Frank Lloyd Wright is recognized all over the country as one of the most influential architects of all time. While Frank Lloyd Wright spent much of his early days in Wisconsin and Illinois and created buildings and structures all across the nation, Wright spent much of his later life at Taliesin West, his winter home and studio in Scottsdale. Taliesin West is now open for public tours and serves as the home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.
For these reasons, Local First Arizona and Taliesin West are working together to remind Arizonans and the country of Wright’s strong ties to Arizona. “Arizona has many influential hometown heroes, and one of those heroes is Frank Lloyd Wright,” said Kimber Lanning, Founder and Director of Local First Arizona. “Wright left a lasting impact on Arizona, from well known structures like Taliesin West and Arizona State University’s Gammage Auditorium to private homes. Taliesin West and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation are doing great work to preserve his legacy and inform others about his contributions to Arizona.”
“Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West is Scottsdale’s only National Historic Landmark, but many Arizonans are unaware we have this treasure right in our own backyard,” said Stuart Graff, President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. “Our ongoing partnership with Local First Arizona will help inform our community about Wright’s deep ties to our state, and how he was inspired to create some of his greatest work from his drafting studio overlooking the Valley.”
The first event to cement this partnership is an intimate dinner on September 19 at Taliesin West benefiting the Local First Arizona Foundation with special guests Graff and Vincent Stanley, who currently serves as Patagonia’s Director of Philosophy, is a visiting fellow at the Yale School of Management, and a visiting executive at INSEAD in Fontainebleau. Patagonia is widely recognized as a leader in operating a triple bottom line company that focuses on people and planet while turning a profit. Stanley will share the story of how Patagonia started, why they built a values-based company and where they are headed. Dinner will be catered by Amici Catering, and tickets are $100. Guests can also purchase tickets for $150 and attend the Social Entrepreneurship Summit (SOCENT Summit) the following day. Tickets are extremely limited and available here. More information on the SOCENT Summit is available at the website.