “The Cultural Council is very fortunate to have strong leadership, from President and CEO Neale Perl to its diverse and experienced board of trustees and advisory boards, along with dedicated staff and volunteers. The organization’s success comes from these amazing people. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, SMoCA and Scottsdale Public Art are poised for growth as they continue to bring their outstanding programming to residents and visitors.”

Beta Dance Festival

Phoenix Center for the Arts, in partnership with nueBOX, presents the third annual beta: an evening of new and exciting dance choreography, Sat., June 11, 2016. The evening will feature innovative and captivating dance works submitted by local dance artists and companies.

Beta seeks to introduce dance supporters in the Phoenix area to new artistic voices of movement in an effort to grow and cultivate the Phoenix dance scene. The event highlights up-and-coming dance artists and provides a unique platform to showcase their work.


Event director Michaela Konzal remarks, “Each year we try to push the envelope further. For the third annual beta, Phoenix Center for the Arts has partnered with nueBOX to offer residencies to selected choreographers. Selected residents will be able to create new dance works or further explore existing pieces.”

“I appreciate that the Beta festival allows for works in progress to be showcased alongside established and completed work,” says Crystal Lewis, beta 2014 and 2015 choreographer. “I think it’s great that it creates another opportunity for local artists to get their work seen, which is always important because it helps to further strengthen the Arizona dance community.”

Last year’s festival showcased the works of Angela Rosenkrans, Chelsea Neiss, Crystal Lewis, Diane McNeal Hunt, Elisa Cavallero, Gina Jurek, Grace Gallagher, Jasmine Stack, Katy Callie, Leanne Schmidt & Company, The Parking Lot Project, Shauna Meredith and Travis Richardson.

beta: an evening of new and exciting dance choreography

June 11, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Phoenix Center for the Arts’ Third Street Theater
1202 N. Third St., Phoenix
More Info/Tickets


Soulful 35th Annual Duet Cabaret Draws Supporters, Jazz Fans

Giving was at an all-time high at the 35th Annual Duet Cabaret fundraising event May 1 at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. The musical affair attracted more than 350 Duet supporters and jazz fans who gathered to enjoy the artistry and musical talents of Diana Lee and Dennis RowlandDuet Partners in Health & Aging helps older adults and their families cope with challenges related to aging.


Rebecca Ailes-Fine and Peter Fine, honorary chairs

Rebecca Ailes-Fine and Peter Fine, honorary chairs

Event chair Wilma Basnett Emerson welcomed guests by sharing how research proves giving reduces blood pressure and stress levels. Guests took this advice to heart and gave a record $123,589 in net proceeds to benefit Duet’s mission to promote health and well-being through a broad range of services to homebound adults, caregivers, faith communities and grandparents raising grandchildren. Duet is a nonprofit, interfaith organization.

Kathleen Graham and John Graham, president and CEO of Sunbelt Holdings, were recognized with the Duet Partners of the Year award. The designation celebrated service and philanthropy that has improved the health and well-being of people across the Valley. Honorary chairs Rebecca Ailes-Fine and Peter S. Fine introduced the Grahams and shared inspiring examples of their personal dedication to improving the lives of people in the community.

Blaise Lantana, music director at KJZZ, served as mistress of ceremonies for the occasion. Rabbi Marty Scharf, former Duet board vice president, served as the auctioneer for the live auction as well as a “Call to Compassion,” where guests generously donated $40,730, in addition to a $10,000 challenge gift by Kathy and Bill Tabinsky.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona was the Inspiration Sponsor.


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Charles Emerson and Wilma Basnett Emerson , event chair

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Donna Polivka

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Jeannine Berg, Dennis Rowland and Linda James Trujillo; Sandi Terry, Duet board president, and Elizabeth Banta, Duet executive director

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Duet Partners of the Year Award Recipients Kathleen and John Graham

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Mary Lou Bessette

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Shehara Smallwood, Lance Decker and Nadine Jimenaz

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Stacey Johnson and Linda Ellingwood

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Tom Englert, and Laura and Rich Kuipers

Children Star at PANDA: “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show and Luncheon

The Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center at the University of Arizona held its 17th annual PANDA “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show and Luncheon on  April 23 at The Phoenician Resort. The event, themed “Not All Heroes Wear Capes,” featured 50 models, live and silent auctions and a raffle. Not surprisingly, each year the children and grandchildren of members steal the runway show.

More than 1,000 guests attended the event, raising a record $1.33 million that will fund the PANDA Personalized Pediatric Medicine Project and endowment.

Sandy Hobbs, Kristi Spiekerman and Lara Polachek co-chaired this year’s luncheon. Alexandra Boyle serves as board president.

PANDA (People Acting Now Discover Answers) was founded by Penny Gunning and Robyn DeBell in 1999. To date, the organization has raised more than $6 million to improve treatments and cures for devastating childhood diseases as well as fund and recruit internationally recognized pediatric physicians and scientists to Arizona, providing local families with the most cutting-edge medical care.


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Joaquin and Robert Henry Pastor; Rory Commito

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Lara Polachek, Sandy Hobbs, Robyn DeBell, Dr. Fayez Ghishan, Penny Gunning, Kristi Spiekerman and Alexandra Boyle

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Superman Thomas Monthofer with superheroes

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Jacquie Dorrance with Stevie and Karl Eller

Luncheon of Champions Hits One Out of the Park for Phoenix Art Museum

The 2016 Luncheon of Champions on March 8 blended the love of baseball with a passion for supporting exhibition programming and art education at Phoenix Art Museum.

The event, attended by 267 guests, featured the limited engagement exhibition The Ultimate Collection, featuring 40 iconic baseball cards from the collection of Ken Kendrick, managing general partner of the Arizona DiamondbacksRobert Manfred, commissioner of Major League Baseball, and Bud Selig, commissioner emeritus, were the keynote speakers. They participated in an onstage interview by “Mr. Baseball” Bob Uecker, a retired Major League Baseball player who later became a sportscaster, comedian and actor. Uecker was given the title of “Mr. Baseball” by Johnny Carson. Since 1971, Eucker has served as a play-by-play announcer for Milwaukee Brewers radio broadcasts.

Among the guests were retired athletes Alvan Adams, Phoenix Art Museum Board member and retired Phoenix Suns player; MLB pitcher Cisco Carlos; MLB infielder Lou Klimchock; and Milwaukee Brewers player Robin Yount.

Kendrick, Howard Katz and Selig served as honorary chairmen for the luncheon. Paul Groves, executive director, Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, and Tim Jones, executive director, JP Morgan Private Bank, co-chaired the event.


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Dick Monfort chats with Bob Uecker

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Nancy Hanley with Sue and Bud Selig

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Howard Katz, Bud Selig and Bob Uecker

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The luncheon tables

Ken Kendrick speaks with Alvan Adams and Gilbert Vicario, Phoenix Art Museum chief curator

Ken Kendrick speaks with Alvan Adams and Gilbert Vicario, Phoenix Art Museum chief curator

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Jane Jozoff, Phoenix Art Museum trustee, with guests

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A light moment onstage with Bob Uecker and Robert Manfred

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John Lewis

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Dennis Robbins

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Michael Greenbaum, Phoenix Art Museum trustee

Robin Yount and guest

Robin Yount and guest

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Amada Cruz, the Sybil Harrington Director Phoenix Art Museum, enjoys a lighter moment along with luncheon guests.

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Russ Sigler and Bill Sigler

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Ken Kendrick and Don Diamond

ASU Gammage Hosts ‘Gammy & Jerry’ Awards Dinner to Honor Theater-Supporting Superstars

ASU Gammage honored two families for the contributions to the arts community at the Gammy and Jerry Awards Dinner on March 21 at the ASU Gammage.

The 2016 Gammy Award recipient is the Cerveris family, including Dr. Michael Cerveris, Michael Cerveris, Todd Cerveris  and Marisa Cerveris, with a special recognition to Marsha Cerveris Quinn.

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Dr. Michael Cerveris accepts the Gammy Award from Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, ASU Gammage executive director, alongside Marisa, Michael and Todd Cerveris.

The father of Michael, Todd and Marisa, Dr. Michael Cerveris trained at the Juilliard School of Music and was previously a faculty member at ASU. Son Michael is a two-time TONY Award-winner, has achieved legend status on Broadway and as a guitarist. He has starred in shows such as Sweeney Todd, LoveMusik, Assassins, Evita, and most recently, Fun Home. Todd received his bachelor’s degree from Yale and obtained an MFA in acting from the University of California, San Diego. His career has been in regional theater and national tours, including performances at Gammage in Twelve Angry Men, Spring Awakening and War Horse. At age 17, Marisa received a full scholarship to The School of American Ballet and was a member of the acclaimed New York City Ballet and a dancer on Broadway before moving into fashion design.

Mary and Bill Way were honored with the 2016 Jerry Award. The Valley philanthropists are members of the ASU Gammage 50th Anniversary Leadership Board, with Mary serving as co-chair. Mary has a board position with Southwest Shakespeare Company, and Bill serves as a trustee of Whitman College, Phoenix Art Museum, the Nature Conservancy, the National Advisory Council for Marriott School of Business and the School of Life project. The Jerry Award is named for the late Jerry Appell, who was one of ASU Gammage’s most ardent supporters and posthumously received the award last year.

The Gammy and Jerry Awards Dinner is part of the ASU Gammage Golden Gammage Initiative, a $16.2 million capital campaign to sustain the landmark performing arts center for future generations. The initiative includes a capital-improvements fund to ensure ASU Gammage meets the needs of today’s patrons, including plans for restroom expansion, accessibility improvements and a revamped sound system. It also includes a programming endowment.



Rosie’s House Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children, has scheduled a full slate of events in celebration of its 20th anniversary during 2016.

Founded as “The Christmas House” in 1996 by German immigrant Rosie and her late husband Woody Schurz, who renovated a South Phoenix home to create a safe place for neighborhood children to receive free music lessons, the name was changed to Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children in 2002.

sidebarThe first year, 45 students took lessons. Today, more than 400 students between 4 and 18 years benefit from the power of music education each year. Rosie’s House is one of the largest free community music schools nationwide and in 2015 received a Certificate of Excellence from the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Annually, Rosie’s House offers 12,000 free private and group training lessons in strings, woodwinds, brass, classical guitar, piano and voice, and provides instruments from bassoons to upright pianos. Rosie’s House also offers ensemble training in Mariachi and choir.

“Rosie’s House was founded on the belief that music education helps students build self-esteem, learn rigor and teamwork and become creative thinkers. We see that growth every day among our current students, graduates and alumni who consistently speak to the values they learned and the impact of the education on their lives,” says Becky Ballard, executive and artistic director.

Rosie’s House graduates are teaching music or are pursuing careers in a range of industries from nursing to law. Consistently, 96 percent of graduating students attend college, the majority being first-generation college students. Alumni attribute their success to the life skills they learned through music.

Isidro Alvarez, who graduated in 2008, is now the band director at Irene Lopez School in the Roosevelt School District, where he also teaches general music to students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

“Dedication, confidence and teamwork contribute to having a successful program,” he says. “I can’t see myself anywhere else. I simply love it and am proud to have gone through the Rosie’s House program.”

Herberger Theater Center Names iTheatre Collaborative as New Resident Company

The Herberger Theater has added a new resident company, iTheatre Collaborative. The company was established to produce and cultivate theatrical experiences that capture and galvanize the local community, building a national reputation for imagination, innovation and inclusion.

As a resident theater company, iTC will continue to produce smaller scale works that focus on the story and artists’ performance in the Herberger Theater’s intimate black box theater space, The Kax Stage, located on Van Buren Street between Second and Third streets.

iTC was born on the idea that live theater is an opportunity to affect both audience and artist. The work if iTC has garnered rave reviews, critical and popular acclaim and national attention. It has produced numerous regional and world premieres and is committed to utilizing and employing the artistic talent of Phoenix-area actors, directors and designers.

iTC will have scheduling preference when booking the Kax Stage each season, but its residency will not preclude other companies or organizations from also booking the space. iTC joins Arizona Theatre Company and Center Dance Ensemble as resident companies of the Herberger Theater Center.

Board of Visitors Flower Girls Bring Hearts and Flowers Together

The Board of Visitors Flower Girls recently learned firsthand what it means to give back to the community by spending time at The Board of Visitors Ryan House, a pediatric respite and palliative care facility. The Flower Girls interacted with patients and learned about Ryan Cottor, the inspiration behind Ryan House.

“The event at The Board of Visitors Ryan House helps those in need and educates the young women selected to be Flower Girls for our Annual Charity Ball about The Board of Visitors commitment to serving the most vulnerable in our community,” says Sydney Fox, chairman of The Board of Visitors.

Valley of the Sun YMCA Receives Arizona Sports Tourism Authority Grant

The Valley of the Sun YMCA was chosen as one of 17 recipients of the 2015 Youth and Amateur Sports Biennial grant from the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority. The organizations receiving the grants span Maricopa County.

The Valley of the Sun YMCA grant of $42,951 will assist with the purchase of sports and aquatic equipment for 11 of the Y’s branches. This is the second time the Y has received the award in the past 10 years. Grants were awarded based on projects serving youth and amateur sports and promoting physical activity, as well as demonstrating financial need, leveraged funding, community partnerships, and a benefit to a local community in Maricopa County.

Rosie’s House Receives $15K Grant from CMA Foundation

Rosie’s House, A Musical Academy for Children, has received a $15,000 grant from the Country Music Awards Foundation to support its free after-school music education program for underserved youth. Rosie’s House is the only Arizona organization to receive grant funding.

The generosity of country artists and fans at CMA Music Festival enabled the CMA Foundation to award $2.68 million in grants to 29 charitable groups. Since 2006, CMA has awarded more than $13.68 million for this cause.

In Arizona, when the average per-pupil expenditure on arts instruction is less than $1, Rosie’s House offer opportunity for youth who need a safe after-school “home.” Overall, Rosie’s House serves 410 students annually through its string, winds, brass, piano, choir and mariachi programs.

Thank You Party Toasts 2015 Heart Ball

The 2015 Heart Ball Committee gathered at the home of Char and Bill Hubble on Dec. 11 to celebrate the success of the Nov. 21 soiree at the Phoenician. The elegant navy and platinum ball raised $1.1 million to benefit the American Heart Association.

The Dec. 11 evening included a musical welcome from a sax and piano ensemble by LauRha Frankfort, and entertainment by Jo and the Birdman. Chef Matt Carter featured cuisine from his three restaurants, Zinc Bistro, House Brasserie and the Mission, for guests to enjoy.

The entertaining space was set in sparkling silver, and Jamie Herzlinger designed a custom 10-foot circular mixology bar covered in fur for the occasion. Guests also enjoyed an oyster and seafood bar as well as guacamole and appetizer carts that circulated throughout the room.

Kimberly Afkhami chaired the 2015 Heart Ball, and Jennifer Carmer will chair the 2016 Heart Ball.

Brent and Jennifer Moser; Charlie Van Dyke and Dr. Ingrid Haas

Brent and Jennifer Moser; Charlie Van Dyke and Dr. Ingrid Haas

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Lisa Geyser, Jennifer Carmer, Nariman and Kimberly Afkhami, Erika Dickey and Paula Wichterman

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Carolyn Jackson, Char Hubble, Jennifer Carmer, Kristine Thompson and Nan Howlett

Libby Cohen and Nan Howlett; Angela Karp and Paula Wichterman

Libby Cohen and Nan Howlett; Angela Karp and Paula Wichterman

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Lisa and Howard Bell; Chrissy and Mark Donnelly with Ann Robb


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