Arizona Small Business Success

We’re doing it right – small business style in Arizona!

Our local business coalition (Local First AZ) is the largest in North America! The research shows that what we’re doing here in Arizona is working. The latest survey showed that Arizona businesses reported a higher rate of revenue growth of 7.1% than the national average of 6.6%, and two-thirds of respondents in cities with an active Local First, or “buy local,” campaign said that the initiative is having a noticeable positive impact on their business. You can see how far we’ve come together in such a short time:

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Founder & Director, Local First Arizona

 

 

Biomimicry Challenge For Artists

Biomimicry Challenge For Artists

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If you are an Arizona artist who is interested in bringing nature’s genius to your project work and innovation strategies then you must apply for this opportunity.  You will have the opportunity to work with scientists in any field that will advance your practice. We will pair you up! Is your artwork inspired by nature/life sciences? Then this artist residency may be right for you! You will work with Cyndi Coon of Laboratory5 Inc. As the City of Tempe S.T.E.A.M consultant and residency lead,  she will guide you and push you, in your practice to create new, innovative works during this 10 week residency.

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Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts Tempe, Arizona 

Summer Artist Residency: Biomimicry Challenge

Deadline:  Jan. 20, 2017 | 5 p.m. | Free Application

What is Biomimicry? 
Biomimicry is an exciting field that seeks to emulate nature to create sustainable solutions to human problems. Today, it is used by professionals such as scientists, engineers, architects, designers and business people to create things like new and/or improved products, manufacturing processes and design standards. Well known examples of biomimicry include Velcro (inspired by plant burr hooks) and solar cells (inspired by photosynthesizing plants). For more information about biomimicry, go to biomimicry.asu.edu

The Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts sponsored by Northern Trust is collaborating with the Biomimicry Center and LeRoy Erying Center for Solid State Science at Arizona State University to coordinate a summer 2017 exhibition that explores biomimicry solutions and nature-inspired contemporary art.


About the Artist Residency
Arizona-based visual artists may apply for use of one of three studio spaces inside the Gallery for ten weeks (May 19-July 28) during the exhibition. Artists will be selected by a jury panel. Selected artists will be eligible for a stipend.


About the Challenge:
We are challenging artists to think beyond creating work that is inspired by nature. We are looking for proposals that “emulate nature to solve human challenges.” During the residency, artists will work in the Gallery studio to create a new single artwork, a series of artworks and/or a site specific installation. Visitors will be able to watch the progression of artworks throughout the summer.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Please read the residency description
  2. Please read the residency guidelines
  3. Complete the application form. Instructions for submission are located on the form.

For more information/questions, contact Michelle Dock, Gallery at TCA Coordinator, (480) 350-2867 or michelle_dock@tempe.gov

 

 

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Local First AZ Fall Festival

This weekend is the annual Local First AZ Fall Festival.   Come join the fun from 10 am to 4 pm at Hance Park downtown Phoenix. I will be there with my family enjoying my amazing AZ community.

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I have been a proud local first member since the inception of this amazing Arizona organization and have donated a piece of art for the auction every year. You can bid now and day of – check it out HERE.

 

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A civil conversation

Will you be in Washington DC on Monday Oct 24th, 2016? Come to the ASU sponsored Future of the American Dream town hall hosted by futurist Brian David Johnson. This event is focused on civil civic dialog. With only a few weeks to go in the most contentious American election in history we could all use the opportunity to voice our thoughts on how we see the American dream in our own futures. Join us!

Farragut Square 17th and K Street NW

SCHEDULE for the day:

2 pm Starbucks coffee and ASU SFIS FotAD Tarot Card Readings

2:20 pm Dance Exchange Opening

2:30 – 3:30 pm Future of the American Dream Town Hall MC’d by Brian David Johnson

3:30 pm Dance Exchange Closing

Follow the journey at the Future of the American Dream website and at #FutureAmDream 

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Make it S.T.E.A.M-Y

Arizona S.T.E.A.M fans – Join me on Sept 15th for my talk on making your S.T.E.M and S.T.E.A.M events S.T.E.A.M-Y at Scottsdale Center for the Arts
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“Make it S.T.E.A.M. – Y,” a session about creating experiences through S.T.E.A.M., is an interactive opportunity to see how creativity and play provide clarity around innovating and integrating S.T.E.A.M into business and educational practices with a focus on Process over Product.

Session Objective:

In this session you will learn how to leverage creative, playful methods to enhance your work. What you will learn from this session include the following discussion points:

Discussion Points:

1. Have Fun
Ask are you having fun? If the answer is no – make small ‘micro moment’ changes now!

2. Be Brave
Learn how to walk into creative play with bold bravery and a ‘let’s just try it’ attitude.

3. Brainstorm
Start with playful Ideation and creative brainstorming.

4. Experiment
Allow for the process to let experiential, organic magic to occur. Then learn how to capture this to use next time. This takes bravery to muster up the courage to play creatively but let’s talk about the fact that you have nothing to lose and will likely have a fun time experimenting.

5. Commit
Be deeply committed to Process Over Product because it is a journey – there will be many ever-changing destinations. S.T.E.A.M is already designed to celebrate this – learn how to harness and enhance it.

6. Just Do it
The way to allow for process to take root in your playful creative practice is to say out loud things like ‘I am playing’, ‘I am experimenting’, ‘I want to see what will happen if. . . . . .’ Learn how to Just play, enjoy the process, make and experience a lot of stuff. If you commit to the playtime to just be creative you will create all kinds of stuff, some terrible, some very cool, some you want to repeat.

7. Dump it or Deposit it
If you look at something you have been working on and think maybe there is something there but are not sure then store it for a while by depositing it in a place for safekeeping. Then pull it out when you have a fresh perspective.

8. Time
You have to dedicate time to this. When and how can you set aside time to play and be creative?

 

Ladies Talk (and draw) Science

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Friday July 22 | S.T.E.A.M.-Y Ladies Night Out

with artist Cyndi Coon and scientist Catherine Seiler

Did you know that people aren’t the only things that like “selfies?” Inspired by the work of artist Ernst Haeckel, this hands-on workshop includes down-to earth science talk about diatoms and the opportunity to draw your own mini “Cellfies.” It will be like taking a snap shot of your own cells!

Coon is the Chief Experience Officer and President of Laboratory5 Inc. and Seiler is a Program Manager at the Biobank Core Facility at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

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This workshop is Free and takes place in the TCA Gallery from 6-8 p.m.

Location: 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway Tempe, AZ 85281 
Free parking is available for this event at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

Shop Local

This week we celebrate all things local! Get in on the action and spend your money on your local economy this week. Laboratory5 Inc is a locally owned business so naturally it is important to us to promote and celebrate all of our localists in AZ and around the country.

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Join Local First Arizona in celebrating locally owned and independent businesses across the state for Independents Week

Saturday, June 25, through Monday, July 4.

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Check out some of your favorite local shops and business this week and get in on some great deals. Grab your golden ticket and get to shopping!

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