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You're Invited

by Joanna Guevara | November 7, 2017

Mesa, AZ.
Population: 484,587
Square Miles: 136.45

This was all I knew about Mesa when I moved here last year. I didn’t know there was an arts center. I didn’t know there was a thriving arts scene. I didn’t know about anything.

Fast forward to the present. I now know Mesa has an amazing arts center with shows, festivals, studio programs, and more. I know about Creative Catalysts and the countless activities we have because of our supportive arts family. I know about Mesa Bazaar and that locals love making buttons! I have been exposed to the “art scene” of Mesa and my, what a beautiful thing it is.

The most special thing about being a newbie to the Mesa arts scene is that you get to experience the family network that exists. I get to watch and see how others join. How this family reaches out to those of us on the outside who are a little trepidatious on stepping into such a vibrant and creative community. I get to see how they “invite people to the party.” They have welcomed me in and now I have one amazing group to call my family.

How about you? Do you feel “invited to the party?” Do you feel welcomed into this amazing creative community? If you don’t, let me extend that hand out to you and invite you now. Share an ale with us at Volstead during WordPlay Cafe. Come volunteer and vote at the Main Street Prototyping Festival on the MAC campus. Enjoy some crepes and art-making with our local creative family at Mimosas and Palomas. Join our conversations about growing your artistic practice at our Well-Fed Artist workshops. Don’t be shy about taking that step. You’re invited to become part of our family. I hope you take the chance!

 

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