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Panel Talks about the Arts and its role in local economic vitality

Voices of Chandler LIVE: The Arts and Economic Vitality


Chandler Center for the Arts Presents Expert Panel on the Arts and its Role in Economic Vitality – The Arts Mean Business!

Part of the Voices of Chandler LIVE Series


CHANDLER, Ariz. – Chandler Center for the Arts invites the public to Voices of Chandler LIVE: The Arts and Economic Vitality – The Arts Mean Business! on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 4 p.m. in the recital hall.

A panel of arts executives will discuss the role the arts has in the vitality of local economies, looking at data that has been collected over the years through Arts & Economic Prosperity Study led by Americans for the Arts, as well as their experiences within their own organizations and communities.

Panelists include:

Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts

Sandra Bassett, President, Bassett Consulting LLC

Anne L’Ecuyer, Executive Director, Arizona Commission on the Arts

Mitch Menchaca, Executive Director, City of Phoenix Office of Arts + Culture

The panel will be moderated by Michelle Mac Lennan, General Manager of Chandler Center for the Arts and President of Chandler Cultural Foundation.

“We are excited to host this timely discussion because Chandler will be participating in the Arts & Economic Prosperity Study for the first time this year,” says Mac Lennan. “We have seen the vitality the arts has brought to our own community anecdotally and qualitatively. This study will bring that affect to light with data that tells a deeper story, while giving us a true picture of how many arts organizations exist in our vibrant city.”

There will be a hosted reception in the The Gallery at the CCA following the panel discussion, giving attendees the chance to network and enjoy the exhibition, Radical Happiness by artist Lex Gjurasic.

“We welcome everyone to attend and take part in the conversation about how the arts creates communities that are diverse, beautiful and more economically robust,” says Mac Lennan. “Our City leaders knew the arts had an important role in economic development that is why we have Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler Museum, Vision Gallery and a public art program."

Thank you to everyone who attended this event! 


VOC Live: The Arts Mean Business Panel at the Chandler Center for the Arts