On October 25, 2012, the Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery Award was awarded to Art Intersection, an educational institution and gallery, for expanding the scope and quality of the arts in Gilbert, Arizona.
The following is reprinted from the Arizona Republic:
“At his third annual Breakfast with the Arts on Thursday, Gilbert Mayor John Lewis extolled the importance of the arts amid the increasing importance that science and technology are receiving in education and economic development.
His theme was Connecting Arts to the Community: Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead, a slogan that adds arts to STEM, the acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics that is being promoted in schools.
“When we think of STEM, that’s a good thing. When we put the ‘a’ in STEM, that’s even greater,” Lewis told a gathering of Gilbert’s artists and arts educators and volunteers.
An accompanying slide show highlighted the town’s arts community, including Art Intersection, the Gilbert Art Walk and the Hale Centre Theatre.
Lewis also presented 10 awards, some named after prominent town families.”