News & Opps – April 10, 2017
By: Arts Foundation
News & Opps

News & Opps – April 10, 2017


Tucson: A place for poets and poetry


Tucson is a place unlike any other. I moved  here from southeast Tennessee 14 years ago  and have been overjoyed to find a place  where I can fully live all of my identities –  transgender, queer, poet, and teacher. Being  appointed Tucson Poet Laureate means I  have the opportunity to give and reflect back  some of the inspiration and support and I’ve  received in this magical desert town.

With its deep commitment to the arts and social justice, Tucson is already filled with many unacknowledged poet laureates. Teré Fowler Chapman and Words on the Avenue, Logan Phillips and Sarah Gonzales and Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, Kristen Nelson and Casa Libre, Lisa Bowden and Kore Press, Em Bowen and the Tucson Poetry Festival, Samuel Ace and POG, and of course, Tyler Meier and Hannah Ensor at the Poetry Center – these are all folks who work tirelessly to bring poetry to people, to create space for self-reflection and expression, and to celebrate the many voices of Tucson. I’m continually inspired by them and their work and lucky to get to work alongside them.

I’m also honored to follow in Rebecca Sieferle’s footsteps and continue to be a public servant in schools and in the community. My primary focus is, as always, uplifting the voices of those who are too often silenced (with particular emphasis on LGBTQ youth and elders, femme-identified people, youth of color, migrants, and refugees) and creating occasion for collaboration and community building across identities. I don’t turn to poetry for its ability to take me out of (I don’t think of poetry as “an escape”), I turn to poetry for its ability to bring me back into the company of this world.

-TC Tolbert
(Photo by Mamta Popat)

To read more about TC’s work and the work of other local poets, click here


New Works 2016-2017 Awardees Artist Talk 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | 6PM– 8PM

Southern Arizona Work Space (behind Exo Coffee)

403 North 6th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705
Attendance is free.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Artists Awardees Include: 

Wesley Fawcett Creigh

Project Description: “Of Rocks and Bullets: An Animated Discourse” is 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.


Bill Mackey 

Project Description: “Old Nogales Highway” is a book and accompanying bus ride experience about a road in Tucson; a road that traverses through the defining features of Tucson: Mexican, Military, Anglo, Native American, Desert, Agriculture, Retirees, New Development, Old Development, Hotels, Motels, Shops, Big Boxes, Taquerias, Houses, Rodeos, and Ranches.


Nika Kaiser

Project Description: “Threshold” is a multi-channel video installation set at the meeting of the desert and the sea in coastal Sonora, where a narrative of transformation between human and dolphin realities takes place.


Alexandra Jimenez

Project Description: “The Talking Mural” is an interactive, site-specific mural that will depict stories from life on South 12th Avenue and utilize QR (Quick Response) scan codes to allow the participant to hear audio clips from collected oral stories.

GoFundMe: The Arts Foundation Art Fund

Goal: $5,000 

We’re halfway to our goal and with your help, we can surpass it!

Our campaign will continue until May 31st !


Visit our GoFundMe page now!


News & Opps



Pollinators & Perceptions: Special opening with refreshments & student presentations.

Student scientists and artists interpret pollinator research through poetry and collage.
Friday, April 21, 2017, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Environment and Natural Resources 2 Building 1(064 E. Lowell Street), Room S215 (2nd floor, south side of the building)
To RSVP, contact Michelle Coe at (520) 626-4666.

A Short Film: “Food, Water and Traditional Knowledge in Arid Lands”
Southwest Folklife Alliance Screening. Free and open to public.
Date: April 23, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: The Loft Cinema,  3233 East Speedway Boulevard.
For more information, contact Leia Maahs at or (520) 621-4046.

Arizona Abstract at Tohono Chul
April 27 – August 13, 2017, in the Main Gallery
Reception with the Artists: Thursday, April 27, 2017, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Curators’ Talks: Tuesday, May 2nd and Thursday, May 4th, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.
For more information, click  here.

Groovin’ Together: Artists of Many Hands Courtyard and the Tucson Arts Cooperative
A Multi-media Exhibit featuring ten female artists from Tucson.

Free reception open to public to meet artists: Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: The J, 3800 E. River Road
For more information, click  here.


For Teaching Artists: PAG Youth Art Project, Summer 2017

Application Deadline: April 17, 2017, at midnight
To apply and for more information, visit The Arts Foundation website.

For Youth Artists: PAG Youth Art Project, Summer 2017
Application Deadline
: April 27, 2017, at midnight
To apply and for more information, visit The Arts Foundation website.

The William H. Johnson Foundation – 2017 William H. Johnson Prize
Deadline: Thursday, November 16, 2017.
To apply, click here.
(Photo from William H. Johnson Foundation website)


Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process: One-Day Intensive Workshop

Sunday May 21, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $145 (Limited amount of scholarships are available to full-time students and artists.)
To register, click here.

“The Pillowcase Project: A Case for the Common Good”
Social movement using pillowcases as canvases to make a change in the community.
March 25, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church/Parish Hall, 545 South Fifth Avenue
Click here for more information.


NEW Opportunity: Be part of a collective movement!

Speak out for the arts and why they are important to you! Now more than ever, your voice is crucial and we’ve made it easy for you to participate and be heard:
1) Stop by our Connect Coworking office lobby at 33 South 5th Avenue (on Fifth/Congress downtown)
2) Fill out a postcard with why the arts are important to you.
3) Pop it in the box!
We will take what you’ve written and read it to local and national officials.
Feel free to write, draw, color, etc., to express yourself and your love for all things art and culture.




NEW Job Opportunity: Membership Manager/Director 
Tucson Botanical Gardens is seeking a new Membership Manager/Director. This position manages Tucson Botanical Gardens’ Development Department’s Membership Program, serve as the principle liaison to the Tucson Botanical Gardens’ members, also works with and assists the Executive Director with senior management duties. Applicants may apply to:

NEW Job Opportunity: Executive Director
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures (T/m) has engaged EFL Associates in a search for the Executive Director.  The Director will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the organization and will be responsible for the effective leadership, management, and operations of the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures while ensuring the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. To view the full position description or make a referral, please contact Kathryn Bradley at EFL Associates at

NEW Job Opportunity: Teaching Artists
Arts for all, Tucson is seeking Teaching Artists for dance, drama, music & jewelry making! Visit our website to learn more: They are also hiring for Direct Support Professionals for their adult Day Program, and Counselors for their upcoming Summer Arts Camp. Call 520-622-4100 to inquire.

Job Opportunity: Property Manager
The Historic Y is seeking a property manager, approx. 30-hour per week, flexible hours, schedule, status (1099 or employee), start date.  Requires knowledge of building systems, hands-on construction experience, basic computer and office skills, and ability to interact with people, respond to inquiries and maintenance requests, manage projects, coordinate events, oversee small cleaning & maintenance staff, and monitor work by contractors.  Starting salary $18-21/hour DOE. Prospective candidates can find out more about this unique opportunity and community by


Space Opportunity: Rain Crow Artist Collective
Artist Studio spaces available at Rain Crow Artist Collective in Placita de la Luna. Open, creative, inspired space in a supportive artistic community. Shared bathroom. New a/c. Utilities and wi-fi included. Features include glass block, adobe walls, stained concrete floors, courtyard access. Very good natural light and well planned existing light fixtures too. For more information email Susan: or call 520-270-6351. 250/mo – 400/mo.


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