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A Guide to the Phoenix Art Museum

The Phoenix Art Museum is located at the corner of McDowell Road & Central Avenue at 1625 N. Central Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona. It was built in 1936 and originally christened the Phoenix Art Center. This was all the result of the New Deal initiative proposed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as a way to stimulate the economy and employ millions of out-of-work Americans as well as enrich American culture. The building was constructed and funded by the government agency known as the Works Progress Administration as part of the Federal Art Project. Prior to this was the Phoenix Fine Arts Association. They had no permanent location and less than 2 dozen pieces of art to display at the private homes of the Phoenix Fine Arts Association members. It’s currently designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride.The many works of art currently in the Phoenix Art Museum’s collection include traditional examples of American, Asian, European, Latin American, and Western American art. They also have a large gallery dedicated to fashion design and modern clothing. The Ullman Center for the Art of Philip C. Curtis was opened in 2001 and catalogs the life and 50 years of work by this superb painter in the abstract and surrealist genres. Coincidentally he was also the Phoenix Art Museum’s founding director.Also unique to the museum are the Thorne Rooms. Narcissa Niblack Thorne, an Indiana native who had travelled extensively throughout England and Western Europe, was an indoor architecture enthusiast. She created exact replicas of many different homes throughout Europe and America in perfect 1:12 ratio detail. She made all these rooms’ contents by hand. She wove the miniature rugs herself, painted the walls or designed the wallpaper, made the carpentry, upholstered the furniture, commissioned all the glasswork, and crafted the crockery. In her lifetime she was only able to complete 100 of these rooms, of which the Phoenix Art Museum owns 20.Regular events and activities take place as well. Film panels and discussions with experts are common, as well as musical performance and festivals. There are lectures given on various subjects by authors, curators, artists, and professors. Public wine tasting series and private, members only, black tie galas have been known to occur too. These are all common occurrences and do not include the traveling exhibitions that frequent the Phoenix Art Museum, ensuring there’s always something new for the art lover.

How to Choose Entertainment for a Corporate Event

Corporate entertainment can contribute a great deal to the success of a product launch, open day, office party, company celebration or awards ceremony. There are many different types of corporate entertainment and this article will highlight what sort of entertainment is best for your Corporate Event.Entertainment for Product LaunchesThe type of entertainment needed for a product launch is heavily dependent on the outcome your company requires. Do you want a corporate entertainer hovering in the background entertaining people creating an atmosphere or do you want them to actually launch the product? Do you want background music, use of a PA system and a host and compare? A good events company can advise and organise any type of entertainer for your corporate event. If you want the product to be the star of the show, as in a new car launch, my suggestion would be to perhaps have guests welcomed by stilt walkers outside, giving away brochures. Inside the showroom could be close up magicians going around entertaining people and maybe have a good DJ with background music and a PA system that you can use to talk to people. I have found that employing good quality corporate entertainers rather than the cheapest option, is the best policy. The entertainers should be used as ambassadors for your company and product. You should select the right ones that reflect the image you want to portray. Product launches can be fun or serious, and again you should choose the corporate entertainment package that best suits what you want to accomplish. With almost 30 years of experience in this business I tend to instinctively know what the client wants to achieve and can advise on the best overall package.Corporate Entertainment for Open DaysOpen days are great opportunities for a company to show their clients, families of employees, prospective clients and local communities what and who they are. A good corporate entertainment organiser will have a range of entertainers at their disposal to ensure whatever the outcome of the day you want will be achieved. You should be able to specify clowns, close up magicians, DJs, circus schools, bouncy castles, candy floss and popcorn stalls, stilt walkers, ‘It’s A Knockout’ inflatable circuits, balloon modellers, quiz & game show hosts and face painters, in fact virtually anything that you could imagine can be sourced and supplied.Award CeremoniesSome of the best regarded corporate entertainment we have supplied for award ceremonies, has ranged from circus schools, DJs and musical bands through to close up magicians and clowns. Once again we work with the client and what they wish the outcome to be and supply appropriate entertainment for the pre-determined outcome. If you choose a corporate entertainer organiser, rather than an agency, you can cut the cost and increase the quality of the entertainment. This arrangement should allow the hiring of acts without paying a commission for each, whilst paying just a flat fee to the corporate entertainment organiser, a much more cost effective arrangement which allows you to get the highest quality service.