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GENYOUth’s Mission 57 game plan will lead up to and culminate with Taste of the NFL, the Super Bowl’s premier purpose-driven culinary event, on Saturday, February 11, 2023 in Phoenix.

In celebration of the 57th anniversary of the Super Bowl, GENYOUth, with the support of its partners, is providing grants for 57 Grab and Go meal equipment packages to 57 Arizona schools serving high-need communities to increase access to nutritious school meals, including breakfast and throughout the school day. The program will help deliver over 8.5 million school meals to over 31,000 students each school year!

• 84% of Arizona students qualify for free/reduced price school meals based on household income.

Help take Mission 57: End Student Hunger and Taste of the NFL into the end zone to tackle food among children in the

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Arizona community! To make a donation, go to GENYOUthNow.org/donate “GENYOUthisproudtopartnerwiththeArizonaSuperBowlHostCommittee,ArizonaMilkProducers,DairyCouncil®ofArizona,andFry’sFoodStores,Frito-Lay,Quaker®andFrontdoorsMediawhoallshareadeepcommitmenttotacklingfoodinsecurityamongArizonayouth.Wearegratefulfortheir collectivecommitmenttothiseffortwhichiscritically aimportantinendingstudenthunger.Theonlyhungerstudentshouldexperienceisahungertolearn!” Ann Marie Krautheim, M.A., R.D., L.D. CEO, GENYOUth “Wecan’tforgetourkidsinpoverty;thereismorethatwecando.Weneedtodowhatwecantoincreaseschoolbreakfastparticipation.Kidswhoeatbreakfastarebetternourishedandmorefocusedacademically.” Mike Barragan Assistant Superintendent, Glendale Elementary School District 40 “Fry’sisexcitedtopartnerwithGENYOUthonMission57:EndStudentHungertotacklefoodinsecurityinArizona.Wewantstudentstobeabletofocusontheirstudiesratherthanbedisruptedbybeinghungry.Thisdonationwillhelpprovideadditionalaccesstofresh,nutritiousfoodforthousandsoflocalstudents,helpingtoensurenostudentgoeshungry.”

Help GENYOUth End Student Hunger in Arizona!

• In Arizona, only 55% of students participate in school breakfast for every 100 that participate in school lunch.

• School meals are a lifeline, and for many students they are the only healthy meal that they receive on some days.

GENYOUth, in partnership with the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, Arizona Milk Producers, Dairy Council® of Arizona, and generous corporate sponsors including Fry’s Food Stores, Frito Lay, Quaker® and Frontdoors Media, is kicking off Mission 57: End Student Hunger, a community-based initiative that will equip school nutrition programs with equipment and resources to tackle hunger among youth in Arizona as excitement builds for the BIG Game.

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS PARTNERS

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A “TASTE” OF WHAT’S TO COME… SPONSORSHIP AND PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE Contact Maureen Bausch at Maureen.Bausch@GENYOUthNow.org Super Bowl LVII will cook up a culinary experience like no other as Taste of the NFL gears up for its 32nd year of delicious food and cocktail creations, celebrity and athlete appearances, and innovative chefs. Taking center “kitchen” will be Andrew Zimmern, Carla Hall, Tim Love, Lasheeda Perry and Mark Bucher, along with Arizona chefs to prepare and serve incredible, mouth-watering delights for all to enjoy. Taste of the NFL is the Super Bowl’s premier purpose-driven event, raising awareness and generating funds to overcome food insecurity. For football and foodie fans, it will be the ultimate place to be Super Bowl weekend, and proceeds will benefit school nutrition programs in Arizona and beyond through GENYOUth’s End Student Hunger fund. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2023 CHECK OUT TASTEOFTHENFL.COM FOR MORE UPDATES Save The Date GENYOUth, a nationally recognized leader in creating healthier school communities, reaches 38 million students in 73,000 schools nationwide through our flagship program Fuel Up to Play 60. Here in the Super Bowl’s host market, we are tackling food insecurity among youth. School Meals Matter! Let’s work together to End Student Hunger!

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Proceeds benefit the artistic, educational, and charitable programs of Arizona Broadway Theatre and is hosted by ABT Performing Arts Association, a 501 (c)(3).

35th Annual ATHENA Awards Luncheon October 13, 2022 | 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

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Join the Greater Phoenix Chamber on October 13th to celebrate these incredible women and find out who will be named ATHENA!

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Public Sector Finalists

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FRONTDOORS MAGAZINE | 5 SUBSTANCE OF STARS The Heard Museum’s new Signature Exhibition, opening November 6 For more information: substanceofstars.org Get your tickets to the exclusive opening at the Heard Museum’s largest annual fundraising event, Moondance, on November 5: heard.org/moondance Steven Yazzie (Diné/Laguna Pueblo/Anglo), still image of Tsé Bit'a'í (Shiprock) from Substance of Stars: Physiographic Spirit of Navajo-land, 2022, video produced for the Heard Museum.

EDITOR IN CHIEF Karen Werner PUBLISHER Andrea Tyler Evans ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Lisa Pagel LIFESTYLE EDITOR Perrine Adams CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Tom Evans CREATIVE DIRECTOR Neill Fox DESIGNER Cheyenne Brumlow DIGITAL EDITOR & PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Abby Petersen CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Julie ShoshanaColemanLeonZenobiaMertelJudyPearsonCatieRichman FRONTDOORS TV HOST AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Carey Peña SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES BEAUTY PARTNERS Remedy Salon & Spa The Sparkle Bar PHOTOGRAPHY Scott Foust Studios 3104 E. Camelback Road, #967, Phoenix, AZ 85016 info@frontdoorsmedia.com480.622.4522 | frontdoorsmedia.com Frontdoors Magazine is dedicated to the memory of Mike Saucier. Ma gazi ne FRONTDOORS MEDIA ADVISORY BOARD Latasha Causey Russ RustyDickeyFoleySueGlawe SarahMoniqueLarryKrahenbuhlLytlePorrasBradVynalek SOCIETY OF CHAIRS ADVISORS Deborah Bateman Linda Herold Lisa RobynLindsayGrannisGreenLambert Morgan McClellan MichelleDeidraSchneiderViberg On the Cover Southwest Shakespeare actors Elizabeth Broeder and Angel Lopez with artistic director Debra Ann Byrd in Papago Park Photo by Scott Foust Phoenix | Nashville 800 379 5777 Learn more speedsupplyStreamlinepoweredbyprisma.comatyourmarketingchainandincreasetomarket Prisma is the marketing logistics partner for more than 350 top global brands. With technology and production solutions for every vertical, learn how Prisma can bring your message to market. Local GlobalCompany.Results.

Get your tickets today; full lineup online! CLICK ScottsdalePerformingArts.org CALL 480-499-TKTS (8587) VISIT 7380 E. Second St. DONATE Donate.ScottsdaleArts.org EXPLORE THE NEW SEASON at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Alan Cumming is Not Acting His Age Saturday, Nov. 12, 8 p.m. Signature Sponsor: Ethelyn Cohen, In Memory of Howard Cohen Soweto Gospel Choir Tuesday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. Hitting New Heights Mandy Gonzalez & Javier Muñoz Saturday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m. Julia Chacón Flamenco Theatre Flamenco Intimo Fridays and Saturdays; Oct. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29; 8 p.m. Dance Series Sponsors: Karen & John Voris and Betty Hum & Alan Yudell Aida Cuevas 45th Anniversary / Yo Creo Que Es Tiempo Accompanied by Mariachi Aztlán Saturday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m.

ORGANIZATIONS FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE + Arizona Jewish Historical Society + Arizona Museum of Natural History + Artlink + ASU Gammage + Ballet Arizona + Greasepaint Youtheatre + Musical Theatre of Anthem + Phoenix Conservatory of Music + Shemer Art Center + Southwest Shakespeare Company + Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust 10 EDITOR’S NOTE Art, Beauty and Community 12 10 QUESTIONS Richard Thomas, Emmy-winning actor 17 CREATING CULTURE Artlink builds connection and community 23 BOOKMARKED Clottee Hammons, creative director of Emancipation Arts 25 CHEERS TO THE CHAIRS A preview of the Valley’s premier philanthropic events 31 KEY TO THE GOOD LIFE Dress to Impress + Gifts from the Heart 37 STYLE UNLOCKED Authentically Amy 43 FROM THE ROAD Wandering in Wickenburg 49 A 2ND ACT Jami Kozemczak, executive director at Ballet Arizona 52 COVER STORY Southwest Shakespeare Company 61 NEXT DOORS Moving Arts & Culture Forward 66 OFFICE DOORS Emily Early, curator at Arizona Museum of Natural History 69 CHARITY SPOTLIGHT Greasepaint Theater 73 KITCHEN DOORS Let’s Eat! 80 LAST LOOK Shemer Art Center 61 SEPT / OCT 2022, VOLUME 16, ISSUE 5 TABLE OF CONTENTS 8 | FRONTDOORS MAGAZINE

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Botti FALL CONCERT SERIES Tickets and lineup at MIM.org Sarah McKenzie September 17 ElCimafunkAlimento Tour September 27 Julian Lage September 29 Samara Joy September 30 Suzanne Vega An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories October 1 & 2 Skerryvore October 5 Anat Cohen Quartetinho Featuring Vitor Gonçalves, Tal Mashiach, and James Shipp October 18 Chris Botti October 21 & 22 Flor de Toloache October 23 Sophie B. CelebratingHawkinsthe30th Anniversary of Tongues and Tails October 26 Makaya McCraven October 29 Antonio Sánchez and Bad Hombre With Thana Alexa, BIGYUKI, and Lex Sadler November 1 And many more! MIM.org | 480.478.6000 | 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix Concert Series sponsored by

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“Ellen’s vast and varied international experience combined with her intellectual firepower has always provided a unique perspective on the arts and their impact on individuals and society. She approached grantmaking with vigor and a genuine understanding of both artists and institutions,” said Mary Jane Rynd, president & CEO of Piper Trust.

What fun it was to interview Richard Thomas for 10 Questions this month. “The Waltons” was a staple of my youth, and hearing his voice made those fond memories return. Thomas will come to ASU Gammage in December to star in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” It’s just one of many productions to put on your calendar — and part of why we are so excited to bring you our annual Arts & Culture issue.

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Piper Trust senior program officer Ellen Solowey

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For the cover, our team caught sunrise in Papago Park, capturing the drama and power of Southwest Shakespeare Company. We’re big fans of their bold, original productions and quest to serve every child in our state. Inclusive, vibrant and full of personality, the cover conveys the theme of this issue, which is a celebration of art, beauty and community.

When it comes to the arts, the Trust has relied on the expertise of senior program officer Ellen Solowey for 15 years. Thought of as a ‘Renaissance woman’ by many of her colleagues, Solowey has made an indelible mark on Maricopa County’s arts and culture community. She recently announced her retirement.

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“ Ellen’s vast and varied international experience combined with her intellectual firepower has always provided a unique perspective on the arts and their impact on individuals and society.”

life-enhancing experiences, educational opportunities and increased community vitality.

It is a privilege to celebrate Solowey on such a significant milestone — and fitting to anticipate the artistic memories ahead.

Frontdoors has long been a place to champion the arts, but this issue is something special. We collaborated with Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, a private foundation that honors Virginia Galvin Piper’s philanthropic commitment to changing lives and strengthening community. Reflecting Virginia Piper’s own charitable legacy, the Trust awards grants to arts and culture organizations to create

Although Solowey may be retiring from Piper Trust, she has a deep appreciation and respect for the nonprofit community and plans to be involved in new ways. “The Trust’s board and staff salute Ellen’s dedication and the enduring mark she has made on this community,” Rynd said.

Solowey was instrumental in designing the Trust’s intensive two-year capacity-building program for arts organizations, known as the AGILE program. Most recently, she was the architect of the Trust’s new Arts & Culture Forward program, from inception to implementation. You can read about this effort to support arts organizations while broadening access to arts and engagement on page 61.

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I’m an actor for hire. I’ve been lucky and had an opportunity to play lots of different roles. The one thing I would say is that I have always fought hard to maintain the amount of time I spend on stage. The theater is so important to me, and that’s been very rewarding.

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Well, it is old. In fact, it’s 50 years, but I love it. I love the association and am proud of that show and that character. I always take such delight when people remember it and talk about what it meant to them. The longer it goes on, the more I value those comments.

You’ve had an incredible career, but to many people, you’re still John-Boy Walton. Does that get old?

You’re currently in the national Broadway tour of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” With all of the theater closures due to COVID, what’s it like to be back on stage?

From “The Waltons” to more recent roles in “The Americans” and “Ozark,” your career has enjoyed a lot of longevity. Do you have tips for staying relevant?

It’s wonderful to be on stage and in the room with an audience. There’s nothing like it. I love the different cities I’ve gotten to know, the audiences in those cities, and the beautiful theaters that we get to play.

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I don’t like to tell people to go see a show. But I’m telling people to go see it. It’s a fantastic cast. It’s wonderfully entertaining, as well as an important piece of theater. I think it’s an opportunity for families to experience it with middle- and high school-aged children and remember how meaningful this particular novel was in their lives. I think that folks in Arizona will love it, and I’m so excited to be coming there. For more information, visit asugammage.com/ mockingbird.

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In December, Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” will come to Arizona with Richard Thomas as Atticus Finch.

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What else are you working on these days?

I’ve been involved with the revival of “The Waltons” on The CW. A new version of our “Homecoming” Christmas movie was made with a new cast and I was asked to do the on-camera introductions and narration. I’ve just done the narration for a new Thanksgiving special, and there’s going to be another Easter special. I’m very involved in that and excited to be carrying that forward.

Is there anything you’d like Frontdoors readers to know about you or this production of “To Kill a Mockingbird”?

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Arizona for creating links between artists, businesses and the community.ArtlinkInc. was created when a group of artists organized Art Detour, Phoenix’s original art walk, in downtown Phoenix. The organizers recognized the positive synergy between artists and the community and knew they were onto something with the event. Soon after, a board of

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Connection is where it’s at — in the home, our neighborhoods, at school and work, and at Frontdoors, where we illuminate organizations and unsung heroes in ourShiningcommunity.bright in the unsung heroes’ space for more than 33 years is a nonprofit that personifies connection as the heart of its mission. Artlink has been instrumental in

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Various components of Artlink make it a valuable resource and “destination” for not only artists but businesses in the Valley by providing easy access to the art world — connecting creative industries with Valley organizations — and developing dynamic relationships while ensuring the arts are accessible and visible in the community.

At the heart of the nonprofit is the Artlink directory, a database connecting more than 1,000 artists and businesses. Registration is free for all “articipants” and it masterfully links local working artists with galleries, cultural venues, arts-supporting businesses and more, promoting collaboration and opportunity while strategically keeping work local for Arizona artists.

Once an artist or business is registered as an

directors and a list of community partners assembled and, voilà!, Artlink was established in 1989.

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“articipant,” they are invited to promote events through the organization’s real-time calendar, communicate opportunities to submit or share, list calls for artists, commissions, educational opportunities and more. This valuable resource has resulted in solid relationships through the years, underscoring the nonprofit’s mission: keeping the arts integral to the city’s development by connecting artists, businesses and the community.

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A jury panel selects excellent work to celebrate the diverse talent of Arizona artists. The top three works are awarded monetary prizes up to $5,000. The exhibition is open to the public and provides a glimpse into how art professionals view works of art.

“Artlink is unique because of its multifaceted capabilities,” said Catrina Kahler, president and CEO of Artlink. “The Annual Juried Exhibition is one of the more dynamic events of our organization. It marks a moment in time that allows us to recognize the ecosystem of

Artlink’s purpose-driven events, including the iconic First Fridays art walk — which has grown to become one of the largest monthly art walks in the United States — and the famed Art d’Core Gala keep the arts front and center in Arizona. Partnerships with companies around the state and donations from individuals are instrumental in Artlink’s success, making programs, initiatives and events possible.

For more information on Artlink’s offerings, visit artlinkphx.org.

events. The purpose of the Annual Juried Exhibition is to showcase Arizona’s creativity. It begins with a call for entries prior to the exhibition, where emerging and established artists from across the state are invited to submit works from an inclusive list of disciplines, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, printmaking, video art, fiber art, performance art and fashion design.

As Artlink president & CEO, Catrina Kahler helps link artists, business and the public to better support a thriving arts community in downtown Phoenix.

With more than three decades of history, Artlink has evolved to keep connection paramount for the organization. Programs and events dig deep into culture and development, partnerships, diversity and more, further exemplifying Artlink’s commitment to supporting its comprehensive mission.

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the arts community, providing an appreciation of varying levels of artistry and talent, contributing to a broader conversation of the arts in Arizona.”

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“It has been my lifelong experience and observation that when the freedom and opportunity to express oneself are withheld, due to racial discrimination, those creative energies can evolve and become manifested in depression, anger or other self-destructive outlets. Hence, much of my time and attention is devoted to forging holistic opportunities for local Black artists that do not have corporate affiliations.

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ome on in and stay a while. For nearly two decades, Amy Yount’s clients have. Yount — the owner and mastermind behind Amy Atelier — is well known for her fashion-forward women’s and men’s boutique in Scottsdale. However, it is her reputation for curating fashion experiences for clients nationwide that distinguishes Yount as a celebrated force in the industry.

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“At the end of the day, I am offering a service,” Yount said. “My clients are who I am buying for, the aesthetic of the boutique and its design is for my

A natural-born creative, Yount began her career in L.A. and New York, where she worked for various luxury brands and attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Recognizing an opportunity to bring boutique shopping to the Valley, Yount opened her first retail space at Biltmore Fashion Park in 2005. Since then, she has enjoyed success and longevity in a competitive market by keeping her customers at the forefront of every business decision she makes.

clients. Relationships with my clients are paramount and allow me to tell their story. It’s not about what’s trendy but rather, how I incorporate aspects of current trends to make my clients shine and feel their best.”

My clients are who I am buying for, the aesthetic of the boutique and its design is for my clients.”

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Coupled with expertise in technical details for fashion merchandising and a keen entrepreneurial business spirit, Yount has pivoted changes in the industry well. She credits her success to remaining authentic to who she is while evolving so that she can serve her clients in the best possible way.

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True to her approach, Yount pulls inspiration from the art world when creating looks in all areas of her life, such as her new home. Yount’s approach to decorating is identical to how she approaches styling her clients. She is drawn to artists and creators who mix prints and textures by not following an aesthetic that isn’t their own and, instead, shake things up by blending classic and modern combinations that spark joy, versus what is currently popular.

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“With the capability to see an abundance of images through social media, I’m constantly wanting to update my home, my style and travel to new places. I feel artists are under constant pressure to create newness, and fashion is like that too. But I definitely feel most fulfilled when I hone in on a sense of style and own it for a while,” Yount said. “I feel this is what creates true identity and individuality. The best artists and social media fashion bloggers stick with their aesthetic even under pressure to change.”

Aside from Yount’s discerning business sense and je ne sais quoi when it comes to style, she strives to educate her clientele on collecting elevated pieces that transcend trends and live among their wardrobe capsules for years. Yount’s most coveted clothing item is a jacket. Versatile and suitable for all ages, she recommends investing in this fashion must-have. She says it’s how you wear a jacket that makes it the most enviable item in her closet.

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One aspect that has remained unchanged for Yount is her talent for maintaining long-lasting relationships with her clients while growing her business. A few years ago, Yount opened two contemporary boutiques in Old Town Scottsdale. Setting the tone for the ultimate fashion experience before stepping foot into the stores, Amy Atelier and Man Atelier draw attention from East Stetson Drive with welcoming, come-hither appeal.

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Situated close by, the Men’s Atelier is an intimate space featuring timeless men’s contemporary sportswear. Masculine design elements create an approachable feel suited to ease of shopping and numerous styling options.

As for what’s a current, go-to look today, Yount advises mixing old with new and giving an element of unexpectedness when it comes to pulling an outfit together. “A feminine piece like a dress paired with a refined combat boot is a great combination. Again, it’s all in how you wear it that transforms a classic piece into a modern but personalYountlook.”isexcited about the future and the myriad brands and designers producing great work but recognizes that staying true to who she is will always be her North Star. As the fashion expert has gleaned through years of experience in her career and life, “You can’t accomplish authenticity in style by dressing for someone else.”

The women’s 2,000-square-foot space opened in fall 2020 and was designed to showcase more than seasonable clothing and accessories. Creating intentional areas for personal attention, business functionality and sections to mingle while sipping rosé all day were integral parts of the buildout. Clean white, cream and gray neutrals complement metal fixtures oriented in an eclectic way, allowing the merchandise to take center stage. The emerald green lounge area highlights the glam side of Yount’s style, while wallpaper and black-and-white tile accents provide a classic vibe.

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head to the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, a nationally recognized Smithsonian Affiliate. This very special place is two museums in one and boasts something for everyone. The street-level floor is filled with art exhibitions and pieces from their permanent collection.

How easy is it to get to Wickenberg for a day, overnight or family vacation? Simply drive north up the I-17 to the Carefree Highway (SR74) headed west, which connects with U.S. 60 West. In 10 miles, you’re at the roundabout that dumps you into downtown via East Wickenberg Way.

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id you know that you can be in downtown Wickenburg within one to one-and-a-half hours from most places in the Valley? What awaits you is an authentic Western experience filled with history, art and a storybook town.

Start with coffee and breakfast with the local cowboys. The locally owned Horseshoe Café and Nana’s Sandwich Shoppe have hearty offerings to fuel your day. From there,

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The 2022-23 season includes a Mexican folk art exhibition opening in late October and a lecture with Lynn Downey, author of “Ranchers, Dudines, Writers and Riders: The Story of Women in Dude Ranching” in November. The permanent collection galleries include a rotation of Frederic Remington, Charles Marion Russell, Thomas Moran and other Western greats, thanks to an effort led by past trustee Aiken Fisher in the early 1970s.

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Serape Bleu, a vibrant clothing and gift boutique owned by Theresa Dunn with the tagline “sweetness for your soul.” When Dunn moved to Wickenburg in 2013, she brought her love of fashion, shopping and Arizona style. The shop is filled with breezy dresses, Western-inspired tops, jeans in all shades and, of course, boots and turquoise jewelry. There is a darling kids’ section, baby gifts (think tiny moccasins) and locally made gifts that any hostess wouldLookingappreciate.forsome authentic Western gear to add to your closet? Mosey on over to the Double H Custom Hat Company. Wickenburg is a walking town where you can discover finds in several antique stores and little shops filled with pottery, vintage finds and unique Western décor.

There’s also some unexpected retail therapy. For the ladies, make time to stop in

Maynard Dixon, “Cowboy and Pony, Sandhill Camp,” 1921. Oil on canvas, Collection of the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ. Gift of Harriet and Edson Spencer.

No matter when you visit, the history contained in the basement level of the museum provides a step back in time. Envision the TV show “Little House on the Prairie”… the general store, the chapel and the interior of the town inn. During the school year, fourth graders fill these historic and interactive displays. The detail is incredible, and it’s fun to see if you can spot a collectible you may have seen in your grandmother’s house as you take it all in.

Each March, the iconic Cowgirl Up! exhibition and sale arrives, highlighting contemporary works by female artists in the Western genre. The museum started the show to shine a spotlight on the often undervalued work of female artists — the other half of the West — and it has reached national fame.

The collection of paintings and sculptures fills more than four galleries, offering something for both savvy collectors and those looking to buy their first piece of art. Expect to see serene landscapes, rugged horses and whimsical flowers at every turn. Both the exhibit and sale together are the museum’s signature fundraiser, and buyers are encouraged to leave their purchases on display through the summer for visitors to enjoy.

“Doug Hyde: Stone Carvings, Bronze Castings.” December 17, 2022 - March 5, 2023. “Evening Star” bronze. Collection of the artist. Photo coutesy of Medicine Man Gallery, Inc.

If lunch or early dinner is on your mind, The Local Press Sandwich Bar and Onery Hog BBQ are nearby, and Cary’s Pizza is two blocks away. For entertainment, the historic Sahuaro Theater has recently been refurbished,

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Arts and culture, great shopping, incredible terrain — Wickenburg makes a wonderful getaway. For a truly Western experience, many guests opt for a dude ranch. Here are three:

The Flying E Ranch is a must-visit if you want to appreciate breathtaking scenery and interact with genuine cowboys. Along with the horseback riding and other activities, the ranch serves excellent food, has comfortable rooms and features an outdoor stage where they program country music. flyingeranch.com

One of the first dude ranches in Arizona, the ranch welcomed its first guests in 1926. Today’s guests can experience the same Western ambiance, sleeping in adobe-walled buildings, walking among stately trees and riding the same trails as those first guests from almost 100 years ago. kayelbar.com

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The Webb Center presents Western performances, as well as other genres. “There are so many unexpected things going on here,” said Cathy Weiss, the Webb Center’s CEO. Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives will kick

and it screens both classics and first-run films. But the fun doesn’t need to end there. The Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts is a short drive from downtown.

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Celebrating 75 years of horses, hats and hospitality, this luxury dude ranch has something for everyone, from award-winning golf course to a peaceful spa and, of course, Western activities like horseback rides, nature hikes, trap/skeet shooting, archery and off-property Jeep tours. ranchodeloscaballeros.com

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off the season in December, followed by country singer Mark Wills in January. In March, Kathy Mattea and Suzy Bogguss will team up for two performances timed to kick off Cowgirl Up! You can also catch The Doo Wop Christmas Project, the Irish group We Banjo 3, a radio play called “Lucy Loves Desi” and more. “After a good show at the Webb Center, there is a buzz in town. People are like, ‘Oh, I wish I was there,’” Weiss said.

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To stretch all this fun into a weekend trip and a place to hang your hat between adventures, My Place Suites and Los Viajeros Inn are downtown, and several dude ranches are just around the bend. Customize your trip with golf, horseback riding, a Jeep tour, a hike into the Hassayampa River Preserve or the ultimate Western experience at the Everett Bowman Arena watching bull riding, bronc riding, barrel racing or team roping!

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At some point in time, most little girls are enchanted by ballerinas: the tutus, the toe shoes, the twirls. If those thoughts went through Jami Kozemczak’s mind, they were brief. She wanted to be a marine biologist, although she now admits to

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At Ballet Arizona, Jami Kozemczak is a familiar face in a new role

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being terrified of sharks. A political science degree from Arizona State University would ensure a career on dry ground. It did, although not where she expected.

Kozemczak’s first job out of college was in marketing and public relations, and then fundraising, for Arizona Theatre Company. “I love the nonprofit world!” she said. And then, an incredibly prescient Ballet Arizona board member changed Kozemczak’s life.

“It was Carol Schilling’s last year on the board,” Kozemczak said. (Schilling is now a board chairman emerita.) “The ballet had a staff of just two and Carol realized an investment in the organization was needed in order to keep growing. She was a visionary.” Schilling created the development officer position, found Kozemczak, and underwrote her position for two years. “I had my dream job,” Kozemczak said. “I would never have walked into this organization without her.” And thus, Kozemczak’s first second act in nonprofits began in April 2014.

Ballet Arizona had undergone its own second act 15 years earlier. After its creation in 1986 — the result of bringing together three smaller and struggling Arizona dance companies —

the “Cinderella” season launched that October, with a performance of, aptly, “Cinderella.” But by the late 90s, the ballet was again besotted with financial troubles. Thankfully for everyone in this state, a wildly successful fundraising campaign saved the day in 2000. Since then, the company has continued to wow audiences under the artistic direction of former New York City Ballet principal dancer Ib Andersen.Kozemczak has wowed her coworkers at the ballet, as well. A year after assuming her position, she was promoted to director of development, a job in which she happily immersed herself. Then in early 2022, the ballet’s executive director, Samantha Turner, announced she was leaving. Kozemczak had always hoped to ascend to that position some day, but a cup of coffee last October revised her timeline.

“But from that moment on, I couldn’t stop thinking about it!” she laughed. “I encouraged the ballet to do a national search. If it was to be me, I wanted to make certain that I was the best candidate for them. The search took six months — there were many interested candidates. And ultimately, it was me!” Kozemczak assumed her new role as executive director on July 1 of this year.

Brad Reifschneider, Kozemczak and Peggy and Curt Ensign supporting the ballet.

As they chatted over lattés, her friend (who’s also a Ballet Arizona volunteer) encouraged Kozemczak to apply for the position. She said she’d think about it.

“We want to make magic for the community,” Kozemczak said. In that, too, Ballet Arizona is successful,

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touching the lives of more than 35,000 children each year, along with countless adults. Kozemczak feels lucky to be surrounded every day by people who have given their lives to the success of the ballet.

Now in her second second act in nonprofits, Kozemczak says she wakes up every day with fresh ideas. The ballet is in an “all systems go” mode. Ticket sales have returned to their pre-COVID numbers, and contributions are exceeding pre-pandemic levels. They have also resumed their wonderful community programs: classes in schools, lifelong learning events, free performances in parks across the Valley, and more.

With a bright smile, a lilt in her voice, and boundless enthusiasm, Kozemczak makes everyone feel ballet’s magic. To learn more, visit balletaz.org.

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SOUTHWESTDISTURBSSHAKESPEARETHEAIR COVER STORY

Enter Mary Way. Hailing from a long line of actors, Way has significantly impacted several of the Valley’s arts

ACT ONE

What’s Past Is Prologue

Southwest Shakespeare Company has always emphasized education and making Shakespeare understandable to the masses. But since its founding in 1994, the company has transformed from a small company of local artists to one of the Southwest’s theatrical powerhouses. It also moved beyond its home in Mesa to venues in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Peoria and more.

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Along the way, there has been off-stage drama, too, including mounting debt, dwindling audiences and a devastating fire in 2017 that ravaged the company’s production warehouse and destroyed millions of dollars worth of costumes, sets, tools and props.

institutions, and she received a Governor’s Arts Award in 2017. But she feels a special fondness for Shakespeare.

“All three of my children found a home in the arts. That was the place they could go and make friends, develop camaraderie and a creative outlet,” she said. “I knew what Shakespeare had done for my kids during their toughest years. I felt this was something I could help with.”

As executive director, Way has helped Southwest Shakespeare install a new board, raise significant capital, institute new reporting systems, balance the budget and reduce debt. She has done this work pro bono for eight years.

“I call it the breadcrumb trail of life,” she said. “You just land in a place where you have skills and an organization seeks them.”

“I thought that that was not fair. I decided to go back to my community and create a program called Take Wing and Soar Productions. It would be a theatrical safe space where artists of color will hone their skills and build that confidence while building their résumés,” Byrd said. “I was setting out to change the face of American classical theater.”

And what better model than Shakespeare to lead us through these times? More than 400 years ago, epidemics raged in London, forcing the Globe Theatre to close down repeatedly. In fact, Shakespeare wrote “King Lear,” “Macbeth” and “Antony and Cleopatra” while isolating during a plague.

Why Shakespeare?

Then COVID hit, and Byrd ended up staying in Arizona for an entire year. “That’s when the love affair with Arizona started,” she said.

Byrd came to Southwest Shakespeare in 2018 with her all-female “Othello.” (She had won Broadway World’s “Best Actress” for that performance.) She returned the following year to do her celebrated one-woman show, “Becoming Othello.”

In recent years, Way has helped Southwest Shakespeare bring the larger world of Shakespearean and other classical theater to Arizona by presenting literary-themed productions from across the country and around the world. One of them was from the Harlem Shakespeare Festival.

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Southwest Shakespeare Company artistic director Debra Ann Byrd

Debra Ann Byrd founded Harlem Shakespeare with the express notion of changing the world. A native of Spanish Harlem, Byrd first fell in love with Shakespeare after seeing Black actors in a Joseph Papp production in New York City. Although she had a drama degree and serious training, agents told Byrd not to expect a career in the classics.

In this winter of our discontent, does the world really need Shakespeare? “It’s everywhere,” said Mary Way. Heartthrobs like Timothée Chalamet and Robert Pattinson in “The King.” Joel Coen’s Oscar-nominated “Tragedy of Macbeth.” Daniel Craig in “Macbeth” on Broadway.

Byrd and Way discovered affinities that made them a perfect pair. “She’s my sister from another mister,” Byrd said. “We play off of each other and hold each other up with our individual strengths. And, you know, make some good art in the world.”Eventually, Way asked Byrd to become Southwest Shakespeare’s artistic director. Byrd moved to Arizona, got an apartment in Mesa and has been getting her footing in the community since. “I’m working to help the company further its mission and seeing if my brand of Shakespeare plays well here in Arizona, or whether they’re going to kick me out!” she said.

“We’re doing exactly what Shakespeare did,” Way said. “He did something we call equivocation. He would tell the story of a modern monarch, although he would place it 500 years before. This is how he kept his head. Our contemporary filmmakers and playmakers are doing the same thing. They’re running the commentary on today’s society.”

Shakespeare’s works are required reading for high school students. They have been performed in almost every language, on stage and screen and at festivals around the world. So how do you attract new audiences to see plays that are more than 400 years old?

Mary Way agrees, especially when it comes to the company’s education outreach. She ticks off Arizona’s latest Census numbers, noting that she wants Southwest Shakespeare productions to reflect the full breadth of the state and their audiences. “Kids that come to our shows love it when they see themselves represented on the stage. It can encourage and change lives,” she said.

Shakespeare’s influence on the English language runs deep. Here are a handful of the 1,700 words he coined:

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“We start with a brilliant director, so that they can, in turn, coach the actors,” Byrd said. “And we try to twist it up a little bit. Add a person of color in the lead — a lot of people haven’t seen that. They don’t know what it’s like for an Egyptian tawny-colored Cleopatra to hit the stage.”

ACT THREE

At Southwest Shakespeare, women sometimes play title roles that were meant to be played by men. It’s part of a reckoning in the theater community with entrenched biases. “I don’t like to choose artists just because they’re people of color, but if they are people of color, and they do have the skill sets, then I’d like to give them an opportunity,” Byrd said.

Say What?

As You Like It

At Southwest Shakespeare, representation matters. “People of color, women, LGBTQ, people of different physical abilities — when we talk inclusion and diversity, we mean all of that. So that no one feels kept out, shut out or left out,” Byrd said.

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Shakespeare had a sixth-grade education, and both his parents were likely illiterate. Yet he is considered one of the greatest literary geniuses of all time. Mary Way sees him as a perfect role model for children. “How many children in Arizona have parents that don’t read and write in English?” she said.

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The Short and Long of It

As a key part of its mission, Southwest Shakespeare performs in schools across the state, bringing the magic of an expertly executed theatrical illusion to students. “The best kind of education comes when you’re being inspired and entertained,” Way said. “When the brain is open and receptive, the student teaches themselves. They take what they want or need to learn from what they’re watching.”

In his 38 plays and 154 sonnets, Shakespeare used about 17,000 words — and invented about 10 percent of them. This cavalcade of creativity appeals to kids on a visceral level. “There’s something about that Early Modern English, where they actually have to engage and seek understanding. Once you crack the code, it’s remarkable what happens,” Way said, citing studies that show that studying Shakespeare has a powerful effect on students’ critical thinking skills, engagement in school and empathy.

Education outreach is a passion at Southwest Shakespeare, and expansion is a goal. The company wants every child in Arizona to have access to the Bard, no matter where they live. “Shakespeare builds minds and characters and shows people the best and worst of the human experience,” Way said. “We can see domestic violence, broken homes and suicides, along with joy, forgiveness and true love. We can see everything in Shakespeare that exists in kids’ lives today that might help them come to terms with their story.”

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Respect for actors, audiences and the work — this is where Way and Byrd’s missions align. “At the end of the day, we are telling stories, and

To learn more, go to swshakespeare.org

But what if Southwest Shakespeare doesn’t get the financial support to make all of that possible? “Woe be unto the city that loses their Shakespeare company due to apathy,” Way said. “I don’t think it bodes well for the educational system or the state of mind of the residents.”

“The schools do not necessarily have the budget to bring us in, but when we do come, they will remember it for the rest of their lives,” Way said.

ACT FIVE

As a nonprofit with limited overhead, Southwest Shakespeare’s operating budget is lean. “We aim to break even, but people need to be paid. We want to put the best work out to the Phoenix public, and the students should be seeing the best actors. It is an art form and takes a lifetime of learning. Classical artists go through so much training,” Way said.

we’re producing theater and training up theater artists, giving them opportunities to showcase their work, and showing our productions to a lot of schoolchildren,” Byrd said.

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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

Reaching every single student in Arizona is the mission and the calling. “We fall short of that just because of funds,” Way said. Producing live theater is expensive. To get to the outer reaches of the state, Southwest Shakespeare has to hire a truck, and actors need to spend the night.

Stakes are high as Southwest Shakespeare prepares for the new season. Byrd is bringing in two of her mentors and casting the best talent she can find. “We have some of the best directors in the country coming in. We have a Tony Awardwinning Best Actress,” Byrd said. “We’re looking to give audiences of all ages a very exciting Shakespearean experience, where you come and we disturb the air.”

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There’s an old saying that if you give someone a fish, they will eat for a day. But if you teach someone to fish, they’ll eat for the rest of their lives. That philosophy is somewhat unofficially at the core of how Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust works. They’d probably describe it more as a focus on

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Hammond should know. Her organization is a part of a new Piper Trust initiative called Arts & Culture Forward, which aims to increase support for smaller community arts organizations; larger arts organizations will also be part of the initiative.

“This came about during COVID, when we stopped doing our regular work,” said Ellen Solowey, senior program manager for Piper Trust. “We paused our

Piper Trust had previously focused on support for the larger arts and culture organizations in Maricopa County because of their impact on the Valley’s overall quality of life. But over the past few years — particularly during the pandemic — Piper Trust shifted its focus to include smaller groups as well, particularly ones that reach underserved populations and focus on community engagement.

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Musical Theatre of Anthem, a Piper Trust grantee, is an award-winning, nonprofit theater company that works to develop youth and adults in the performing arts.

sustainability, but you get the picture. Piper Trust is known for being particularly hands-on for a funding entity — most major philanthropic trusts will give money, then get a report back on its impact. But Piper Trust has always looked beyond that.

Musical Theatre of Anthem photos: Michele Celentano and Jessica Kishbaugh

“They’ve done so much for us on all aspects,” said Jackie Hammond, the producing artistic director of Musical Theatre of Anthem, which does a variety of performances and classes in theater and dance for ages 3 to adult. “They’re not just like, ‘Here’s money.’ They say, ‘How can we help you thrive?’ They see what we’re doing and appreciate it.”

That may not sound like a big deal, but in the nonprofit world, it’s seismic. Solowey went so far as to call grants like this “the holy grail of funding.”

The difference in approach for Arts & Culture Forward may seem a little bit inside baseball, but it’s vital. In most grant-giving situations, funders are giving money for specific programs or services. But with Arts & Culture Forward, Piper Trust is giving general operating funds for a three-year period to organizations it has vetted and trusts.

The Phoenix Conservatory of Music, another Piper Trust grantee, is a community music school that provides high-quality music education and experiences

usual grantmaking process as the Trustees and Trust felt we had to act swiftly and get grants out to the nonprofit community. After two years of that, the sense was that we’re not going to do any more COVID emergency grantmaking. However, COVID isn’t done, especially with the arts sector. It experienced the largest drops in demand, revenue and staffing of any part of the nonprofit sphere. It was a huge shock to arts and culture.”

“We can put the fiscal support they are providing where we need it most, which for us is developing infrastructure and really making sure that our programs are meeting the wants and needs of our community,” said Regina Nixon, the executive director of the Phoenix Conservatory of Music, a 23-year-old nonprofit that provides music education programs and performance opportunities for children and adults. “For us, that also means looking at the future — I’m actually a Piper Fellow, and we’re looking at how to grow a post-pandemic staff and have the workforce of today.”

To learn more, visit pipertrust.org.

“It really comes down to trust, and trust-based philanthropy,” Solowey said. “Sometimes giving can be uneven — we have all the resources in the funder’s seat, and as a result, the relationship is unbalanced. Trustbased giving puts the nonprofit in the driver’s seat. All these organizations are ones we have known for at least a decade, and we feel quite comfortable with them deploying resources as they see fit.”

Arts & Culture Forward places a new focus around what Solowey cited as organizations that focus on unfamiliar art forms, ethnic voices or in farther geographic areas from the central city, as well as ones that center their missions on specific populations,households,low-incomepeopleof color, differently abled people, ofandcourse youth.

For Dr. Lawrence Bell, the executive director of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society — which celebrates the history and heritage of the Jewish community in the Valley through exhibits and programming at a historic building in downtown Phoenix — the program is about building a better future for the arts in the Valley.

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“Phoenix is lucky to have them. We do not have a lot of philanthropic foundations of the size and capacity of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust,” Bell said. “You see their name everywhere, but I’m not sure the community is always aware of the great work they do …. They prop up a part of the community that doesn’t always get attention in terms of arts and culture.”

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society, an Arts & Culture Forward grant recipient, sponsors public exhibitions, documentary film series, book discussions and more.

The smaller organizations are defined as having less than $1 million in their annual operating budget, and right now, of the 47 arts organizations that Piper Trust funds, 21 of those are in that smaller category — a number that has doubled in

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10 A.M. >> A DIFFERENT KIND OF PLANNING + DEVELOPMENT

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Curator of anthropology at Arizona Museum of Natural History

By pretending you’re an archaeologist, this exhibit will teach kids about the science of archaeology, the scientific method, and how we know what we know. The back half of the room will have an immersive feel of the past by reconstructing the Sacaton archaeological period, around 900 A.D. We’re working closely with our tribal partners, particularly Salt River and Gila River Indian Communities, in designing a concept for the space where we connect the visitor with the humanity of the past. We want people to understand these are humans who had technologies. It might not be your technology, but they had technologies too.

Even though the museum is part of the City of Mesa’s Arts and Culture Department, which supports our building and operations, we must raise funds for our exhibits. I spend a lot of time writing grants where funding goes to our

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8:30 A.M. >> HUMANITY TRANSCENDS TIME

When I arrive at the office, I check in with my collections specialist, ensuring we’re on the same page about what we must tackle that day. In my role, I am part of the team that designs and builds exhibits in-house, including developing their concept, content and objectives for our interactivities. We are in the process of renovating the Southwest Cultures Gallery, where a new exhibit called “Sonoran Desert’s First Peoples” will be housed with an anticipated opening in two years. This exhibit has been a labor of love and collaboration four years in the making. These things take a lot of time because of concepts, stakeholder buy-in ensuring we’ve got the right voices helping us with construction, and funding you need to raise.

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I’m both fortunate and unfortunate that I rarely set an alarm because I have two girls, ages 3 and 5, who wake up as soon as sunlight comes anywhere in their bedroom. They come into our bed to give us snuggles, and when they’ve had enough of snuggle time, we head downstairs and eat breakfast. As I drink coffee while trying to wake up, I check my email and calendar to see if there’s anything I’ve forgotten, personally or professionally. I think about the rest of the week and whether I need to have my sitter arrive early or stay later. If there’s downtime while we’re waiting for our nanny to arrive, I catch up with coworkers or employees on things they may need to know before starting their day.

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I maximize my time in the office as much as possible so I can spend more time with my kids at home. In the afternoon, I have site visits and tours with contractors and the city engineering and facilities departments that are evaluating the gallery space for the upcoming exhibit and developing a plan to demolish the space.

Exhibit planning has many moving parts, and this gallery, in particular, has some interesting challenges. For example, we will not have any text you can read because the ancestral Sonoran Desert Dwellers didn’t have a written language. Everything was oral tradition. And in speaking with our tribal partners, we realized it would be confusing to visitors if we had written language. So we’re exploring sound stones and built-in intercoms, so visitors are not taken out of an immersive past experience. We are tying this exhibit into what we have going on at the Mesa Grande Cultural Park, the Hohokam material culture temple mound site, so there’s a more comprehensive anthropology curriculum that teachers can use.

To learn more, go to arizonamuseumofnaturalhistory.org

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supporting nonprofit, the Arizona Museum of Natural History Foundation. I am happy to say I’ve been very successful in raising money for our upcoming exhibit! I also write grants for our collections and collections processes. People aren’t as enthusiastic about this, but it’s an essential part of what we do — caring for culturally significant objects, so research is produced, and communicating the cultural significance through the exhibits.

Early’s oldest daughter examines the exhibit her mother curated.

Early curated the exhibit “Ologies: The Science of Anthropology and Paleontology.” The bilingual exhibit introduces visitors to the museum’s two research departments and provides a behind-the-scenes look at museum work.

6 P.M. >> A COLLECTION OF FAMILY TIME

We’re also preparing to conduct a risk assessment to guide us in developing disaster plans for the most likely emergency scenarios, such as a flood in one of our three vaults or an air-conditioning break that impacts our sensitive material.

My collections specialist and I typically keep the first and last hours of the day free, so we can touch base on anything that may have come up. You would be surprised at the weird things that happen working in a museum. Right now, I’m reading email alerts about the temperature in one of our spaces because we monitor our vault spaces for humidity and temperature. I tend to call our air-conditioning liaison more often than I call my husband! We’re constantly checking in about anything in our collections that goes wrong.

4 P.M. >> CURATION AT THE CORE

I make dinner with two kids underfoot, and if there is anything left dangling at work, I address it. I also catch up on nonprofit business related to my service as presidentelect of the Friends of Pueblo Grande Museum. After eating and cleaning up, our evening consists of a family activity — watching a show, doing a puzzle, making smoothies or having a dance party. We have a wind-down routine for the girls that includes reading one book with each girl and hugs and kisses.

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LEADERSHIP Executive and Artistic Director Maureen Dias-Watson Board President Lance Ross ANNUAL BUDGET $330,000 Greasepaint Youtheatre: Compelling theater for young performing artists Origin: In 1965, Scottsdale Community Players built the theater Greasepaint calls home with private funds on land that the City of Scottsdale owns. Greasepaint became the sole tenant of the Stagebrush Theatre after the theater company was founded in 1984. IMAGINATION

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Greasepaint became my theatre home and gave me a safeplace to make mistakes, experiment, and truly grow as aperformer. When was a sophomore in high school,Greasepaint was casting Hairsprayterrified, wanted to prove that my pastfailures not define me. That show changedeverything me! joined Bare BonesActing Company and then referred tothe Herberger YoungArtists Competition thathelped pay my college education. TodayI’m a rising senior at NYU, studying Dramawith a minor Producing, just finished myfirst union Off-Broadway production and amlooking forward what the future holds for myall somewhere! ~Arianna WilliamsLead role of Robin in the Off-Broadwayproduction of ‘Eco Village,’ supporting rolein the Lifetime feature, ‘DesperateMeasures’ starring Denise Richards, andMattie Campbell in the BAI + BillieHoliday production of Joe Turner’s‘Come and Gone’ by August Wilson. Greasepaint played a HUGErole in my life and helpedshape my success in the arts.spent short amount of time there, but feelborn there. started fewsmall Greasepaint workshops, when wasprompted to audition for Cinderella thenBOOM! came back bend and snap forLegally Blonde thanks to Greasepaint,hope to touch hearts with the giftperforming and making people laugh foryears to come! ~Rachel RedleafAppearing in the Netflix series,‘Atypical,’ and Quentin Tarantino’s movie,‘Once Upon Time in Hollywood’ My time at Greasepaint issome of the fondest memories of theatre have as ateenager. learned so much, not about theatreand becoming better performer, but aboutcamaraderie and working a team. madelife-long friends and truly wouldn’t trade thattime for the world. also got teach for thefirst time at summer camps an olderteenager, which taught me leadership skillsstill carry with today. felt supported thereand guided by creative team and staff, andexperienced playing a leading role for the first(Gabriella in which was hugemoment that propelled me to choose doingtheatre for living. ~Krystina AlabadoGretchen in ‘Mean Girls’ on Broadway Most of my on stageexperience has taken placeat Greasepaint.started at Greasepaint when was yearsold Gavroche Misérables loved myexperience being in that show so much thatreturned to do multiple camps, and five moreshows before turned have learnedso much, and made so many lifelong friendsand memories inside the Stagebrush doors.Getting to play so many different roles inwide variety shows, directed by industryprofessionals, at such young age was sospecial. now have several stage, film and TVprojects in the works. ~Casey LikesStarred William in the Broadway musical,‘Almost Famous’ be seensummer as the lead in the major motionpicture, ‘Dark Harvest’ as Gene Simmonsin indepdendent film, ‘Spinning Gold’ Greasepaint provided thefoundation from whichjumped when entered theworld of professional acting.was given the opportunity to on challenging material RENT and LaramieProject that other theatres weren’t allowingteens to explore. went on to pursue BFAinActing & BAinAfricana Studies from UofA.After graduating, moved to Chicago, wheream currently working professional actor,playwright and artistic director of my owntheatre company, The Story Theatre.so grateful for the lessons learned atGreasepaint! ~Paul Michael ThomsonActor/Playwright/Artistic Director,The Story Theatre Performing in ‘The Wiz’ atGreasepaint in 2010 was myfirst time doing a musical.Growing up as a dancer, but loving acting,had sense that musicals might be upalley, but wasn’t able exercise that theoryuntil Greasepaint. It was such a safe environ-ment to learn and grow, as well as fosterlove for musicals. now live New York Cityand am building sustainable career asdancer musical theatre (national tours,on The Marvelous Mrs.currently performing at the Joyce Theatre),and still maintaining friendships and connections made at Greasepaint all those yearsIt’s a core belief of mine that arts area part development in adolescence,and owe part of mine to this theatre. ~Betty WeinbergerBroadway National Tours, Co-Star‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ WE BUILD CHARACTERCONFIDENCE,&CAREERS! Just afewofournotablealumni...will youbenext? The first step onstage I everhad was at Greasepaintbefore was even 4 years old.In the following years, performed too manytimes to count—summer camps, main stage,workshops—and grew from every experience.Greasepaint cultivated my drive and love forthe arts, and cherish my time there even now(yes, even those 12-hour tech week days)!to mention, worked with incredibleprofessionals and made some of bestfriends of my life there. Their support got meto where am today: graduated from the bestdrama school in the U.K. and working on adream project! ~Johnna WatsonFeatured the Netflix series, ‘Wednesday,’directed Tim Burton, premiering Fall 2022,starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jenna Ortegaand Gwendolyn Christie Greasepaint gave me someof my best memories and theconfidence to purse actingprofessionally. Throughout high school, was fortunateenough to perform in multiple Greasepaintproductions, including Newsies, Urinetown,and Footloose. Working on these showsGreasepaint, became immersed thecreative process, collaborating with directorsand learning how to work with actors to createmagic on stage. Today have movie and television credits, starring in the movies ScareKrampus Origins, and most recently, CampHideout where star alongside Corbin Bleuand Christopher Lloyd. With over 10 commercials and guest star on the hit Nickelodeonshow Danger Force, have to give tremendous thank you everything Greasepaint hasdone for me as both performerperson. ~Ethan DrewJust wrapped leading role in the film,‘Camp Hideout’ with Corbin Bleuand Christopher Lloyd CHARITY SPOTLIGHT 70 | FRONTDOORS MAGAZINE

This fall alone, Greasepaint boasts three alumni taking lead roles on Broadway stages, four releasing major motion pictures, and six who will appear in upcoming Netflix and Apple TV+ projects. “Many of our alums have gone on to work professionally in the arts,” Dias-Watson said. “Many more are doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers and moms and dads themselves now.”

While most theater companies employ between six and 20 full-time staff, Greasepaint has always operated with just one or two full-time employees. Instead of a large team, Greasepaint relies on the dedicated volunteers on its board, in its parent community and among the kids and alumni themselves. “We also hire more than 50 local professionals each year as artistic staff on contract basis — directors, choreographers, musical directors, musicians and costume, set, sound and lighting designers. Our kids perform working with the best the Valley has to offer!” Dias-Watson said.

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Greasepaint trains, teaches and mentors kids from five all the way through their college years. “We have students studying for bachelor’s and master’s degrees in performing arts in schools throughout Europe and in all of the best schools in the U.S. And all of these kids call Greasepaint their first theater home,” said Maureen Dias-Watson, Greasepaint’s executive and artistic director.

An integral part of Scottsdale’s Old Town and Arts District, Greasepaint frequently welcomes the children of alumni to the same stage that their own parents played and grew up on.

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By 2006, Greasepaint had become the driving organization of SCP/Greasepaint, changing its focus from an ordinary community theater company to one of the country’s premier youth theaters.

Greasepaint’s board president is Lance Ross of Ross Property Advisors. His mother was the B-movie actress known as Aquanetta, or “The Venezuelan Volcano.” She was one of the Scottsdale leaders instrumental in forming the Scottsdale Community Players and building the Stagebrush Theatre.

According to Dias-Watson, Arizona is a wonderful place to be a theater kid, but it’s a tough place to earn a living as an artist. To help, Greasepaint commits to hiring alumni when and if they return home to Arizona.

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The Stagebrush Theatre, which was designed by architect Joe Wong, has hosted more than 1,000 plays since its construction. It will soon be renovated as part of Scottsdale’s Museum Square Project. “We expect the opportunity for growth to be remarkable, and we are ready and poised for that renewal,” Dias-Watson said. “It’s a dream come true for those of us who work and play here and the thousands of Valley residents who come to be entertained.” To learn more, visit greasepaint.org

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Celebrity chef opens restaurant inspired by family and the Southwest

BY SHOSHANA LEON

Photos courtesy of Tía Carmen

New in Town: EARTH MEETS ART AT CARMENTÍA

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In April, celebrity chef Angelo Sosa, known for his appearances on “Top Chef,” opened Tía Carmen at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in North Phoenix.

Designed by Los Angeles-based Schoos Design, the striking 419-seat restaurant has a clean, warm palette and an ambiance described as “earth meets art” by Sosa. “Tía Carmen celebrates sophisticated natural simplicity while playing on cues from the surrounding region,” he said.

Part of the Seasonally Fresh culinary family, which includes Artisan by Santa Barbara Catering and The Farm at South Mountain, Palette’s menu is inspired by The Farm’s seasonal ingredients, as well as supporting other local farmers and purveyors, including The Meat Shop, McClendon’s Select, Crow’s Dairy, Queen Creek Olive Mill, and local wineries and breweries.

Tía Carmen’s menu highlights local ingredients and suppliers with a wide range of selections from meat and seafood to grains and greens, including gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. Popular picks include tuna crudo with chilled corn coconut broth, tri-tip kebabs with pickled onions and serrano chiles, chicken guisado stew with turmeric rice, and vanilla flan with tequila caramel for dessert. Cocktail favorites include Century of Passion with mezcal and passion fruit, aguachile margarita and Hibiscus Desert Balloon.

Executive chef Angelo Sosa

“The food and drink have a natural synergy and were made to complement each other, as well as being innovative and thoughtful,” Sosa said.

“Palette has a relaxed environment, as well as a beautiful patio in the Phoenix Art Museum’s sculpture garden,” said Carrie Deleston, the restaurant’s manager. “It is the perfect spot when our Arizona weather is best to enjoy a mimosa during brunch, a glass of wine or a garden inspireddish. We have been told we are a hidden gem.”

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Palette’s menu features several vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Popular picks include butternut squash bisque, grilled cheese with cheddar, cotija and goat cheese, and the wild mushroom, spinach and goat cheese tart. Weekend brunch items include eggs Benedict on a Noble

Located at the Phoenix Art Museum, Palette offers a full menu and bar focused on local and seasonal ingredients.

To learn more, visit tiacarmendesertridge.com.

“Tía Carmen is named after my aunt, who instilled in me a passion and love for cooking, teaching me the impact and the power that food can have when made from a place of pure love,” Sosa said. “Traveling through the Southwest gave me the opportunity to explore the region through the lens of ranchers, potters, farmers and artisans. I’ve always had a deep fascination and appreciation for Southwestern food traditions and Tía Carmen is a love story about the region.”

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On-site restaurant highlights local ingredients

The stunning setting and delicious dishes have been well received by hotel guests and locals. “Diners appreciate the thoughtfulness of the design, the style of the food and the dynamic flavors,” Sosa said.

Photos by Grace Stufkosky

Bread English muffin and sourdough French toast with cinnamon butter and vanilla bourbon maple sauce. Libations include a prickly pear margarita and a blackberry mojito.

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“TheNous.Womack strives to pay respect to its classic lounge roots by offering well-balanced interpretations of classic cocktail recipes and beautifully plated and curated small bites created by chefs Jeremy Pacheco and Matt Farrell,” said Hannah Jacobs, the bar manager.

Lounge vibes and live music at uptown Phoenix venue

The Womack opened in 2016 in uptown Phoenix as an homage to the Chez Nous Cocktail Lounge, a Phoenix staple for more than 40 years that was originally owned and operated by Andy and Maureen Womack. The Womack aims to recreate the intimate and nostalgic lounge atmosphere of Chez

Part of Genuine Concepts’ portfolio of restaurants, The Womack has an extensive cocktail menu from classics to jazz-inspired creations like Be the King, a cacao black cherry-infused Old Fashioned, Miles Away, a riff on a sloe gin fizz featuring hibiscus and plum-infused gin, and a Rat Pack Mai Tai.

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The Womack’s menu includes meatballs, hummus, shrimp cocktail and several varieties of Noble Bread

“We change our menu seasonally and items from our menu are cooked to order using the freshest ingredients possible,” said Deleston. “Showcasing fresh and local dishes on the menu is important for Palette as many out-of-town guests dine with us, as well as locals. With an Arizonafocused menu, guests are able to experience some of our local purveyors, winemakers and breweries.”

Palette is open Wednesday through Sunday. For info, visit phxart.org/visit/dining

Photos courtesy of Santa Barbara Catering

“The throwback lounge atmosphere draws guests in and keeps them coming back,” Jacobs said. “The intimate and comfortable booth seating paired with a vibrant and well-balanced cocktail has been working its magic with neighborhood regulars and first-time guests alike. Our bar staff is kind, knowledgeable and always prepared to help our guests find the best cocktail fit for theirThepreferences.”Womackis open Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, visit the thewomack.us

Catch jazz, blues and DJs at The Womack. On Saturday nights, local legend Roscoe Taylor appears, who has been playing at Chez Nous and The Womack for decades.

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There is no better time than right now to be a cat or dog in Maricopa County.

And it’s because 10 years ago, people and organizations devoted to animals joined forces to create Fix.Adopt.Save., an initiative to tackle pet overpopulation in our community.

Before 2012, over 35,000 stray and surrendered dogs and cats were euthanized in Maricopa County shelters every year. Today, that number is down more than 88%. the

Fix.Adopt.Save. prevents unwanted litters and reduces pet euthanasia through low- and no-cost spay/neuter surgeries, adoption, vaccine and wellness services and community education. Thank you to

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Alliance for Companion Animals and its member organizations for a decade of collaboration to change the plight of Maricopa County’s pets. Altered Tails Barnhart Clinic | Animal Defense League of Arizona Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA | Arizona Humane Society HALO Animal Rescue | Maricopa County Animal Care and Control | PACC911 The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust is a proud founding and sustaining funder of Fix.Adopt.Save. A lifesaving decade for dogs and cats 2012 –361,000+2021PETADOPTIONS58% Decrease 88%INTAKE Decrease EUTHANASIA Fix.Adopt.Save. 10th Anniversary Visit FixAdoptSave.org to donate and help end pet overpopulation and homelessness in Maricopa County. 377,000+SPAY/NEUTERSURGERIES @pulliamtrustninapulliamtrust.org

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