“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle
Happy Inspire Your Heart With Art Day! Today we celebrate art and the effect it can have on our hearts. Each form of art can inspire our hearts to feel.
The Chandler Center for the Arts is certainly a place to inspire your heart with art. We are lucky enough to have art in the form of performances almost every weekend (see full schedule here).
We also have a gallery filled with art. Tomorrow, February 1, the gallery reopens its doors to the public. The gallery will feature “Waterworks: Really Abstract or Abstractly Real?” This is an exhibit of artworks by Arizona watercolor critique group Waterworks. The Waterworks Artists are ten artists who live in the Valley of the Sun. A group spirit of friendship, cooperation and support is created through open sharing of water-media ideas, art related information and constructive painting critiques. While maintaining the highest levels of artistic professionalism, these artists have exhibited widely since 1995 in many prominent venues. Learn more about the artwork and artists here.
Join in inspiring your heart at Chandler Center for the Arts. Your heart and mind might work harmoniously or conflict with emotion as you waltz through the gallery or observe a performance.
Each January, the City of Chandler holds a series of events to honor our community’s heritage and diversity, along with the spirit and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the civil rights movement.
To kick off the month long event, on Saturday, January 12, the screening of the critically acclaimed film Power of One will occur. The film portrays the story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. Winton, now 102 years old, did not speak about these events with anyone for more than half a century. His exploits would have probably been forgotten if his wife, fifty years later, hadn’t found a suitcase in the attic, full of documents and transport plans. Today the story of this rescue is known all over the world.
The following weekend, on Friday, January 18, New Directions Veteran’s Choir will grace our stage. The New Directions Veterans Choir is an award winning a cappella group that sings renditions of doo-wop, soul, traditional gospel and popular music. The Choir consists of current and former residents of New Directions’ transitional facility, a Veterans Administration (VA) drug rehabilitation program. These men and women who have served proudly in the United States Military and following service to our country, became homeless. George Hill, choir founder and director, was homeless for 12 years. A graduate of New Directions, Hill is also an employee at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration. “Through singing,” George says, “we hope to let veterans who may be suffering know that there is hope for them.”
The next day, Saturday, January 19, Chandler’s 18th Annual Multicultural Festival will highlight the cultural diversity of our community through music, dance, art, storytelling children’s area and more. This is a FREE event open to the public.
The celebration concludes, on Sunday, January 20, with riveting rhythms, bold beats and ear-grabbing energy, in the show DRUMLine Live. This is an international tour based on the Historically Black College and University marching band tradition. The staged show will be a synchronized musical showcase of the HBCU experience. The group’s performances will range from colorful, choreographed routines to heavy doses of drum riffs and cadences with the rousing sound of the great brass tradition.
Let’s all come together this month and celebrate unity. To learn more or to purchase tickets for any of these incredible events, please click here.
Each year Brighton Collectibles stores give back to their communities by holding a nation-wide fundraising competition between their stores. The fundraising period stretches over a couple of months and each store location selects a charity within their community to benefit from their fundraising efforts. This year the Chandler Fashion Center store selected the Chandler Center for the Arts Connecting Kidz program to support.
We had a lot of fun working with the store manager and associates to get the word out about the fundraiser and it paid off…big time! The Chandler Fashion Center’s location won their company’s philanthropic national competition by raising the most money. They raised over $8,100 for CCA’s Connecting Kidz program!
As a result of their win, the other stores across the country sent their inventory of limited edition American Flag bracelets to the Chandler store to extend their fundraising initiative. The store celebrated their win and the extension of their fundraising efforts this past Saturday at Chandler Fashion Center with a performance by the Mallet Masters.
If you missed out this summer, there is still time to purchase this bracelet. “Vote” for the Arts and the Connecting Kidz program in Chandler by buying the American Flag bracelet! The remaining bracelets will be sold through October 27.
Call (480) 726-0263 to order yours today or stop by the store. Thanks Brighton! You guys rock!