PLACE V Initiative Grantees:

January 2014

The PLACE Initiative attracts innovative artists and arts groups with a social conscience. In this regard, several PLACE V projects focus on nurturing appreciation for our region’s rich diversity, while strengthening bonds within under-served communities.

The Drawing Studio will work with adult residents of Primavera transitional housing, using a variety of media to explore fundamental issues of what it means to be “at home” in Tucson.

Also dealing with the concept of “home,” Eugenia Woods is exploring cultural motivations for migration, along with approaches and barriers to establishing a sense of home.

The Tucson Arts Brigade, with an invitation from the Tucson Police Department, is aiming to decrease violence and increase civic participation at the Laos Transit Center through the design and production of a community mural.

To increase awareness and generate dialogue about the ecological, cultural, and economic impacts of the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine, Kimi Eisele and Josh Schachter are implementing a series of arts-based events and activities.

ITZABOUTIME, through their Remembrance Project, is documenting young people learning to sing and play folksongs together, as a way to promote civic engagement.

The Borderlands Theater has designed Un Ecuentro, a mini-festival that includes new play development, commissions, staged readings and forums to bring artists and audiences together on both sides of the border.

Kylie Walzak of Living Streets Alliance is implementing the Community Engagement Toolkit, which invites participants to explore the possibility for utilizing Tucson’s community and public space through collaboration and education.

Providing a year long-artistic exploration of different themes pertinent to recent immigrants and their families, Corazon de Tucson will give residency to two local artists, Cristina Cardenas and Wesley Creigh.

Maria Arvayo is working with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe to invite youth to produce digital stories of elders as part of an exhibit within the tribal community and the greater Tucson area.

Barrio Dulce is a project in collaboration with Heather Gray and Gabriela Duran to document the traditions of Mexican bread making at La Estrella Bakery, culminating in a site-specific live-video remix.

Literacy Connects and Stories That Soar will produce StoryShare, a project that works with a diverse group of adult students to enhance their leadership and public speaking skills through sharing and performing stories about belonging and identity.

James Colby and Vox Urbana are creating songs that blend musical genres of cumbia and corridos with lyrics inspired by stories from day laborers of the Southside Workers Center, which will be performed at a free public concert.

Creating dance with narration that celebrates African-Chinese 15th century history, the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center and the Barbea Williams Dance Company will engage the community in exploring how stories and dance help to build a sense of place in Tucson.