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spark! Mesa's Festival of Creativity, will provide an immersive environment to celebrate the work of amazing, creative people and to discover the creative thinker inside every visitor!  The event will take place at the Mesa Arts Center Friday, March 18th and Saturday, March 19th from 12N - 10PM


Each day and every night there will be a variety of Musical Performances featuring popular local and regional artists in Country, Rock, Latin, Blues and Jazz. The festival will offer food, fun and creative activities for the whole family! 


With the exception of ticketed performances in the MAC's theaters all festival activities and outdoor performances are free of charge.



Sonic Forest - Christopher Janney

Touch one of the 16 electronic “trees” to trigger a series of events, from an original score of melodic tones, environmental sounds, and spoken or whispered expressions to an ever-changing color palette of LED lights.



The Color of Things - Iregular (Daniel Iregui) 

Enter an immersive room with a structure made of back-projected elastic tubes. Interact with the tubes to leave a color and sound trace or to make words emerge. The piece explores the concept of perception and point of view.



Mizaru - Puring Tiger (Aaron Sherwood & Kiori Kawai) 

Press the membrane of a large transparent box with a large white spandex wall. Watch it spring to life with fiery visual patterns and music that shift according to the depth and pressure of a person’s touch. MIZARU is about the border between life and death.



Popup! Street Installation - Puring Tiger (Aaron Sherwood & Kiori Kawai) 

See visual projections on exterior walls at MAC that respond to passersby who interject themselves into the projected visuals. Saturday night only.



The Sensatorium - A Collaboration curated by Sensebellum

Enter an interactive environment under a large geodesic dome and play with four different technology-driven art experiences, including the very popular Sandboxes of Life featured at last year’s spark! plus three brand new experiences.



Human Nests - Owen Fritts with Creative Catalysts

Explore temporary structures constructed with reclaimed wood nestled on Mesa Arts Center’s campus, offering an exciting aesthetic environment and interactive experience that you can walk through and inside. *This piece will be conceived and constructed by members of the community.


Vibrant Lives - Jessica Rajko, Jacqueline Wernimont, Eileen Standley, and Bobby Zokaites


See how your mobile phone data can produce touch-based (haptic) feedback. Sit, lay and even climb on each of three sculptures and experience vibration feedback that reflects the massive amounts of data we shed from our personal devices.


Living Tree - Joe O'Connell, Creative Machines

Bring the Living Tree to life with color and sound through interactive technology. Colored LED lights and a variety of sounds will cover tree branches and be controlled by festival visitors.


Telepoem Booth - Elizabeth Hellstern

Step inside an environment unfamiliar to many youth today -an old fashions phone booth- and dial a poem from the Telepoem directory. Enjoy a recorded performance of the poem by an Arizona poet.


Street Pianos Mesa - Arizona Artist and Community Groups

Take a walking tour of Street Pianos Mesa in the downtown Mesa area, and see the playable works of art along the way, with three pianos location on the MAC campus. Twenty-four donated pianos have been transformed into works of art by Arizona artists and local community groups.

El Mac Mural - El Mac

As part of Mesa Arts Center’s Tenth Year Celebration, acclaimed muralist El Mac has been commissioned by Mesa Arts Center to paint a mural on the elevator shaft in the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum Courtyard.

Amalgamation - Danielle Wood

Create a take-away clay “artifact” with artist Danielle Wood by pressing air dry clay into natural objects, and rearrange the ceramic “coral” pieces in her art installation, Amalgamation.


Kaleidoscope Fusion - Kyllan Maney

Contribute to the large-scale Kaleidoscope Fusion mural created with lead artist Kyllan Maney, by creating a 4x4 piece of fused beads.


The Collaboratory - Ceri Jones Salahadyn

Join artists from The Collaboratory in Mesa and learn how to create your own hammered copper pendant.


Live Art Making - Other and Martine Frossard from MASSIVart

Watch Montreal mural artists Other, working in aerosol paint, and Martine Frossard, working in chalk, as they create works of art throughout the festival.


Aerosol Artists - Kerry Niemann, Proan2, Dski One, The Earwig22, Such & Champ Styles, Matlock

Watch Arizona-based visual artists as they use paint, aerosol and chalk to create works of art live throughout the festival.


Visit the Store

The Store, Mesa Arts Center’s Artists’ Cooperative Gallery is open and will feature artist demonstrations throughout the festival.


Mizaru - Dance Performance - Purring Tiger

Friday & Saturday 3pm ~ Farnsworth Studio

MIZARU is about life and death, and how the border between life and death exists everywhere. It consists of a white wall that springs to life when touched, creating 5 different worlds (Illusion, Boundary, Destruction, Birth, and Universe) of visuals and sound. Performed by Kiori Kawai and Masanori Asahara.


76th Street - Indie Folk

Friday 6pm ~ Wells Fargo Garden

Haley Gold & Spencer Bryant (“76th Street”) share a storyseparated and bound by the road that would ultimately become their namesake. Now with an EP and New Single available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify... etc., “It’s an amazing feeling knowing that our songs are affecting people around the world.”


POPUP! - Street Instrallation - Purring Tiger

Saturday 7:45 pm ~ Front Wall of MCA Museum

 See visual projections on exterior walls at MAC that respond to passersby who interject themselves into the projected visuals.


Transitions - Community Dance

Saturday 1 pm & 3 pm ~ South Patio Area

Community members of all ages and skill levels participate in the creation and performance of the Community Dance, a highlight of the annual spark! festival. Created through the vision and facilitation of choreographer Elizabeth Johnson, the theme of this year’s dance is transitions of life and will explore pattern with movement.


Vintage Wednesday -Rock/Indie

Saturday 6 pm ~ Wells Fargo Garden

Vintage Wednesday is highly influenced by rock music from the 60’s and 70’s through today, covering bands like The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, Pat Benatar, U2, Foo Fighters and Led Zeppelin. Vintage Wednesday was a finalist in Alice Cooper’s Proof is in the Pudding 2013 and 2014.


The Love Me Nots -Rock

Friday 8:15 pm ~ Wells Fargo Garden

Nicole Laurenne - vocals, organ; Michael Johnny Walker – guitar; Christina Nunez - vocals, bass; Jay Lien – drums


Dry River Yacht Club - Indie Rock

Saturday 8:15 pm ~ Wells Fargo Garden

In the fall of 2007, a group of friends met up in a living room in Tempe, AZ and created Dry River Yacht Club. They mixed together an assortment of musical references and high energy execution to create a sound that’s eclectic and entirely their own.


Cyphers - Hip-hop

Saturday 12 pm - 5 pm ~ Wells Fargo Stage

We aim to showcase the essence of the culture as a liberating force in our communities. Through Street Dance, Street Art, Creative Writing, DJ and other styles
of movement and art that push the boundries of Urban Culture.

For Cyphyer's complete performance schedule click here.


Juggler Extraordinaire - James Reid

Friday & Saturday 6 pm - 10 pm ~ North End of Shadow Walk

James Reid has over thirty years of experience amazing audiences with comedy juggling, and more! 

The Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum is open throughout the festival and features

five galleries of contemporary art exhibitions.


Ecosystem - Bradley Hart

Bradley Hart is a New York-based Canadian artist known for his pixelated photorealistic images made by injecting bubble wrap with acrylic paint. Hart’s imagery is derived from his collection of photographs depicting friends, family and inspiring figures. For Hart, these images invoke a personal memory or narrative that is as malleable as the plastic he uses. By using a mass-produced product and repurposing his syringes and dried paint, Hart’s work is an environmental commentary about society's excessive use and dependence on disposable materials.


37th Annual Contemporary Crafts

Highlighting the finest in contemporary crafts from across the country, Mesa Contemporary Arts’ Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition has become a benchmark for innovation and quality. Representative of traditional craft mediums including ceramics, fibers, basketry, metals, wood, glass, jewelry, papermaking and book arts, this exhibition showcases 53 artworks by 34 artists, representing 13 states.


Recurrent Edges - Jeff Reich

Arizona artist Jeff Reich is known for his geometric ceramic sculptures with nature inspired surfaces. He draws influence from the waters of his native Michigan as well as the natural formations and mountains in his new state. Accompanying his ceramic forms, Reich’s latest body of work reinterprets his signature landscapes as acrylic paintings with surrealist undertones.


Distant Visions: Apparatus and Ephemera from the Televisor Era 1884-1928

Simulating a fictitious museum that showcases historical artifacts, Steve Gompf creates “vintage televisions” from what he calls the “Televisor Era 1884-1928.” Gompf’s mixed media sculptures are comprised of found objects that appear to be authentic examples of early transmission technology. On the screens, Gompf plays digitally manipulated and reanimated photographic motion studies by Eadweard Muybridge.