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Posted on: January 10, 2022

Launch of Tolleson Initiative Of The Arts (Tia)

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West Valley Arts, City Of Tolleson Collaborating On Launch of Tolleson Initiative of The Arts (Tia) For Public Art Program

Community Input Will Help Shape Vision and Goals

           TOLLESON, Ariz. (Jan. 10, 2022): With assistance from West Valley Arts Council, the City of Tolleson is launching the Tolleson Initiative of the Arts (TIA), the first step in a public art planning process to outline a vision and goals for public art in Tolleson.

          “The goal of the program is to identify key opportunities for projects and initiatives, including the new City of Tolleson Civic Center,” said Tolleson Mayor Juan F. Rodriguez. “We’re asking the public to help us shape the future of public art in Tolleson because we want our city to reflect their values, preferences and sense of community pride.”

          The initiative will begin by gathering input through a brief, online Tolleson Arts Survey. Information about the survey and its goals can be found on the City of Tolleson website ( and will be available through flyers and direct communication channels and platforms. The Tolleson Arts Survey will be active through February 10th.“Hearing from the community is critical to ensure that we capture their visions for the arts.” Shared Councilmember Jimmy Davis.

          “The West Valley is vibrant, diverse and creative with an amazing depth of talent and the Tolleson Initiative of the Arts is a hands-on way to engage the community in creating opportunities to provide input on what its arts future will look like,” said West Valley Arts President and CEO Sandra Bassett. “We are thrilled to be part of the process.”

             West Valley Arts has collaborated with several west valley communities to identify and coordinate arts and cultural experiences including an ongoing program under the theme “Imprint: The Cultural Sounds of America.”

          “The arts touch so much of our lives in so many ways: aesthetically, educationally and as an economic driver, all of which benefit the entire community,” Bassett said. “This very exciting effort will pay incredible dividends as a community asset and its impact on the quality of life.” 

          For more information about West Valley Arts, visit


Pilar Sinawi, Chief Government Affairs Officer, City of Tolleson (480) 589-1576

Sandra Bassett, President and CEO, West Valley Arts, (602) 688-0548

Steve Carr, The Kur Carr Group, Inc., (602) 317-3040

About West Valley Arts: The West Valley Arts (WVA) enriches the West Valley by growing a vibrant and connected arts and cultural community. WVA serves 13 municipalities in the West Valley as an advisory, creator, and coordinator for arts programs including arts venues, grants management, arts festivals, public art, arts education, and regional arts promotion.  By creating strategic partnerships we use our resources to grow and strengthen arts and cultural opportunities. Incorporated as the Cultural Arts Society West in 1969, the organization changed its name to the West Valley Fine Arts Council in 1989 to reflect a broader, more inclusive vision. It became the West Valley Arts (WVA) in 2004. WVA has been central to creating what is recognized as a “high quality of life” for West Valley residents, and is the only multi-disciplinary arts organization of its type and scope in the Valley. Since its inception, the WVA has earned multiple awards including two Governor’s Art Awards! For more information, visit

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