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Exploration of the Southwest's Story and the Works of Arizona Artist Ted DeGrazia

Program Number: 18480RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/10/2013 - 3/15/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Price starting at: $557.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; History & Culture; Philosophy & Religion
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Coordinated by the Franciscan Renewal Center.



Southwest Scholar Explores the Highlights of Arizona's Story

Explore the lives of four Arizona pioneer women who impacted the early direction and development of society in the state. Each woman reveals the kinds of people who settled in Arizona and what it took for them to remain in a desert climate. Investigate the basic categories of Southwestern art found in Arizona and New Mexico, as well as the cultural symbolism used in decorative design. Gain insights into the Southwest through a "tour" of how Hollywood film makers of the 20th century crafted specific cultural images of the Arizona Apaches and in what ways those images were consciously changed. Discuss how and why Arizona benefited from the Health Seeker Era of the 20th century and study the unique architecture that resulted from the Health Seeker Era, as well as its impact on the initiation of the Arizona tourism industry.



Acclaimed Arizona Artist Ted DeGrazia: His story and His works

Our discussion will include Ted DeGrazia's early work, his time spent in Mexico City working with the famous Mexican muralists Diego Rivera and Josť Clemente Orosco, and his infamous "burning," when in 1976 he traveled to the Superstition Mountains and burned original paintings valued at $1.5 million to protest the inheritance tax. We will also discuss DeGrazia's Master's thesis which dealt with the relationship of color to sound as well as his use of adobe and other native materials in his buildings.




Phoenix

Phoenix is a thriving metropolis surrounded by majestic mountains. Along with the visual beauty of the land, the city has a rich heritage of Native American and Hispanic cultures. Native American and western expansion influences are seen in the art and architecture of Phoenix, and an abundance of museums and art galleries showcase the culture.



Accommodations
Retreat center on 25 acres of secluded desert grounds. Labyrinth and healing garden, pool, walking paths. Rooms have no telephones, TVs or clocks.
Meals and Lodgings
   Franciscan Renewal Center
  Scottsdale, AZ 5 nights
 Franciscan Renewal Center
Type: Other
  Description: The Franciscan Renewal Center is located only minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport. We offer 25 acres of a lush desert oasis set at the base of Camelback Mountain in the heart of the Scottsdale/ Paradise Valley resort district.
  Contact info: 5802 E Lincoln Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 USA
phone: 480-948-7460
web: www.thecasa.org
  Facility amenities: Air conditioning. Pool, hot tub and internet access offered.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $100/double; $70/single. Price per night includes 3 meals.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $100/double; $70/single. Price per night includes 3 meals.
  Check out time: 11:30 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. You will be staying at Franciscan Renewal Center that night.
  End of Program:
Ends after lunch at 12:30pm. You will be staying at Franciscan Renewal Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Large free parking area available. No RV or trailer parking.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Scottsdale, AZ
  Nearest city or town:  Phoenix, AZ
  Nearest highway: I-17
  Nearest airport:  Sky Harbor Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Scottsdale, AZ
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Phoenix

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 800-258-3826

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$17.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

24 hours, 7 days a week 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 12 miles

   

Ask for the Franciscan Renewal Center special fare of $17.

 

Phoenix

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 800-258-3826
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$17.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

24 hours, 7 days a week 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 12 miles

   

Ask for the Franciscan Renewal Center special fare of $17. Must reserve return trip to airport 24 hours in advance.

 
Driving Directions
  North (Flagstaff and Prescott) Take I-17 south to 101 East exit. Follow off-ramp onto the 101 East freeway and travel to Tatum Blvd. Take the Tatum Blvd. off ramp South (right on Tatum). Continue on Tatum Blvd. to Lincoln Dr. Turn east (left) on Lincoln Dr. Renewal Center is about 1 1/4 miles east of Tatum Blvd on the north (left) side of Lincoln Drive, just east of the light at 56th Street.
  Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix If you rent a car at the airport, follow the signs to the 44th Street exit. Continue north on 44th Street about 4 1/2 miles. Road will curve to the east (right) and become McDonald Drive. Turn north (left) onto Tatum Blvd at the traffic light and then east (right) onto Lincoln Drive at the next traffic light. The Renewal Center is on the north (left) side of Lincoln Drive, 1 1/4 miles east of Tatum Blvd, just east of the light at 56th Street. A Super Shuttle Shared Ride Van Service representative is located at the curb outside of baggage claim at each terminal. Taxi service is also available.
  South (West Chandler, Tucson) Take I-10 to 202 East freeway (right off the freeway). Travel east on 202 East to 101 North to McDonald. Dr. Exit on McDonald Dr. turn left onto McDonald and travel west to Scottsdale Rd. Turn right on Scottsdale Dr. (north) to Lincoln Drive. On Lincoln Dr. turn west, left, and continue on Lincoln Dr. to the Renewal Center. It is on the north (right) side of Lincoln Drive.
  West (San Diego, Los Angeles) Travel east on I-10 past the I-17 interchange, through the tunnel and stay to the right. Look for the Piestewa Peak Parkway, State Route 51, northbound. Stay on the State Route 51 freeway and exit east (right) at Glendale Avenue. This will become Lincoln Drive at 22nd Street. Renewal Center is about 1 1/4 miles east of Tatum Blvd on the north (left) side of Lincoln Drive, just east of the light at 56th Street.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-In, tour of campus, dinner, orientation
(Sunday, March 10)
   
 Afternoon: Check-in 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Tour of the grounds at 5:00 pm which will introduce you to our beautiful desert oasis. We have a pool, whirlpool, labyrinth, Healing Garden, desert ramadas with paths and 2 quiet chapels plus a church, Our Lady of the Angels. The Renewal Center is located on 25 acres of desert gardens, citrus trees, and a lovely rose garden. 5:30 pm: Get Acquainted Social by the pool.
 Dinner: 6:00 pm: you will enjoy a delicious home-cooked dinner in our dining room with a hot entree, a fresh salad bar, freshly prepared dessert and beverages.
 Evening: 7:00 pm: a brief gathering to learn about the Renewal Center and meet our hostess for the week. There will be time for questions and answers, and some social exchange.
   
Accommodations: Franciscan Renewal Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introduction to Ettore "Ted" DeGrazia, Arizona artist. Learn about new research methods in the Holy Land. Relax with an afternoon T'ai Chi class...
(Monday, March 11)
   
 Breakfast: Mass is celebrated daily in Our Lady of the Angels Church at 7:00 am (optional). A cooked breakfast is served in our dining room at 7:30 am. Before 7:00 am, coffee and tea are available in the "Coffee and More" room. There is also a hospitality room open every day with fresh fruit, coffee, tea & water, juice and the morning paper. Tables are set up for games or cards.
 Morning: 9:00 am: Ettore "Ted" DeGrazia, Famed Arizona artist left a giant legacy for the people of Arizona and the world. A presentation on DeGrazia's life and works will be given by Shannon Rossomondo, Education Coordinator DeGrazia Foundation. Ettore "Ted" DeGrazia was born in 1909 in the Morenci mining camp of Territorial Arizona. His early childhood experiences in the ethnically diverse community evolved into a lifelong appreciation of native cultures in the Sonoran Desert and a passion to create art delicting their lives and lore. The presentation will include original art and films.
 Lunch: 11:30 am: Lunch is buffet style with a fresh salad bar, entree, dessert, beverages and coffee.
 Afternoon: 2:00 pm: Ten New Important Archaeological Discoveries from the Holy Land with Brian Schmidt, PhD. For more than a century and a half, the Holy Land has been the object of unprecedented archaeological research. Recent advances in research methods as well as many new discoveries have transformed our understanding of early Israel, ancient Judaism, the origins of Christianity and the formation of our Bibles. With each new season of archaeological excavation, the image of life in the Holy Land comes into sharper focus. We will survey ten important archaeological discoveries from the Holy Land that can tell us much about the sacred texts and religious beliefs of the peoples mentioned in the Bible as well as what daily life was like in those ancient times. 4:00 pm: Our favorite T'ai Chi instructor, Don Fiore, will lead the afternoon exercise session. T'ai Chi is gentle movement and people who are more comfortable using a chair can still enjoy the multiple benefits of this ancient practice. 5:00 pm: Social Time. Enjoy a cool beverage and some southwest treats while enjoying the early evening desert.
 Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 pm: Chef Elias and his staff will serve a delicious meal prepared especially for you. The food & refreshments are served buffet style. Tables are reserved for the Road Scholar guests.
 Evening: 7:00 pm: Brian Schmidt shares more fascinating information about recent archaeological discoveries in the Holy Land.
   
Accommodations: Franciscan Renewal Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Enjoy an early morning desert walk in the quiet and peace of the Franciscan Renewal Center. View some of DeGrazia's artwork.
(Tuesday, March 12)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00 am Coffee and morning paper 7:30 am breakfast in the dining room.
 Morning: 9:00 am: Ted DeGrazia's story continues. We'll learn about his time spent in Mexico City working with the famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orosco. We'll also discuss his protest of the inheritance tax on works of art. In 1976, to protest the tax, DeGrazia hauled about 100 of his paintings on horseback into the mountains near Phoenix and set them ablaze.
 Lunch: 11:30 am: Lunch is served buffet style in the dining room. Your choice of salad makings, entree and dessert served along with your favorite beverages.
 Afternoon: 2:00 pm: Our exploration of the sacred texts and religious beliefs of the peoples mentioned in the Bible brought to light by recent archaeological discoveries continues. Gentle stretching with our T'ai Chi class.
 Dinner: 5:30 pm: Our chef will prepare a meal to satisfy your hunger pangs. Fresh salad, a delicious entree and a sweet that will tempt you to have more than one bite. Coffee, tea and juice.
 Evening: 7:00 pm: Our discussion of important archaeological discoveries in the Holy Land continues with Brian Schmidt.
   
Accommodations: Franciscan Renewal Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Learn about the historical events and culture of the Southwest through art. Re-energize at our last T'ai Chi class.
(Wednesday, March 13)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00 am Coffee & newpaper 7:30 am Breakfast in the dining room with fresh fruit, cereal, and breakfast items such as eggs, toast, and sweet rolls. Coffee, tea, juice and water.
 Morning: 9:00 am: Lance Laber and Shannon Rossomondo continue their discussion of DeGrazia's life and work. The Gallery In the Sun, developed by DeGrazia, opened to the public in 1965. There are six permanent collections of paintings that trace historical events and native cultures of the Southwest. Rotating exhibitions display some of the 15,000 DeGrazia originals housed at the gallery including oils, watercolors, sketches, serigraphs, lithographs, sculptures, ceramics and jewelry.
 Lunch: 11:30 am We will enjoy a delicious lunch in the dining room.
 Afternoon: 2:00 pm: Brian Schmidt shares more of his experience as an archeologist and research professor at the University of Michigan and his study of archeological discoveries in the Holy Land. 4:00 pm: We continue our T'ai Chi practice.
 Dinner: 5:30 pm: A lovely end to our day-- dinner with a delicious dessert.
 Evening: 7:00 pm: Free time.
   
Accommodations: Franciscan Renewal Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Learn about recent archealogical discoveries in the Holy Land before enjoying a specially prepared farewell dinner.
(Thursday, March 14)
   
 Breakfast: 7:00 am: Morning coffee and newspaper. 7:30 am: breakfast with fresh fruit, hot entree, choices of cereals, toast and jelly.
 Morning: 9:30 am: Picture taking time on the beautiful grounds at the Renewal Center 10:00 am: Brian Schmidt concludes his presentation of recent archeological discoveries in the Holy Land
 Lunch: 11:30 am: Lunch in the dining room.
 Afternoon: 1:00 p.m. Free afternoon to relax, explore the grounds or the local area.
 Dinner: 5:30 pm Our chef has prepared a special farewell dinner with candles, linens and wine for your dining pleasure.
 Evening: An evening to relax
   
Accommodations: Franciscan Renewal Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Farewell lunch and departures
(Friday, March 15)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30 am Another delicious breakfast!
 Morning: Time to pack and say goodbye to our fellow participants.
 Lunch: 11:30 am Our goodbye meal--everyone refreshed and ready to go on to the next Road Scholar experience.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Scottsdale, AZ Scottsdale Convention & Visitor's Bureau
For additional information, visit www.scottsdalecvb.com
  Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 602-945-8481
  Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ Phone: 602-252-8848
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Suggested Reading List


The Quest for the Historical Israel: Debating Archaeology and the History of Early Israel


Author: Israel Finkelstein and Amihai Mazar, edited by Brian B. Schmidt


Description: Background work that may be of interest to Road Scholar participants. It is of a non-technical nature and is edited by the instructor, Brian Schmidt, PhD.





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