I had a lovely time this afternoon attending the opening reception for an exhibition titled “Visions of Arizona” — a partnership between the State of Arizona House of Representatives, Arizona Commission on the Arts and Arizona Art Alliance. “Visions of Arizona” is designed to “provide visibility for Arizona artist professionals.”
An open call for artwork was managed by volunteers with the Arizona Art Alliance, and a review panel by the Arizona Commission on the Arts recommended 25 artworks from a juried pool of over 300 submissions. Exhibited artworks were selected in consultation with the House Majority Whip, Representative Debbie Lesko.
I often make time to enjoy artwork at the Arizona State Capitol — because works by Arizona youth are frequently exhibited in the executive tower, and the hallway leading from the tower to the first floor of the Arizona Capitol Museum. The museum houses both permanent and visiting collections about diverse aspects of Arizona history and culture.
But I discovered something new during today’s travels, which will surely delight my tech-savvy son. It’s art meets QR code. Folks who like specific “Visions of Arizona” works can scan the QR codes on their labels, which will direct them to additional artist information. Recently we enjoyed scanning a QR code at our local library that directed us to a “100 + Journals” community arts project.
The Arizona Arts Alliance is a volunteer non-profit organization with a membership of 33 Arizona-based arts groups representing more than 4,000 visual artists. The Arizona Commission on the Arts is a 46-year-old agency of state government that provides grants, programs, services and leadership in support of arts and arts education.
Learn more at www.azartalliance.com and www.azarts.gov. To learn more about the Arizona House of Representatives, visit http://www.azhouse.gov/. While you’re there, take time to find the name of your representative — then be sure to stay in touch to share your thoughts about the importance of arts and arts education to building and sustaining a thriving economy and community.
Coming up: More artwork from the “Visions of Arizona” exhibition, 100 + Journals, Student art inspired by MLK, Young Arts Arizona meets Arizona Opera