Scottsdale Public Art board approves WestWorld project

Public Art panel OKs project

The Scottsdale Public Art advisory board approved a new art project for the WestWorld expansion. The budget is $300,000.

What type of artwork and where it will be inside WestWorld’s Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center has not been decided.

A city ordinance requires that 1 percent of a capital improvement project’s budget be set aside for public art.

The $30 million project involves making the equidome an indoor facility for year-round events and expanding WestWorld from 100,000 square feet to 250,000 square feet. WestWorld is home to the annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction and the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show.

Final design approval for the expansion is scheduled to go before the City Council on June 21.

Mother’s Day weekend reading

Mothers Who Write is presenting its annual Mother’s Day reading through the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

The free performance is 2 to 4 p.m. May 7 at the Stage 2 Theater inside the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St..

Mothers Who Write is a twice-a-year, 10-week workshop led by New Times Editor Amy Silverman and ASU Art Museum public-relations specialist Deborah Sussman.

About 15 current and former students will participate in “Mothers Who Write, Mothers Who Read,” sharing works of poetry, essays and a graphic memoir.


New board members picked

The Scottsdale Public Art advisory board recently added new board members, including former members of the City Council.

New members are:

– Carolyn Allen: Elected senator for District 8 in November 2002 and retired from the Senate in 2010. Elected state representative for District 28 in 1994 and served until December 2002. Served as director of the Scottsdale Arts Center Association and on numerous committees in the health field.

– Wayne Ecton: Began his first term on the City Council in June 2002 and was re-elected for a term from June 2006 through 2010. Member of the Friends of the McDowell Land Trust, Friends of the Library, Scottsdale Historical Society and Scottsdale Center for the Arts.

– Marg Nelssen: Appointed to the City Council in June 2010 to fill the term of her late husband, Tony Nelssen. Founder of the Great Sonoran, a group advocating minimal visual impact architecture. Teaches art at Redbird Ranch and Brio Fine Arts Center in Scottsdale.

– Court Rich: Head of the Rose Law Group’s renewable energy implementation department; practices in the areas of renewable energy, municipal law, land use and zoning.

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Scottsdale Public Art board approves WestWorld project – via AZCentral


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