Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Celebrates Wright’s Birthday with First-Ever Discovery Day at Taliesin West

By Giving Hope ArizonaMay 27, 2019

In celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 152nd birthday on Saturday, June 8, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is inviting the community to the first-ever Discovery Day where guests are invited to a day of exploring Taliesin West and enjoying live entertainment and pop-up shops from local makers. This community event is generously sponsored by Comerica.

Admission for Discovery Day is free, but an advance reservation is required to guarantee entry. As guests make their way through Wright’s winter home desert laboratory, they will stop at different stations throughout the campus to participate in a variety of activities and demonstrations from Foundation staff members, including:

 

· Learn from the Licensing Department about a new print-on-demand program that allows you to enjoy Wright-inspired textiles, and discover design options for your own home!

· Get an inside look into challenges and techniques of the Preservation Department, with some of the basics of building conservation science, as well as how technology can be used to analyze material composition and methods of degradation involving wood, finishes, and masonry.

· View some of the Box Projects from collections. The traditional Box Projects were originally gifts made by apprentices and Fellowship members on Wright’s birthday and at Christmas. They were presented in a communal gift box, the contents of which might include drawings, poems, music, pressed flowers, fabrics, and much more.

· Check out the Pop-Up Shop, where the Frank Lloyd Wright Store invites you to dive deeper into the work of local artisans including:

o Arlee Kasselman Jewelry

o Jodi Bombardier Jewelry

o WhenLifeGivesURocks by Teri Welsch

o Loving Earth Pottery by Calvin Hiser

o RK3 Handcrafted Fine Arts

· Get hands-on with the Education Department and take part in two activities: a bridge-building lab and a cyanotype photographic printing workshop.

· Watch a classic film once shown at Taliesin West during Wright’s time, The Wizard of Oz, as well as a video introduction to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, and a 2017 BBC documentary Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man Who Built America.

· Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation members will receive exclusive access to the Garden Room on Discovery Day.

 

“We’re so excited to showcase and share all of the exciting things we’re working on at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, and hope to build connections with the community that will last for many years to come,” Kevin Conley, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Vice President of Public Engagement said. “Discovery Day is an opportunity for us to welcome everyone to experience Wright’s great legacy firsthand while exploring his winter home and desert camp.”

 

About the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, established by Wright in 1940, is dedicated to preserving Taliesin and Taliesin West for future generations, and inspiring society through an understanding and experience of Frank Lloyd Wright’s ideas, architecture and design. Wright’s legacy, reflected in contemporary work around sustainable and affordable architecture and excellence in design, is of even greater importance today than in his own time. The Foundation is forward-looking, but rooted in the history of the Taliesin communities. Please visit FrankLloydWright.org for more information on tour schedules, cultural and educational experiences and events.