Taliesin West, Local First Arizona work to claim Wright as an Arizonan

While Frank Lloyd Wright spent much of his early days in Wisconsin and Illinois and created buildings and structures all across the nation, Mr. Wright spent much of his later life at Taliesin West, his winter home and studio in Scottsdale.

Taliesin West is now open for public tours and serves as the home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright

For these reasons, Local First Arizona and Taliesin West are working together to remind Arizonans and the country of Mr. Wright’s strong ties to Arizona.

“Arizona has many influential hometown heroes, and one of those heroes is Frank Lloyd Wright,” said Kimber Lanning, founder and director of Local First Arizona, in a press release. “Wright left a lasting impact on Arizona, from well known structures like Taliesin West and Arizona State University’s Gammage Auditorium to private homes. Taliesin West and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation are doing great work to preserve his legacy and inform others about his contributions to Arizona.”

The first event to cement this partnership is an intimate dinner at Taliesin West on Sept. 19, benefiting the Local First Arizona Foundation with special guests Stuart Graff, president and CEO of The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Vincent Stanley, who currently serves as Patagonia’s Director of Philosophy.

“Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West is Scottsdale’s only National Historic Landmark, but many Arizonans are unaware we have this treasure right in our own backyard,” said Mr. Graff, in the release. “Our ongoing partnership with Local First Arizona will help inform our community about Wright’s deep ties to our state, and how he was inspired to create some of his greatest work from his drafting studio overlooking the Valley.”

Patagonia is widely recognized as a leader in operating a triple bottom line company that focuses on people and planet while turning a profit. Mr. Stanley will share the story of how Patagonia started, why they built a values-based company and where they are headed.

Dinner will be catered by Amici Catering, and tickets are $100. Guests can also purchase tickets for $150 and attend the Social Entrepreneurship Summit (SOCENT Summit) the following day.

Tickets are extremely limited, according to the release, and are available here: https://localfirstaz.24fundraiser.com/e/site/store/252/event_tickets/499.

More information on the SOCENT Summit is available at http://localfirstaz.com/socent/.

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