Our firm’s interest in the arts and humanities is reflected in the role it played in establishing Casa Grande Friends of the Arts. In 1986, firm attorney Tom Cole telephoned fourteen community members, asking for $1,000 each to start an art museum. No one declined. With a $15,000 nest-egg, Mr. Cole and a group of enthusiasts proceeded to purchase the Kratska House at West 3rd Street in downtown Casa Grande. With generous help throughout the community, including several $5,000 gifts, the mortgage on the property was eventually fully satisfied.
The Casa Grande Art Museum and its Board of Directors have served the community with a series of openings and exhibitions each season for almost two decades. Although Mr. Cole is no longer a member of the Board, he donated most of the outdoor art for the sculpture garden. As a member of the Casa Grande City Council, he introduced the city’s “One-Percent for Art” ordinance that has been the law for over a decade.
For nearly two decades the law firm has sponsored art and drama scholarships at Central Arizona College and Casa Grande Union High School and now Vista Grande High School.