|"Doors of Perception" by Valeria and Isabella H. (TAB youth artists)|
|TAB Mural Crew|
|TAB Community Art History Workshop|
A big part of the gathering included the Street Art Mural Project. Muralists from Tucson joined with artists from throughout the border region helped to enliven an alley between two historic warehouse buildings in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, Ajo, AZ.
Artists spent a week painting murals throughout the day and night creating a festival like atmosphere in the once barren alley way.
One of the more spectacular moments were when a musicians circle grew to a new orchestra, and spontaneously a couple stared to dance as painters worked on their murals, townspeople mingled with guests from the conference, scaffolding a delightful table of food and beverages.
|The alley came to life at night....|
|Kat's Mural, "Heart of the Desert"|
|Porter McDonald at work|
|Flip, by Michael Schwartz|
TAB artists worked with about 40 of the high school students. It started with meeting Miranda, she worked for several days on her design between her many other activities. It was clear that this little town was actually really active, and very social. Next we visited the local school and a mixed 6 - 12 grade classroom of some of the nicest young people one could ever hope to meet.
Teaching Artist Michael Schwartz offered a series of skill building lessons in perspective, scale and color and then we were off to paint murals . The next few days we worked on painting tools and techniques at the mural site. Youth from Ajo enjoyed watching TAB youth working, and were deeply inspired by their final mural. They kept asking “how did they do that?” What did you see? asked a teacher, “We saw them talking, making decisions as they painted” chimed in one.
|Alice Glasser Mural|
If you are interested in helping realize these projects we have regular organizing meetings. Email TMAP@TucsonArtsBrigade.org for more information.
The Ajo Street Art Happening and Community Arts Gathering was hosted by the International Sonoran Desert Alliance www.isdanet.org