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The Role of the Performing Arts in Postwar Phoenix, Arizona: Patrons, Performers, and the Public

Abstract Civic leadership in Phoenix, Arizona promoted the city's performing arts as part of a deliberate plan towards the larger growth agenda after World War II. From the 1940s through the late 1960s, the business and professional leaders who controlled city government served on boards for performing arts groups, built venues, offered financial support, and sometimes participated as artists in order to attract high-technology firms and highly skilled workers to the area. They believed one aspect of Phoenix's urban development included a need for quality, high-culture performing arts scene that signaled a high quality of life and drew more residents. After this era of boosterism ended and control shifted from business and professional leade... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Bickert, Michelle Lynne (Author) / Vandermeer, Phiip (Advisor) / Dallett, Nancy (Committee member) / Warren-Findley, Jannelle (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject History / Performing arts / City government / Civic leaders / Performing arts / Phoenix / Postwar
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 155 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. History 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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