The Arts in our Community

The Arts in our Community

Scottsdale has a rich history of art and culture. From the commitment of Scottsdale Arts to the cities investment in public art, Scottsdale is a genuine arts town.
Scottsdale offers a variety of arts for residents to consume. Scottsdale offers programming in performing arts; our excellent galleries offer paintings and sculptures of many different styles. Scottsdale presents many different styles of dance. What would Scottsdale be without our renowned western art and our nationally-recognized Museum of the West?

Arts in the community are more than wonders to behold and admire. They offer and sense of place. I believe a community can be a good place with limited offerings of art, but it cannot be a great place to live. In order for a city to truly have a community fabric, it must be a place where great art if abundant and accessible.

We are so fortunate in Scottsdale to have both of these qualities.
Scottsdale Arts gives back to our community in so many ways. By taking art directly into the schools with their collaboration with Scottsdale Unified School District Scottsdale Arts is cultivating a new generation of art enthusiasts.

When I was growing up, I was fortunate enough to participate in music education in both high school and college. It is an activity that shaped me for the rest of my life. As a candidate, I strongly support the arts in our community. Many candidates talk about Scottsdale’s special character and they are correct. If you fear Scottsdale meddling into just another community that is blessed with a great climate that is preciously what would happen to our city without the rich and vibrant arts community.

Planning a Scottsdale for Tomorrows Residents

Planning a Scottsdale for Tomorrows Residents

This past Sunday, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Phoenix hosted a candidate debate for both the City Council and the Mayoral elections.  One of the questions posed to candidates was around the changing demographics in Scottsdale and how that would affect communication in the future. One of the Mayoral candidates responded that the idea that Scottsdale is getting younger is a myth being promoted by developers and advocates who want to build high-density residential.  So that got me thinking. Is that true? So, I did what I naturally do, turned to the data. Here is what I discovered.

According to the city’s website, the median age of Scottsdale is 47 years of age.  That data Source was the U.S. Census American Community Survey 2010-2017. This demographic information was published in 2018, and such is three years old. A closer look at more recent data shows that the website TownCharts.com which used 2018 US Census ACS data, shows the median age of Scottsdale as 45.7 for females and 49.0 for females.  Drilling down to even more recent data, the real estate market trends website Point2homes published in December 2019, also used Census ACS data from 2019, shows the average age of residents in the old town zip codes of 85251 and 85257 show the median age is 37.6 years of age.

The average age in our downtown urban center is trending dramatically younger.  This is precisely what we want to see in our downtown.  We need to build a city that appeals to the next generation. 

With the world around us changing very quickly, Scottsdale City leaders need to recognize these changes. New generations of residents may have different visions of our city. We need to maintain our rich western heritage while simultaneously planning a City that appeals to tomorrow’s knowledge workers.