Scottsdale Charros support Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation education effort

SONY DSCFrank Lloyd Wright was a man whose thoughts when turned into reality became a design phenomenon entrancing an entire generation of aspiring engineers and architects.

That mystique is alive and well in the community of Scottsdale.

Mr. Wright lived from 1867 to 1959 but his legacy is preserved by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and illustrated onto the Scottsdale landscape at Taliesen West, which many consider a desert masterpiece.

At Taliesen West the foundation is providing about 3,000 students every year the opportunity to learn about Mr. Wright’s legacy, his innovative architectural spirit and perhaps an opportunity to inspire an appreciation for the arts.

The Scottsdale Charros are supporting this endeavor.

“I am very proud to have been given the privilege to be a member of this organization,” said Scottsdale Charro Steve Randall. “The work that has been done over the years by the group and its members is amazing. The groups support of tourism and education in the community over the years is unmatched and our members have been leaders in contributing to the community in many ways.”

The Scottsdale Charro Foundation is providing a $2,500 grant to go toward the Wright Foundation’s K-12 educational programs.

These programs include classes, camps and aid to teachers as part of an Arizona-certified STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education program as taught through architecture and the arts, Charros officials say.

School tours for students from across the Valley highlight Taliesin West’s historical significance in Scottsdale.

Dottie O’Carroll, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation vice president of development and communications, says Scottsdale is home to Taliesen West for a reason.

“He was struck by the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. The city of Scottsdale’s own historical document recognizes that (Mr.) Wright choosing Scottsdale as his winter home ‘solidified Scottsdale’s reputation as an arts colony,’” she explained.

“As a National Historic Landmark, one of only three in Maricopa County, its architectural significance is recognized across the country. This prominence draws more than 100,000 visitors annually from around the world to this special place.”

Ms. O’Carroll contends Taliesin West is more than an ode to its creator.

“It provides cultural and educational opportunities for the community at large. This tradition continues today through an extensive K-12 education program, which offers STEM-based arts and architecture classes throughout the year and 17 weeklong camps during the summer,” she explained.

“The Pavilion at Taliesin West provides a venue for cultural performances from Valley organizations. The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture hosts a series of public lectures each spring with visiting speakers from around the world and oversees the foundation’s artist residency program that providing Valley-wide public forums for the arts.”

The partnership between the Charros and the FLW foundation brings a new level of education to children that typically would not get this kind of experience, Wright Foundation officials say.

“Our partnership with the Scottsdale Charros provides a meaningful opportunity for underserved children to learn about design in an internationally recognized architectural setting,” she said. “Community support and support from our generous donors make it possible for the foundation to continue its important preservation and programming efforts.”

Mr. Randall contends supporting education in all its shapes and forms is a boon for the local Scottsdale community.

“The grant will be used to provide scholarships for students to attend the enrichment program,” he said. “We believe very strongly that supporting the education of our youth helps build a better community and the foundations enrichment programs provide a unique and special learning opportunity.”

Go to www.franklloydwright.org.

Northeast Valley Managing Editor Terrance Thornton can be contacted at tthornton@newszap.com

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