Chandler Urban Art Project

There are two ways to deal with graffiti – paint over it and hope it doesn’t happen again or show the neighborhood kids how it’s done and make the community that much better looking.

Graffiti is an art form when done right, but when local kids tagged the back wall of the second Gangplank building with some “affiliations”, it was decided that we react by turning a negative into a positive by creating a unique urban art piece that celebrated the graffiti medium. Continue reading

Skate Art Show comes to Vision Gallery

Gangplank’s guest-blogging series illustrates the array of personalities and experiences embodied by our community. All invited participants – past brownbag speakers, anchors, new members, City of Chandler employees and others – share their Gangplank stories. Interested guest posters should send a draft to our Director of Operations.

GRT2 1 2011 1 199x300 Skate Art Show comes to Vision GalleryBy Greg Taylor, a Digital Marketer at TMC Interactive, Content Creator, Collaborator, Photographer, Skateboarder, Blogger, & Music Lover

When many cities said no to skateboarders, The City of Chandler said, “Let’s give them a place to skate.” Taking things one-step further, Chandler said, “We’ll give them a world-class skatepark that will help promote Arizona skateboarding and keep them safe.” Continue reading

Chandler Photo Throwdown Awards

Back in April, Gangplank received a $500 grant from the Downtown Chandler Community Foundation for a photography event celebrating Historic Downtown. That grant became the Chandler Photo Throwdown.

Downtown Chandler was divided into 20 grids. 20 photographers were selected and given three months to submit a minimum of one photo per grid. The result? More than 650 photographs were submitted displaying both the beauty and occasional oddities of Chandler.

Those photos were eligible to win one of five awards (linked to winners):

Additionally, each photographer chose their best photo to be framed and matted as a token of their participation in the event.

The winning photographs, as well as each photographer’s chosen shot, will be displayed in Gangplank during the Chandler Block Party this Saturday. The five award photographs will be put up for silent auction to benefit the Downtown Chandler Community Foundation.

Thank you to everyone who voted in the people’s choice award, as well as supported these amazing photographers as they braved the summer heat to capture every inch of Downtown Chandler.

Participating Photographers:

Claire Marilee
Mercedes Cantu

Improv in the workplace

When the scheduled brownbag speaker wasn’t able to make it, Gangplankers Jose Gonzalez and David Cosand graciously volunteered to run a joint presentation at the last minute. Being improv comedians, this was nothing new to them.

For the next 45-minutes, Davd and Jose taught the audience about how improv comedy is valuable in any situation. Though the activities varied from crowd-surfing and standing in a circle making up words, the lesson was clear – improv helps you think on your feet, a trait necessary to any start up or small business owner.