This season, guests from all over the world will have the opportunity to rediscover Taliesin West and learn more about Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy and principles of architecture in new ways.
A robust lineup of new, daily tours, cultural programs and events, and education initiatives was recently launched by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation as the World Heritage Site, debuts a full calendar of in-person and virtual event series and programming celebrating the global impact and influence of the American architect.
With construction beginning in 1938, according to a press release, Taliesin West served as Wright’s desert laboratory and a place of community, innovation, design, art and performance as part of continued efforts to preserve his legacy and advance the foundation’s mission “to inspire the world to discover and embrace an architecture for better living through meaningful connections to nature, the arts and each other.”
Available to the public as well as Frank Lloyd Wright members, here are a few highlights of what’s new at Taliesin West this season, from sunset tours to Shakespeare-inspired performances, expert-led lectures, art workshops, K-12 learning camps and more:
A lively community, Taliesin West is open to the public and offers a broad range of tours. Reservations are strongly recommended.
This new tour provides visitors with a unique, multi-sensory experience to gain a deeper understanding of Taliesin West using recordings of Wright’s own voice and words. Hearing Wright’s ideas spoken as one moves through the space allows unexpected opportunities to explore his connection to nature, poetry and art, and other philosophies that inspired his work.
As its name suggests, this upcoming tour offers a chance to experience Taliesin West in a new way with a guided tour through the most iconic spaces at the site that also includes an examination of artworks by the international contemporary artist, Dale Chihuly.
When seen together, visitors will explore the similarity of the artists’ inspiration through nature, world cultures, and the power of great spaces – together, a masterclass in innovation, experimentation, and great design.
The foundation continues to provide new paths for audiences to discover Taliesin West in new ways through regular art exhibits, theater performances and hands-on workshops led by subject-matter experts.
Founded in 1993, the Southwest Shakespeare Company has become one of the key members of the arts and culture community in the Valley. With a mission to elevate, entertain, educate, and inspire the public and educational communities of Arizona and the Southwest through performances, the company will keep bringing new and diverse talent, innovative performances and exciting offerings to local audiences with a lineup of brand-new shows premiering at Taliesin West this fall.
For those who wish to take in a vibrant sun setting over the Valley from the Prow, chat with a friend while lounging in the Cabaret or experience having Wright’s Garden Room to themselves – all with a drink in hand – this new happy hour program offers a beverage of choice and access to select spaces at Taliesin West. With spaces varying per event and staff always present to answer any questions, guests will enjoy the experience as they take in the architecture of Wright’s famed winter home.
The foundation’s education department designs lessons and activities to promote engaging with architecture, organic design, ecology and art through Wright’s ideas and philosophies, which remain relevant.
For the first time, students will have the opportunity to experience the following year-round rather than just during the summer, and virtually as well as in-person:
“We are so excited to fully welcome the community back to Taliesin West, for both new programs and old favorites” said Niki Ciccotelli Stewart, the Foundation’s vice president and chief learning & engagement officer.
“Our tours and programs offer guests a variety of ways to experience and embrace art, architecture, and nature, and take those ideas home. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back, and share what’s new.”
Taliesin West is open from 9 a.m. to 4:20 p.m., Monday through Sunday for tours, with the on-site Frank Lloyd Wright Store remaining open until 5 p.m. for shopping.
Advance reservations are required to tour the campus and the foundation continues to uphold an array of careful safety practices during the ongoing pandemic, including maintaining a mask policy for all guests in indoor public areas onsite, regardless of vaccination status.
To tour Taliesin West, donate or become a member: FrankLloydWright.org.