The Foothills Community Foundation (FCF), a nonprofit organization that has been striving to enhance quality of life in the Desert Foothills community since 1986, has recently refreshed its brand image and changed its name to the Holland Center. Under this new identity, the Holland Center will continue FCF’s mission of driving community enrichment by celebrating arts and culture, treasuring the desert environment, assisting those in need and encouraging lifelong learning.
Located in North Scottsdale, the Holland Center also serves the North Phoenix, Carefree and Cave Creek communities. The Center’s rebranding effort has included the launch of a new website: hollandcenter.org.
Through the following programs, the Holland Center regularly presents a variety of events and initiatives that range from fine arts exhibits to educational opportunities to community theater productions and more:
1. Lifelong Learning
Through this initiative, the Holland Center offers engaging, informative lectures, workshops and classes on an array of topics, ranging from arts and culture to history and science. To learn about upcoming classes and other events, visit the Holland Center’s calendar at hollandcenter.org/events/month.
2. Desert Foothills Theater
Through the magic of the performing arts, Desert Foothills Theater brings together a diverse group of area residents, from budding young artists to senior citizens, to create high-quality productions for the North Valley community.
3. Desert Awareness Committee
Since 1974, the Desert Awareness Committee has been striving to educate residents and visitors about the importance of understanding, conserving and preserving the diverse and fragile desert environment, including its plants, animals, water and wildlife.
4. Desert Foothills Leadership Academy
The mission of this partnership with the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce is to educate, energize and engage emerging leaders with a goal of enriching community life while responsibly mapping the future and sustaining the natural resources for generations to come. All of this is done through a focus on strengthening participants understanding of the past, current and future potential of the Sonoran Desert Foothills.
5. Partners in Education
This program provides grants to teachers to support innovations in teaching, as well as student scholarships to ensure that all students have access to educational enrichment opportunities.
6. The Holland Gallery of Fine Art
Offering 2,400 square feet of gallery space, this non-traditional venue offers art lovers the opportunity to view, learn about and purchase the works of talented local artists. In addition to monthly exhibits and receptions, the Center hosts regular guided discussions called “Art, Coffee and Conversation,” which offer a chance to learn more about an exhibit and interact with the artist who created it.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Holland Center does not receive any government funding, relying exclusively on the generosity of donors. For information on ways to become a partner of the Holland Center, visit hollandcenter.org/donate.
In addition, the Center is always seeking regular and vocational volunteers and has options available to suit different schedules and interests. Learn about volunteer opportunities available at hollandcenter.org/volunteer.
For additional information, call 480.488.1090.