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.

Download the following materials below:

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

Tucson’s River of Words 2012-2013 Traveling Exhibit Schedule

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.

April 11 – May 15, 2012
Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center
1660 W. Ruthrauff Rd.

May 17 – June 19, 2012
Martha Cooper Branch Library
1377 N. Catalina Ave.

June 22 – July 18, 2012
Agua Caliente Park-Ranch House Art Gallery
12325 E. Roger Rd.

July 21 – August 30, 2012
Pima County Juvenile Court
2225 E. Ajo Way

September 6 – September 30, 2012
Dusenberry-River Branch Library
5605 E. River Rd. # 105

October 2 – October 30, 2012
Quincie Dougles Branch Library
1585 E. 36th St.

November 2 – November 29, 2012
Joel D Valdez Main Library
101 N. Stone Ave.

December 1, 2012 – January 31, 2013
Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Branch Library
7800 N. Schisler Dr.

February 5 – March 17, 2013
Valencia Branch Library
202 W. Valencia Rd.

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Artist: Gabrielle Anderson, Age 16