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Inclusion, Diversity, Community and HD South

Inclusion, Diversity, Community and HD South  Elaine Kessler  The land on which Gilbert, Arizona sits was once the land of the Akimel O’odham (Upper Pima) and Hohokam tribes.  Here, the arts flourished, and they transformed the desert into gardens, growing cotton for clothing, rugs and other textile products. They grew crops...

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HD SOUTH: ART Scavenger Hunt KEY

  HD SOUTH: ART Scavenger Hunt KEY  This scavenger hunt involves the many and fun art features in the Heritage District of Gilbert.   Hint: Check out the articles detailing the aesthetic elements in HD South’s blog section.  Find 15 of these aesthetic elements (total...

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Art Tour Stop 28: HD South

Art Tour Stop 28: HD South Elaine Kessler We are at the final stop on our Art Tour through the Heritage District. We have explored 27 distinct spots in downtown Gilbert that include water features, concrete etchings, murals, lights, and artistic furniture. In addition...

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Art Tour Stops 26 + 27: Theatre and Art

Art Tour Stops 26 + 27: Theatre and Art Elaine Kessler Stops 26 and 27 on this Art Tour are two incredible facilities that offer the community beautifully enriching experiences. Hale Theatre Arizona offers musicals and plays and performance art classes. Art Intersection offers...

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Art Tour Stop 25: Roadside Architecture

Art Tour Stop 25: Roadside Architecture  Elaine Kessler  “Roadside architecture consists of structures built to serve the motoring public. Generally associated with twentieth-century road development, the main types of roadscape resources are restaurants, automobile showrooms, recreation and amusement facilities, stores, specialized buildings and artifacts,...

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Art in the Heritage District: Water Focus

Art in the Heritage District: Water Focus Elaine Kessler Before we continue the tour, it is important to understand the history of water delivery and usage in Gilbert. With the help and expertise of Annikki Chamberlain, a former Town of Gilbert Water Conservation...

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HD South for K-12 

HD South for K-12 Elaine Kessler The HD South building is the original Gilbert Elementary School, built in 1913, and is the oldest building still standing in Gilbert. HD South is a delightful place to explore and discover the Gilbert community for K-12 teachers...

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Art Benches

Art in the Heritage District – Stop 2: Benches  By Elaine Kessler  Seattle has pigs, Norfolk has mermaids, neighboring Chandler has ostriches, and Gilbert has begun their collection of artfully decorated illuminated benches.   Why have a symbol for a community? Cathy Coleman, president...

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day  By Elaine Kessler    There are many reasons people join the military. My father joined the Air Force for job training and the educational opportunity. My brother joined the US Marine Corps for adventure, service, and travel. I was an Army cadet...

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HD South for Higher Education

HD South for Higher Education  Elaine Kessler     Even though the HD South building is the original Gilbert Elementary School, built in 1913, it is a treasure trove of discoveries for today’s higher education faculty and their students. As the only building in Gilbert...

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Art in the Heritage District

Art in the Heritage District Elaine Kessler Program Assistant   “Art changes people and people change the world.” John Butler    Art is not explicit in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and if it can be interpreted, it would likely be found at the top,...

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The 6 C’s of Gilbert’s Innovation

The 6 C’s of Gilbert’s Innovation Elaine Kessler Program Assistant At the time of this article, we are in the midst of a global pandemic. Schools and companies have been shuttered to slow the spread of COVID-19. But according to Larry Clark of the...

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Citrus One of the 5 C’s of Arizona

Every Arizona grade school student learns about Arizona’s 5 C’s: Copper, Cotton, Climate, Cattle and Citrus. Students learn that all the C’s were crucial to Arizona’s economy. Many of the jobs in Arizona were influenced directly, i.e., copper miner, farmer, but many more occupations...

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Wallace and Ladmo

The longest-running, daily live kid’s show in television history, “The Wallace & Ladmo Show” spanned 36 years. Guest performers included; Wayne Newton, Dan Horn, Alice Cooper, and Steven Spielberg. The foundation seeks to preserve, nurture and continue the Wallace & Ladmo legacy of encouraging...

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