SAACA celebrates Mexican food, fun and flavor

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. Read more

The students behind the booths

Spring Fling — a time of ring toss, Ferris wheels and the smell of funnel cake in the air — is also a time of hard work and determination for students working the event. Every year, different clubs run the game booths to raise money. Greek organizations, volunteers, cultural and professional clubs and sports teams all participate in running game booths at Spring Fling to raise money for clubs and philanthropies.  Read more

Finding inspiration in spoken word

“It’s been a long time, since I’ve wanted to die, it makes me feel, like taking off, my skin suit, and seeing how, my light flies all, on its own, neon, and bouncy like a, wannabe star,” Ada Limón writes in her award-winning poetry book, “Bright Dead Things.” Limón is one of several who performed during the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s Reading and Lecture Series for the 2017–2018 school year. She is the author of four books, including “Bright Dead Things,” her most popular, which was a finalist for numerous book awards, won the Chicago Literary Award for Poetry and named a “Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year” by The New York Times She has also received a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Read more

'Sweet Treats' Served on A Retro Set of Wheels

Sweet treats crafted with homemade ice cream are served up daily at Isabella’s Ice Cream shop, a local ice cream parlor on 4th Avenue. Isabella’s Ice Cream shop is known for its 1925 ice cream truck in the middle of their establishment. The truck is refurbished to house many ice cream flavors, all made there on site, inviting locals and travelers to visit Isabella’s for the ‘charming aesthetic and the friendly service’.  Isabella’s Ice Cream started out as an idea about 10 years ago, according to Kristel Johnson, the founder and owner of the parlor. The idea was sparked from seeing a “creepy” ice cream truck driving down their neighborhood street. And when Johnson wanted to bring a seemingly friendly and cute ice cream truck to the neighborhood and community instead of a scary and intimidating ice cream truck driving down the road the idea to open up shop started.  Read more

Monsoon mural sparks talk about water importance

Using art to teach about water irrigation, Students for Sustainability painted a three-part mural series in the UA Community Garden with the goal of inspiring and educating students and members of the neighborhood.         Students for Sustainability, an Associated Students of the University of Arizona program that “empowers students to become leaders in their community,” gathered in the garden, located at 1800 Mabel Street, to provide information on water irrigation in the Southwest. Students and community members painted a mural on the cistern in the garden that stressed the importance of understanding the means of water distribution in a desert climate. Students for Sustainability has left an impact on campus in its efforts to improve the sustainability of life and nature in Tucson. Projects include water bottle refill stations on campus, a large active rainwater harvesting cistern in the community garden, panels with campus cultural centers on the intersection of social justice and the environment and a Women in Green Leadership panel.  Read more

Defining artistic culture at UA

 The University of Arizona, as part of a new campus-wide strategic plan, is developing an initiative to make Arizona a destination for the arts.  Under the supervision of UA President Dr. Robert Robbins, the strategic plan covers a variety of topics from diversity and sustainability to the integration of physical, digital and biological worlds. After listening to community members, faculty, staff and students, conducting focus groups and gathering initial inputs on campus aspirations. The plan is now in phase two, or the “ideation phase.” Read more

Math and arts intertwine

George Hart, a professor at The State University of New York at Stony Brook, visited the University of Arizona to demonstrate the design of mathematically-based sculptures, to redefine how people see math. Instead of looking at numbers on calculators, graphs and tests, Hart takes math and makes it visual.   During his visit, Hart created a mathematical sculpture using flat wood pieces, which were laser cut by the UA School of Art.   Hart started his “Making Math Visible” workshops in order to teach math inside and outside the classroom, using activities that excite students, according to his website. Read more

Turning into stone: UA dancers inspire sculptor

 Neil Weinstein, a Tucson resident who uses University of Arizona dancers as inspiration for his sculptures, is one of 40 artists who will be featured in the first Sculpture Festival Show and Sale. The festival, which will be held at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park on Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, is a celebration of local artists and an opportunity to increase awareness of sculpture within the community. Free and open to the public, the festival will also include music, food trucks and artistic demonstrations. Read more

Miranda's Station Review returns to campus

Miranda's Station Review (MSR), a student creative writing magazine, returns to campus seeking members to help produce, learn and get involved with an opportunity to showcase student writing. MSR originally existed as a student run "'zine" during the '91-'92 and '92-'93 school years. It hopes to establish a legacy by becoming a continuing resource for future generations of Arizona students.  Read more

'Pick your Poison'

Throughout America’s history, drug use and classification continue to shift as science reveals more about how they are made and how they affect the human brain and body. The Arizona Health Sciences Library is showcasing the “Pick your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures & Medical Prescriptions” traveling exhibit for community members to visualize the history, and transformation, of common drugs in the U.S. The UA’s medical library partners with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to showcase traveling exhibits on campus. Some are harder to book than others, but are all for the benefit of the community according to Curt Stewart administrative associate at the UA Health Sciences Library and coordinator of the exhibit. Read more

Highlighting the hidden talents of UA employees

For the eighth year in a row, the UA Employee Recognition Committee and the National Arts Program are showcasing art created by UA employees and their families in the “On Our Own Time” exhibit. The exhibit features different mediums ranging from painting to sculpting. Read more

Murals of the Tucson community

Tucson Arts Brigade (TAB) is kicking off spring with a call to artists, from all backgrounds, to take part in a three-day mural festival dedicated to creating stories of culture through the arts. Artists and groups of all styles and experience levels are invited to work alongside TAB, along with residents of the historic Sugar Hill and Jefferson Park Neighborhoods, to gather stories and transform them into murals. Read more