September 1, 2013 |

Community information submitted by community organizations

Annual 911 Day of Arts Service
A time to remember and serve

photo courtesy Tucson Arts Brigade

The Tucson Arts Brigade (TAB) invites Tucsonans to join them on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. at 29th Street and Columbus Boulevard to clean and revitalize the “Inside the Overpass” mural and surrounding area. The “Inside the Overpass” mural is located on the interior of the intersection’s pedestrian overpass, and was designed and painted by students in the Arts Brigade Mural Arts after-school program. This program continues to meet every Wednesday from 3 p.m.–6 p.m. at TAB’s headquarters, 738 N. 5th Ave., in the Historic YWCA building.

The 911 day of arts service is a way to commemorate and remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and do something positive for our community. By coming together to beautify and unify our neighborhoods through the arts we are building a better world. This is an event for the entire family! Please bring gloves, work clothing, rakes, trash bags, a hat and water. We will be weeding, picking up trash and painting. At the end of the work session we will circle up to share our feelings, memories and thoughts.

Inquiries about the Tucson Arts Brigade or this event can be answered by calling 623-2119 or visiting TucsonArtsBrigade.org.

Marking the Sites

Sally Krommes (TPAC’s Public Art Coordinator) and TPAC summer intern Freda Epum.
photo courtesy TPAC

The Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC) and the Warehouse Arts Management Organization (WAMO) invite community members of Downtown’s Warehouse Arts District to participate in Marking the Sites, an project conceived to increase visibility and awareness of the Warehouse Arts District.

Marking the Sites aims to heighten public appreciation of the creative spirit shaping the Warehouse Arts District by allowing passersby to “look through building walls,” so to speak. Starting in November, area visitors will be able to point a smartphone at a sign posted on one of the scores of properties housing artist studios and creative industries and learn about what goes on inside via a QR code.

The project has been conceived by local artists Bill Mackey and Rand Carlson, as part of the Our Town Initiative, which is being spearheaded by the Tucson Pima Arts Council and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Interested Warehouse Arts District community members can attend an informational meeting at Borderlands Brewery, 119 E. Toole Ave., on Sept. 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

See a sample web page at WarehouseArtsDistrict.com/citizens-warehouse. Current Warehouse Arts District property owners or users can get started creating a Warehouse Arts District webpage by registering the building at WarehouseArtsDistrict.com.

Herbert Residential Offering Tours, Leasing

The view from Herbert Residential.
photo: David Olsen

The renovation of Herbert Residential, the former Armory Park Apartments located at 202 E. 12th St., is nearing completion. Tours for prospective residents will be held every Thursday evening through Sept. 26, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Following each tour, participants will have the opportunity to complete lease applications.

While the Herbert’s lobby is under construction, tours will start at Thunder Canyon Brewery, 220 E. Broadway Blvd., where guests can enjoy happy hour tour specials offered by the brewery, giving prospective residents an opportunity to see the neighborhood, experience living downtown and see the Herbert in one evening. An RSVP is requested via email contact@herbertliving.com, by calling 777-5771 or visiting the property’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/HerbertResidential.

Originally built in 1974 as the Armory Park Apartments, the building was acquired in late 2012 by Holualoa Companies and Peach Properties. It has been extensively renovated with new mechanical systems, modern kitchens and bathrooms, polished concrete floors and floor-to-ceiling windows providing unparalleled views to both the north and south. The upper floors of the eight-story, 144-unit property are expected to open by late September and with full availability in mid-October.

“People have practically been knocking down the doors with anticipation so we are pleased to provide an opportunity for a sneak peek of the property and an evening downtown,” said Anne Lawrence of Holualoa Companies.

Cell Phone Film Festival Competition

Image courtesy Maker House.

Technological advancements have leveled the playing fields for many different artistic mediums, and Maker House’s upcoming competition is a great example of that. Its upcoming festival is open to anyone with a cell phone or camera-equipped mobile device with video recording capabilities. In fact, only those devices are allowed to be used for this film competition.

Filmmakers will have four weeks to shoot and edit their five minute film, which will be submitted to the panel of judges Oct. 1, and uploaded on the festival’s YouTube channel. Judges will choose nine films as their top contenders, and a public online vote will determine the 10th entry.

The top 10 films will be screened at Maker House, 283 N. Stone Ave., on Oct. 12 with the winner announced at the end of the screening. An after-party will occur at Maker House. The public is invited to both events.

Organized and promoted by the Downtown Innovation District, this event is expected to draw in Tucsonans from all walks of life.

Maker House Executive Director, Vanessa Ford, says contestants don’t need to be professional filmmakers to enter. “This is absolutely open to anyone who wants to enter, and what’s great about this format is you don’t have to have thousands of dollars in gear to make a great film. Tucsonans are a creative bunch, and we’re incredibly excited to see what the community will come up with.”

More information can be found at MakerHouse.org.



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