Our nation, our city, our university, and our communities are grieving the continued violent murders of Black people like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others. They are a reminder of the systemic racism that has been a long-standing part of our history. George Floyd’s senseless death leaves us heartbroken and angry , and because it is not an isolated event, the anguish that we all share is palpable.
In Arizona Arts we stand recommitted to the important work of effecting change within our communities. This is not a time to be quiet. Our promise is to speak up and take concrete action in this moment and beyond, because not to do so comes with a price. We stand with the victims of racism and anti-Blackness who experience the violence of social inequity often with fatal consequences. We will listen and support efforts to undo systemic injustice, and we invite you to hold us accountable as we pledge to focus on the power of art to create positive change.
“My Song” is our song, performed by Arizona Arts students. Wonder. It’s what fuels our Bear Down spirit. While the world is at home hoping, many of us are out helping. That’s because no matter what the setback, we keep coming back. To campus. To each other. To move the world forward. At the University of Arizona, wonder finds a way.
This is my song
And nothing can make it die
It’s been so long and it’s stronger
I know why
And I wonder if you really, really know
That as long as I live I will sing my song
That as long as I live I will sing my song
That as long as I live I will sing my song for you
— Written by Labi Siffre
In May, UA Presents launched The Tucson Studio ( www.thetucsonstudio.com ), a resource for Southern Arizona artists that offers technical assistance with audio and video production for live performance, as well as a platform to showcase performances from local artists. The program launch includes resources on the website and a concert series, with the first set of performances filmed at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. The Tucson Studio concert series releases every Thursday at 6pm and allows viewers to donate directly to the local artists.
Art of all types has proven to be a key outlet for millions of Americans looking for entertainment and fulfillment while isolating, working and educating at home. Experts from the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts say one benefit of this extended stay-at-home period is a spotlight on the importance of arts in everyday life.
University of Arizona Museum of Art staff are taking to YouTube to bring family-friendly art activities to the Tucson community with a program called Art Sprouts. Chelsea Farrar, the museum’s Curator of Community Engagement, saw an opportunity to reach out to the Tucson arts community, especially young families.
The Center for Creative Photography is collaborating with The Life Cinema’s summer program, “Loft Kids Fest art Home 2020,” which offers free films and activities for kids online July 17-26. CCP’s contribution is a fun, animated video, “Make Your Own Movie Projector,” using items found around the house.
You’ve got 10-seconds to respond… provides a platform to share artistic thoughts and also to form connections with other artists and audiences from a deeper perspective. In the spirit of the surrealist game Exquisite Corpse, each 10-second video is created in response to the previous ones, organically unfolding into a living piece made by beautiful minds. Want to play?
Watch the video grow with our combined creative energy!
The students, staff and faculty have displayed grit, resilience and creative problem solving during the COVID-19 crisis, many times, creating innovative online versions of traditional in-person events.
New sculptures on Broadway make Tucson art accessible amid museum closures, #ThisIsTucson | 06.08
The art project “Rhythms of Nature” consists of six different sites on Broadway and includes pillars, beaches, sundial
New Black Lives Matter murals by Tucson artists focus on hope and love, #ThisIsTucson | 06.06
Robbie Lee Harris, Adia Jamille, To-Re-Nee Wolf and Camila Ibarra have painted Black Lives Matter murals on Tucson walls
Tips for a long summer home with the kids, #ThisIsTucson | 05.24
Online activities from Tucson orgs, including UAMA, Arizona Arts in Schools
UA Presents teams up with Tucson Botanical Gardens for concert series,
Arizona Daily Star | 05.19
A feature on website, concert series launch with comments from Chad Herzog
Quarantined Visions: Part One, Artillery magazine | 05.20
Feature written by Lawrence Gipe about an online exhibition of work created during the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning with images from China
Arizona appoints alum to lead Fred Fox School of Music, Arizona Daily News | 05.16
Dr. Lori Wiest is interviewed about her new CFA leadership role
Art Interrupted, AZPM’s Arizona Illustrated | 05.16
Looks at how the pandemic interrupted thesis projects and the BFA/MFA exhibitions, including interviews with Kenzie Wells, Fabiola Bedoya, Alex Turner and Leah Netsky, along with Colin Blakely and Brooke Grucella
Sugar Hill, AZPM’s Arizona Illustrated | 05.16
Sadie Shaw (BFA ’19, Art & Visual Culture Education) is interviewed in a 10-minute piece about the Sugar Hill, Tucson’s historically black neighborhood. She’s the neighborhood president and creator of the Sugar Hill Oral History Project
Kathy Cluff earns music degree decades in the making, KOLD13 | 05.14
Feature on a music student who graduated in May after a 30-year break from school. Cluff is a grandmother with 35 grandchildren
Honoring Arizona Class of 2020: Christopher Mason, KVOA News 4 | 05.14
Feature on theatre student who enrolled at the University after a career as an air traffic controller; inspired by his son’s musical theatre experience
“Woman-Ochre” won’t be coming back to Tucson any time soon,
Tucson Weekly | 05.14
Looks at local art museums with comments from Jill McCleary
The Painting Behind the Door, Tablet | 05.13
A story of the de Kooning theft with comments from Olivia Miller
Savarese accepted into teaching assistant position for her musical passion, Daily Wildcat | 05.11
Music’s Outstanding Senior Maria Savarese will teach at Oklahoma State University, play for Tulsa Symphony Orchestra