About City of Tempe, Arizona
Tempe is igniting a cultural renaissance for the coming decade and has created the Tempe Arts and Culture Plan to guide it. Tempe certainly has a history of setting and achieving cultural aspirations. The community has supported nationally and internationally prominent artists since 1964 in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Gammage Auditorium on the Arizona State University campus. Tempe has had a vibrant music scene, centered on Mill Avenue, beginning in the 1970s and contributing to the development and success of many bands. In 1996, the City created a strategic plan for the arts that led to a successful 2000 voter initiative to institute the Arts Tax and fund development of the Tempe Center for the Arts, an architecturally beautiful and state-of-the-art cultural facility.
In 2014, the City of Tempe embarked on creation of this Tempe Arts and Culture Plan and it is clear that the community now has a new level of vision or aspiration, one that builds on past achievements and leverages the possibilities of the current civic environment. Perhaps the defining feature of this new vision is broad community engagement and the desire for elements of the community—citizens, artists, the business community, City government, the University, schools and others—to come together in building the cultural life of the community to the next iteration of richness.