Friday, May 27, 2016


The City of Tucson Economic Initiatives Office will showcase the eight murals painted as part of the City of Tucson Mural Program. The event will be held Tuesday, May 31 at 8 a.m., in the parking lot across the street from Benjamin Supply Co., 440 N. 7th Ave. Speakers include Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Tucson Arts Brigade Director Michael Schwartz and other participants in the program. 

Eight Tucson artists designed and painted the murals as part of the pilot program to beautify downtown, add visual interest, attract residents and visitors to the area, and reduce tagging. The City contracted with the Tucson Arts Brigade to coordinate the project with the hope that the program also will improve urban aesthetics and ultimately save taxpayers money. 

Artists were selected from 58 applicants who ranged from established painters to first-time muralists. The artists are Ignacio Garcia, To-Ree-Nee Wolf, SummerStudios, Rock Martinez, Isaac Caruso, Jessica Gonzales, Luis Mena, and Niki Glen. Corresponding property owners participating in the program include: Rialto Theatre, 5 North Fifth, LLC, Café 54, Benjamin Supply Co., John Wesley Miller, Wig-O- Rama, Century Link, and the City of Tucson Housing and Community Development department.
The project is a result of a $50,000 grant provided by the Tohono O’odham Nation, with an additional $2,000 in funding from Visit Tucson. Graffiti Protective Coatings, Park Tucson, and the Downtown Tucson Partnership provided in-kind services.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Downtown Mural Unvieling May 31, 8am

Nikki Glenn's mural features pollinators of the Sonoran Bioregion

If you've been downtown in recent weeks you have probably noticed that Arts Brigade Muralists are hard at work creating eight monumental works of beautiful art amidst the bustle of downtown development. The work is far from over. This is where you come in, as you admire and take pictures of these spectacular works we invite you to join the excitement by supporting Tucson Arts Brigade.

People who donate $100 or more will receive a special limited edition of eight postcards of the final murals.

These new murals represent the continuation of an exciting city wide mural program and collaboration with the City of Tucson as we continue to hire artists to work in schools, neighborhoods and community centers to beautify and unify the places we live and work.

Your support means we will be able to maintain our growing inventory of murals, and expand opportunity to even more artists. Employing fine artists to bring beauty and joy to our neighborhoods and centers of civic life is what Arts Brigade does best. So we hope you will join with us to celebrate this unique moment by making a donation to a very special arts organization.

We invite you to join us this Tuesday for a special event:

Downtown Murals: Artists Forum

When: Tuesday May 24, 6-7pm
Ages: All Ages, Free and Open to the Public
Where: Lower Level Meeting Room, Pima County Public Library, 101 N Stone Ave.

Lead Muralists and assistants will share their experiences of being muralists, painting downtown, building a mural movement life as an artist.

Presented by the City Of Tucson Mural Program, and management partner Tucson Arts Brigade.
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Students from various schools have been going on mural tours and getting a first hand account from muralists.

**As a supporter of the Tucson Arts Brigade we want to invitee you to a special unveiling ceremony for the Downtown Mural Project**

Tuesday May 31, 8am
Benjamin Plumbing Supply
440 N 7th Ave 85705

Ignacio Garcia's mural in progress at the Rialto Theater.
Isaac Carusos Mural on Scott Ave.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Downtown Mural Project Map: Eight Artist Teams at Work

©2016 Isaac Curuso/Tucson Arts Brigade
Our first mural by artist Isaac Curuso, is finished. Eight more are being produced this month. Come on downtown and see what all the excitement is about!

Watch as seven more murals transform the downtown landscape.

This is the perfect moment to make a tax deductible donation to the Tucson Arts Brigade Inc. You can donate safely here.