Cultural Affairs Division
The Cultural Affairs Division oversees the management and operations of the Chandler Center for the Arts, Vision Gallery, Chandler Public Libraries and Chandler Museum. Each area of the division offers citizens a variety of services, programs, activities and special events on a year-round basis.
The Cultural Affairs Division provides information to the public on cultural and historical programs, libraries, and special events provided by the City. It also provides information to the City Manager's office to assist in the implementation of Council policies. In addition, staff provides administrative support to the Museums Advisory Board.
The Chandler Public Library system strives to assist all citizens in obtaining information to meet their diverse personal, educational and professional needs. With four locations in all geographic areas of the community, library users have the opportunity to meet and interact with others, sit quietly and read in an approachable and inviting environment, with high-speed access to the digital world. As the information leader, we provide a variety of resources, in a variety of formats, so library users of all ages can explore topics of personal interest and continue to learn throughout their lives. All four Chandler Libraries are responsible for the selection and circulation of materials in a variety of mediums. The libraries serve as learning, educational and cultural centers for the community and promote the development of appreciation for reading and learning. Staff also provides support for the Library Board.
The Chandler Museum is located in the historic McCullough-Price House that houses an archival research center and exhibit gallery. Tumbleweed Ranch is also part of the Chandler Museum,which features a 1917 home, historic grocery store and antique agricultural equipment, located in Tumbleweed Park. The Museum is an innovative learning environment where the community comes together to share our stories, store our cultural heritage and experience Chandler as a people and place. The vision of the Museum is to be the community’s principle resource to explore its people’s history, culture, and their place in the rapidly changing world of today.
The Chandler Center for the Arts is responsible for the administration and production of performing arts events and the Vision Gallery, a cultural center and art gallery located at the City Hall campus, as well as coordinating with traveling productions, local arts organizations and Chandler Unified School District events. A product of community leadership, clear vision and unwavering determination, the Center for the Arts is a testament to Chandler’s passionate commitment to the arts. It opened in 1989 as a shared facility between the City and the Chandler Unified School District. Built with the generous support of the community, the Center marks the collaboration of a world-class team of architects, designers, and acousticians.
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.
OUR MISSION and VALUES
Cultural Affairs serves the community of Chandler with high quality cultural experiences and services, improving the quality of life of our patrons.
Learning – We support life-long learning and exploration. We strive to meet our customers where they are in their learning journey and where they want to be.
Experience – We provide educational programs in literacy, arts, history and culture to be more than something observed or attended, we want to provide transformative experiences that inspire.
Community – We listen and participate in our community so we can best serve our residents and region. We provide places to gather, experience, learn, discuss, and just be. Our community makes us who we are.
Innovative – We offer innovative programs and services that are responsive to the needs and resources of our customers. We adapt the delivery of programs and services so we remain relevant.
Collaborative – We are collaborative within our division and in the community. We want to be a model and leader for partnership and resource-sharing.