The Friday Night Live Free Jazz Concert series on Main Gate Square has been going on for over seven years and features a different jazz group every other Friday. The series begins in April and goes through early August each year. The jazz concert series “first began in partnership with SAACA, Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, to bring great local music to the community and encourage everyone to explore Main Gate Square and enjoy all the shopping and dining we offer,” said Kris Siuda, marketing coordinator for Main Gate and the Marshall Foundation.
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UA Global is the merging of International Education and the Office of Global Initiatives into one unit. Through strategic planning and with the help of 70 stakeholders across campus, the process came to fruition in the fall. Brent White is the new dean of Global Campuses and interim vice provost for Global Affairs and was previously the vice provost for International Education. He said he was pleased to be awarded the position. According to a UA Global announcement provided by the University, White will lead the process of combining the offices of International Education and Global Initiatives into the singular unit.
The new University of Arizona dean of the College of Fine Arts Andrew Schulz said he is excited to continue the mission of the University while incorporating new initiatives to create a rounded program. “I would like to see the arts become truly central to the UA campus, and the region,” said Schulz. “The mission of the College should be to ensure that we provide outstanding professional training in the arts, as well as provide meaningful and transformative opportunities for arts engagement to all students at the University.”
The Loft Kids Fest film series, in its twelfth year, returns to the screens of The Loft Cinema this July 20 through the 29. The festival, sponsored by organizations like Pima County Public Library, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange and the Cares Foundation, showcase family-friendly films along with hands-on activities, live performances and giveaways.
The Environmental Scholars Summer Bootcamp gives high school students an opportunity to voice their concerns on environmental topics and have a hands-on approach. They can write a grant proposal that lets them carry out their projects through funding from the University of Arizona. The eight-day bootcamp is offered through the UA’s Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center and is open to all high school students seeking to become familiar with the topic of environmental health. According to the College of Pharmacy’s website, the summer camp is modeled after successful science camps which lets students learn and create real-world connections between toxicology and the environment.
Tucson Village Farm was chosen as the Angel Charity Beneficiary and begins a $445,000 construction beginning June 28 at 8:00 a.m. on a certified teaching kitchen. The Tucson Village farm, located at 4101 N. Campbell Ave, serves the Tucson community as a source of education for children and young adults looking to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their everyday diets.
The Southern Arizona Arts and Culture Alliance (SAACA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation, preservation and advancement of the arts, hosts several events throughout the year that highlight Tucson culture, from music to food. It held the third annual Tucson 23 Miles of Mexican Food festival at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa on June 16 which featured food, live music, art and drinks. This event celebrates the best 23 miles of Mexican food, which is one of Visit Tucson’s main campaigns for the tourism industry according to Shelby Scheer, the operations manager of SAACA. Visit Tucson partnered with SAACA to help represent Mexican culture in an interdisciplinary format.
Bringing a “heathy and sustainable lifestyle” to La Encantada shopping center, Nektar juice bar will hold its Grand Opening Saturday June 23. With a variety of juices, smoothies, acai bowls and other alternatives the juice bar originated in California. The grand opening starts at 8:00 a.m. and there will be special deals, like 16 oz smoothies for $1.50 and “swag bags” will be given to the first 50 customers, to promote the bar. Inside the bags will be goodies from local stores at La Encantada, according to Manager Kristen Hoppe.
Arts Express, a performing arts education organization in Southern Arizona, works with students ages 14-24 in Tucson looking to further their acting experiences, meet new friends and produce a theater show at the end of the month-long Arts America Summer Stock program — a program filled with rehearsals, learnings sessions and group activities. Arts Express has been in service for over 30 years, and this summer the youth program ends with the production of the Broadway musical “Big Fish.” “Big Fish” is a tale of adventure and romance that revolves around the relationship between Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman, and his adult son Will, who looks for what is behind his father’s tall stories.