Water=Life is a comprehensive project consisting of a series of free community workshops, events and demonstrations leading up to a 9-day installation of collaborative art in Mesa's Riverview Park. The culminating event is intended to look at the history and future of water in the Valley, and more specifically, to consider the numerous canals that nourished the Ancient Sonoran People who built them. 

 

Adjacent to the Salt River and a Mesa wastewater reclamation plant, Riverview Park was once the site of 10+ canals. Through Water=Life, a team of artists will collaborate with local communities through art-making/creative practice to make palpable the legacy of canals that ran there, creating an immersive pathway/multidisciplinary experience evoking the power of water in our lives, past, present, and future.

 

The project is made possible by the Water Public Art Challenge, presented by the Arizona Community Foundation, Republic Media and Morrison Institute for Public Policy. City of Mesa was one of five winners in the Water Public Art Challenge. 

 

The project is presented by the City of Mesa and several of its departments, including the Department of Arts and Culture (Mesa Arts Center, i.d.e.a. Museum and Arizona Museum of Natural History), Department of Environmental Management & Sustainability, Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, and the Department of Water Resources. 

 

Please use the following hashtags to share your experiences with the project!  #waterequalslife #immerseyourself

Saturday, October 12 | 10AM-Noon

SRPMIC Community Garden event: Mini-festival, Artmaking Workshops and Demonstrations with Jacob Butler, Tony Duncan, Toby Jose, Danielle Wood and Rich Littlefield

Location: Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) Garden, 1635 N. Longmore Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256

This event is open to all! 

 

Learn about traditional and contemporary agriculture and gardening techniques and their impact on water use, experience and create ceramic art and a shell pendant, enjoy hoop dancing and Native American flute playing, and explore the importance of water within the SRPMIC history and community.

 

About the artists

Jacob Butler is a Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member, artist, potter, and gardener. He specializes in traditional shell working, including shell etching and carving.

 

Tony Duncan is a five-time World Champion Hoop Dancer and Native American flute player. He’s released ten albums and toured the world to entertain audiences of all ages.

 

Toby Jose.

 

Danielle Wood is an art educator and exhibitor raised in Tempe, AZ. Her work involves abstract forms inspired by introspection, ocean life, nature, shapes, and color found in the surrounding desert landscape and symbolic of the inner psyche.

 

Richard Littlefield is an art educator with a background in archaeology. Richard creates vessels inspired by early southwestern culture techniques, such as the coil sculpture method and the corrugated pinch method.

 

Registration for this workshop is not required. All are invited to attend! 

 

Directions to the Garden

HOW TO GET THERE: 

From the West:

Head East on E McDowell Rd, turn North (left) on N Longmore Rd and take the immediate first right turn. You will see a green sign that says “Community Garden.” Continue straight, following the event signs, until you reach the parking lot and the Garden.

 

From the East:

Head West on E McDowell Rd, turn North (right) on N Longmore Rd and take the immediate first right turn. You will see a green sign that says “Community Garden.” Continue straight, following the event signs, until you reach the parking lot and the Garden.

 

From the South:

Head North on N Alma School Rd and turn West (left) on E McDowell Rd. Turn North (right) on N Longmore Rd and take the immediate first right turn. You will see a green sign that says “Community Garden.” Continue straight, following the event signs, until you reach the parking lot and the Garden.

Water=Life Opening Celebration

Nov. 16, 2019

10AM-2PM, FREE

Mesa's Riverview Park, 2100 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, AZ 85201**

**The installation and event will be held next to the spiral mound by the lake.**

 

Discover, explore and celebrate the history and future of water in the Valley, at the kickoff event for a 9-day public art installation in Mesa’s Riverview Park (Nov. 16-24, 2019).

 

The Water=Life temporary public art installation will consist of visual, storytelling and interactive components and visitors to the installation will be encouraged to explore a "stream," guiding them to an inner circle where a soundscape and story walk highlight the relationship we have with water in all stages of our lives and the legacy of the ancient canal system that is the foundation for the modern system in use today.

 

“The project installation is intended to be symbolic of collaboration, with people coming together to share stories and memories of water,” said Tony Duncan, lead artist on the project. The installation will be commemorated in an opening celebration free to the public, Saturday, November 16, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Activities and events will include performances, an interactive chalk art installation, mobile screen-printing by Jared Yazzie, live painting by TaLisa, hands-on artmaking activities/demos, and food options.

 

Event Features:
*Live performances

*Interactive chalk art installation

*Mobile screen printing

*Live painting

*Hands-on artmaking

*Demonstrations

*Tasty food options

*and more!

 

Food trucks: 

Queso Good - http://www.quesogood.com/

Pura Vida Grinds - www.pvgrinds.com

SuperFarm SuperTruck - https://azfeastivals.com/

Curbside Crepes – www.curbside-crepes.com

 

About the artists:

Descended from both Pima and Maricopa tribes, Ron Carlos produces paddle and anvil pottery that is constructed from all-natural materials. All his clays and pigments are hand dug and hand processed into a workable paste and he fires his vessels in an open wood fire pit using mesquite and/or cottonwood bark.

 

Richard Littlefield is an art educator with a background in archaeology. Richard creates vessels inspired by early southwestern culture techniques, such as the coil sculpture method and the corrugated pinch method.

 

Tony Duncan is a five-time World Champion Hoop Dancer and Native American flute player. He’s released ten albums and toured the world to entertain audiences of all ages.

 

Danielle Wood is an art educator and exhibitor raised in Tempe, AZ. Her work involves abstract forms inspired by introspection, ocean life, nature, shapes, and color found in the surrounding desert landscape and symbolic of the inner psyche.

 

Bruce Nelson was born and raised in Mesa’s Washington Park/Escobedo neighborhood. Now an award-winning actor and filmmaker, Nelson has spent years creating a documentary history of his neighborhood. For more information, see Porch Stories on Amazon or visit the FB page

 

Mesa Artspace resident and artist Travis Ivey employs an intuitive approach to composition and design using collected materials and varieties of tape to create “paintings.”

 

Mesa Artspace resident and artist Katharine Simpson loves creating things out of every medium possible and likes to give her previous works new life as new art pieces to avoid waste.

 

Liz Warren, a fourth-generation Arizonan, is the director and one of the founders of the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. The Institute received the Maricopa Community Colleges 2016 Diversity Award, and the 2014 New Times Best of Phoenix award for “Best Place to Learn to Tell Tales.” Her textbook, The Oral Tradition Today: An Introduction to the Art of Storytelling is used at colleges around the nation. Her recorded version of The Story of the Grail received a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award and a Storytelling World Award. She serves as storytelling coach for Gannett’s nationwide Storytellers Project. In July 2014 she received the Oracle Award for Service and Leadership from the National Storytelling Network. In September 2014 she was named to the New Times list of 100 Creatives in Phoenix. The Arizona Humanities Council recently awarded her the Dan Schilling Award as the 2018 Humanities Public Scholar.  In 2019, the American Association of Community Colleges awarded her the Dale Parnell Distinguished Faculty Award. She is the author of two new publications from the Vitalyst Health Foundation: A policy brief, Storytelling as a Catalyst for Systems Change, and a workbook, Storytelling for Resident Leaders

 

Therosia Reynolds is a multi-genre artist and Phoenix, Arizona native whose deep-held spirituality informs her life and work. She describes herself as growing up “between worship and war stories.” Reynolds is a singer, spoken word poet, and painter.

Weather or Not: Art with Atmosphere

September 27, 2019-January 19, 2020

 

Experience the wonder and artistry of weather – with a special emphasis on water and sustainability – this fall at the i.d.e.a. Museum’s Weather or Not: Art with Atmosphere exhibition. Through art and hands-on activities, curious kids of all ages will embark on a fun, scientific adventure and learn about the water cycle, the difference between climate and weather, rainbows, types of weather, and more.

The exhibition features an activity where visitors are able to experience a realistic mini tornado and enjoy the soothing sounds and smells of a real rainstorm.

 

Hands-on learning

Planned activities for children of all ages include:

  • Experience hands-on exploration in the Water Cycle Room (featuring evaporation, condensation and precipitation)
  • Be the Meteorologist (green screen activity) – dress up and deliver the weather forecast in the studio and on location – just like a weather reporter
  • Create weather art – make artful representations of snowflakes, watercolor rain paintings and fluffy clouds
  • Experiment with light and color at the rainbow arch and prism activity

Weather or Not: Art with Atmosphere is included with regular museum admission, which is $9 for ages 1 and older; i.d.e.a. Museum members are free. Learn more at ideaMuseum.org.

 

The exhibition is supported by:

City of Mesa Water Resources Dept., CORE Construction, POGO Pass, City of Mesa, i.d.e.a. Museum Foundation and Arizona Commission on the Arts.

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