153rd Birthday Celebration for Frank Lloyd Wright

Taliesin West

On June 8th, enjoy a day of celebration for Frank Lloyd Wright’s 153rd birthday during our free, all-day virtual Wright birthday party. Virtually explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy with a variety of video tours, presentations, interviews, and activities.

What gift has the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright given your life?

Take a look at the day’s offerings below as we reflect on the ways that Wright’s work and ideas have given back to the world.  And in the spirit of birthday gifts, we’re giving you the chance to win a gift Membership to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation for yourself, or if you’re already a member, win a Membership to gift a friend.

Everything first appeared live on our Facebook page and has since been posted here for viewing. Scroll down below to watch the day’s videos!

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Interview with Frank Lloyd Wright Apprentice Vern Swaback

Jeff Goodman, VP of Communication & Partnerships at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation interviews Vernon Swaback, who at 17 years old, was Wright’s youngest apprentice. Swaback remained part of the Taliesin community for 21 years as a resident and practitioner.


Highlighting the Sculptures by Heloise Crista at Taliesin West

Artist Heloise Crista joined the Taliesin Fellowship in 1949, to become immersed in the atmosphere of the Wright community. Heloise became renowned for her sculptures. They can be found throughout Taliesin West where they continue to inspire visitors.

You can have a Heloise Crista sculpture of your very own! The online Frank Lloyd Wright Store has several sculpture designs to choose from.


“The Gift that Frank Lloyd Wright Has Given Me” with Stuart Graff

Stuart Graff, President & CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, shares a personal story illuminating how Wright’s history and ongoing legacy have impacted and shaped his own life.

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Hands-on Activity: Load-Bearing Shapes

Chris Jason, Education Manager at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, guides you through a fun Wright design-inspired activity that you can try at home using load-bearing shapes.

Learn more about our education programs, the Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Classroom, and find more fun activities to try at home here:


Hillside Curtain Restoration 

Ryan Hewson, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s Director of Preservation at Taliesin, in Spring Green, Wisconsin, gives you a behind the scenes glimpse of the newly restored curtain in the Hillside Theatre. The exquisite curtain was a gift to Wright from the Taliesin Fellowship.

Want to see more? Tune into Facebook tomorrow, June 9th, at 10:00 a.m. PDT to watch Ryan give a more in-depth “Social Distance Video Tour” of the curtain restoration. 


Taliesin West Tour Guides Share What Makes Frank Lloyd Wright So Unique 

The Tour Guides from Taliesin West muse on the many ways that Frank Lloyd Wright has uniquely influenced and inspired their lives.

Membership at Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Explore the richness that Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation memberships add to the lives of Members. Learn more about membership and as our birthday gift to you, enter to win a membership for yourself or (if you’re already a member), a friend.

Deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) on June 8, 2020. Winners will be selected at random.


PechaKucha x Wright Sites: 20 images x 20 seconds

6:00 p.m. PDT / 9:00 p.m. EST

The Westcott House, Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and Wright sites across the country are teaming up with the PechaKucha Headquarters in Tokyo to present a special live-streamed event to share Wright’s work and legacy with a global audience.


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