Water Festival, March 18, 2012
WATER FESTIVAL INVITES YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN A CELEBRATION OF WATER, ART, SCIENCE, AND COMMUNITY
Tucson, Arizona – The Tucson Arts Brigade, a non-profit arts and education organization dedicated to participatory community arts, presents the 3rd annual “WATER FESTIVAL: Synergy of Art, Science, and Community” on Sunday, March 18, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., indoors and outdoors of the Armory Park Center, 220 S. 5th Avenue (5th Ave. between 12th & 13th St.) in Tucson. The Water Festival raises awareness, promotes stewardship, and fosters creative expression about our water future through dialogue and activities with artists, water experts, health advocates, homeowners, businesses, non-profits, youth, and many other community members of all ages and abilities. And it’s free to attend!
The theme of this year’s event is Water and Community: A Centennial Journey. In conjunction with the United Nation’s World Water Day, emphasis will be placed on the evolution of local water and wastewater policies and how these policies have impacted the way we live and work. A wide range of fun, family-friendly, and informative festival activities include the examination of water as it relates to:
• Agriculture: food security, water use
• Health & Wellness: technology and holistic practices
• Cultural Connections: a century of water stories, from the past and into the future, in honor of the Arizona Centennial Celebrations
Activities planned throughout the day include an exhibitor fair, performances, panel discussions, workshops, music, children’s activities, spiritual water practices, and a water-themed art show featuring an ice sculpture made of tribal waters that will be carved on site, plus art by youth and professional artists.
• Back by popular demand, Tucson Arts Brigade Dance Theater Troupe is collaborating with Aztec dance group Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc on a new dance performance.
• Health & Wellness Area: Water is life. Our bodies are made of about 2/3 water. Like the earth, we need to take care of our bodies. Wellness workshops will be available.
• Panel discussions: Our Water History, Our Water Future, Community Arts Integration, and more.
• Special appearance made by Aquaman and Mermaid Odette in a wishing well!
The Water Festival is collaborating with two other same-day green events at the same location: Cyclovia and Solar Rock. Cyclovia is a five-mile loop of car-free streets with family-friendly activities. Solar Rock is a solar-powered outdoor music festival, which will also take place at Armory Park. Community members are encouraged to take part in all three events. Expected combined attendance is 20,000 people.
ABOUT TUCSON ARTS BRIGADE:
TUCSON ARTS BRIGADE (TAB) is a nonprofit participatory service-based community arts and education organization that specializes in Green Arts, offering intergenerational and cross-cultural opportunities for civic engagement. TAB employs arts-based solutions to complex civic and social issues including graffiti, bullying, sustainable design, and health & wellness. In addition to special events such as The Water Festival, TAB provides measureable results though its murals, dance, theater, and other visual and performing arts programs all year-round. Working together with schools, neighborhoods, civic agencies, businesses, and other non-profits, TAB is building a national model for sustainable community development through the arts. http://www.TucsonArtsBrigade.org
Registration is open to be an Exhibitor, Artist, Activity Leader, or Volunteer! Deadline: March 9, 2012. Space is filling fast! Proceeds of the event go to support arts-based solutions to community needs.
For more information, go to http://www.WaterFestivalTucson.org or call 520-791-9359.
c/o TUCSON ARTS BRIGADE
PO BOX 545, TUCSON AZ 85702