TUCSON MURAL ARTS PROGRAM
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"TAB has created many beautiful public art displays throughout the City while simultaneously helping delinquent youth straighten out their lives and put their talents to constructive use. It has long been my wish to see TMAP outreach expanded."
- Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild
"Engaging youth from our neighborhoods is an excellent example of art in action and this project has the potential to impact the lives of so many young people."
- AZ HR. Rep. Steve Farley, District 28
"Our collaborations with TAB has been so successful, that we want to continue to help engage our youth, elders and other community members in meaningful, creative group activities that promote pride and community involvement for the neighborhoods in our coalition. "
- 4 R'S Coalition
I was a visiting artist with Tucson Arts Brigade in 2004 when I spent a wonderful week facilitating workshops in diverse communities around Tucson. The workshops also helped me refine and deepen my own artistic process and my ways of participating in community art.
- Janet Goldner, Artist NYC
"I feel that I have a very vivid imagination, but transferring that to something tangible, that's the part where I kind of shut down, but Michael has this great way of getting you to see things that you don't necessarily see and to be easy on yourself. If you're a control freak, this is a great exercise, because there are so many people who are part of it, and you have to realize that it's not going to just be what's in your head. Once you let that go, really beautiful things happen."
- Rashida H., Collective Imprints Project
“Art has saved my life more than once, I need to thank Michael for that, and I feel I'm a better person because of it, and am able to see more beauty in this world than I ever thought possible. You probably have no idea how much that means to me, thank you so much for everything!”
- 16 year old, TAB student
I just wanted to share with the group how meaningful my experience was today with the seeds for life brainstorming. Too infrequently do groups of people sit around casually, sharing the importance of seeds, growth, decay, and cycle with one another. Too infrequently do I find myself awash with inspiration by the broccoli sprouts in my makeshift cardboard greenhouse. Thanks to all of you.
- Nate, participant
I just wanted to let you know how wonderful I think the arts brigade is, and how much this community needs this group. You are truly an inspiration. Thanks again.
– Carrie V., participant
“Look, I see rhythm in the clouds of this painting!”
– 6-year-old, TAB student
“The Tucson Arts Brigade offers one of the finest after school programs in the State of Arizona.”
– Susan Silverman TAB Board Member
“My daughters have enjoyed art classes with TAB over the last two years and have greatly gained in their art appreciation and artistic ability. The instruction style is unique in that each class features a artist who specializes in that field. For example, when they did weaving, a Navajo weaver came and explained how she harvested the wool from her sheep, collected and prepared the native dyes for the wool and then gave the students wool she had dyed to make their weavings! Another outstanding example was an artist from Philadelphia who created a fresco mural of the Grand Canyon using natural pigments -- the kids ground and mixed their colors and painted both the large outdoor mural and a take-home piece. This is not your "draw a picture in the style of Matisse" kinda class.”
- Lisa, parent
“My son has become more aware of the arts and how he sees the world.”
- Parent of a TAB student.
“Simply making graffiti penalties stronger for transgressors will not solve the problem. I believe that the rehabilitation programs available at the Tucson Arts Brigade can make a difference. We need to find avenues to better support and fund the TAB program. Bring your ideas to share”
~Marc Haberman, Neighborhood Activist
2017 - 2020 BOARD of DIRECTORS
Michael Schwartz, President
German Quiroga, Vice President
Violet Kasser-Pirzadeh, Secretary
Susan Silverman, Treasurer
Rose Taulton, Community Outreach Liaison
Porter McDonald, Muralist and Educator
Kat Anderson, Muralist, Ajo, AZ
Melissa Black, CA
Dora Estella Dalton, Tucson, AZ
Elisa Duran, Albuquerque, NM
Mark Higgins (PCC,UA) Research Specialist *
Wendy Kenin, Green Doula
Marvin Kirchler, Hem & Her*
Kathleen Lavoie (TUSD) Teacher *
Anthony Guy Lopez, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, DC*
Alanna Luna, Movie Producer/Director at Sonic Geometry*
Alfred Quiroz, University of Arizona*, AZ
Rose Taulton, Community Activist, NAACP*
Cecilia Vindiola, Midvale Neighborhood Association*, AZ
Roseann Weiss, Director of Community & Public Arts, St. Louis Regional Arts Commission*
CURRENT INTERNS (2016-7)
Valeria Hutchings, Student
PAST INTERNS (2010 - 2016)
Victor Anthony Lopez Carmen
Gene M. Trujillo
MURAL ARTISTS (2015 - 6)
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Michael B. Schwartz
TEACHING ARTISTS (1996-2016)
Tania Gonzalez Ortega
Michael B. Schwartz
Laura Lee Schaeffer
* Institutional affiliation for identification only
HISTORY 1996 - 2017 Celebrating 21 Years of Community Arts
The Tucson Arts Brigade is a community arts, civic engagement and education organization. We have sponsored more than 100 temporary and permanent public art projects and provided the Tucson community with learning, service and neighborhood cultural development opportunities in the arts since 1996. Our philosophy of whole-person, whole-community development means working as a team with parents, students, artists, teachers, community leaders and service providers to develop projects.
Our early projects included huge participatory street chalk murals during "Downtown With the Arts" at night. For three years (1997-9) we facilitated puppet making workshops, and an annual "May Day Puppet Parade and Festival". We met in people's garages and living rooms to plan and design murals such as "We Give Birth to Choice Each Day" and "Gaia Project".
From 1998 to 2004 we operated the Community Arts Lab (CAL) in the historic Splinter Brother Warehouse. CAL was a classroom, library, office, community center, theater and gallery. Neighborhood people offered workshops, designed murals, held benefits, storytelling nights and coffee house events. Workshops were facilitated by emerging and established artists offering hands on technical training in beginning and advanced fresco, painting, drawing, printmaking, design, sculpture, performance art, video and photography. Each summer we held a packed summer “Mural Arts Camp” that resulted in mobile and permanent works of community art.
In 2005 TAB began a strategic planning and visioning process aimed at creating a sustainability plan that would insure long term organizational success in bringing the arts to schools, neighborhoods and community centers. To advance this mission TAB has been developing programs that will pave the way to hire artists to work in schools, community centers and neighborhoods throughout Pima County.
Workshops & Visiting Artists
TUCSON ARTS BRIGADE (TAB) is a nonprofit participatory service-based community arts and education organization that specializes in offering youth, intergenerational and cross-cultural opportunities for civic and social engagement. TAB facilitates dialogue and employs arts-based solutions to complex community issues ranging from isolation, bullying, health and wellness to empowering youth and elders, beautification, sustainable design, and revitalizing neighborhoods. Bringing together schools, neighborhoods, civic agencies, businesses, and other non-profits, TAB is a national model for sustainable community development through the arts.
TAB’s award-winning, nationally-recognized Community Arts Integration programs help students, neighborhoods and families accomplish goals with measurable results.
TUCSON ARTS BRIGADE, INC. (TAB) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts and education organization dedicated to participatory community arts with an emphasis on integrating sustainable design and facilitating inter-group opportunities for youth, elders, and adults.
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