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Valley Leadership Announces 2013 Man & Women of the Year

Valley Leadership announces Gary Trujillo and Ellie Ziegler as the organization’s 2013 Man & Woman of the Year. The pair will be honored for their long-term contribution and commitment to our community at an awards luncheon in March 2014. This will be the 65th Annual Man & Woman of the Year Luncheon.

Trujillo has demonstrated long-term, proactive community leadership in the Valley for nearly four decades.  Known for his unwavering commitment to advancing educational opportunities for Arizona’s underserved students, Trujillo and his wife Melissa founded the      Be A Leader Foundation in 2002.  In 1994, he created Roosevelt Community Technology Center (RCTC) giving underprivileged youth access to state-of-the-art computer and software. Trujillo serves on numerous community boards including Arizona State University Foundation, Arizona College Scholarship Foundation, Arizona Community College Council, Well Fargo Bank Advisory Board, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Business School Latino Alumni Association and Hispanic Business Students Association.  Currently, he is chairman, president and CEO of Southwest Harvard Group Venture Capital.

“Gary embodies Valley Leadership’s mission by advocating and modeling the importance of the life cycle of giving,” said Tom Ambrose, co-chair of this year’s Selection Committee. “He is dedicated to helping others achieve greatness by serving and strengthening their community.”

Ziegler is dedicated to serving multiple philanthropic support and non-profit organizations benefitting education, arts, athletics, Boys and Girls clubs, healthcare and human services.  She is a seasoned marketing and communications professional with a career spanning 25 years working with Valley organizations including Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Jennings & Thompson and Westcor.

She is most known for her leadership with the Fiesta Bowl providing more than 30 years of active volunteerism. In 2006, she led a staff of 28 and 3,000 community volunteers in the execution of three national college Bowl games and 50 statewide events as chairman of the Board.  Ziegler not only gives her time, but commits resources to many worth causes.  She provided the lead gift to raise funds for the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and for Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center’s Campus for Exceptional Children in Phoenix.

Currently, Ziegler is leading scholarship, after school, hunger and family support projects for Boys & Girls Clubs of Phoenix and Scottsdale, United Way and Barrow Neurological Institute.

“Ellie’s innate leadership abilities motivate her fellow citizens to give back to their communities,” said Ambassador Barbara Barrett, Selection Committee co-chair.   “Her selfless service to her community is shining example of what it means to be a Valley Leadership Women of the Year.”

Trujillo and Ziegler join a prestigious list of past Man & Woman of the Year award recipients.  U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater was honored as the inaugural Man of the Year and most recently Tom Ambrose and Ambassador Barbara Barrett were recognized as the 2012 recipients.

The newest inductees will be formally recognized at a luncheon on March 27, 2014, at the Arizona Biltmore. For more information or to purchase seats or sponsorships, call the Valley Leadership office at (602) 952-6760 or visit www.valleyleadership.org.

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Valley Leadership Announces 2013 Man & Women of the Year

Valley Leadership announces Gary Trujillo and Ellie Ziegler as the organization’s 2013 Man & Woman of the Year. The pair will be honored for their long-term contribution and commitment to our community at an awards luncheon in March 2014. This will be the 65th Annual Man & Woman of the Year Luncheon.

Trujillo has demonstrated long-term, proactive community leadership in the Valley for nearly four decades.  Known for his unwavering commitment to advancing educational opportunities for Arizona’s underserved students, Trujillo and his wife Melissa founded the      Be A Leader Foundation in 2002.  In 1994, he created Roosevelt Community Technology Center (RCTC) giving underprivileged youth access to state-of-the-art computer and software. Trujillo serves on numerous community boards including Arizona State University Foundation, Arizona College Scholarship Foundation, Arizona Community College Council, Well Fargo Bank Advisory Board, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Business School Latino Alumni Association and Hispanic Business Students Association.  Currently, he is chairman, president and CEO of Southwest Harvard Group Venture Capital.

“Gary embodies Valley Leadership’s mission by advocating and modeling the importance of the life cycle of giving,” said Tom Ambrose, co-chair of this year’s Selection Committee. “He is dedicated to helping others achieve greatness by serving and strengthening their community.”

Ziegler is dedicated to serving multiple philanthropic support and non-profit organizations benefitting education, arts, athletics, Boys and Girls clubs, healthcare and human services.  She is a seasoned marketing and communications professional with a career spanning 25 years working with Valley organizations including Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Jennings & Thompson and Westcor.

She is most known for her leadership with the Fiesta Bowl providing more than 30 years of active volunteerism. In 2006, she led a staff of 28 and 3,000 community volunteers in the execution of three national college Bowl games and 50 statewide events as chairman of the Board.  Ziegler not only gives her time, but commits resources to many worth causes.  She provided the lead gift to raise funds for the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and for Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center’s Campus for Exceptional Children in Phoenix.

Currently, Ziegler is leading scholarship, after school, hunger and family support projects for Boys & Girls Clubs of Phoenix and Scottsdale, United Way and Barrow Neurological Institute.

“Ellie’s innate leadership abilities motivate her fellow citizens to give back to their communities,” said Ambassador Barbara Barrett, Selection Committee co-chair.   “Her selfless service to her community is shining example of what it means to be a Valley Leadership Women of the Year.”

Trujillo and Ziegler join a prestigious list of past Man & Woman of the Year award recipients.  U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater was honored as the inaugural Man of the Year and most recently Tom Ambrose and Ambassador Barbara Barrett were recognized as the 2012 recipients.

The newest inductees will be formally recognized at a luncheon on March 27, 2014, at the Arizona Biltmore. For more information or to purchase seats or sponsorships, call the Valley Leadership office at (602) 952-6760 or visit www.valleyleadership.org.

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Scottsdale Cultural Council CEO Resigns

Scottsdale Cultural Council President and CEO William H. Banchs has announced his resignation from the nonprofit organization effective August 31. Banchs plans to return to Miami to pursue new professional opportunities.

“During Bill’s five-and-a-half-year tenure he worked successfully to completely restructure and reorganize the Cultural Council’s governance and management, and to strengthen its development programs,” remarked Ellen Andres-Schneider, chair of the board of trustees.

“This was all done in accordance with a new strategic plan he helped to create. These positive developments took place during an unprecedented recession, which occupied the majority of Bill’s tenure. On behalf of the board of trustees, I want to thank Bill for his persistence and determination in bringing about these positive outcomes, which have helped pave the way toward a bright future for the Cultural Council,” Andres-Schneider added.

“I have been very fortunate to have served one of the most comprehensive cultural organizations in the nation. The artistic experiences I have had at the Scottsdale Cultural Council have been on par with the best I have ever seen or heard anywhere,” noted Bill Banchs. “I particularly wish to thank the City of Scottsdale for its commitment to the arts, the Cultural Council staff for its dedication to such high standards of artistic excellence, and the board of trustees for its active engagement and participation in our efforts to strengthen the organization and broaden its audiences and base of private-sector support.”

Banchs began his position with the Scottsdale Cultural Council in January 2008. He previously served as president of the Miami-based National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts for 17 years.

The Cultural Council will appoint an interim CEO and begin a national search for a new president and CEO.

The Scottsdale Cultural Council is contracted by the City of Scottsdale to manage the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art.

Scottsdale Arts Festival

43rd Annual Scottsdale Arts Festival Offers Food, Music and Fun for All Ages

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present the 43rd annual Scottsdale Arts Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 8–10, in Scottsdale Civic Center Park.

The Scottsdale Arts Festival showcases nearly 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the United States and Canada who work in painting, sculpture, glass and ceramics, jewelry, photography and more. Works of art are available for purchase directly from the artists and through the Festival’s online art auction.

Live Music

More than 20 Arizona bands and performers will provide continuous live music and entertainment on two stages throughout the weekend, including:

  • Alan Jones Jazz Quintet
  • The Blues Review Band
  • Carol Pacey and the Honey Shakers
  • C.C. Ryder Express
  • Grantman and the Island Beat
  • Los Guys
  • Mario Moreno and the Ramblers
  • Nancy McCallion and Her Wee Band
  • Ritmo Latino
  • Sugahbeat

Food Trucks

Returning by popular demand, a dozen gourmet food trucks from the Phoenix Street Food Coalition will serve delicious world cuisine. Participating mobile eateries include:

  • The Grilled Cheese Truck
  • Hey Joe! Filipino Street Food
  • Jamburritos Cajun Grill Express
  • Luncha Libre
  • The Maine Lobster Lady
  • Mojo Bowl
  • Paletas Betty
  • Short Leash Hot Dogs
  • Spice it Up, Taste Rite!
  • Tom’s BBQ
  • Whiskey Ranch Wood-Fired Pizzas.

Also on the menu will be tastings of fine wines, beers and spirits courtesy of Young’s Market Company and Deep Eddy Vodka, cocktails and Friday happy-hour specials, and Barrie’s Original Kettle Korn.

Fun for the kids!

In collaboration with the Festival, Scottsdale Public Art will present Pink and Blue Dilemma: The Foam Incident by Baltimore artist Scott Pennington. Fun for kids and adults, this interactive work of art invites visitors to play with imagined ‘industrial waste’ made from non-toxic, water-based soap suds as Pennington’s pink-and-blue-clad ‘technicians’ attempt to contain it. Thirty-minute-long ‘foam incidents’ will occur five times a day throughout the Festival.

Exploring the theme of “The Art of Being a Kid,” Imagine Nation, the Festival’s family area, will offer participants of all ages the opportunity to connect with their inner child and engage their creativity through free arts activities, storytelling, dancing and more.

SMoCA

Throughout the Festival’s three days, admission will be free to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), which features the exhibitions Paolo Soleri: Mesa City to Arcosanti; The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection; and Mashup: New Video Art. Museum visitors will be invited to experience an “Inflatable,” a nomadic tent structure inspired by the Ant Farm, an experimental collective founded in San Francisco in 1968. Hands-on architecture-themed educational activities will be offered as well.

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43RD ANNUAL SCOTTSDALE ARTS FESTIVAL LINEUP OFFERS FUN FOR ALL

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present the 43rd annual Scottsdale Arts Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 8–10, in Scottsdale Civic Center Park.

The Scottsdale Arts Festival showcases nearly 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the United States and Canada who work in painting, sculpture, glass and ceramics, jewelry, photography and more. Works of art are available for purchase directly from the artists and through the Festival’s online art auction.

Live Music

More than 20 Arizona bands and performers will provide continuous live music and entertainment on two stages throughout the weekend, including:

  • Alan Jones Jazz Quintet
  • The Blues Review Band
  • Carol Pacey and the Honey Shakers
  • C.C. Ryder Express
  • Grantman and the Island Beat
  • Los Guys
  • Mario Moreno and the Ramblers
  • Nancy McCallion and Her Wee Band
  • Ritmo Latino
  • Sugahbeat

Food Trucks

Returning by popular demand, a dozen gourmet food trucks from the Phoenix Street Food Coalition will serve delicious world cuisine. Participating mobile eateries include:

  • The Grilled Cheese Truck
  • Hey Joe! Filipino Street Food
  • Jamburritos Cajun Grill Express
  • Luncha Libre
  • The Maine Lobster Lady
  • Mojo Bowl
  • Paletas Betty
  • Short Leash Hot Dogs
  • Spice it Up, Taste Rite!
  • Tom’s BBQ
  • Whiskey Ranch Wood-Fired Pizzas.

Also on the menu will be tastings of fine wines, beers and spirits courtesy of Young’s Market Company and Deep Eddy Vodka, cocktails and Friday happy-hour specials, and Barrie’s Original Kettle Korn.

Fun for the kids!

In collaboration with the Festival, Scottsdale Public Art will present Pink and Blue Dilemma: The Foam Incident by Baltimore artist Scott Pennington. Fun for kids and adults, this interactive work of art invites visitors to play with imagined ‘industrial waste’ made from non-toxic, water-based soap suds as Pennington’s pink-and-blue-clad ‘technicians’ attempt to contain it. Thirty-minute-long ‘foam incidents’ will occur five times a day throughout the Festival.

Exploring the theme of “The Art of Being a Kid,” Imagine Nation, the Festival’s family area, will offer participants of all ages the opportunity to connect with their inner child and engage their creativity through free arts activities, storytelling, dancing and more.

SMoCA

Throughout the Festival’s three days, admission will be free to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), which features the exhibitions Paolo Soleri: Mesa City to Arcosanti; The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection; and Mashup: New Video Art. Museum visitors will be invited to experience an “Inflatable,” a nomadic tent structure inspired by the Ant Farm, an experimental collective founded in San Francisco in 1968. Hands-on architecture-themed educational activities will be offered as well.

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Experience "The Human Touch" Art Exhibit

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is hosting pieces from the expressive exhibit “The Human Touch,” on display now through April 28.

The collection works to redefine what typical portraits reflect. It used to be that portraits only depicted those who could afford to pay for them. “The Human Touch” art exhibit strives to include a diversity of wealth, gender and race.

The pieces from the exhibit are on loan from the RBC Wealth Management collection, which consists of over 400 pieces in a variety of mediums. RBC Wealth Management loans out pieces from the collection to a number of different museums, as to let the public experience the thought provoking collection that is “The Human Touch.”

John Sonsini, an artist who has a piece featured at the exhibit, works in a small studio in Los Angeles and paints only Latin men who he meets on the street. All of the pieces he creates are done in oil, because he prefers the subtlety of the material, and very few of his paintings show anything else besides the person himself.

I paint from life, which means that I have a perspective sitter come to the studio for five hours a day,” Sonsini says.

Fernando As a result, the paintings he creates catch the mood and mindset of the subject. His piece displayed in SMoCA is of a man, Fernando, that Sonsini began painting back in 20003.

I painted Fernando a couple of times, he is one of my favorite sitters.”

Although Sonsini captures the likeness of the sitter, he feels that it is them who learn the most about him.

Sonsini explained, “I would say the most intimate exchange I could imagine is someone eavesdropping on someone working. They’re watching me go through all of the issues I go through while painting.”

Visitors can view Sonsini’s painting and works from the other artists in the collection.

The exhibit will be open until April 28 and is located in SMoCA’s center gallery.

Admission to the museum is $7 for adults and $5 for students; admission is free for children 15 and younger. SMoCA also offers free admission for all visitors all day on Thursdays as well as Friday and Saturday evenings after 5 p.m.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 7380 East Second Street, Scottsdale AZ 85251.

Top 5: Arizona Museums, Experience AZ, Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Arizona Museums (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Museums — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Musical Instrument Museum

4725 E. Mayo Blvd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85050
(480) 478-6000
themim.org
At the first global musical-insturment museum, nearly 300 exhibits immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the world’s instruments.


Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 257-1222
phxart.org
The Southwest’s premier destination for world-class visual arts, features popular exhibitions and a collection of more than 18,000 works.


Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 252-8848
heard.org
Experience the myriad cultures and art of American Indians in 10 world-class exhibit galleries, plus enjoy sculpture courtyards, superb dining and shopping for your own uniquely Southwestern gifts and art.


Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

7374 E. 2nd St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 994-ARTS (2787)
smoca.org
SMoCA is an educational institution dedicated to presenting exhibitions on contemporary and modern art, architecture and design.


Pima Air & Space Museum

6000 E. Valencia Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85706
(520) 574-0462
pimaair.org
Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum.

 

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

Top 5 Arizona Museums (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Arizona Museums (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Museums — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-252-8848
heard.org
Experience the myriad cultures and art of American Indians in 10 world-class exhibit galleries, plus enjoy sculpture courtyards, superb dining and shopping for your own uniquely Southwestern gifts and art.


Scottsdale Museum Of Contemporary Art

7374 E. 2nd St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-994-ARTS (2787)
smoca.org
SMoCA is an educational institution dedicated to presenting exhibitions on contemporary and modern art, architecture and design.


Musical Instrument Museum

4725 E. Mayo Blvd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85050
480-478-6000
themim.org
At the first global musical-insturment museum, nearly 300 exhibits immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the world’s instruments.


Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-257-1222
phxart.org
The Southwest’s premier destination for world-class visual arts, features popular exhibitions and a collection of more than 18,000 works.


Pima Air & Space Museum

6000 E. Valencia Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85706
520-574-0462
pimaair.org
Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

Free museums in Arizona

Free Museums In Arizona

Every year, the International Council of Museums chooses a day in May as International Museum Day. This year that day is on Friday, May 18. Many Central Arizona museums are hosts of special events during this month and offer discounted or free admission. However, getting your daily dose of culture doesn’t have to break the bank or wait until May each year. The following is a current list of free museums in Arizona:

Phoenix

  • Arizona Capitol Museum
    Free admission every day
    More than 20 exhibits help tell the story of Arizona’s growth as a state from its territorial days to the present.

    1700 W. Washington
    (602) 926-3620
    lib.az.us
  • Gallery at City Hall
    Free admission every day
    The City of Phoenix’s historic and contemporary art collection. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    200 W. Washington St.
    (602) 262-6213
    phoenix.gov
  • The Phoenix Art Museum, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix and First Friday
    Free admission every first Friday of the month
    The Phoenix Art Museum and the Children’s Museum of Phoenix grant free admittance during First Friday. Although not exactly your typical museum, First Friday is held every first Friday of the month, hence the name. Art exhibits are strewn throughout Downtown Phoenix, and local vendors sell their handmade crafts.

    1625 N. Central Ave.
    (602) 257-1222
    phxart.org

Glendale

  • Katydid Insect Museum
    Children under the age of 3, free
    Although not exactly free, this museum’s entrance fee is only $4 for adults. The Katydid Insect Museum is for the bug lovers and the non-squeamish. You can either take a guided tour or wander amongst the thousands of mounted bugs and insects in labeled display cases.

    5060 W. Bethany Home Rd., #7
    (623) 931 8718
  • The Bead Museum
    Free admission on Thursday after 5 p.m.
    This museum offers a collection of more than 100,000 bead-related artifacts that explore how beads were used in art and as currency throughout the years.

    5754 W. Glenn Dr.
    (623) 931-2737
    thebeadmuseum.com
  • Sahuaro Ranch Park Historical Area
    Free admission every day
    This 17-acre park/museum hybrid features 13 original historic buildings, a rose garden, a barnyard and historic orchards. The Sahuaro Ranch Park is one of Arizona’s oldest ranches.

    9802 N. 59th Ave.
    (623) 930-4200
    glendaleaz.com

Scottsdale

  • African American Multicultural Museum
    Free admission every day
    The focus of this museum is on African American culture. Exhibits feature art and historical items that change quarterly.

    617 N. Scottsdale Rd., #A
    (480) 314-4400
    aamuseum.org
  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
    Free admission all day Thursday and on Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, or SMoCa, has exhibits that present contemporary and modern art, architecture and design.

    7374 E. Second St.
    (480) 874-4665
    smoca.org
  • Scottsdale Historical Museum
    Free admission every day
    “The mission of the Scottsdale Historical Museum is to present, preserve and interpret through research, exhibits and educational programming, the prehistory, history and cultural heritage of Scottsdale and the Southwest.”

    7333 E. Scottsdale Mall
    (480) 945-4499
    scottsdalemuseum.com

Mesa

  • Mesa Contemporary Arts Center
    Free admission every first Sunday of the month
    The Arizona Museum for Youth and Arizona Museum of Natural History grant free admission on the first Sunday of every month from noon to 5 p.m. Special activities are also held such as a create-your-own-artwork for kids area and free outside performances in the MCA’s courtyard.

    One E. Main St.
    (480) 644-6500
    mesaartscenter.com

Tempe

  • ASU Museum of Anthropology
    Free admission every day
    Exhibits showcase current issues related to culture and society as well as archaeology and human origin. The museum is open Monday thru Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    900 S. Cady Mall
    (480) 965-6224
    asuma.asu.edu
    ASU Tempe campus, building SHESC
  • Tempe Center for the Arts
    Free admission every day
    This performing and visual arts center is publicly owned and entrance is free. Includes a gallery with exhibits of two- and three-dimensional artwork by local and internationally recognized artists.

    700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.
    (480) 350-2829
    asuartmuseum.asu.edu
  • ASU Art Museum
    Free admission every day
    The ASU Art Museum has five modern galleries filled with contemporary art. The museum is located inside the Nelson Fine Arts Center and is closed on Sunday and Monday.

    Mill Ave. and 10th St.
    (480) 965-2787
    asuartmuseum.asu.edu