Herberger family offers $50K to Scottsdale’s Canal Convergence

 Judd and Billie Jo Herberger at the 2014 Phoenix Heart Ball held at the Arizona Biltmore. (File Photo)

Judd and Billie Jo Herberger at the 2014 Phoenix Heart Ball held at the Arizona Biltmore. (File Photo)

In late January 2015, Billie Jo and Judd Herberger announced a donation of $50,000 to Scottsdale Public Art’s upcoming 2015 Canal Convergence event.

Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light is an annual series of events presented by Scottsdale Public Art with support from Salt River Project that enhances the local landscape’s beauty and commemorates the city’s arts and culture, according to a press release.

Artists from Arizona and around the world showcase signature art installations for residents and visitors, providing an interactive experience for just about any guest: live music, collaborative art, hands-on activities, the release states.

“We hope this gift inspires others to contribute to the strong and always-evolving public art community in Scottsdale,” Billie Jo Herberger said. “Our family believes it is important to leave a legacy and we couldn’t think of a better way to do so than with a contribution to the arts.”

The third annual Canal Convergence event will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26 and Friday, Feb. 27, and continue from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, February 28 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 1 at the Scottsdale Waterfront.

The event will stage five large-scale art installations, two dance performances, three hands-on activities and an educational water conservation display.

Several of the large-scale canal installations will remain on view until April 2015, but Scottsdale Public Art encourages families and guests to visit during the four-day exposition.

During the event, the community can enjoy live music, hands-on activities and visit the Artisan Market, where Arizona-based artist vendors and businesses will exhibit, demonstrate and sell their products and services.

“We could not host an event of this scale without the generosity of sponsors like the Herbergers,” Scottsdale Public Art Director and Vice President of the Scottsdale Cultural Council’s Donna Isaac said.

“Their very generous contribution assists tremendously in commissioning the exceptional talent featured in the upcoming Canal Convergence public art event.”

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