Schenkat: Scottsdale arts leaders create a world class destination

A big thanks should go out to SCOTT (Scottsdale Coalition for Today and Tomorrow) and to the Scottsdale Independent for organizing the Arts and Culture breakfast this morning at Scottsdale Community College.

Sandy Schenkat

Dr. Gerd Wuestemann, CEO of Scottsdale Arts, has brought new energy to the arts and culture scene in Scottsdale since he  arrived about one year ago.

Terrance Thornton, editor of the Scottsdale Independent, asked pertinent questions, which led into an excellent discussion of why the arts are so important to Scottsdale.

Rachel Sacco, CEO of Experience Scottsdale, concurred that the arts bring tourism to our city. French Thompson, president of Scottsdale Gallery Association lent his perspective on the importance of the arts district to the city’s image.

Much has been done in the last year to promote Old Town and all of its related arts features including, Canal Convergence, Scottsdazzle, Art Walk, Museum of the West, SMOCA, Public Art and the Performing Arts Center. Because of these Scottsdale leaders, our city is recognized as a world class arts destination.

Dr. Wuestermann ended the presentation with three ideas: The city must invest in new infrastructure, leverage existing assets and connect the dots. He appears to be working on these strategies to raise awareness of the importance of arts and culture to all citizens and tourists.

The 49th Scottsdale Arts Festival will take place at the Civic Plaza March 8 through March 10.

Editor’s Note: Sandy Schenkat is a resident of Scottsdale. 

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