To kick off National Poetry Month we’re proud to introduce you to an exceptional young person: Arizona’s 2019 Poetry Out Loud State Champion Edgardo Aguilar. A senior at Desert View High School in Tucson, Edgardo will represent Arizona at the 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC, April 30 – May 1, 2019.

Thanks to Vaibu Mohan, who is interning with us this semester, and her video crew, including Josh Morrison (sound), Aniwat Pluemjit (camera), and Julia Vollaro (editing), for producing this interview!


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Congratulations to Lauren Henschen, she was announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of Central Arts Alliance (CAA). Henschen will oversee CAA operations and programming, including Phoenix Center For The Arts, Thunderbird Arts Center. conta.cc/2IGnhEQWe are absolutely thrilled to announce the appointment of Lauren Henschen as the new Chief Executive Officer of Central Arts Alliance (CAA), effective July 1, 2019. Lauren will oversee all CAA operations and programming, including Phoenix Center for the Arts, Thunderbird Arts Center, and the Arizona Art Mobile.

Lauren joined the Phoenix Center for the Arts staff in 2013 and has served in the position of Deputy Director for the past three years, overseeing sales, marketing, major events, and community partnerships.

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