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POP!

Rachel Slick

POP!

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Six art totem posts and four signs representing boys and girls in uniform are placed around the field and at three entrances. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Día de los Muertos

Tohono Chul

Día de los Muertos

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Since 1999, Tohono Chul has supported the biennial Día de los Muertos, a celebration that blends European influences with pre-Hispanic customs in remembering and honoring deceased family and friends. Exhibits feature the work of community artists, which demonstrate the richness of this borderland tradition and celebrate the traditions of Día de los Muertos. The event is held in tandem with Tohono Chul’s “Chiles and Chocolate,” an event that features altars/exhibits, oral histories, heritage crafts, music, and food.

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Cocoon

Blessing Hancock

Cocoon

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During the day, this sculpture’s brushed stainless steel arcs reflect the sun, giving the artwork a glowing appearance that mirrors the colors of the sky and nearby landscape. In the evening, powerful LED lights illuminate the interior of the structure with colored light transforming the interior into a shadow theater where people can see themselves projected on the surface of the sculpture and its surroundings. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Cumbia Corridos

Vox Urbana

Cumbia Corridos

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A project that aims to combine the Mexican corrido narrative song tradition with the pan-Latin American musical style of cumbia to tell the personal stories of the Tucson immigrant community through lyrics inspired by interviews with day laborers, the undocumented, and those who have experienced detention.

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Children's Museum Tucson

Children's Museum Tucson

200 S. 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701

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The Children’s Museum Tucson and Oro Valley provides fun, play-based, interactive, hands-on learning experiences for children and their families. Its vision is to inspire children and their families to reach their full potential through discovery, creativity, and learning.

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Stories That Transform

The Drawing Studio

Stories That Transform

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A series of classes, each a mixture of ELAA (English Language Acquisition for Adults) and ABL (Adult Basic Literacy; native-English) students.

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International Mariachi Festival

La Frontera

International Mariachi Festival

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La Frontrera’s Tucson International Mariachi Conference holds annual, intensive mariachi and dance workshops that result in a concert production at the Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheatre. Students also perform at the all-day Fiesta de Garibaldi, which features live music, dance, arts and crafts, and authentic Mexican food.

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University of Arizona Balalaika Orchestra

University of Arizona Balalaika Orchestra

3343 E. Lester St., Tucson, AZ 85716

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The mission of the Arizona Balalaika Orchestra is to promote public awareness of Russian and Slavic music and culture through performance of the music, dance, and songs of Russia and other Slavic countries.

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Midsummer Night's Dream

Rebecca Thompson

Midsummer Night's Dream

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Designed as a restful garden, this artwork incorporates surrounding trees and plants into its stone seating and sculpture. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Meanwhile, Down in the Arroyo...

Dwayne Arnspiger

Meanwhile, Down in the Arroyo...

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Sculptural, cast-concrete tuffets form the bases for eight different handmade ceramic tile mosaics. Each mosaic presents a different scene of native wildlife in the environment of the Arroyo Chico area, with humans in the background, watching the activity. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Winding Road Theater Ensemble

Winding Road Theater Ensemble

29 E. Adams Street, Tucson, AZ 85705

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Winding Road Theater Ensemble’s mission is to tell dynamic, theatrical stories that illuminate the human condition and celebrate the theater’s power to entertain us, move us, and bring us joy, with a special commitment to developing new work by American playwrights.

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Barrio Dulce

Barrio Dulce

Barrio Dulce

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This project celebrates pan dulce (sweet bread) as well as the bakers and owners who keep the tradition alive, the art of its production, and its relevance to the community. Through original videography, urban site-specific projections, and community events and discussions, “Barrio Dulce” reflects upon pan dulce (sweet bread) as an art-form, and the role of these bakeries within their community as spaces where people gather and celebrate culinary beauty, cohesiveness, and happiness within the barrios.

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Son Blues

David Sherman

Son Blues

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This visually poetic film follows Roman, an eleven-year-old acoustic blues musician who plays guitar and sings the pre-war Delta blues. Roman’s story offers a kaleidoscopic film portrait that utilizes experimental strategies to address some of the complexities and contradictions of a young person channeling a very specific genre and technique of music.

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Dragons of Character

Rebecca Carlton

Dragons of Character

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Two tile dragons created for the Homer Davis Project. Braille text was included with each carved character word.

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Messenger

Caryl Clement

Messenger

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This sculptural form is suggestive of inuksuit (stone landmarks or cairns) built by the Inuit, as well as Thunderbirds found in the Southwest. Salvaged concrete pieces were sculpted by Rock Solid Solutions to create the wings, body and head. Harris Engineering Services provided the structural engineering, Benchmark Concrete provided the footing and CAID Industries fabricated the steel structure. The laser-cut steel words are adapted from the poem “Wild Mercy” by Terry Tempest Williams. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Casas Adobes Agaves

David Voisard

Casas Adobes Agaves

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These geometrically-shaped gabions filled with rocks serve as maintenance-free pedestals for sculpture. Native desert rocks act as a ballast and contrast well with the hand formed, stainless steel botanic forms that sit on high. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Funhouse Movement Theater

Funhouse Movement Theater

3099 N. Spirit Dancer Trail, Tucson AZ 85749-7814

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Funhouse Movement Theater creates quality dance programmings; provides dance education opportunities to the public, including our award-winning Youth Outreach Program; and encourages collaboration within the dance community to speak of the importance of the arts in our lives.

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Agave Walls

Vicki Scuri

Agave Walls

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A 400-foot long roadway bridge spans the Rillito River Wash. Stair-stepped shapes paired with an agave cactus form create a wave motion on the bridge, providing continuity with the wave theme found on related projects along the corridor. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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The Migration Project

The Migration Project

The Migration Project

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A theatrical documentary work developed over 18 months of research and public engagement with immigrant, refugee, and indigenous communities primarily in the Tucson environs. In collaboration with ZUZI! Dance Company, the performance focused on the motivating forces for migration and the common human effort to claim home.

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High Ground

John Davis

High Ground

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From the top of a horizontal cylinder, two vessel forms are elevated on stems. From the side of this base, a long arm sweeps upward and supports a wind vane. Elements are constructed of welded steel and finished with automotive enamel. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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POG, Inc.

Inc.

5029 N Post Trail, Tucson, AZ, 85750

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POG’s mission is to present outstanding national and local innovative artistic work, in poetry and the multi-disciplinary arts, in order to promote active appreciation, understanding, and engagement within the Tucson artistic community and beyond.

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Santa Cruz Sounding

Adam Cooper-Terán and Verbobala

Santa Cruz Sounding

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A series of transdisciplinary theater performances, presented in open air at specific sites in the Tucson Basin. Researched in collaboration with local land and community based organizations in Tucson, the project aims to transmit the essence of la tierra (the land) — its histories, contradictions, and will.

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Pen/Sword

Rafe Ropek

Pen/Sword

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Two kinetic stylized “pens” rise over two stylized “swords.” The kinetic elements shift with the wind and show flexibility. The two static elements thrust up and out as if jousting. Within these static elements, the phrase “The pen is mightier than the sword” hides between the blades.

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Speedway: Camino Seco to Houghton Rd

Caryl Clement

Speedway: Camino Seco to Houghton Rd

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Artwork consisting of cut metal screens in a tile format, with designs arranged in typical Spanish Colonial style.  Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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American Rhythm

True Concord Voices and Orchestra

American Rhythm

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True Concord Voices & Orchestra (formerly Tucson Chamber Artists) concludes its 12th season with the “American Rhythm” series, highlighted by the premiere of Concerto Sonora by Sheldon Curry, presented in Green and Oro Valley.  This musical event features poems in O’odham language, written by MacArthur Fellow Ofelia Zepeda, director of the University of Arizona’s American Indian Language Development Institute. Also featured are poems Octavio Paz and William Butler Yeats.

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Odaiko Sonora

Odaiko Sonora

1013 S. Tyndall Tucson, AZ 85719

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Odaiko Sonora exists to make taiko, a style of Japanese emsemble drumming, accessible to Tucson and Pima County. Through its exciting performances, high-quality instruction, school residencies, and team workshops, Odaiko Sonora increases first-hand knowledge of taiko and the opportunities it presents for physical, mental, and spiritual growth.

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The Rogue Theatre

The Rogue Theatre

300 East University Boulevard

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The Rogue Theatre works to create the highest quality theatre possible, challenging, stretching, and invigorating our community.

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Artifact Dance Project

Artifact Dance Project

17 E. Toole Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701

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Artifact Dance Project’s mission is to present innovative and original dance with live music through exceptional collaborations that inspire thought, creativity, and discovery.

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Rillito Hawks

Joseph Lupiani

Rillito Hawks

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Three life-size hawk sculptures with an incised feather pattern are mounted to angled steel poles. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Oracle Blossom

Cynthia Patterson

Oracle Blossom

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Constructed of painted and stainless steel, this sculpture rises 30 feet above the ground. Its leaves spread 15’-6” and provide a base for stainless steel petals and stamens that are illuminated with three LED luminaries. The sculpture is organized around 3-fold symmetry so that it presents different faces depending on the observer’s position as they traverse this busy intersection. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Downtown Banners

Eleonor Leon

Downtown Banners

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Commissioned by: Downtown Tucson Partnership, Tucson typography created by Adam Lerhman. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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The First Sighting

Luis Mena

The First Sighting

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Three bronze figures representative of a Tohono O’odham family. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Pie Allen

Catherine Eyde

Pie Allen

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Painted steel cutouts include a horse, railroad cart, apple pie, apple tree, three birds, and apples. Scoring in the sidewalk represents the cross section of apples with ceramic seed inserts grouted into the cement. Painted red circles make a ring around a star seed pattern. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Arts Express

Arts Express

594 S. Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719

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The mission of Arts Express is to change lives and build a better community by creating opportunities for children and adults to learn and experience the power of the arts.

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Sonoran Passage

Barbara Grygutis

Sonoran Passage

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Composed of fourteen aluminum sculptures and two pedestrian railings, which hook into four sculptures at the pedestrian level on the bridge and four bridge piers. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Live Theatre Workshop

Live Theatre Workshop

5317 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85712

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Live Theatre Workshop provides performances and education to entertain, enlighten, and uplift our community while developing theatrical talent.

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Desert Voices Chorus

Desert Voices Chorus

2946 W Fairway View Cir, Tucson, AZ 85742

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Desert Voices is dedicated to forging a positive and resolute LGBTQA presence in the community through music.

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The Drawing Studio

The Drawing Studio

2760 N Tucson Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716

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The Drawing Studio inspires people of all ages and backgrounds to embrace art practice as a pathway to personal growth and healthy community.

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Resolution through Arts Engagement in the Era SB1070

Corozon de Tucson

Resolution through Arts Engagement in the Era SB1070

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Established by two artists in residence for the Corazón de Tucson organization, this projects engaged youth and adult members in a year-long artistic exploration of different issues and themes pertinent to recent immigrants and their families.

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Protecting Ground

Barbara McKee

Protecting Ground

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Images throughout this project are planned as an aesthetic treatment to a series of sound walls and pilaster inserts on columns along Magee Road. Through the mold-making process and the repeated use of those molds, the compositions become interchangeable: the agave serves two distinct purposes, as a singular image on the pilasters and as a repeated image that forms a background texture of movement on the sound walls.

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Michael A. Perry Memorial Park Corner Market

Hirotsune Tashima with youth

Michael A. Perry Memorial Park Corner Market

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The works at this site are both realistic (animals) albeit very large and abstract/geometric (stacked shapes). The pieces show two distinct ways of working: modeling, in the case of the carved and stuccoed animals; and fabricated, in the case of the stacked geometric forms. All of the pieces provide signage for the park. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Safos Dance Theatre

Safos Dance Theatre

7812 E. Elida St, Tucson, AZ 85715

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Safos’ mission is to create contemporary artistic forms that reflect the common experiences of our diverse community. Focusing predominately on Latina/os, Safos provides a safe space for artists, encourages innovative movements, and uses nontraditional forms and body types to represent the cultural diversity of the US/Mexico borderlands.

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To and From School

Moira Geoffrion

To and From School

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Tile silhouettes of school children coming to and going from school create a sense of movement across the wall. Viewers can see through the wall structure, composed of square bar stock upon which the perforated steel is welded; the tile work silhouettes are adhered to the front sides of the sixteen-foot-long wall form. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Borderlands Theater

Borderlands

40 W. Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85701

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Borderlands Theater is a professional theater company that champions the development and production of new and established plays and playwrights, whose work resonates with diverse audiences; it partners with regional civic organizations to foster diversity in play development, productions, and programs for adults and youth.

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Joining Hands

Chris Tanz

Joining Hands

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A sculptural arch spans the pedestrian and bike path, plus two sculptural “greeting” figures are on either side of the path near the Kolb entrance to the park.

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La Canada Ina Road to Calle Concordia

Braaksma Design Inc

La Canada Ina Road to Calle Concordia

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This project’s concrete wall incorporates sculpted masonry columns representing a crested saguaro cactus. The resulting aesthetic variation includes natural landscaping, artistic walls, washes, historic residences, and mountains. Railings include bead ornaments and median pavers, while the walls showcase the region’s agave plants.  Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Stories That Transform

Literacy Connects (Stories that Soar)

Stories That Transform

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Using the Stories that Soar! model of devised theatre, combined with elements of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, adult English Language Learners will create and present a multimedia community arts event highlighting relevant issues of their lives.

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Casa Libre en la Solana

Casa Libre en la Solana

228 N. 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705

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Casa Libre en la Solana cultivates and enriches a vibrant community of writers and artists through the invention, presentation, and appreciation of creative work.

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Rialto Theatre

Rialto

318 E. Congress, Tucson, 85701

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The Rialto Theatre is a performance theater and concert venue located on Congress Street in downtown Tucson.

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Tucson Chinese Association

Tucson Chinese Cultural Center

Tucson Chinese Association

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This community festival featured traditional Asian Pacific Islander foods, cultural heritage and farming practices, and the arts; performances, workshops, crafts, and material arts. Sonoran desert community practices, such as youth mariachi, in which local Asian young people engage, will demonstrate art as an invitation to belonging.

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Sons of Orpheus

Sons of Orpheus -- The Male Choir of Tucson

4160 N. Fremont Ave., #1, Tucson, AZ 85719

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Sons of Orpheus is the Male Choir of Tucson, which provides opportunities to learn and perform a varied choral repertoire from many cultures.

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Voices for the Margins: Women’s Stories

Elena Diaz Bjorkquist

Voices for the Margins: Women’s Stories

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A writing and digital storytelling workshop that empowers marginalized women to tell their stories in short films to share with public.

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Desert Light

Gordon Huether

Desert Light

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This twenty-foot-high by five-foot-wide sculpture was created from panels of dichroic glass and a narrow, conical supporting frame of stainless steel. The multi-colored effect of dichroic glass is produced by a process called “thin film physics.” Thin-film physics are also responsible for the rainbow patterns in a soap bubble, the swirling colors in the thin layer of oil floating in puddle, and the dramatic reflections in dragonfly wings. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Sanoura: Cuts on Tucson

James Colby

Sanoura: Cuts on Tucson

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This project aims to explore dichotomies within the city of Tucson through the creation of musical compositions composed wholly of audio samples taken from field recordings around Tucson. Each composition was exclusively created from these field recordings, and varies in style while containing an identifiable rhythmic pulse, melody, or harmonic progression.

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Poetry at the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum

Eric Magrane

Poetry at the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum

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This project includes a series of installations of poetry at the Desert Museum, in an effort to encourage people to re-evaluate their assumptions about conservation and their relationships with nature.

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Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus

Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus

5770 E. Pima Street, Tucson, AZ 85712

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The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus is dedicated to providing boys in the community an enriched educational experience through the study and performance of choral music.

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Arizona Repertory Singers

Arizona Repertory Singers

6270 N. Calle del Halcon, Tucson AZ 85718

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The Arizona Repertory Singers is a volunteer choral ensemble that shares its tradition of choral artistry and varied performance repertoire with audiences of all ages.

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Poet (Modern Streetcar)

Ben Olmstead

Poet (Modern Streetcar)

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A large-scale head of a man comprised of a “skin” of letters that creates a lace-like surface. Hollow, it lights from within with a cobalt blue LED floodlight. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Neoglyphix

Arizona State Museum (UA Foundation)

Neoglyphix

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Neoglyphix 2015, presented by Arizona State Museum, was a live graffiti and street artist festival featuring contemporary indigenous artists from Arizona, California, Hawaii, Minnesota, and New Mexico. In addition to creating three walls that replicate O’odham basketry mountain designs, the artists demonstrated their techniques in imagery and street art to festival goers.

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Tucson Botanical Gardens

Tucson Botanical Gardens

2150 North Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712

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The Tucson Botanical Gardens promotes responsible and appropriate use of plants and water in a desert environment through education and demonstration while providing a place of beauty and tranquility for Tucson residents and visitors.

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Many Mouths One Stomach

Many Mouths One Stomach

250 S. Grande Ave, Tucson, AZ 857045

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Many Mouths One Stomach (MMOS) is a Tucson-based collective of artists, teachers, and community activists who come together with the intent to create, inspire, manifest, and perpetuate modern festival culture.

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Pas de Deux?

Melody Peters

Pas de Deux?

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This commission consists of two bronze female figures of dancers, but is intended to be completed by the addition of a third figure (male) in order to allude to a classical Pas de Trois. The two nearly identical, life-sized female nude figures maintain a complex, even ambiguous, standing pose in which the lower body seems intent on stepping forward while the upper body twists back to the right. The realism of the anatomical detail is mitigated by the distancing presentation of the figures on 10-foot-tall artist-designed pedestals of cast-in-place ferro concrete, and by the non-objective nature of the black patina.

 

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Streetcar: Broadway & Church

Joe Tyler

Streetcar: Broadway & Church

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The Congress streetcar stop represents the Century plant with 100 leaves for each year of Statehood and fifteen blooms for the fifteen counties in Arizona. The centennial banners attached to the structure represents the 5 Cs of Arizona: cotton, citrus, copper, cattle, and climate. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Barrio Centro

Tidi Ozeri

Barrio Centro

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This sculpted planter connects our desert landscape to the history of the neighborhood and its ties to the arrival of the railroad in Tucson. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Engaging Native Youth with Community Issues through Knowledge, Art and Activism

Wa:k O’odham Foundation

Engaging Native Youth with Community Issues through Knowledge, Art and Activism

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Wa:k O’odham Foundation, in conjunction with the Native Eyes Film Showcase consortium and other community partners, hosts a series of film and dialogue sessions in which Native American youth engage with elders, specialists, activists, and artists around community water issues. Throughout the series, youth develop artistic and film-making skills to create discourse on their future.

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Luis Gutierrez Bridge

Brenda Semanick

Luis Gutierrez Bridge

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The design motifs for each of the twelve shade structures on this bridge uncover the layers of the past by utilizing the technology of the future. The cottonwood leaves depicted in the overhead structures serve as a unifying element and tribute to their once great abundance. The plentiful fish and fowl of a time now gone are also recognized on the bridge piers. Hohokam pottery sherds scattered on the terrace steps pay homage to the indigenous people who first settled in the region. Annual positions of the sun will highlight moments important to the history of Tucson and the Santa Cruz River.

 

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Dia de los Muertos

Tucson Museum of Art

Dia de los Muertos

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The Tucson Museum of Art hosts workshops and festivities that highlight heritage art, ritual, and music; and gathers community in celebration of Dia de los Muertos.  Through a series of art-making workshops with K-12 school students from four local neighborhood schools, artists share traditional Dia de los Muertos art forms while discussing its cultural significance. The project also involves Pima Community College students and individuals affected by dementia in the arts-making process.

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The Finding Voice Project

Finding Voice

The Finding Voice Project

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The Finding Voice Project helps refugees and immigrants at Catalina Magnet High School develop their personal and community voice through literacy, visual arts, and civic engagement.

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Guests of Nature

Robin Riley

Guests of Nature

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Two giant rock cairns mark the beginning of the entrance to the Wild Burro Trail at Dove Mountain. The sculptures surprise visitors with simple cairns of unexpected proportions. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Threshold

Nika Kaiser

Threshold

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Set in coastal Sonora this project articulates a translation of human experience in relationship to this environment’s diverse ecology. In the narrative, a female character becomes an animal and vice versa. Researched and filmed at Kino Bay, with consultation by marine educator Julie Xelowski-Brooker of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Arizona Theater Company

Arizona Theatre Company

343 S Scott Ave, Tucson, 85701

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The Arizona Theatre Company is Arizona’s preeminent, fully professional theater, with a proud history of producing a rich variety of world drama – from classics to contemporary plays, from musicals to new works – along with a wide array of community outreach programs, educational opportunities, access initiatives, and new play programs.

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Tucson Fringe Theater Festival

Tucson Fringe Festival

3325 E Tierra Alta Blvd, Tucson AZ 85716

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The Tucson Fringe Theater Festival exists to provide an accessible and affordable platform for emerging and established artists to create original, vibrant work that draws diverse elements of the community together and inspires creative experiences through the arts.

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One Hundred Years of the Ajo Plaza

International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA)

One Hundred Years of the Ajo Plaza

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A year-long project in Ajo, AZ that invites the local community to participate in the crowd sourcing of archival photographs of the historic Ajo Plaza. Activities include a community-driven exhibition, storytelling, memory sharing, and discussions of ideas for the Plaza’s future, and a day-long festival with performances in the Plaza.

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Street Car Poetry Boards

Ben Olmstead

Street Car Poetry Boards

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Blue colored words scroll continually along an electronic reader board posted at each stop along the Modern Streetcar line. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Ask Me About My Foodways

Southwest Folklife Alliance

Ask Me About My Foodways

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Southwest Folklife Alliance Inc. hosts “Ask Me About My Foodways,” a participatory public project that engages youth, community partners, and the public in activities that share the culinary practices of a people, region, or historical period. The event, which is part of the annual Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival’s Cultural Kitchen, is also a powerful means to override cultural stereotypes and define our sense of place in community. In partnership with City High School, students prepare their family’s traditional dishes on site at the Festival; the YWCA will act as project partner and will host an oral history workshop so participants can document their own personal “foodway” stories.

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Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra

Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra

2131 W. Wagon Wheels Dr. Tucson, AZ 85745

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The mission of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra is to bring together amateur and professional musicians with conductors, soloists, composers and other artists to provide high-quality, live performances of traditional and contemporary orchestral music in Tucson and Southern Arizona.

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Procession of Little Angels

Many Mouths One Stomach

250 S. Grande Ave, Tucson, AZ 857045

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As part of Many Mouths One Stomach’s 26th All Souls Procession, the Procession of Little Angels at Armory Park invites an estimated 3,000 families to join in art activities such as wing-making, sugar skull decoration, circus arts, and storytelling to process issues surrounding death and grieving in a safe, creative environment. At sunset, children gather for a lantern-lit procession around the park and through a corridor of altars for beloved family members who have passed.

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Tucson Arts Brigade

Tucson Arts Brigade

Tucson Arts Brigade

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Tucson Arts Brigade focuses on reducing violence in and around Tucson and stimulates social action by working with the community on a series of murals, festivals, and events.

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Tucson House Memorial Rose Garden

Richard Green

Tucson House Memorial Rose Garden

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Steel gazebo with the overall pattern design of lace. The artwork includes a concrete walkway leading from the garden edge to the gazebo and two benches. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Desert Splendor

Daniel M. Diaz

Desert Splendor

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The double panels and their ivory acrylic insets are woven into and serve as counterpoints within architect Istanbullu’s modular façade and aluminum arcade paneling. The overall aesthetic seeks to create a place for community, while embracing traditional design integrity with a modern sensibility. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Cairns

Caryl Clement

Cairns

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Large, locally found granite boulders are stacked upon one another creating three separate totemic form sculptures. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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My Mother Revelation

Geneva Foster Gluck

My Mother Revelation

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An exploration of a young female artist and traveler as historian, documenting two travel narratives bound together through genealogy of mother and daughter. The performance resembles a slide show lecture with the artist’s mother’s photographs projected around the performance space on a variety of surfaces. Images were taken over the span of 30 years, beginning in the early 1960s. They document the Chicago civil rights movement; a march with Dr. King; travels across Afghanistan in a VW bus; Parisian political dissidents; and numerous rallies, protests, and sit-ins.

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Old Nogales Highway

Bill Mackey

Old Nogales Highway

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A book project that describes the Old Nogales Highway, with text, photographs, and drawings (hand and digital), coupled with a bus “tour” of the highway that ends in a gathering.

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The Oidag Festival

Pan Left Productions

The Oidag Festival

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The Oidag Festival, presented by Pan Left Productions in collaboration with the Tohono O’odham Community Action, highlights Tohono O’odham youth sharing traditional knowledge within their community. The festival takes place in Sells on the Tohono O’odham reservation, and provides platforms to share cultural knowledge and celebrate inter-generational relations.

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silicAspire

Kevin Box

silicAspire

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A 22-foot-tall sculpture shaped like an aloe plant. Large, round disks come together in conjunction with the plant shapes to create a different composition from every perspective. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Dunbar Spring Mural

Joe Pagac

Dunbar Spring Mural

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Painted in April 2012, this temporary mural was created by the Dunbar Spring community members to celebrate nature, art and neighbors. Joe Pagac and Rock Martinez are both artists and muralists as well as art facilitators working in Tucson. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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To Think That I Saw It on Navajo Street

Summer Youth Team Members

To Think That I Saw It on Navajo Street

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A collaboration between two adult and six youth artists that integrates a man-made geometric structure with organic plant-like elements. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Tucson Symphony Orchestra

2175 North Sixth Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705-5606

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The mission of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is to transform lives through music.

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Warehouse Arts District Murals and Steel Sculpture

Amy Novelli

Warehouse Arts District Murals and Steel Sculpture

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This metal wayfinding sign was designed in a triangular form to echo the shape of the Warehouse Arts District neighborhood itself; the signs are positioned to point towards the murals and the majority of the neighborhood. The ten murals are placed so that the first mural one sees when approaching from the left is the “Greetings from Tucson, Arizona,” inspired by historic postcards, and the first mural when approaching from the right, closest to the metal sign, contains a map of the Historic Warehouse Arts District. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Tucson Folksingers Remembrance Project

Itzaboutime Productions

Tucson Folksingers Remembrance Project

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The Tucson Folksingers Remembrance Project brings a slice of Tucson history to young students and the general public at large. Structured as a series of music, singing, and oral history events with digital documentation, the project highlights the Tucson Folksingers – four of whom were public school teachers who refused to sign the loyalty oath in the 60s – as an example of local cultural production intersecting with civic engagement.

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Lost Identity

Adan Bañuelos

Lost Identity

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This project examines the Mexican-American lowrider from the perspective of a child needing to identify with a culture. The artist creates a kinetic sculpture of a partially transparent and cartoon-like, twisted 60s-era Chevrolet with a robotic suspension. The sculpture has a programmed sequence that adjusts the suspension at varying rates, moving it from left to right, and up and down.

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Go There

John Christensen

Go There

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This sculpture has a skin made of 1/8” thick silicon bronze attached to a stainless-steel skeleton. The patina chemicals were applied cold. Accents were developed with mild solutions of ammonium chloride and silver nitrate. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Beekeeping

Ben Johnson

Beekeeping

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A visual art project that explores the mythological, spiritual, and practical connections that humans have forged with bees over the ages, through the lens of the ancient practice of beekeeping. This project partners video with mixed media work to artistically explore the interplay between two sides of the human/bee dynamic: the personal and the historical. “Beekeeping” also investigates the current threats facing bee colonies and the human responsibility within the context of that threat.

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Zuzi! Dance

Zuzi! Dance

738 N 5th Ave STE 131, Tucson, AZ 85705

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ZUZI! Dance is a non-profit arts service organization committed to catalyzing personal expression and healing for people of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities. Through movement-based art forms and somatic practices, ZUZI! Dance provides opportunities and resources for individuals to discover and confidently navigate their creative paths.

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Tucson to Tucson

Bill Mackey

Tucson to Tucson

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A user-generated website and series of public walks and exhibits that records, shares, analyzes, and celebrates the diverse landscape of daily individual travels in Tucson.

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The Mariachi Rises in Tucson

Daniel Buckley

The Mariachi Rises in Tucson

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A documentary that traces the origins and evolution of Tucson’s mariachi and folklorico culture; the film shows how mariachi music catalyzed education and social change around the world.

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Arroyo Nuevo

Anthony Bayne

Arroyo Nuevo

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Cast in bronze and finished in antique bronze, this sculpture was hand carved in casting materials at Metalphysic Sculpture Studio. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Mano de la Luna

Alex Garza

Mano de la Luna

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Made from hand-forged steel, Dalle de Verre glass, and glazed ceramic tile. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Luz

Mele Martinez

Luz

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A flamenco dance project honoring mothers who live and work as artists. In Spanish “dar a luz” means to give birth. “Luz” explores the labors and joys found in balancing a life as caregiver and creator. In collaboration with Oakland-based artist Fanny Ara, who served as co-chroeographer and artistic director.

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Cicada Song

Zach Lihatsh

Cicada Song

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The sculpture, comprised of three separate panels, replaces the older standard railing at High School Wash. All elements are mild steel. The largest central circle holds a cicada with spread wings. Complex twists of branch-work fill most of the remaining space. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Reflection: Motherhood and the Performing Arts

Yvonne Montoya

Reflection: Motherhood and the Performing Arts

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An interdisciplinary dance and online blog series on the art of parenting. The solo modern dance piece will focus on the intersection of gender, motherhood, and the performing arts, while the blog series documents the work in progress, as well as engages with other mothers, performing artists, and the community at large.

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True Concord Voices and Orchestra

True Concord Voices and Orchestra

665 W Roller Coaster Road, Tucson, AZ 85704

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True Concord enriches lives through the transformational power of classical music, accomplishing its mission primarily through the performance of masterworks and the diverse music of America.

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Batty Biker

Stephen Fairfield

Batty Biker

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Fabricated of welded steel pipe, rod, and perforated metal. It consists of an expressionist recumbent bike and a bat, mounted on a 6-inch diameter steel pole. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Dunbar Spring Cross Roads Sign

Troy Neiman

Dunbar Spring Cross Roads Sign

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The sign is constructed of steel and ceramic. The ceramic tiles are placed in mortar on a steel frame. The stencil cutouts were created using two sheets of steel and both sheets are attached to a steel armature. The work is sealed with a protective Clear Seal coating. Learn more about this project by visiting our Public Art Map.

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BICAS

BICAS

44 W 6th St, Tucson, AZ 85705

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Bicycle Inter-Community Arts and Salvage (BICAS) promotes education, art, and a healthy environment while providing opportunity for those in need.

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Liberation Lyrics

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam

Liberation Lyrics

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The Tucson Youth Poetry Slam’s “Liberation Lyrics Project” brings spoken word poetry to the classroom to engage high school students in dialogue regarding the “school-to-prison pipeline” and its impact on the community.

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Tucson Friends of Traditional Music (TFTM)

Tucson Friends of Traditional Music (TFTM)

915 E 4th St, Tucson, AZ

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Tucson Friends of Traditional Music is dedicated to keeping the traditions of community music and dance alive and growing in Tucson.

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Southwest Folklife Alliance

Southwest Folklife Alliance

44 N. Stone Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701

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The Southwest Folklife Alliance is dedicated to building more equitable and vibrant communities by celebrating the everyday expressions of culture, heritage, and diversity in the Greater Southwest.

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The Talking Mural

Alexandra Jimenez

The Talking Mural

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An interactive, site-specific mural that depicts stories from life on South 12th Avenue and utilizes Quick Response (QR) scan codes to allow the participant to hear audio clips from collected oral stories.

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Fourth Ave Fontana Bike Boulevard Obelisk

Jane Evans

Fourth Ave Fontana Bike Boulevard Obelisk

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A combination of a steel frame covered by handmade stoneware tiles all individually glazed and set. A steel finial is welded on the top of the structure. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Menlo Archway

Michael Schwartz

Menlo Archway

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An eleven-foot archway located in the heart of the Menlo Neighborhood Park is constructed of CMU block, with brick-face and handmade tiles. The handmade tiles include themes suggested by residents, including A Mountain, Menlo Elementary School, Mission Gardens, and more. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Mecha Angel and We All Have Wings

Adam Homan

Mecha Angel and We All Have Wings

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Steel angel wings that include found materials contributed by local residents. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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The La Cholla Boulevard Bridge

Steven Weitzman

The La Cholla Boulevard Bridge

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Sculptural reliefs of local cholla varieties run the length of the interior parapet fascia of the bridge. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Warehouse Arts Management Organization (WAMO)

WAMO (Warehouse Arts Management)

101 W. Sixth Street, Tucson, 85701

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The Warehouse Arts Management Organization’s mission is to preserve, protect, promote, and program the Tucson Warehouse Historic District, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Amalia Dreamypants

Shloka Mangharam Ettna

Amalia Dreamypants

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A children’s picture book, featuring Amalla, a spunky six-year-old girl who wants to travel but doesn’t have access to transportation. She dreams up fantastical modes of transport until she discovers she can fly.

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Invisible Theater

Invisible Theater

1400 North First Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85719

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Live Theatre Workshop provides performances and education to entertain, enlighten, and uplift our community and to develop theatrical talent.

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Arts For All

Arts For All

2520 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85705

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Arts for All provides accessible education and training in the art for children, primarily those with special needs.

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Literacy Connects (Stories that Soar)

Literacy Connects (Stories that Soar)

200 E. Yavapai Road, Tucson, Arizona 85705

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Literacy Connects (Stories that Soar) connects people of all ages to a world of opportunities through literacy and creative expression.

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Calabashes

Eric Powell

Calabashes

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The Calabash sculptures, residing one block away from one another, work both as pure sculpture and as symbols of the inextricable link between the desert and water. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Dunbar Spring Stools

Cade Hayes

Dunbar Spring Stools

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These concrete stools will age and change color with time and use. Created by DUST studios. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Mas

Milta Ortiz

Mas

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A docu-theater script about the banning of Mexican-American studies in the Tucson Unified School District, which premiered at Borderlands Theater. First-hand narratives of community members — including administrators, teachers, students, school board members, activists — are woven together with news articles and legal briefs to create the script.

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Chax Press Inc.

Chax Press Inc.

411 N 7th Ave #103, Tucson, AZ 85705

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The mission of Chax Press Inc. is to increase the impact of new writing in our culture through the publication of innovative poets or letterpress books that demonstrate an intense collaboration between poet and book artist.

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The Ming Dynasty Sea Captain Who Sails to Africa and Washes Ashore in the Sonoran Desert

Zheng He in the Desert

The Ming Dynasty Sea Captain Who Sails to Africa and Washes Ashore in the Sonoran Desert

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The project was originally entitled “Zheng He in the Desert.” It was a collaboration primarily between the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center (TCCC) and the Barbea Williams Performing Company to create an original dance drama about Zheng He, the Ming Dynasty sea captain who sailed to Africa and beyond before the time of Columbus.

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Exhales 2008-2013

TC Tolbert

Exhales 2008-2013

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A series of twenty erasure poems based on news reports related to the 85 trans people who were murdered in the US between 2008 and 2013. The poems explore the relationship between violence against transgender people and the language used to represent trans people in popular media.

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The Fine Art of Parenting

Catherine Eyde

The Fine Art of Parenting

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A series of paintings created by the artist in collaboration with her eight-year-old daughter. The two drew together, sharing space on the same paper, working mainly without verbal communication to create and compose together. Final selections made by the artist were edited and rendered into larger-scale paintings.

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The Community Engagement Toolkit

Living Streets Alliance

The Community Engagement Toolkit

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The Community Engagement Toolkit invites participants to explore the possibilities for Tucson’s community and public space through collaboration and education. The project encourage participants to draw, write, discuss, and design their ideal city while encouraging a transparent and creative public process that inspires community building and civil discourse. Living Streets Alliance, in collaboration with the Sustainable City Project, created a Community Engagement Toolkit aimed at encouraging conversation regarding the quality of our community and public space.

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Doves of the Desert

Nicholas L Burke

Doves of the Desert

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Tucson Museum of Art

Tucson Museum of Art

140 North Main Avenue Tucson, AZ 85719

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The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block (TMA) is dedicated to the educational, aesthetic, and cultural promotion of the arts. The Museum stewards a permanent collection of more than 8,500 works of art; presents world-class exhibitions; cares for five historic properties; and offers lectures, classes, and other enriching art education opportunities.

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Nature of Movement

Joshua Wiener

Nature of Movement

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Created in aluminum and steel, all of this sculpture’s steel is submerged in concrete and is powder-coated and cold connected. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Rosemont: What’s at Stake

Rosemont

Rosemont: What’s at Stake

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A series of arts-based events and activities that aimed to increase awareness and dialogue about what could be lost in the northeastern Santa Rita Mountains and surrounding watersheds if the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine was approved.

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Sonoran Glass School

Sonoran Glass School

633 W. 18th Street - Tucson, AZ - 85701

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Sonoran Glass School is a public-access, non-profit educational organization dedicated to inspiring people of all ages to discover the wonder of glass art. Participants learn to create and appreciate glass as a visual arts medium through educational courses, one-on-one experiences, visiting artist seminars, and community events.

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Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry in Tucson

Casa Libre en la Solana

Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry in Tucson

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A four-day symposium designed to encourage dialogue and build bridges between local and visiting trans and genderqueer poets, youth, adults, artists, and their allies.

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Kore Press

Kore Press

240 N Court, Tucson, AZ 85701

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Kore Press is a community of literary activists devoted to bringing forth a diversity of voices through works that meet the highest artistic standards. Kore Press publishes women’s writing that deepens awareness and advances progressive social change.

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The Iron Butterfly

Ned Schaper

The Iron Butterfly

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An outdoor mechanical sculpture made by the Bevel Butterfly Company. The steel, mesquite, and rubber Lepidoptera is powered by a ¼ horsepower motor. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Flight of Time

Susan Wink

Flight of Time

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A site-specific painted sculptural steel installation located at the University and Third Modern Streetcar Stop in front of Time Market. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Sonoran Shadows: A Celebration of Tucsonense Culture in Barrio Viejo

Borderlands

Sonoran Shadows: A Celebration of Tucsonense Culture in Barrio Viejo

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The Borderlands Theater presents Un Ecuentro, a mini theater festival culminating in an artistic residency between: students from Carrillo Elementary School, shadow master Larry Reed of San Francisco’s Shadowlight Productions, and local Tucson Puppetry Theater and artists from Puppets Among Us. The residency will result in events that unite prospective audiences from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico Border.

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Of Rocks and Bullets: An Animated Discourse

Wesley Fawcett Creigh

Of Rocks and Bullets: An Animated Discourse

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An animated short film that contemplates the occurrence of fatal shootings committed by Border Patrol officers along the US/Mexico border; specifically, the lethal shooting of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena in Nogales, Sonora.

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Cyclovia Street Life Interactive Art Cyclovia Street Life Interactive Art

Janet K Miller

Cyclovia Street Life Interactive Art Cyclovia Street Life Interactive Art

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This project is a series of interactive art installations along the Cyclovia route, located in Downtown/South Tucson, that inspire street life participation along this public access festival route.

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Park Place Chalk Festival

Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance

Park Place Chalk Festival

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The Park Place Chalk Art Festival, presented by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, gathered together over 20,000 participants, twenty professional artist murals, 35 amateur murals, and community participants. The artwork highlighted Tucson’s desert, Hispanic and Native American culture, archaeology, mining, stargazing, and the history of murals.

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Ballet Arts Foundation (dba Ballet Tucson)

Ballet Arts Foundation (dba Ballet Tucson)

200 S Tucson Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716-5519

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Ballet Tucson provides artistry of the highest quality through professional performance, education, and community outreach. Ballet Tucson provides artistry of the highest quality through professional performance, education, and community outreach.

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Tucson World War II Memorial

Lauri Slenning

Tucson World War II Memorial

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A rammed earth sculptural wall includes bronze relief and 3D elements. The opening in the center of the wall, with a compass, blue glass, and bronze cone, serves as a metaphor for the global connection to the men who fought and died in the war. A hearth stone, in chocolate brown from an Arizona quarry, is set at the base of the wall, in front of names, to create a sacred space and allow the viewer to honor the men who passed. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Tock 1, Tock 2, Tock 3

Carrie Seid

Tock 1, Tock 2, Tock 3

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Two benches, one sculpture. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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Wandering Stars

Blessing Hancock

Wandering Stars

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Composed of two sets of flying triangular forms elevated on columns framing the west and east bound stops. Each “star” contains frosted, acrylic-lined LED strands, sandwiched between powder coated frames, which are bolted together and wander in different directions. One column at each stop has a touch sensitive control point, which allows riders to change the colors in the piece each time they ride the streetcar. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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The Loft Cinema

The Loft Cinema

3233 E. Speedway, Tucson AZ 85716

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The Loft is a local non-profit cinema dedicated to creating community through film, honoring the vision of filmmakers, celebrating ideas, and promoting the appreciation and understanding of the art of film.

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Columbus Park Entryway

Gregory D. Schoon

Columbus Park Entryway

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This design was sketched onto the concrete and then incised lightly into the existing pavement of the plaza next to the baseball fields. The shapes were cut by hand using diamond cutting wheels and an angle grinder. Portions were polished down for contrast using abrasive wheels and an angle grinder.

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Nancyplants Island

Mary Lucking

Nancyplants Island

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The two parts of this art piece work together to make the platform along the Modern Streetcar line a bright and fun island in the middle of 4th Avenue. Learn more by visiting our Public Art Map.

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