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Third Thursdays at the Museum look to the future
Tempe History Museum resumes series this fall
Posted Date: 9/10/2012
Contact: Dan Miller 480-350-5115

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave., will resume the Third Thursdays at the Museum series this fall. Third Thursdays happen once a month at 7 p.m. This season’s series, “Imagine the Future: Where the heck are those flying cars?” runs September 2012- May 2013 and will feature discussions about the future of Tempe.

A New General Plan Begins
Thursday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m.
To kick-off this season’s series, City of Tempe Senior Planner Nancy Ryan will discuss Tempe General Plan 2040 and the future of the city. Tempe General Plan 2040 is the community’s vision for the next 30 years and will guide development, land use, sustainability, transportation, economic development, historic preservation, neighborhood enhancement, open space and recreation, public art and cultural amenities and human services.
Ryan is a Certified Planner and member of the American Planning Association. She has over 30 years of professional planning experience in Seattle and Arizona. Formerly, she was the Rio Salado Project Manager for the City of Tempe and currently is the Project Management Coordinator for the City’s Community Development Department, in charge of the General Plan and the Light Rail Station Area Plan updates.

Tempe as a 20 Minute City
Thursday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m.
Join local architect Will Bruder as he shares “Tempe as a 20 Minute City.” One way to judge a city’s features is to ditch the car, use public transportation and see how much of the city’s best parts you can visit in just 20 minutes. Bruder will apply this technique to Tempe with suggestions for its future.
Bruder is a local architect who has 30+ years of experience in the field. In college, he studied art and engineering and later worked and studied under Paolo Soleri, where he acquired field experience in woodwork, metal work and masonry. Through apprenticeship with Soleri and with architect Gunnar Birkerts, he obtained registration as an architect and opened his practice in 1974. Will Bruder Architects, LLC continues to create contemporary architectural environments in celebration of people and place. The firm’s work includes residential, repurposing, civic/cultural/educational buildings as well as mixed use urban in-fill, master planning and interiors. His focus is making cities more livable.

The Future of Art Events
Thursday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.
Arizona State University’s Greg Esser will present a discussion on the future of art.
Esser is a local art advocate who currently works as the Desert Initiative Director at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. The Desert Initiative is building connections between desert communities, regionally and globally, through arts-based research and projects. The program includes components of curriculum creation, technology integration and collaboration between other desert regions in North America.
In the past, Esser has worked as a Public Art Manager for Americans for the Arts in Washington, D.C. and as the Director of Civic Art at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. He has helped form national policy and advocated for the field of public art.
Esser’s current work at ASU is a convergence of many of his passions including the ability to work with artists and connect communities globally and focus on arid land agriculture, art and creative inquiry as a means of positive social transformation.

Third Thursday at the Museum will break for a brief hiatus in December and will return in January 2013. The second half of the line-up will include discussions with the President of the Downtown Tempe Community, the Executive Director of ASU Gammage and Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. For more information on Lunch Talks and other history museum events, visit or call 480-350-5100.