Dec 14, 2023 | Featured, News, Press Release

Tucson, AZ – DEC 14, 2023 – The Arts Foundation proudly announces the selected artists for the Thrive in the 05 project, an initiative dedicated to fostering community pride and engagement through art in the 85705 zip code. Salvador Sahuaqui, Peniel Macias, and Daniel Hornung have been chosen by a community panel to contribute their artistic talent to enrich the cultural fabric of the Thrive in the 05 neighborhood. Each artist will receive a total commission of $54,000 which includes all expenses related to the projects. 

Situated in the Oracle/Miracle Mile area within the 85705 zip code, a place that holds a rich cultural significance, the selected artists will contribute to the Thrive in the 05 initiative, which aims to rejuvenate the community through creative, community driven efforts. As the managing entity behind the artist selection process for community driven public art, the Arts Foundation ensured the representation of diverse voices aligned with the neighborhood’s deep cultural history and heritage. 

“We are deeply honored to play a part in this transformative project,” stated Adriana Gallego, Arts Foundation Executive Director. “The power of collaboration has been key to bringing together diverse talents and perspectives for the Thrive in the 05 initiative. Salvador Sahuaqui, Peniel Macias, and Daniel Hornung’s selection is sure to strengthen the Thrive in the 05 mission, with their lived experiences and artistic talents grounded in community and collaboration.” 

About the Artists 

  • Salvador Sahuaqui – a self-taught artist based in Tucson. He has spent over three decades exploring diverse artistic media like airbrush, graffiti, acrylic, and more, embracing genres such as pop art, realism, and graphic design. Rooted in his Yaqui bloodline, Sal’s art serves as a storytelling medium, emphasizing indigenous culture in the Southwest. Sal’s Thrive in the 05 mural will be painted on the Pasqua Yaqui Recreation Center starting in December. 
  • Peniel Macias – a Tucson-based artist who works under the name The Desert Pen. Pen has been creating murals across Tucson since August of 2019. Her clients include local restaurants, non-profits such as The Boys and Girls Club and Historic 4th Avenue Coalition, and municipal entities such as Town of Oro Valley. Pen’s Thrive in the 05 projects consists of a community inspired mural on Bailys Fabric and Supplies and a free library box that will be supplied by Bookman’s for a year. 
  • Daniel Hornung – a Tucson based sculptor that lives in the ’05 working in a variety of media, from cast bronze, to welded steel, to neon kinetic sculpture using computer design and traditional practices. Daniel’s Thrive in the 05 project will consist of two wildlife sculptures, one in the Tucson Bronx Park neighborhood pocket park and one in Francisco Elias Esquer Park.  

The Thrive in the 05 initiative anticipates the positive impact these public art pieces will have on promoting dialogue, interaction, and cultural pride within the neighborhoods. 

For more information about the Thrive in the 05 initiative contact the Arts Foundation Public Art Team at

Thrive in the 05 is an initiative of the City of Tucson, Pima Community College, ASU Office of Community Health Engagement and Resiliency, and the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. 

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