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by on May 26th, 2012 in Events | No comment

Last week the city of Chandler, Arizona celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding. Since the Xico office is located in the middle of downtown Chandler, we’ve gotten to see all of the fun events. As people talk about what the city has meant to them, it raises the question of why place is so important. In the age of the internet where the whole world is connected digitally, why does it matter where you live, work, and play?

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There’s been a lot of research done on places and place-making (intentionally steering communities to be recognizable, livable, attractive, etc). Chandler is a good example of a community that is very self-aware and motivated to improve. That’s great from a nonprofit perspective because we are all about community. One popular way of thinking about place for nonprofits is asset-based community development. This practice is a way of improving communities by using the strengths that already exist rather than focusing on problems. The key to asset-based community development is finding resources that exist locally and developing them into a network that can strengthen the community from the ground up.

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Link Roundup

by on May 26th, 2012 in Events | No comment

Today we’re sharing some of our favorite nonprofit news sites:
Blue Avocado- funny name, great content
The Nonprofit Times- like the New York Times, the “paper” of record for nonprofits
The Chronicle of Philantropy- delivers on its promise of “news, jobs, and ideas”

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Xico Mural is the Best

by on April 25th, 2012 in Events | No comment

Xico just won an award for Best Mural given by the East Valley Tribune. Yay! Check out the article here.

Read more about the Xico mural here…

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Whatchacallit?

by on April 25th, 2012 in Artist's Handbook | No comment

An issue that anyone dealing with ethnic arts runs into sooner or later is the issue of language. What words do we use to label artists and their art? Should we be in the business of labeling people at all? It’s a difficult issue and one that we face a lot at Xico.

Read on here…

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