The Tucson Pima Arts Council selected 12 local organizations and individuals to receive the Tucson: IV PLACE Initiative grant funded by The Open Society Institute. Projects were selected based on their ability to describe their methods for building civil society. Each awardee was granted $5,000 for a total of $60,000.
The Hopi Foundation-Cultural Collaborations
The Cultural Collaborations project will engage Tucson Owl & Panther Refugee families through cultural sharing with Tohono O’odham community, to create a collaborative art piece that will embrace and confront the notions of identity and community.
Casa Libre en la Solana-Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry in Tucson
Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry in Tucson is a four-day symposium designed to encourage dialogue and build bridges between local and visiting trans and genderqueer poets, youth, adults, artists, and their allies.
Finding Voice-Finding Voice Project
The Finding Voice Project will help refugees and immigrants at Catalina Magnet High School develop their personal and community voice through literacy, visual arts and civic engagement.
Tucson Youth Poetry Slam-Liberation Lyrics
The Tucson Youth poetry Slam’s Liberation Lyrics Project will bring spoken word poetry to the classroom to engage high school students in dialogue regarding the “school to prison pipeline” and its impact on the community.
Literacy Connects-Stories that Transform
Using the Stories that Soar! Model of devised theatre combined with elements of Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, adult English language learners will create and present a multimedia community arts event highlighting relevant issues of their lives.
Tucson Arts Brigade-The Amphi Neighborhood Action Mural Project at Woods Memorial Branch Library
The Amphi Neighborhood Action mural Project showcases the community arts at the Woods Memorial Branch Library by engaging youth, adults and elders in a series of workshops and events that celebrate and connect the Tucson community and culminate with a new mural installation.
Elena Diaz Bjorkquist-“Voices for the Margins: Women’s Stories”
Writing/digital storytelling workshops empower marginalized women to tell their stories in short films to share with public.
Daniel Buckley-Documentary: The Mariachi Rises in Tucson
The Mariachi Rises in Tucson is a documentary that traces the origins and evolution of Tucson’s mariachi and folklorico culture, and shows how that music catalyzed education and social change around the world.
Kimi Eisele, Bill Mackey, Josh Schachter-Tucson to Tucson
Tucson to Tucson is a user-generated web site and series of public walks and exhibits that records, shares, analyzes, and celebrates the diverse landscape of daily individual travels in Tucson.
Safos Dance Theatre-Youth in the Barrio: “Dance and the Community”
“Youth in the Barrio: Dance and the Community” is a project-based initiative focused on underage drinking prevention in the City of South Tucson, wherein Safos Dance Theatre will serve as artists-in-residence at the House of Neighborly Service, Ochoa Elementary School and Mission View Elementary School.
Janet K Miller and Kylie Walzak-Cyclovia Street Life Interactive Art
Cyclovia Street Life Interactive Art is a series of interactive art installations along the cyclovia route, located in Downtown/South Tucson, that inspire street life participation along this public access festival route.
Eric Magrane-Poetry at the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum
This project will develop a plan to create installations of poetry at the Desert Museum in an effort to encourage people to re-evaluate their assumptions about conservation and their relationships with nature.