Sunday, April 8, 2012
Community Arts and Education
The National Education Association has been working with the Howenstine High Magnet School in Tucson , AZ, as part of their Priority SchoolsCampaign. Howenstine is a unique place with a concentration on experiential, hands on learning. So we were delighted when the NEA came to visit a few months ago to check out our work in creating the Barrio Centro mural with students, neighbors and businesses surrounding the school.
The Arts Brigade is now in it’s second year of collaborating with the Barrio Centro Neighborhood and Howenstine. We are already looking forward to our third year as we build new alliances with surrounding neighbors as part of our city-wide effort to Beautify and Unify Tucson.
Over the past four years TAB has developed exciting new arts programs in response to community defined needs of Jobs, Literacy, Environmental Issues and Beautification. In 2009 the Barrio Centro Neighborhood contacted TAB in their efforts to curb tagging and bring together their neighborhood for a fun interactive activity. The video produced by the NEA was a result of our first project together. There are currently plans underway for a series of murals in the area.