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Do You Walk the (Art) Walk?

Scottsdale LeadershipGenia Kehayes, Class 27
VP, Finance & Administration, Scottsdale CVB

The Class 27 Blog: This is a blog series about the experience and impact of Scottsdale Leadership’s core program. The program informs, inspires and empowers leaders to champion and strengthen the interests of the community. Scottsdale Leadership is an Arizona Leadership Program.

Have you ever been to a Scottsdale Art Walk? If you haven’t, you owe it to yourself to attend one soon.  It takes place every Thursday night from 7 – 9 p.m. and it’s free! There is energy in the air and a remarkable assortment of art to see.  Class27 enjoyed a very special art walk and visited the Scottsdale Museum of Modern Art (SMoCA) and three galleries featuring very different types of art;  Contemporary (The Marshall/LeKae Gallery of Fine Art), Native American (River Trading Post) and African (Hatuma African Gallery).  Throughout the night, I wondered how we define what art is and what it means to us.

One of the statements made by our host at SMoCA was that contemporary art needs to be explained; it needs context.  As the night went on, I thought about that statement a lot. In discussing this issue with a classmate, we concluded that perhaps artists seeking to make a social or political statement need to have their art explained, but this is not true of all contemporary art.  There have been many times that I have enjoyed a piece of art because of the energy conveyed by the brushstrokes or the feelings evoked by the use of color.  For example, the featured artist at Marshall/LeKae Gallery used a stained glass painting technique that created energy and movement.

At the River Trading Post, we met a young artist named Harold Stevens who is also an apprentice medicine man.  He told us that his father taught him everything he knows about their culture.  His sand paintings used beautiful natural pigments and he believes that through his art, he can heal.  Have you ever looked at a piece of artwork or listened to music that made you smile or that made you think of a happy time in your life?  Maybe that’s what Mr. Stevens meant.

By the time we arrived at Hatuma African Gallery, it was more crowded and noisy and our host said that he didn’t need to speak because his art would speak for him. That was an important moment for me. When I looked around the gallery I realized that the artwork made an emotional impact.  Moreover, it seemed that the artists must have enjoyed the process of making their art because it seemed to celebrate life in all of its phases.  The joyful spirit was further enhanced by the musicians playing percussion instruments just outside the door.

Some artwork can be very cerebral and thought provoking but I truly enjoy art that makes an emotional impact.  Maybe that’s because I have a career that requires me to be very analytical and the emotional response I get from seeing a vivid landscape or listening to uplifting music is a welcome respite.  It was fun to notice that different people were drawn to different styles of art.  Perhaps art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

How do you define art?


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The Opportunity to Lead is a Gift

Arizona LeadershipGenia Kehayes, Class 27
VP of Finance and Administration, Scottsdale CVB

The Class 27 Blog: This is a blog series about the experience and impact of Scottsdale Leadership’s core program. The program informs, inspires and empowers leaders to champion and strengthen the interests of the community. Scottsdale Leadership is an Arizona Leadership Program.

“Leadership is a Gift of Opportunity”

Of all of the wonderful quotes we heard or developed in our class about community stewardship, this one really resonated with me.  I had never before thought of volunteering one’s time or leading a project group as an opportunity.  We are constantly pulled in many directions between work, family, hobbies, etc. and I began to wonder how I could fit community service (or community stewardship, as we referred to it) into an already busy lifestyle.  Thinking of stewardship as an opportunity gives a whole different perspective to spending one’s time addressing an issue, or “noticing an opportunity”.

The quote I opened with came from Mary King, one of the board members of Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (S.T.A.R.S.).  We were treated to a site visit to learn more about this wonderful facility, which provides services for developmentally disabled adults in our community.  Ms. King founded a similar organization in California and talked to us about how she did it.

I found her presentation to be inspiring and reassuring.  She emphasized that in finding an opportunity to lead, one didn’t necessarily need special skills or a large list of wealthy, influential friends.  She talked about “using what you have”:  finding people to help you and keeping your mind on the people you’re serving.

Another concept we discussed was that stewardship entailed leaving a legacy for the future.  During our day, we visited the McDowell Mountain Preserve Gateway.  I am familiar with the Gateway because when the weather is cooler I enjoy light hiking there and I know that creation of the Preserve has taken decades.   After having participated in our class, I am even more in awe of the vision of those who got the ball rolling in creating the Preserve.  Clearly, a number of people saw an opportunity to create a lasting legacy for future generations.

During the day, we heard from community members who volunteered their time on local, regional and national issues.  Their discussions did not focus on the specifics of their work but rather, what community stewardship meant to them, why they got involved in the issues they represented, and how they fit it into their otherwise busy lives.  It was gratifying to learn that there are so many ways to serve the community.  There are social services programs we all are familiar with, but there are also opportunities in small neighborhoods, politics, the arts, etc.

There were some great takeaways regarding Community Stewardship that they shared:

  • “What you’ve done to help others can’t ever diminish in value.”
  • “Stewardship is part of your life.” (Not something to fit in)
  • “If you don’t love what you’re doing and the cause you’re working for, find another one.  There is plenty of opportunity to make a difference.”

Today was overwhelmingly inspirational and made me think of leadership and volunteering in a whole new way.  Now I want to know… Where do you lead in our community and what does community stewardship mean to you?

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Submissions Encouraged for Scottsdale Live!

Kelly Tope, Class 25
Senior Marketing Manager, Scottsdale CVB

I am fortunate enough to not have a fear of public speaking.  Now, before you go throwing things at me, I don’t mean like absolutely, positively no fear. But, I’m not throwing up behind the curtain either.  Call me crazy, but I think it’s actually fun to get up on stage, especially if you have an exciting topic.

Which is why I was so excited when I heard about the format of our (Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau) annual meeting this year.  Rather than bringing in one or two keynote speakers, we decided to engage the community through high-energy, fast-paced lightning talks.  Anyone can submit a topic (so long as it is somehow relevant to Scottsdale) and will have 20 slides and 5 minutes to talk about their passion.  Seriously, how cool is that?

So, if you’ve got a passion and a familiarity with Scottsdale (could I be talking to a more perfect audience), I encourage you to submit a topic to be considered for our annual meeting, which will take place October 19.  We welcome anything that could reveal the unique personality of Scottsdale – from fascinating people and thought-provoking ideas to intriguing experiences. So . . . What are you always talking about in conversation? What gets you bubbling over with excitement? What do you do in your spare time? What don’t others know that you think they should? Why do you love living, working or playing here?

Before you shut me out because you’re the person throwing up backstage (I’m sorry, I really don’t envy you), just think about it.  Could your desire to talk about your passion override your stage fright?  And, for anyone who is worried about staying on track (trust me, we’ll boot you after your five minutes), we’ve got you covered – the founder of Ignite Phoenix will be meeting with speakers to help coach them on giving a lightning-fast, timed presentation.

What are you waiting for?  Get on over to www.ScottsdaleCVB.com/AnnualMeeting for more info and to submit your topic. Submissions are due September 23.  Oh, and if you just want to come and watch it all go down, you can buy tickets at the same site.

What’s Your Passion? The Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is inviting you to share it!

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Leadership Out Loud

Eat, Drink and Sleep—The State of the Restaurant and Travel Industry in Scottsdale

Join Scottsdale Leadership as we gather for an exclusive preview of the hottest food week in the Valley. Award Winning Chef Chuck Wiley of Cafe Zuzu has agreed to taste us through his Restaurant Week menu a week before the general public sinks their teeth into his delectable eats. Click here to view the exclusive Cafe ZuZu Restaurant Week Menu

Date: Wednesday, September 14
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Tickets: $55; $45 dues-paid alumni
Location: Cafe ZuZu, Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 East Main Street

Enjoy a 3-course dinner and a glass of wine while you socialize with other alumni and learn about the history and impact the Hotel Valley Ho has had on tourism in Scottsdale. You will also hear from the Scottsdale CVB on the current state of the restaurant and tourism industry in our city.

Limited tickets available! Register online at scottsdaleleadership.org by September 9 or call 480-627-6710.

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