During the month of February, all Cultural Affairs locations (Chandler Center for the Arts, Vision Gallery, Chandler Museum, and Chandler Public Libraries) will be partnering with the American Heart Association and Going Red for Women to bring awareness to heart disease. With this initiative comes special exhibits and displays to delight visitors.
"Heart disease is the number one killer of women in American," says Brenda Brown, City of Chandler Cultural Affairs Director. "Research shows 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. We knew we wanted to do something to increase awareness."
Chandler Center for the Arts is reminding its attendees that, "you can't spell Heart without Art." They are displaying the Red Dress logo on its stage before performances in February and every usher will be wearing a red dress pin. This month at the Center, check out six-time CMA Award winner Lee Ann Womack on February 21. She recently was nominated for a Grammy for Country Album of the Year. You don't want to miss her! And, if Broadway is more your style, the amazing Ben Vereen will be at the Center for the Arts on February 27. More at chandlercenter.org.
All four Chandler Public Libraries are going red with special book displays, as well as sharing books and databases that help promote heart healthy lifestyle changes. The libraries are great places for relaxing, finding a good read, letting the kids take part in activities and to find resources for activities and events around Chandler or the state. Some of our favorite red-covered books: Diane Von Furstenberg's "A Life Unwrapped" and "The Martian" by Andy Weir. More at chandlerlibrary.org
Love great exhibits? Chandler has two locations to quench your thirst for the beautiful and historic. In February, the Vision Gallery is featuring Love in 3D, elegant digitally-designed and 3D-printed red sculptures by artist Kevin Caron. You can also catch the beautiful black and white photos of Europe by Robert Granzow. At the Chandler Museum, see Go Red for Women, a special exhibit featuring red items from the collection, including a red dress from the early 20th century, as well as items from the San Marcos Hotel and Arizona's Sheep Trail. More at visiongallery.org or chandlermuseum.org.
"Experiencing arts and culture in our community is a wonderful way to be kind to your heart by reducing stress. Whether it is attending a great show, enjoying beautiful art, or reading a book, all of our locations strive to provide programming that enhances the lives of our patrons," says Brown.