Guest Hospitality Suite Hours:
Monday, June 10th: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday June 11th: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday June 12th: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
All guest program events are included in the guest conference registration fee
Monday, June 10
Tour Taliesin West and Old Town Scottsdale
Bus Pick up: 8:00 am (departs 8:15 am)
Tour: 9:30 am and 9:45 am (2 groups) - There is a gift shop to explore while waiting.
Tour Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert laboratory. Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, AZ and Frank Lloyd Wright’s beloved winter home. It was established in 1937 and has been diligently handcrafted over many years into a world unto itself. Deeply connected to the desert from which it was forged, Taliesin West possesses an almost prehistoric grandeur. It was built and maintained almost entirely by Wright and his apprentices, making it among the most personal of the architect’s creations.
Following this tour, you will be taken to Old Town Scottsdale for shopping and lunch and specialty moonshine at Bootleggers.
Bus depart: 2:45 pm (return to hotel by 3:30 pm)
Tuesday, June 11
Philanthropic Projects in conjunction with the Valley of the Sun United Way
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Books-In-A-Bag: This project brings literacy front and center and helps to build home libraries for local kids. It combines the nostalgia of a paper lunch bag and fills it with a child friendly (age appropriate) book, reading tips for parents and more. Volunteers will bring a book to life by decorating a bag with the book's characters and words of inspiration. Books and supplies will be provided.
Encouragement Cards: Help nourish a child’s mind and inspire them to do their best every day. Create cards with positive phrases like “Keep it Up”, “You Rock”, and more to show that a caring adult knows they will succeed. Cards should be gender and religious neutral, and should not make reference to economic status. These cards are tucked away into the weekend food bags which are provided to more than 500 children every week during the school year. United Way’s WeekEnd Hunger Backpack program is available at seven elementary schools in Phoenix where nearly 90% of students qualify free and reduced lunch. All supplies will be provided.
Wednesday, June 12
Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)
Bus pick up: 8:25 am / Tour: 9:30 am
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) showcases the musical instruments and music of cultures throughout the world. Displaying more than 6,500 instruments and objects, MIM has quickly become a favorite destination for music lovers, world travelers, culture enthusiasts and families. Ranked the area’s number one attraction by TripAdvisor and among the four best museums for families in the nation by USA Today Travel, MIM is a must-visit destination.
Using state‐of-the‐art audiovisual technology to show musical instruments being played in their original cultural context, MIM provides a one-of‐a‐kind experience. The bulk of MIM’s collection is organized into Geographic Galleries which feature exhibits for every country in the world. MIM curators traveled the world collecting instruments to create more than 360 displays. MIM highlights include the Artist Gallery which displays instruments played by notable artists such as Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, and more. Guests can make a little music of their own in the Experience Gallery where they can bang a gong, strum a harp, and play unique instruments from around the world.
No backpacks or beverages are allowed in the galleries. Enjoy lunch at your leisure at Café Allegro located inside the museum.
Bus depart at 1:15 pm (arrive hotel between 1:45 and 2:00 pm)
For those who want to stay longer – you will need to provide your own transportation back.