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Improving the quality of life in Arizona to benefit future generations.

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Improving the financial and creative health of Arizona’s arts-and-culture organizations.

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Helping organizations strengthen capitalization and creative programs
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Arts and Culture

Flinn Arts & Culture

The Flinn Foundation supports arts and culture in Arizona principally through the Initiative for Financial and Creative Health, which helps Arizona’s largest arts-and-culture organizations identify and design strategies to impact priority capitalization needs.

The Foundation also supports SMU DataArts, which gives Arizona’s arts-and-culture sector access to standardized data to strengthen organizational effectiveness, and the Creative Communities program of the Arizona Commission on the Arts.


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Arizona Opera opens enterprising RED Series with Frank Lloyd Wright production

Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home until his death in 1959, was one of eight of the iconic architect’s buildings named UNESCO World Heritage sites in July.

And now, two months later, Arizona Opera is set to premiere a new, “Taliesin West” version of the opera “Shining Brow” for Arizona audiences, chronicling the rise of a young Wright.

“What incredible timing, right?” says Joseph Specter, president and general director of the Arizona Opera. “I didn’t engineer that part. But I would have! UNESCO didn’t call me up and say, Hey, Joe, what are you guys doing? Can we can we help you out?’”

This renewed version of the 1990s opera “Shining Brow” will premiere on Sept. 27 at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, with additional performances on Sept. 28 and 29. The opera will also be performed at the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson Oct. 5 and 6. [Read more]


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Musician and entrepreneur Gerd Wuestemann enters second year leading Scottsdale Arts

For Gerd Wuestemann, having grown up in a small town in Germany, Arizona might not have seemed like the obvious choice to find his home and inspiration.

But with a last name that translates into “desert man,” it looks like his path to leading Scottsdale Arts was destined.

Wuestemann became the CEO and president of the nonprofit arts organization in March 2018. The multifaceted institution, based in Old Town fronting the lawns and fountains of Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, includes the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Public Art, and the Scottsdale Arts Education and Outreach programs. [Read more]


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Flinn Foundation awards rural arts grants

Six Arizona arts-and-culture groups, from Globe to the international border, have received a combined $60,000 in grants as part of a Flinn Foundation-supported program designed to spur engagement between the small-town organizations and their communities. The Creative Communities Program supports arts-and-culture organizations in small and rural communities that have participated in the AZ Creative Communities Institute, a program of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design, and Southwest Folklife Alliance, a University of Arizona affiliate. [Read more]


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Arts and Culture

Arizona Opera opens enterprising RED Series with Frank Lloyd Wright production

By Julie AndersonFlinn Foundation Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home until his death in 1959, was one of eight of the iconic architect’s buildings named UNESCO World Heritage sites in July. And now, two months later, Arizona Opera is set to premiere a new, “Taliesin West” version of the opera “Shining Brow” […]

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Flinn Foundation incorporates sustainability into its philanthropic work to benefit Arizona

By Brian PowellFlinn Foundation For more than 50 years, the Flinn Foundation has been dedicated to improving the quality of life in Arizona for the benefit of future generations. The Phoenix-based philanthropic grantmaking organization has done so through its support of the Arizona bioscience sector, the Flinn Scholars Program, arts and culture, and the development […]

Arts and Culture

Musician and entrepreneur Gerd Wuestemann enters second year leading Scottsdale Arts

For Gerd Wuestemann, having grown up in a small town in Germany, Arizona might not have seemed like the obvious choice to find his home and inspiration. But with a last name that translates into “desert man,” it looks like his path to leading Scottsdale Arts was destined.

Arts and Culture

Flinn Foundation awards $60,000 to rural arts groups

Six Arizona arts-and-culture groups, from Globe to the international border, have received a combined $60,000 in grants as part of a Flinn Foundation-supported program designed to spur engagement between the small-town organizations and their communities. The Creative Communities Program provides funding to arts and culture organizations within small and rural communities that have participated in […]