Tucson’s River of Words

Teaching Artist Residencies

The Tucson’s River of Words (TROW) program has been designed as an integrated arts and science education residency to explore the relationship of the Sonoran Desert ecology and water in classroom and community settings. Arts Integration Residencies are offered to schools throughout Pima County in the fall of the year. If you are a teaching artist interested in learning more about the Residencies, click here.


Youth Poetry & Art Contest

Tucson’s River of Words (TROW) is a local affiliate of the International River of Words Youth Poetry & Art Contest. Each year, Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation partners with TPAC to conduct this free poetry and art contest for children and youth in Pima County focused on the theme of watersheds. This contest is designed to help kids explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live in, and to express their scientific knowledge and discoveries through poetry and art.

The Tucson’s River of Words contest is open to all children in Pima County ages 5-19.

Tucson’s River of Words Youth Poetry and Art Contest Rules and Guidelines:

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Information for educators about Tucson’s River of Words educational programs.

See how local children express their understandings of watersheds and share their view of the natural world in this exhibition of award winning poetry and mixed media art.

 Tucson’s River of Words 2014–2015 Traveling Exhibit Schedule

April 26 – May 16, 2014
Valencia Branch Library • 202 W. Valencia Rd.

May 31– June 25, 2014
Agua Caliente Park – Ranch House Art Gallery • 12325 E. Roger Rd.

July 1 – July 31, 2014
Joel Valdez Main Library • 101 N. Stone Ave.

August 2 – August 28, 2014
Martha Cooper Branch Library • 1377 N. Catalina Ave.

August 29 – September 29, 2014
Tohono Chul Park • 7366 N. Paseo del Norte

October 1 – October 30, 2014
Dusenberry-River Branch Library • 5605 E. River Rd., # 105

November 5 – November 30, 2014
Pima County Juvenile Court • 2225 E. Ajo Way

December 4 – January 5, 2015
Quincie Douglas Branch Library • 1585 E. 36th St.

January 8 – March 12, 2015
Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Branch Library • 7800 N. Schisler Dr.

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If Tomorrow Never Comes
Artist: Cynthia Witham, age 15
Amphitheater High School • Mrs. Hollman