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Feb. 2, 2016
 
City of Chandler Cultural Affairs Goes Red for Women in February
Locations bring awareness to heart disease during Heart Month

In the spirit of Mayor Jay Tibshraeny’s proclamation that February would be Go Red for Women Month, all City of Chandler Cultural Affairs locations are partnering with the American Heart Association and Going Red for Women to bring awareness to the dangers and impact of heart disease. 

“Cultural Affairs wanted to do something meaningful for those we serve,” says Brenda Brown, Chandler’s Director of Cultural Affairs. “More than 10,000 Arizona women die of heart disease every year. This affects children, families and the entire health of our community. Increasing awareness can be a huge influencer. Research shows 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.” 

All four Chandler public libraries will be going red this month with their book displays, as well as sharing books and databases that can help promote heart healthy lifestyle changes. 

Chandler Center for the Arts staff are reminding attendees that, “You can’t spell Heart without Art.” They also are displaying the Go Red for Women red dress logo on its stage before February performances, and ushers will be wearing red dress pins.

The Vision Gallery at Chandler City Hall opens its “Love in 3D” exhibit, featuring elegant digitally designed and 3D printed red sculptures by artist Kevin Caron. 

A Go Red for Women exhibit at the Chandler Museum features a variety of red items from the Museum’s collection, including a red dress from the early 20th century and ephemera from the San Marcos Hotel.

 
At every Cultural Affairs location, staff members are wearing red dress pins and have heart healthy tip cards available to visitors.
 
“We love that one of the tips for healthy living, reducing stress, is something that we offer up every day in Cultural Affairs. Experiencing the arts and culture of our community is a great way to be stress free,” Brown said. “Whether it’s attending the ballet, enjoying beautiful art, reading a book, or joining a coloring club, we are here for the community and offering programming that enhances the lives of our residents.”

She added, “We each have a story of how heart disease has affected us personally. We hope our efforts to bring awareness to heart disease will help make some of those stories less pervasive in Chandler.”

For more information, go to chandleraz.gov, or visit one of the Cultural Affairs locations. 

 
  • Cultural Affairs, City of Chandler
    The vision of Cultural Affairs is to provide experiences in an expansive and innovative world through art, literacy, history, exploration, and learning that enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of Chandler. Included in this City division are Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler Museum, Chandler Public Library, and Vision Gallery, delivering world-class education, arts and culture to more than 1.5 million individuals each year. Visit chandleraz.gov, looking for Arts and Culture, to learn more.