Possessing a Contemporary Culture to Capitalize on the Cultural and Ethnic Diversity in the Community
Hosted the Multi-cultural and international film festivals that featured diverse cultural performances, speakers and films. The Chandler Museum opened its new exhibition space to host original collections and traveling exhibits. The Chandler Center for the Arts had a record breaking year with 18 sold out performances and a 45 percent increase in paid attendance. The Chandler Library received a grant to provide interactive early literacy and learning spaces for children. Provided professional development, mentor and recruitment programs to attract diverse applicants and advance the capabilities of employees to serve the community.
Grand Opening of the Chandler Museum
The new Chandler Museum is a cultural destination that will serve as the starting point for exploring Chandler, not the end point. The modern building features a large outdoor courtyard adjacent to the McCullough-Price House, a 1938 pueblo revival style home that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The two buildings combine to form a new campus dedicated to preserving and honoring the past while representing Chandler’s progress as a community with a bright future. Visitors to the Chandler Museum also can enjoy the City’s newest piece of public art titled, Infinite Shade. This sculpture by Scottsdale artist Jeff Zischke functions as a shade structure for the courtyard during the day and at night it will be bathed in multicolored light.
The grand opening dedication took place Dec. 8 and was attended by an estimated 300 people with more than 500 visiting the museum that day.
Inaugural Día de los Muertos
The Diversity Office partnered with Creative + Cultural to host the inaugural Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) event in Downtown Chandler, which was attended by 3,000 visitors and residents. The cultural event was filled with activities, health screenings and services, informational booths, games, food trucks, prizes, arts and entertainment. Both Chandler Police and Fire departments also participated by building displays to honor their fallen heroes.
CineTime is a collaboration with the Chandler International Film Festival and the City of Chandler’s Diversity Office and Communications and Public Affairs Department. CineTime debuted this summer and featured eight independent films. The films can be viewed on the City website, YouTube and on the City’s cable station.