Portal to The Past Celebrates Cultural Diversity of the Southwest

“Portal to the Past” art installation by Zarco Guerrero

Cultural Coalition, Inc. and Pueblo Grande Museum present the Second Annual Portal to the Past Festival as a free virtual event Sunday, Oct. 4, from 2–4pm. Live streamed on Facebook and YouTube, the event features cultural performances of dance, music and storytelling celebrating the engineering ingenuity of the ancestral Sonoran Desert people.

Last year’s inaugural Portal festival unveiled the “Portal to the Past” art installation, a winner of the New Arizona Prize Water Public Art Challenge. The piece, designed by local Arizona artist Zarco Guerrero, is a sculptural gate that incorporates images acknowledging the importance of the complex canal system created by the ancestral Sonoran Desert people that is still used today. The “Portal” is located along the Grand Canalscape offering access to the grounds of Pueblo Grande Museum and an interpretive trail highlighting the accomplishments of the first inhabitants of the Valley.

Residents are invited to schedule a watch party with friends and family to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment and culture from area performers and presenters:

Storytelling: Zarco Guerrero, Violet Duncan and Randy Kemp
Dance: The Salt River Indian Community, Tony Duncan and Indigenous Enterprise
Music: Randy Kemp, Tony Duncan, QVLN & OVEOUS
History: Virtual tours of the Museum and the archaeological site
Art: Children’s water art craft activity made with found objects from home

Visit facebook.com/culturalcoalitionaz for updates on the schedule of performances. Visit culturalcoalition.com or pueblogrande.com for more information.

Art Auction Connects Artists, Patrons — COVID-19 food kitchens to benefit

L–R: “Serene,” mixed media by Judith Rothenstein-Putzer, Scottsdale; “Teamwork,” oil by Kathy Snapp, Cave Creek; and “King of the Range,” pastels by Beverly Bradshaw, Carefree. Submitted images

With many galleries closed and art shows canceled, patrons can support artists from the comfort of their homes by taking part in the Creative Connections Fine Art Online Auction Fall 2020, Sept. 20–27.

In addition, supporters will also help the nonprofit World Central Kitchen (WCK), feeding those in need due to COVID-19.

More than 40 artists from Arizona and across the United States, including Texas, Washington State, New York and Florida, are participating. Fine art in all mediums, including paintings, glass, fiber, jewelry, mixed media and more will be available for purchase with free shipping offered to the contiguous 48 states.

This is the second fine art online auction organized by artist Nancy Breiman of Scottsdale.

“Artists have limited ways to show and sell their art during the current pandemic,” Breiman said. “And going online is a safe and easy way to introduce collectors to new artists they would not see in a single gallery or show.”

Breiman is proud to partner with WCK, founded by Chef José Andrés and his wife in 2010 to “create smart solutions to hunger and poverty.” They’ve activated hundreds of restaurants and kitchens to feed those in need during the pandemic, including medical professionals on the front lines and on the Navajo Nation. For more on World Central Kitchen, visit wck.org.

“Our country is suffering right now,” Breiman added. “Extreme temperatures, hurricanes, quarantines and fear are causing mental and emotional strain on everyone. It is my hope that bringing the beautiful and affordable works of art from the auction into the viewer’s home will provide a small respite and at the same time, our proceeds can make a difference to those in need.”

Art patrons and collectors may view and register for free at https://is.gd/fall2020auction.

The auction kicked off at 6am, Sunday, Sept. 20, and runs until 8pm, Sunday, Sept. 27. For additional details, email Breiman at nbreiman@gmail.com or visit creativeconnectionsfineart.com.

Act One Youth Theater Takes the Show Online

VIRTUALLY EVER AFTER and THE VIRTUAL FAMILY will be presented online Oct. 2, 6-8pm.

Act One Youth Theater is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on a mission to provide children the opportunity to participate and experience performing arts, at a nominal expense to them or their families.

The volunteer operated children’s theater has been in existence for six-and-a-half years, according to Lauri Hunter, theater director.

This past season, the theater moved into a larger performance space, Phoenix Center for Performing Arts.

“Our new mission statement for 2020 had to be modified by implementing a $100 participate fee to help offset the cost of renting the venue,” says Hunter. “But we do not turn anyone away if they can’t afford this fee. Costumes are provided at no charge and we won’t require our actors and their families to sell tickets.
She adds that the group performs two musicals and one play each season, and one production every year is based on an award-winning book. For example, in the past they have presented Bridge to Terabithia, Phantom Tollbooth and Pippi Longstocking.

Like many performing arts organizations right now, Act One has had to postpone shows and rehearsals, until last month. They decided to move forward with the next season in an online format. Rehearsals will be held virtually via Zoom and performances will be recorded by each actor and compiled into a streaming format to be presented online.

Hunter says that the community can help them weather the downturn in three ways:

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“Community members can support us by making a tax-free donation as we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit children’s theater.
“They can shop online via the Amazon Smile program: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-4465373.
“They can help spread the word to their friends and family about our organization so we can continue to grow.”
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Act One’s virtual productions will be streamed online at no charge but donations will be accepted. For additional information, call 480.789.1918 or visit actoneyouththeater.org.

The Phoenix Theatre Company Presents a Musical Celebration With Local Trio, We3

Photo: We3 Music

Live performing arts organizations, artists and patrons alike are eagerly awaiting the day they can gather for in-person events. Some local venues plan to reopen as soon as fall 2020, while others have moved programming 100 percent online. As The Phoenix Theatre Company develops plans for digital content and outdoor performances later this year, the company is offering a free digital performance to its patrons, in collaboration with local favorite We3, The Great American Songbook.

“Our faithful patrons are the reason we remain hopeful we’ll be back together soon for live performance,” said Karla Frederick, director of production at The Phoenix Theatre Company. “To thank our patrons, we’re collaborating with three of the Valley’s finest musicians for an evening of healing, joy and comfort.”

We3 is a Phoenix-based, all-female trio with pianist Nicole Pesce, vocalist Renee Grant Patrick and violinist Suzanne LansfordThe Great American Songbook encapsulates the work of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter and more, giving viewers the opportunity to rediscover the most influential composers of jazz and showtune music.

“Music is something we need now more than ever — it uplifts, inspires and builds empathy,” said Pesce. “This set list is meant to give us a sense of comfort. We’re celebrating these iconic composers. And even more so, it’s a reason for us to come together and enjoy the music we all know and love.”

The Great American Songbook is a free digital event streaming live Sept. 18 at 7:30pm. Once guests RSVP, The Phoenix Theatre Company will email attendees a streaming link. To learn more and to book a free ticket, visit phoenixtheatre.com/songbook.

2020–21 Performing Arts Season Preview

This season will be one like no other for Valley performing arts organizations. As seasons ended abruptly across the state this spring, companies had to quickly adapt. Theaters were shuttered, employees were furloughed. Many fall seasons were reinvented while others were postponed and some, sadly, canceled entirely. Over the summer, theaters developed alternative programming — something that will continue to carry them to spring of 2021 when, hopefully, live and in-person theater can continue on a broad scale.

In the meantime, arts organizations are looking to Valley residents to help them weather the storm by subscribing to upcoming seasons, making donations if able and engaging with them on social media as they keep the ghost light burning until patrons can return. | CST


ABT’s production of Chicago

Arizona Broadway Theatre
www.azbroadway.org; 623.776.8400

“Everything is ready. The set is still there, the costumes are hanging on the racks and the talent is standing by…we can’t wait to breathe life back into this long awaited show.”

Cassandra Klaphake, artistic producer

Chicago, which closed early in March,will be the first full production to return to the ABT stage — set for January 2021. Outdoor performances and other additional interim programming are in development for the fall.

Arizona Musicfest
www.azmusicfest.org; 480.422.8449

Although its plans for a special celebratory season of performances had to be altered, Arizona Musicfest is undaunted and will kick off its 30th anniversary season in 2021 with Ray on My Mind, Jan. 12.

“Musicfest looks forward to safely reuniting our community as we celebrate our resilience and strengthen our resolve to bring the joy of music to all. Something which we believe is now more vital than ever before.”

Allan Naplan, executive and producing director

Arizona Opera
www.azopera.org; 602.266.7464

Arizona Opera is replacing its planned in-theater productions for the 2020–21 season with alternative programs that can be more safely enjoyed by a larger audience. The reimagined season will offer live, outdoor, socially distanced performances, combined with a collection of digital offerings. Programming kicks off Oct. 2 with its Studio Spotlight Series. On the horizon, the film adaptation of The Copper Queen, set in 1910 Bisbee, this is Arizona Opera’s second world premiere commission and its first foray into sharing the art form more broadly through a streamed, motion picture format.

Arizona Theatre Company
www.arizonatheatre.org; 602.256.6995

ATC has designed a diverse, multi-layered approach to the season, with imaginative ways to stay connected with and entertain audiences, leading to a safe return to Mainstage productions in January 2021. ATC kicks off the first half of its season with digital programming beginning in September with Slow Food, Somewhere Over The Border, Covenant, The Realness and more. The six show mainstage productions will run through November 2021: My 80 Year Old Boyfriend; Pru Payne; Nina Simone: Four Women; Women in Jeopardy!; how to make an American Son; and The Legend of Georgia McBride.

Company, The Band’s Visit North American Tour. Photo: Matthew Murphy

ASU Gammage
www.asugammage.com; 480.965.3434

ASU Gammage will present digital performance programming in September and October in preparation for a return to live, in-person theater in 2021.

Feb. 9–14: My Fair Lady
March 16–21: Tootsie
April 8–25: Disney’s Frozen
May 21–23: Jersey Boys
June 8–13: To Kill a Mockingbird
July 20–25: The Band’s Visit
Aug. 31 – Sept. 5: Mean Girls

Ballet Arizona
www.balletaz.org; 602.381.1096

“We are counting on our return to Desert Botanical Garden in May 2021 to present the much-anticipated world premiere of The Four Seasons.”

Samantha Turner, executive director

The company announced a departure from its previously planned 35th anniversary fall season of main-stage performances. A more digitally focused season is planned, including Inspire, a mixed-rep production scheduled for late October, and Nutcracker Suite, a re-imagined virtual version of the holiday classic set to air in mid-December.

Black Nativity 2019; Photo: Laura Durant

Black Theatre Troupe
www.blacktheatretroupe.org; 602.258.8129

“In 1970 the Black Theatre Troupe was born as a result of the same energy that is sweeping across the nation today. We have always been here to give voice to the Black experience. And we will continue to do so.”

David Hemphill, executive director

The Black Theatre Troupe’s 2020–21 season, Telling Our Stories, will mark the 50th year the company has celebrated and illuminated the Black experience. The season will include Sistas: The Musical, Sunset Baby, Black Nativity, A Soldier’s Play and Ain’t Misbehavin’.

Childsplay
www.childsplayaz.org; 480.921.5700

Childsplay is currently offering classes for ages 4–15 with professional theater artists crafting engaging, participatory and dynamic online drama instruction. The organization also creates fun family activities and creative projects to try online every week. También en español.

Desert Foothills Theater
www.dftheater.org; 480.488.1981

DFT will kick off the season at the Holland Community Center with its production of Disney’s The Lion King, Jr., Sept. 18–27. Keep an eye on the website for exciting fall season announcements.

Don Bluth Front Row Theater
www.donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com; 480.314.0841

Jan. 14 – Feb. 27: Drinking Habits
March 11 – April 24: Sleuth
May 13 – June 26: The Curious Savage
Sept./Oct.: Camelot
Nov./Dec.: It’s A Wonderful Life

Herberger Theater Center
www.herbergertheater.org
602.252.8497

Herberger Theater Center is home to six resident companies — Arizona Broadway Theatre, Arizona Opera, Arizona Theatre Company, Center Dance Ensemble, Childsplay Theatre and iTheatre Collaborative — and hosts other local and touring companies, arts education and outreach programs and its Art Gallery. Herberger plans to once again celebrate the arts in the community at its Festival of the Arts, Nov. 7. This year, a hybrid festival, re-imagined with live performances on an outdoor stage, virtual performances, artist demonstrations and vendor market.

Musical Instrument Museum
www.mim.org; 480.478.6000

Dustbowl Revival; Photo: Shervin Lainez

The MIM reopened to the public in August with new safety precautions in place. While live concerts have not yet resumed, look for acts such as Dustbowl Revival when the concert hall reopens.

In addition, September is Educator Appreciation Month at MIM. Prekindergarten through 12th-grade educators, school and district administrators, principals, registered student teachers and homeschool educators will receive free general museum admission.

Junie B. Jones; Photo: Michele Celentano

Musical Theatre of Anthem
www.musicaltheatreofanthem.org; 623.336.6001

Sept. 17–20: Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr.
Nov. 12–15: Junie B. Jones, Jr.
Dec. 3–6: Our Town
March 25–28: Disney’s Aladdin Kids
April 8–18: Godspell
April 29 – May 8: 13
June 17–19: School House Rock Live, Jr.

North Valley Symphony Orchestra
www.northvalleysymphony.org; 623.980.4628

NVSO is considering a variety of creative options for the fall season. The organization says it looks forward to sharing that information soon, but, in the meantime, hopes to engage with audiences through its social media platforms.

Phoenix Chorale
www.phoenixchorale.org; 602.253.2224

The Chorale’s April 2020 concert, Birth & Rebirth, was postponed March 18. Now, the concert is expected to open the 2020–21 season, Oct. 16–18. Keep an eye on the website for additional season announcements.

Phoenix Symphony
www.phoenixsymphony.org; 602.495.1999

“As stewards of this historic and beloved institution, our mission and responsibility centers on preserving our future and reuniting in Symphony Hall to celebrate our 75th Anniversary in the fall of 2021.”

Suzanne Wilson, president and CEO

In mid-August, the Symphony announced the cancellation of its 2020–21 season.

ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra
www.pmaz.org; 623.326.5172

Enjoy a livestreamed and in-person concert, “A Musical Kaleidoscope,” featuring musical talent in small ensembles and solo performances, Nov. 8. Also, kicking off in September, weekly online choral and instrumental instruction will be available.

Rising Youth Theatre
www.risingyouththeatre.org

The theater assures audiences that “Creativity is not canceled!” Visit their website to check out the “virtual learning space” for K–12 learners. Click “Resources.”

Kalli Sparish & Haydehn Tuipulotu in the 2019 production of A Vampire Tale; Photo: Angel Castro

Scorpius Dance Theatre
www.scorpiusdance.com; 602.254.2151

Celebrating 20 years in the Valley, Scorpius Dance Theatre combines the motifs of humor, drama and both organic and technical movement to form a very distinct brand of dance theater and aerial arts.

Artist Seth Rudetsky in Times Square

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org; 480.499.8587

“All we have to offer this season will help you reconnect to your life and your community.”

Abbey Messmer, programming director

The Center has curated an exciting 2020–21 season — it will be a season of reconnecting, of meeting friends for a performance and connecting to celebrated artists, local creatives, fan favorites and new discoveries. Noteworthy performances are Marc Cohn, Broadway stars in The Seth Rudetsky Concert Series, Mavis Staples, Gil Shaham, KODO, René Marie Quintet and Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, to name a few

Southwest Shakespeare Company 
www.swshakespeare.org; 480.435.6868

Southwest Shakespeare Company’s 27th season kickoff dates have not been announced yet, but the company has an excellent line-up of both contemporary and timeless classics coming to audiences soon.

Becoming Othello: A Black Girls Journey
Mabel Madness
All the Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented the Villain
Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
An Iliad
The Tempest
Manahatta

The Phoenix Theatre Company
www.phoenixtheatre.com; 602.254.2151

“To deliver you the best season we can, we are actively preparing for a combination of outdoor live shows and original streaming content featuring local artists. We anticipate announcing shows in October. At that time you would be able to choose your package and select your seats. Once we can be assured of the safety of our audiences, artists, and staff we will be ready to resume indoor programming on our stages —currently scheduled for Summer 2021.”

—phoenixtheatre.com

Theatre Artists Studio
www.thestudiophx.org; 602.765.0120

Current offerings include “EarPlays,” re-imagined vintage radio productions in a variety of genres recorded on stage at Theatre Artists Studio and featuring its artistic members. Coming soon: original “radio plays” from the Studio playwrights, presented via podcast.

Valley Youth Theatre
www.vyt.com; 602.253.8188

Dec. 4–23: A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail
Feb. 5–21: Sleeping Beauty
April 2–18: Junie B. Jones — The Musical
June 11–27: Peter Pan


To further support the arts in Arizona, and the spaces in which they take place, learn about the National Independent Venue Association’s efforts to #SAVEOURSTAGES at saveourstages.com.

NOTE: All performance dates included in the September 2020 print issue were current at publication time. Information has been updated here, but dates/shows are subject to change. For updated information on shows and ticketing, visit the organization’s website.

Hear more from Arizona Theatre Company and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in our September North Valley cover story; and from Desert Foothills Theater in our September Carefree/Cave Creek cover story.

Whiskey and Popcorn Reviews: GET DUKED! Is a New Cult Classic

Tuesday Mahrle and Kaely Monahan

—By Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle

What happens when you take three juvenile delinquents and one home-schooled teen from the big city to the Scottish Highlands for some good-old-fashioned scouting? You might not expect a thriller-comedy, but that’s exactly what Get Duked! delivers.

Originally titled Boyz in the Wood, this film won the audience award at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. Now it has dropped on Amazon, Aug. 28.

Samuel Bottomley, Viraj Juneja, Lewis Gribben and Rian Gordon star in GET DUKED!
Photo: Brian Sweeney, courtesy of Amazon Studios

Dean (Rian Gordon), Duncan (Lewis Gribben) and William a.k.a. DJ Beatroot (Viraj Juneja) are being sent to better their characters by participating in the annual youth orienteering event called the “Duke of Edinburgh Award.” By completing a day-long trek, teens are supposed to learn teamwork, foraging and how to read a paper map. And also learn to connect with nature. The only one excited by the prospect is the awkward and very sheltered Ian (Samuel Bottomley). The four boys are loosely led by Mr. Carlyle (Kevin Guthrie), who is less of a scout guide than an inadequate chaperon.

Things get off to a rocky start as the map is torn up in order to make joints of “cannabis.” Despite Ian’s best efforts to get the others to take the award seriously, the lads hike jauntily into the wild farmlands.

But as they go along, they realize they are not alone. Besides the farmers, the boys find themselves stalked by two masked Highlanders. The husband and wife hunters make it a sport to expel all city-youths that come each year to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award. As if that twist is not bizarre enough, the local Highland police are on the hunt for a terrorist ring that they erroneously believe has come to their local jurisdiction. Add to that a bread thief and some hip-hop music video attempts by DJ Beatroot, we get a film that is part Hot Fuzz, part The Hills Have Eyes, and part Patti Cake$.

For a teen comedy, this film is ridiculously funny and is a fresh take on the teen-boy genre.


Whiskey and Popcorn is a movie podcast by local film critics Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle. You can hear their full movie reviews on whiskeyandpopcorn.org.

Heard Museum Celebrates Indigenous Artists in Contemporary Art Exhibit

Nanibah Chacon, “What Dreams are Made Of”

“What Will I Say to the Sky and the Earth II” McMaster

Jaune Quick To See Smith, “Trade Canoe”

Jeffrey Gibson, “Brighter Days”

Encompassing nearly 13,000 square feet and spanning four gallery spaces, including the Virginia G. Piper Grand Gallery, Larger Than Memory: Contemporary Art from Indigenous North America is an inspirational and timely exhibition by the Heard Museum.

Organized by Fine Arts curator Erin Joyce and chief curator Diana Pardue, this exhibition highlights the significant contributions that Indigenous artists have made, and continue to make, to broader culture spanning the last two decades.

Larger Than Memory is the largest contemporary art exhibition at the Heard Museum in its 90-year history. Comprised of more than 40 works of art by 24 artists, the exhibit will serve as the world premiere of three new commissioned bodies of work, and will include works on paper, video, sculptural installation, textile installation, painting, photography and more. The featured works address the environment, race, gender, equality and power.

Larger Than Memory: Contemporary Art from Indigenous North America will be on view Sept. 4 through Jan. 3 at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. For additional information, visit heard.org/larger-than-memory.

SMoCA Seeks to Inspire Through Virtual Art Offerings

Brad Kahlhamer at the Drawing Center (2019); Photo: Gregory Goode

Although the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is closed for in-person visits, art lovers can still find inspiration online through the Museums virtual visits.

The Museum checked in with artist Brad Kahlhamer in his Valley studio with Museum Musings.

Kahlhamer’s upcoming exhibition, Swap Meet, at SMoCA in 2021, will present new works in a variety of mediums that offer a meditation on the nomadic and intersectional contemporary condition that involves a social network of individuals of different ages, residency status, class and race.

Enjoy a sneak peek with Kahlhamer as he walks guests through his studio, sharing works in progress, cactus botanicals, a poem, dream catchers, sketchbooks, paintings and his admiration for the incredible Arizona desert landscape.

Swap Meet will be on exhibit Sept. 25, 2021 – Jan. 23, 2022. Information on other virtual offerings at SMoCA can be found on the website. Those who would like to help support the Museum as it weathers its closure may visit https://scottsdalearts.org/covid-19-relief-fund.


Teaser photo: “Sneak Peek” screenshot; courtesy of the artist

2020 Arizona State Fair Postponed; Tentative 2021 Dates Set

For more than a century, the Arizona State Fair has been a gathering place for residents from across the state — and an eagerly anticipated event that marks the beginning of the fall season in Arizona. Then, along came 2020.

Yesterday, the Arizona Exposition & State Fair Board announced its decision to postpone the 2020 Arizona State Fair, saying that after reviewing information from staff, seeking guidance from the Arizona Department of Health Services and analyzing all of the options, the Board voted unanimously to postpone the event due to COVID-19.

“As a self funded state agency, this decision to postpone the fair is not made lightly. In addition to providing the majority of the agency’s operating income, the Fair’s economic impact averages over $90 million annually, engages 300-plus businesses, and hires 1,000-plus employees. However, safety always comes first, and we feel this is the best decision for all involved this year,” said Jonathan Lines, chairman.

For 136 years, the Arizona State Fair has been an annual October tradition. In 2019, attendance hit 1,262,868, the highest in over a decade according to the Board. And the Fairgrounds, established in 1905, is also home to Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which opened over 50 years ago.

“This has been a deeply challenging decision for everyone,” said Wanell Costello, executive director. “While the fun and carefree environment the State Fair provides is appreciated by the community, we know this year it’s not the right time to hold a large event. The health and safety of our team, visitors and community is most important.”

Some Fair traditions may be hosted virtually. The livestock show, for instance, is accepting online entries. The Esports competition, which debuted at the 2019 Fair, has also launched with a series of virtual tournaments in partnership with the Arizona Lottery.

Tentative Fair dates for 2021 are Oct. 7 through Oct. 31. For updates, visit azstatefair.com.


Photos courtesy of Arizona State Fair

Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Announces New ‘Wright Virtual Visits’

Hollyhock House; Photo: Stan Ecklund

Unity Temple sanctuary; Photo: James Caulfield

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, in partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, announced Monday the next evolution of its popular social media video series, Wright Virtual Visits, which highlights Frank Lloyd Wright-designed public sites from around the country, many of which are currently closed due to COVID-19.

What’s new this time around? Every Thursday starting Aug. 20 at 1pm EST/ 10am PST., two Frank Lloyd Wright sites will be paired up to go live — side by side — on Facebook Live video. The sites will focus on a particular theme, comparing and contrasting how that theme is expressed in Wright’s design at each. There will be Q&A with questions taken via Facebook. Twenty other Wright sites will promote the live event each week by sharing their own photos or short videos responding to the theme, engaging the broader Wright community in a unique dialogue. The archive of videos, schedule of upcoming events, and list of sites participating in the project will be maintained and updated at savewright.org/wrightvirtualvisits.

In response to the shutdowns caused by the pandemic, Wright Virtual Visits continues a campaign that began in April 2020 when more than 20 Wright sites from across the country participated in swapping weekly pre-recorded videos. The first phase is archived here. This 2.0 version is the result of audience feedback requesting a more interactive and in-depth experience.

“Frank Lloyd Wright’s work was all about connection: connection between people and nature, buildings and nature, and people and each other,” said Jeff Goodman, vice president of communication and partnerships for the Foundation. “When the pandemic shut down our normal way of life, many of us mourned the loss of those connections. We started Wright Virtual Visits with the intention to bring Wright sites together, and connect with people from all over the world to share in the inspiration we can all take from Wright’s work. We hope these virtual visits will not only bring a little beauty and joy to people’s lives, but also inspire them to think differently about how to live more deeply connected to nature, art, and each other,”

Upcoming visits (more to be announced soon):

  • Thursday, Aug. 20: Taliesin West (Scottsdale, AZ) & Unity Temple (Oak Park, IL). Theme: Wright’s use of natural light
  • Thursday, Aug. 27: Monona Terrace (Madison, WI) & Hollyhock House (Los Angeles, CA). Theme to be announced.
  • Thursday, Sept. 3: Gordon House (Silverton, OR) & Burnham Block (Milwaukee, WI). Theme to be announced.

For more information on the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, visit franklloydwright.org.

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