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ASU West campus, Fletcher Library Exhibition Jan-Feb 2015: Art Tells a Story, Remembrance and Legacy

More than 50 Arizona artists, writers and directors of non-profit organizations focusing on the arts in social and cultural settings, meeting daily challenges of community building are part of a six week exhibition sponsored by Dennis Isbell, Administrative Director at ASU West campus, Fletcher Library, January 17th- February 26, 2015. This exhibition emphasizes the history and legacy of arts in many greater Phoenix communities. There will be a Free reception for the public on February 5, 6:00-8:00 PM.

The Family by Eugene Grigsby, Jr., ASU Professor Emeritus

Exhibition Mission: The Cultural Arts Coalition is the presenting non-profit: At the heart of this artistic and interactive endeavor is the goal of creating opportunities for meaningful Civic Dialogue concerning social challenges and histories in Arizona. The collaborating arts, literature and arts organizations attempt to capture and support the soul of what we see around us, inspiring us to be thoughtful in how we interact in our communities and neighborhoods. The exhibition is curated by Judy Butzine and Melanie Ohm, co-founders and directors of the Cultural Arts Coalition.


The Mission of the Cultural Arts Coalition, Arizona: 501 (c) 3, a nonpartisan organization in existence since 2005: stimulates creative, analytical and leadership development for personal transformation and collective change through celebrations and multidisciplinary learning experiences.

Persons attending this exhibition are asked to consider answering 3 questions as they walk the exhibition: Who am I in this story? Where are my memories? What is my legacy?

In Honor of MLK, Jr.’s National Recognition Day a component of this ASU West campus Exhibition highlights the African slave story (Sonny Sholola and Joe Willie Smith) to the USA and the final Juneteenth Emancipation documenting this ...

"Downtown Public Tradition" by Clottee Hammons. EDUCATION is the link to this Knowledge portrayed by Mitra Kamali in her enamel painting, "Universal Scholar", and finally a highlighting of the need to focus on Protecting our Earth and all its living beings....Michael Butzine and Anne Coe...

Mural created following Michael from sitting and listening to the interview by Stella Pope Duarte (nationally recognized writer and storyteller) of the youth and teachers at Lowell Elementary School (4th Avenue and Buckeye) including Dr. Music (Dianne Anderson–Nickel) to reveal their story about why this school is an A plus performing elementary located in a barrio community--- S.T.E.A.M. teaching methodology is the answer with both full time music and visual art teachers....What a gift to all of these youth!

Anne Coe is a fourth generation Arizonan, Coe was raised on a ranch in a remote part of the state where she developed a close affinity for the land. Initiating the Superstition Area Land Trust, she has been a major force in over seven regional and national environmental groups, focusing on everything from the introduction of the Mexican wolf to protecting the future of thousands of acres of State Trust Land. Throughout her artistic development, her commitment to change through art has remained constant. Anne was an imitator of the Cultural Arts Coalition over 15 years ago.

"The exhibit represents many of the different cultural and social groups in the greater Phoenix area, all brought together to create a larger community of arts and culture," says Dennis Isbell, the Director of the Fletcher Library. "We are proud of our six year partnership with the Cultural Arts Coalition. It is one way we can contribute to their goal of building communities."

Paintings and prints by Martin Moreno, Luis Gutierrez, Joseph "Sentrock" Perez, Francisco Garcia, Reggie Callas, Joe Ray and many more amazing artists who are engaged in our community in significant ways affecting the lives of our youth and others...

Thuong Nyugen     Mari Rodriguez-Pope                 Ruben Galicia

Hugo Medina         

Dee Dee Woods

Marco Albarran "Calaca"                  Jeff Falk and Annie Lopez

Robert Miley                  Zarco Guerrero

Release the Fear and Thoughtful Warrior programming within Lower Buckeye Jail with youth trialed in adult courts.

Michael Prepsky, Phoenix based ceramic artist has worked with Earth’s materials for more than 40 years. Teaching in 1985 with the Phoenix Union High School District he was one of the teachers who started the Arts “Magnet” program, an education program designed to sustain critical arts education in the visual and performing arts. Dr. Eugene Grigsby’s studies’ of the Kuba people culminated in the Kuba Project. Curriculum initiated by Janet Broyles, Chairperson of the magnet arts program at the time. Exhibition of all of the Kuba vessels by South Mt. H.S. students at Sky Harbor Airport by Lennée Eller, Program Manager and curator for the Phoenix Airport Museum.

Youth leadership and Human Development activities through Valley of the Sun United Way funding that supports a Balsz Promise Neighborhood Youth Advisory Council at Camelback Gateway Early College High Schools...

Dennis Numkena

Photo Narrative created by judy butzine, CAC Director, January 23, 2015

Thursday, Feb 5th, 2015, Dennis Isbell, Director and Humanities and Arts Librarian, opened the doors at the ASU West Campus Fletcher Library, for the Art Tells a Story: Remembrance & Legacy artists’ reception. Many of these talented individuals were present with family and friends who have interacted in the community with absolute LOVE and creative compassion for decades. ASU Administration and Deans were on site as well to enjoy the complete body of artworks and hear the stories directly.

Thank you Dr. Marlene Tromp, Dean of the New College pf Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, and Dr. Ramsey, Associate Dean of the Barrett Honor’s College, for being actively engaged with many artists and guest. We are also very grateful for Professor Kathryn Maxwell, ASU Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts, for coming to the reception... The night was aglow inside as well as under our beautiful full moon. Much gratitude to everyone for coming...PEACE

Lots of conversation amongst old friends and new acquaintances

Dulce Juarez explains her role as a CAC Board Member and how the arts were a means for her to move through her teen years as a young woman of color with pride. Dulce now works for the Arizona ACLU....We are also grateful for Kara Batdorf, Community Relations Liaison, from District 8 – Councilwoman Kate Gallego, City of Phoenix coming to the reception.

It was a perfect night! Photo narrative judy butzine, Director of the Cultural Arts Coalition & Curator