The Tucson Pima Arts Council selected 15 local organizations and individuals to receive the first Kresge Arts in Tucson: PLACE Initiative grants funded by The Kresge Foundation. The grants range from $1,500 to $10,000 and total $82,000.
PLACE I Initiative Recipients and Projects 2010:
Borderlands Theatre – for the production of a play and workshops to be held in two Southside community venues addressing the issues of women who cross the U.S./Mexico border illegally.
Catalina Magnet High School / Finding Voice – helping refugee and immigrant students use autobiographical writing and photography to find their personal voices while conducting opportunities for civic engagement to address community issues.
Toltecali Academy/Barrio Sustainability Project – students will work with community members to research neighborhood environmental issues impacting the community such as TCE (trichloroethylene), a ground water contaminant, and then create a mural reflecting their community work.
City High School – using oral history, photography, writing and theatre to engage directly with the public – on the street, in print, over the radio and online – focusing on downtown revitalization and historic preservation of 48 E. Pennington St.
CODAC Behavioral Health Services – working with artist David Tineo and the Hendrick Acres Neighborhood Association to create a mural about overcoming the stigma of mental illness and addiction.
Filmmaker Jaime A. Lee – developing a website and short film about “the power of our stories to connect us,” prompting conversations about the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender) community in Arizona.
Prescott College / Ironwood Tree Experience– an opportunity for children, families and neighbors to express “sense of place” and community cultural development through art making in and with nature with the Coronado Heights Neighborhoods.
Laura N. Banks Elementary PTA – collaborating with the Terra Cotta and Cooper Crest neighborhoods to create assessable community assets and shared community resources on the school campus.
NEW ARTiculations Dance Theatre – creating a community-based dance performance and on-going workshops for children, youth and adults addressing issues about water scarcity, riparian ecosystems and Sonoran Desert ecology.
Barrio Centro Neighborhood – producing a neighborhood festival that promotes diabetes awareness and healthy lifestyles through music, dancing and an educational health fair.
Pan Left Productions – involving neighborhood associations and organizations to provide media literacy and production courses for youth, homeless people and those living in poverty.
The Drawing Studio – providing visual arts studio learning for low-income at-risk teens and youth in downtown and South Tucson neighborhoods.
Arizona State Museum– creating a digital graphic comic-style book with a Native American artist and local Native youth dealing with diabetes prevention for middle school, high school and college aged youth.
Tierra Y Libertad Organization – using a variety of expressive methods to build and disseminate positive social, neighborhood and cultural messages in the Southside of Tucson.
Tucson Arts Brigade – using mural arts to inspire community engagement, teach civic responsibility, promote stewardship and create a strong sense of place, belonging and pride in three Tucson neighborhoods.