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CCA’s 2013 Youth Advisory Council Selected!

I have only one word to describe the students who applied to be a part of the Center’s second Youth Advisory Council…AMAZING!  CCA staff, Chandler Cultural Foundation board members and graduates from last year’s Youth Advisory Council (or as staff refers to them…the YAC’s) interviewed the candidates and narrowed it down to the top 15. With so many talented candidates, that was extremely challenging!

The 15 students selected applied from all over the East Valley from multiple schools and districts.  You will get to meet each of them in future blogs and if you thought teens were only interested in hanging out at the mall, PlayStations and iPhones…think again.

The Youth Advisory Council’s program objectives  are to focus on Arts Appreciation, Community Service and Leadership Skills in order to become advocates for the arts and well rounded community leaders. They will be engaged in experiential 3-hour sessions from September – February that will provide hands-on real world leadership situations of a Performing Arts Center. Teens will complete the program with increased knowledge of: career opportunities, financial responsibility, leadership skills, small and large group dynamics and public relations and marketing. This program is free of charge to all participants and a Certificate of Completion will be given to each teen at the conclusion of the program year. Council members are 13-18 years of age and are currently attending a public, private, parochial, charter, or home schools in Chandler and from schools in surrounding cities.

The YAC’s  met for the first time on  September 19 where they were introduced to CCA staff.  They toured the Center and got to know each other by  sharing what they wanted to get out of the program. They first and foremost wanted to have fun; build lifelong friendships; develop their leadership skills; and to be actively involved after their term was over (and they want to eat during their sessions!)

Last night their session focused on defining the arts and what is considered art.  They also had a panel discussion on “Why the arts are important”.   Guest panelists included Bob Booker,  Executive Director, Arizona Commission on the Arts;  Salley Garrison, Front of House Coordinator, Tempe Art Center; Janet Langley, VP Organizational Effectiveness, Gateway Community College; Ally Haynes-Hamble, Assistant Director, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts; Larry Whitesell, Manager, Higley Center for the Performing Arts; Jimmie Byrd, Production Coordinator, Chandler Center for the Arts; and Michelle MacLennan, Assistant Manager, Chandler Center for the Arts.

The YAC’s assignment for next week is to come up with some fundraising ideas for the fundraising event they will be doing later in the year.  The session topic for next week will be on understanding what makes a not-for-profit organization different and Money, Money, Money!

Read about what happened next Thursday, Oct. 25!

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What’s Up For Grabs At Hollywood Sings Classic Cinema Songs

As with our last performance that was a part of 3 Evenings For The Arts, we have a ton of items and prizes up for grabs to help with the fundraising aspect of the fundraiser. Here is a list of everything that you have a chance to win.
Silent Auction Items: 

Tickets to “The Gentleman Doc Holliday” starring Wyatt Earp & autographed items

Two tickets to an Arizona Opera Company performance

One family pass to Desert Botanical Garden

Tickets to a Phoenix Symphony performance

Actors Theatre flex pass for for any 2011-2012 or 2012-2013 show

Movie Night Package

Hollywood Book Collection

Two tickets to a Phoenix Theatre main stage show

A Jeweled Pen Set

An Ann Taylor Necklace

One month couples or family membership to Gainey Village

A Spa Package

A consultation with Barbara Kaplan Interior Design & Lifestyle consultation

A football signed by Arizona Cardinals’ Calais Campbell

A Ladies Michael Kors Watch

 

Live  Auction & Raffle Items: 

A Hot Air Balloon Ride

A Zoppé Italian Family Circus party

A Reserved Parking Place at CCA

Season Tickets to Chandler Center for the Arts’s 2012-2013 season

 

 

 

Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.


Celebrate the Arts

I mentioned yesterday that you’ll have a chance to win some pretty cool stuff on Friday during the Downtown Chandler Art Walk and the Sun Lakes Big Band Concert. Up for grabs are a pair of tickets and some art from the Downtown Chandler Art Walk. We’ve made it fairly simple. Here’s how to play. 

1. Visit the Art Walk or the Chandler Center for the Arts and pick up an entry form at the designated table. 

2. Have a CCA or Art walk representative provide proof of visit. 

4. Visit the other location and pick up your proof of visit there. 

5. Submit your entry form. 

RULES (every thing has ’em, just roll with it)

1. Must visit both locations in the same night. The Center’s doors open at 6:30, and we will be shutting down at 8:30. Please, please PLEASE enter the contest during that time slot. We won’t be able to count your entry if you submit it after 8:30

2. Must have verification from both locations to be entered to win.

3. Drop entry form at either CCA or the Art Walk. 

It’s simple, it’s fun, and you get to do something different on a Friday night, which is what we in Downtown specialize in! 

Questions? Y’all know where to find me. (caitie.quick@chandleraz.gov) or give me a yell here or on Twitter. 


Monday Mashup: Coming soon

Friday is going to be fun.

We have the Sun Lakes Big Band (featuring Joe Carroccio) playing as part of our Free Summer Concert Series starting at 7:30. Sun Lakes Big Band has been together since 1998 and has all vetran big band players from all walks of life. And they are planning on playing Frank Sinatra, so I’m really excited about that!

As with all of our Free Summer Concerts (which are supported by Fast Med Urgent Care), the doors open at 6:30, seating starts at 7:00 and the show starts at 7:30.  The suggested donations are $5/child, $10/adult and 15/family

Since our Sun Lakes Big Band concert is on the same night as the Downtown Chandler Art walk, we thought we’d do a little giveaway. It’ll involve a tad bit of walking but we’ll make it worth your while. Details to come tomorrow! (Probably a good reason to subscribe to the blog, eh? Which you can do so in the upper right hand corner)


Submit Your Appilications to the Youth Advisory Council!

The Center is now accepting applications for the second annual Youth Advisory Council (YAC) from Valley teens 13-18 years old.  The YAC is a component of the larger Connecting Kidz initiative, which provides youth and young adults with opportunities to experience both performance and visual arts.  In this program, teens focus on arts appreciation, community service and development of leadership skills in order to become advocates for the arts and well-rounded community leaders.

Applications for the program will be accepted now through September 7, 2012.  The candidates must be between ages 13-18 and currently attending a public, private, parochial, charter or home school in the Phoenix area.

Fifteen teens will be selected to serve as members of CCA’s Youth Advisory Council for a six-month term, beginning September 19, 2012 and concluding at the end of February 2013.

Finalists will be notified and invited for interviews on September 13th at the Center.

The 15 selected teens will exit the YAC program next year with increased knowledge of: career opportunities, financial responsibility, leadership skills, small and large group dynamics and public relations and marketing.

The program is free of charge to all participants.  A Certificate of Completion will be given to each member at the conclusion of the program year and the class list will be prominently displayed in the Center’s lobby.

Want to join? You can download your application here!

The YAC is made possible by Chandler Cultural Foundation Board Member Lorah Neville.

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The Center is now accepting applications for the second annual Youth Advisory Council (YAC) from Valley teens 13-18 years old.  The YAC is a component of the larger Connecting Kidz initiative, which provides youth and young adults with opportunities to experience both performance and visual arts.  In this program, teens focus on arts appreciation, community service and development of leadership skills in order to become advocates for the arts and well-rounded community leaders.

Applications for the program will be accepted now through September 7, 2012.  The candidates must be between ages 13-18 and currently attending a public, private, parochial, charter or home school in the Phoenix area.

 

Fifteen teens will be selected to serve as members of CCA’s Youth Advisory Council for a six-month term, beginning September 19, 2012 and concluding at the end of February 2013.

Finalists will be notified and invited for interviews on September 13th at the Center.

The 15 selected teens will exit the YAC program next year with increased knowledge of: career opportunities, financial responsibility, leadership skills, small and large group dynamics and public relations and marketing.

The program is free of charge to all participants.  A Certificate of Completion will be given to each member at the conclusion of the program year and the class list will be prominently displayed in the Center’s lobby.  

The YAC is made possible by Chandler Cultural Foundation Board Member Lorah Neville.


Spring 2012 Glee Camp

We’re back! It seems like we just had a Glee Camp, but there is something special about Spring Glee Camp. Maybe because I’m a warm weather gal or because it marks my first year at CCA.

This was taken toward the of the first day of Camp today, when the kids had been working for maybe two hours at their first song. As always, I’m impressed at how much they can absorb and then throw back at the audience. Awesome first day, guys.

2012 Glee Camp first day


Monday Mashup: Boot stompin’ fun.

This weekend at the Center, we had a couple of pretty awesome things happen.

We honored Jerry Brooks for all the work that he’s done for us, for Chandler, and for anyone who has visited the Center. We gave him the Applause Award for this year, as well as established a legacy fund in his name to further the work that we’re able to do with the kids and young adults in Chandler, from the camps to the Youth Advisory Committee.

David Woodruff and Wayne Lewis gave Jerry his award before the Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan show, and I have a slide show from the ceremony and the meet and greet that Pam and Lorrie were kind enough do for us.

As for the actual show, we had a packed house!

I love this view. I love the people that love the Center enough to fill the building. High fives all around!

Now for the highlight of the Monday Mashup: Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis. These ladies are stars of the Grand Ole Opery, and it isn’t hard to see why. Plus, I loved their shoes. Just goes to show that you can’t go wrong with sparkly.

This weekend we have the 8th Annual Chandler Sports Hall of Fame, with speaker Frank Kush.  The ceremony starts at 11:00am, and you can get tickets and see the list of the honorees here.


Monday Mashup part 1: Alpin Hong

(This weekend has more events than you can shake a stick at, and they all deserve their own spotlight. Alpin Hong was kind enough to spend the late morning on the phone with me, and you can catch him here this Friday at 8pm)

“My mom made me.”

How many of us had that reasoning for doing something, from taking out the garbage every morning to babysitting siblings and practicing for something. From the ages of 5-15, I’m pretty sure the only reason I did anything was because my mom made me.

There are no exceptions for world-class piano players, like Alpin Hong. Although he hated practicing, he didn’t hate playing the piano.

“I hated to practice, but I liked the challenge that came with performing,” he said. But to do well in the latter, you need to stick with the former. Alpin did, and it paid off. He recently played at the White House and at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, both incredibly special performances.

“The Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of the great concert halls, and my brother and wife, two of my most honest critics, told me it was my most flawless performance. It gave me a professional confidence, like what I was doing was working and I had done the right thing with my life,” he said.

So how did Alpin get to the White House and Walt Disney Concert Hall? Same way one gets to Carnegie Hall: Practice. But anyone who has been a child practicing music, or who has been around a child practicing music knows that is no easy task. That’s why Alpin spends his time wisely when he will visit, not only will he perform at the Center, but he’ll also spend this week when students from CUSD teaching, helping and playing music with them. And it works.

“At some point, a child needs to be invested. Let them hear music played at a high level, it gives them something to shoot for. Take them to a live performance, like you would like an athlete to a sporting event,” he said.

An important thing to keep in mind, says Alpin, is to not let practicing music become a task and keep it relevant to them.

“Let kids play what they want to play, whether that’s Star Wars or Harry Potter. It makes music relevant to them, because let’s be honest, piano practice isn’t going to compete with video games.”

Piano practice has much more to compete with than video games, and it used to get a little help from school, where kids had a once a week music class (if they were lucky). We all know the story of music and arts getting cut from schools, and what effect it’s having on our kids.

“It’s horrifying, but it’s renewed my impulse to do what I can to reach as many kids as possible,” he said.

He’s doing that all week, with the students at CUSD, and his concert on Friday is open to anyone and everyone, especially those who haven’t seen a piano concert before, or think that one has to be stuffy. Alpin explains what he plays, why it sounds the way it does, and even goes in-depth to help the audience understand his music.

Because if you don’t understand something, how can you enjoy it?

We have more information on Alpin’s concert here, and I hope to see the auditorium packed with as many people as we can hold.


Youth in Action

Last night I had the privilege to speak to the Center’s Youth Advisory Council about what I do to help the Center.

Not going to lie, I was pretty nervous about speaking to a group of teenagers, but that didn’t matter. What mattered was these young adults.

Just a few days after Cave Creek announced that  they could no longer fund their arts programs (among others), this group showed me that people do still care about art, in all of its forms, and they will do what it takes to keep it accessible.

That photo was taken at about 7:30 last night, on a day when some of those kids had been at school since 6:30am.  After a full day of learning, studying, and other practices, they still had the energy to sit down and plan a fundraiser.

They’ll be hosting their fundraiser on March 10 before the Damn Yankees performance. The hope is that they’ll raise enough money for next year’s Youth Advisory Council, and be able to fill the youth arts void left by the schools.

When the schools and their communities can’t help their children, I’m glad to know that a group of teenagers are willing and able to step up to the plate.


Behind the scenes of Zoppé: An Italian Family Circus

This morning it was our treat to have Jayme King, meterologist from Fox 10, come out and experience the Zoppé Circus first hand.  We even got him involved in the tricks that you may see over the course of the circus’ run.

 

Why juggle balls and batons when you can juggle people?

 

Here’s a wonderful preview of what you may find at the Circus

 

What do Jayme and the Old Spice guy have in common? They are both on a horse.

 

No show is ever the same, so if you come more than once, you’ll see a different show each time. If you still haven’t gotten your tickets, you can get them here, but be aware that some shows are sold out.