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AZ Arts
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ARTyard on drawing board
by Miriam Van Scott explains Killgore. “We’re looking for someone heavily
A truly creative solution is under consideration focused on production, but there could be some retail
by the City of Chandler, which hopes to fi ll a large and gallery space, too.”
municipal building about to be vacated by turning Killgore says the city is in the process of inviting
it into a production facility for industrial arts. The prospective artists to submit proposals on leasing
repurposed site, dubbed ARTyard, would also bring ARTyard. Potential candidates could include artisans
new cultural fl air to the downtown area. who work in stone, glass, metal or other industrial
“We knew the space was becoming available,” materials. She anticipates plans for the unique venture
says Chandler’s Downtown Redevelopment Manager will be shaped largely by the response the city gets to
Teri Killgore, “and the city council has a goal of its request for artist proposals and will develop in
creating an arts district downtown, so we decided to cooperation with prospective tenants.
try something unusual.” “This is an idea and we’re taking it to the market to
The property, a 28,000-square-foot facility on an acre
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see if it will work,” Killgore says of the unconventional
of land at the intersection of Delaware and Chicago
FUTURE ART SITE? A request for proposals goes out this month
concept. “If not, we’ll go back to the drawing board.”
streets, is currently home to a city maintenance yard.
to invite industrial artists to move into ARTyard, a 28,000-square-
foot building in downtown Chandler.
But within two years, all city personnel will be moved
Miriam Van Scott of Kerby Estates is a freelance writer and
to other locations and the sprawling site will be site.
Chandler transplant from the Washington, D.C. area. She can be
reached at Miriam@SanTanSun.com.
available for commercial use. “We want to write a lease with one entity. It could be
The City of Chandler would then act as landlord to a private company or maybe a nonprofi t organization,
a new tenant and administer a lease on the ARTyard then they might decide to subdivide the space,”
Registration opens for free art classes Talent show deadline nears
Vision Kidz, a series of art workshops for children ages 6 through 12 years, is SanTan Sun area residents brave enough to share their talents with the
currently registering kids for its fall/winter season. community at the Sept. 25 Star-Struck at Your Library Talent Show at Southeast
The free two-hour classes, taught by Arizona artists, are held on Saturdays at Regional Library must turn in their applications by Aug. 21 as rehearsal is by
Vision Gallery in historic downtown Chandler. Subjects range from painting to appointment on Sat. Aug. 22. All ages are encouraged to participate.
digital photography. The talent show, which is sponsored by the Town of Gilbert in celebration of
Morning and afternoon classes are available and are fi lled on a fi rst-come “TV Turnoff Week,” is not a competition, and all types of acts are welcome. Those
fi rst-served basis. The full workshop schedule and class policies can be viewed at who play musical instruments, sing, dance, do stand-up comedy or have any
www.visiongallery.org. unusual talents are welcome to participate.
Vision Gallery is located at 80 S. San Marcos Pl. To register, call 480-917-6859. Entry forms can be picked up at the Southeast Regional Library before Aug.
22. The library is located at 775 N. Greenfi eld Rd. in Gilbert. To obtain more
information, call 602-652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.
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