While Arizona State University’s relationship with its neighboring communities hasn’t always been the smoothest, the is making a determined effort to improve it. Simply put, ASU seeks to become a fully integrated member. One such way is through “Communities Connect Dialogues,” a new university collaborative designed to bring ASU together with the local community in the name of learning something new.
The Community Connect Dialogues allows faculty, staff, students and community members to share, connect and celebrate the spirit and diversity of ASU and its campuses. It is a collaborative effort coordinated by the Office of University Initiatives.
On April 1, ASU will hold the first of these dialogues at the Downtown Phoenix campus. It will take place at the A.E. England Building in Civic Space Park between 8 a.m. and noon. The event is free and open to everyone. The dialogue will continue April 2 with action, advocacy and arts, a day filled with gallery exhibitions, art activists and special guests. Subsequent events are being scheduled at the ASU West, Polytechnic and Tempe campuses.
According to Jacqueline Smith, university innovation fellow with the Office of University Initiatives, ASU is “hoping to provide a venue for participants to share their stories about collaboration and bettering our communities.”
The Downtown Phoenix campus dialogue will begin with a coffee meet-up, presentations and a photo display of examples of collaboration from local organizations such as Greater Phoenix Youth at Risk and the Herberger Institute Community School for Design and the Arts. Participants will then engage in internship development and strategies workshops before heading outside to the Civic Space Park for Lunch Unplugged, hosted by RadioPhoenix.org.
Laci Lester, a core member of the Downtown planning team and a second-year public ally serving at the Fair Trade retail store in Civic Space Park notes, “Both communities and institutions have so much to learn from each other and the dialogues are a great place to begin. We’re hoping people will come away with a greater understanding of the nuances of working with community organizations and larger institutes, such as ASU.”
The Arizona State Credit Union is serving as primary co-sponsor on all four campuses by providing refreshments, door prizes and marketing supplies. Other partners include the College of Public Programs, the Office of Public Affairs, the Office of Student Engagement, ASU Career Services and the Cultural Arts Coalition.
For detailed information about the Communities Connect Dialogues, included a schedule of activities, please visit community.asu.edu/dialogues. To RSVP for the events, visit community.asu.edu/rsvp/ or contact Jacqueline Smith.
The Arizona Diamondbacks look to start an exciting season as they made some solid roster moves this off-season. Some of us may be wondering where in the world the money came from. Last season, the D-backs let Randy Johnson go to the San Francisco Giants as a result of not being able to meet his salary requirements. Others are excited that the organization has ponied up the cash to keep such performers as Mark Reynolds and Justin Upton.
Reynolds, a fourth-year player, has been solid for the team over the last couple of years, while producing offensive numbers that seem to increase year after year. Despite his numerous strikeouts last season, Reynolds knocked in 44 homers and 102 RBI for the Diamondbacks in ’09. It is exciting to be able to secure a player like Reynolds at the hot corner for another three years.
Upton had a mediocre beginning of the season, but then self-corrected to earn a spot on the National League’s All-Star squad last year. He has grown to be an exciting player and a solid contributor to the Diamondbacks. This year, the Diamondbacks aptly named “Uptown” as a location at Chase Field where fans can cheer for Upton and the D-backs. Uptown is the new fan zone behind the All-Star outfielder that will be there to back him Friday and Saturday nights. The Diamondbacks have designated a special section for designated games to increase the fan support and the support of the team. Each ticket includes a rally towel for the game and promises to be a super-charged Diamondbacks fan section.
As the D-backs get ready for the 2010 baseball season, look forward to seeing supporting fans at the games. Remember to take advantage of the special events that are held by Chase Field and the Diamondbacks organization. Additional ticket information about Uptown can be found at dbacks.com.
You used to have to travel the world to experience all of its culture. But, if you are in Downtown Phoenix this weekend, that is simply not the case. WorldFEST, a three-day celebration of global eats, drinks, entertainment and culture, is coming to Heritage Square Friday through Sunday, March 26-28.
Van Buren and 6th streets is the cultural epicenter this weekend, and best of all, most of the events are free for the whole family. The event, put on by Phoenix Sister Cities, aims to educate Phoenicians about our friends around the world. Phoenix’s nine sister cities include Catania, Italy; Ennis, Ireland; Hermosillo, Mexico; Taipei, Taiwan; Chengdu, China; Himeji, Japan; Calgary, Canada; Ramat-Gan, Israel; and Grenoble, France. A breakdown of the festivities follows.
Friday, March 26
WorldFEST opens with WorldLUNCH from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ($10 in advance by calling 602.534.3751, or $12 at the gate). Ten Phoenix restaurants will do their take on globe-spanning dishes in the comfort of a Phoenix spring afternoon. Happy hour follows from 4-10 p.m., including dozens of beers from all over the world and live music and entertainment.
Saturday, March 27
Kid’s World begins at noon, where children 12 and younger will be given “passports” to visit each of Phoenix’s sister cities. Activities galore, including rice writing, piñata hitting and camel riding, ensue. At 1 p.m., the WorldFEST parade launches, featuring the sweet, brassy sounds of Sandra Day O’Connor High School’s 116-piece marching band.
All-day festivities include a cornhole challenge to crown Phoenix’s best “bagger” and, of course, samplings of all those tasty beers as well. The celebration goes until 10 p.m.
Sunday, March 28
Sunday is Asian-Pacific day, with gates opening at noon. Asian culture will be honored all day long, with more entertainment, more beer and lots more food throughout the afternoon. At 4 p.m., raffle prize (an all-inclusive U.S. Airways trip anywhere in the world; a two-night stay at the Phoenician, including dinner at Il Terrazzo and a round of golf; and use of a luxury suite at a Diamondbacks game) winners will be announced. The cornhole champ will be crowned, and an award for the best sister city booth will be handed out as well.
In the Know: WorldFEST
Friday-Sunday, March 26-28
Heritage Square (115 N. 6th St.) — light rail station at 3rd St & Washington/Jefferson
WorldLUNCH $10-12, Saturday and Sunday events are FREE
From the Arizona Room is a weekly column examining the historic, reuse and infill structures in Downtown Phoenix. The inspiration for this column stems from the ever-expanding resources in Burton Barr Central Library’s Arizona Room (located on the fourth floor). For further information on this and other historic structures in the area, visit the Arizona Room during normal library hours.
362 N. 2nd Ave. near Roosevelt
The Charles Pugh House is a complete anomaly: easily missed on this quiet stretch of 2nd Avenue between Copper Square and Roosevelt, yet brightly bold and architecturally distinctive, despite requiring some serious TLC.
Queen Anne style, the home was built c.1897, but it is evident that some alterations have taken place over the years. The home is brick with a stone foundation, and features a classic hip roof and hand-carved brackets at the eave. Decorative shingles on the gable, stained glass windows and a bay ell made this house a standout in its heyday.
The home, built by Pugh, the editor and proprietor of the Southwestern Stockman, was occupied well into the 20th century, and received a significant alteration and addition to the rear, as well as the addition of the front courtyard, which is still in good shape despite its neglect.
Today, the building sits in the shadows of O’Neil Printing and the YMCA, boarded up and in need of a power wash. It almost looks like something out of a Tim Burton movie, but it certainly could be resurrected into a great little gift shop or museum. Only time will tell…
Source: Phoenix: Nineteenth Century Architecture, Survey by Woodward Architectural Group, June 1991.
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We went to our first show at the Orpheum Theatre last night.
I thought the theatre was absolutely beautiful. I loved the intricate architecture. It felt old but stately. It’s got tons of character and I found myself taking pictures everywhere. The sound was wonderful as well.
We saw Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele virtuoso, there. It was a perfect venue for him. So beautiful, stately, quiet with great acoustics. It really highlighted his performance.
I found out it was built from 1927-1929 in Spanish Midieval and Baroque styles. After a while, it was turned into a movie theater and remained that for years and years. They painted the murals and moldings black during the movie era. In the late 80s they started a renovation on it which was completed in 1997. They brought back much of the original design (moldings, murals, etc.)
Now it’s just wonderful. Anytime I see something interesting playing there, the theatre itself will definitely add to the draw. Can’t wait to head back!
The Orpheum Theatre is located at 203 W. Adams St. in Copper Square (light rail stations at Central/Washington and 1st Ave/Jefferson) — 602.534.5600
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