A few weeks ago, via this column, I learned that Phoenix has an already rich but growing literary culture. Add that to the nation’s largest self-guided art walk, an ever-burgeoning music scene that this writer believes is far from “ovah,” a theatrical subculture that is anything but boring, and what do you get? An amazing place to call home.

And, in the spirit of continually making home even more amazing, I suggest to you that supporting local artistic endeavors should be at the top of your holiday shopping list. My wife and I have made a commitment to support some amazing local artists — not only pumping a little cash flow into the Phoenix art community, but also showcasing some of the fantastic talent we have in the Valley. In our home we have work from local artists Pete Deise, Tyson Crosbie, Hoge Day, Colton Brock, Randall Wilson and Pirate Vereker, with hopes of collecting work from dozens of other luminaries in the Valley.

Engaging with art is an experience that you can have more than every First Friday, and it isn’t all that intimidating to start collecting. Find something you like, and buy it. Voila! You’re an art collector. If you’re looking for a community of other collectors, check out the Monte Vista Club at the Heard Museum or the Young Collectors group at the Phoenix Art Museum.

I understand that there is a good chance that I’m preaching to the choir here, since all seven of you reading this are most likely already aboard this thought train. But, if you aren’t, come join in the fun. We have a vibrant art scene — no matter what medium floats your proverbial boat. This holiday season, do your part to rise the tide…