Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Artists Call: Trash Container Mural Art Demonstration Project

Call to Mural Artists Living in Pima County:
Trash Container Mural Art Demonstration Project

Deadline to Apply: Midnight Friday Oct. 23, 2015


The Trash Container Mural Art Demonstration Project seeks to reduce tagging on City of Tucson Trash Containers. Artists are invited to submit design applications for murals on City of Tucson Large Metal Trash Containers. We seek to demonstrate that murals are an effective way to reduce maintenance costs.

Tucson Mural Arts Program’s goal is to create a city wide outdoor mural program highlighting the cultural and artistic diversity of our amazing city. Our goal is expand mural opportunities for artists living in Tucson and Pima County.

This project is made possible by the City of Tucson Environmental Services and Graffiti Resource Council with logistical and administrative support provided by GARDEN Inc. and the Tucson Arts Brigade.


City of Tucson Environmental Services has identified 5 sites. The murals cannot include the name of the business within the design. Final design approval will be made by COT Environmental Services and the business owners.


Front 6’ x 4’
Back 6’ x 5’
Sides (2) 6’-3” x 6’ x 5”


Visual artists living in Pima County
Open to artists of all ages and abilities.
Demonstrated Artistic Merit
Demonstrated ability to complete projects on time
All styles accepted
Artists Under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian

Artists Stipend: 
$ 850.00

Materials: City approved paint supplies will be provided for this round.

To being considered as a lead artist for the Trash Container Mural Art Demonstration Project, round one:

1) Please Submit Your Contact information: (Name, address, phone, email, website)

2) Draft Design of your mural proposal ideas with proposed color scheme.

3) Five jpeg (5) examples of your past work. Please send these images as jpegs.

4) (Optional) a cover letter describing your experience, you may also include a resume.

Send all information by Midnight Friday Oct. 23, 2015:


  • September 30          Artists Call Issued
  • Friday Oct 23          Round 1 Preliminary Design Applications Due
  • Friday Oct 30         1st Round of Artists Selected
  • Nov. 6                     Selected artist: Final Designs Due
  • Nov.13 - Dec. 18    Artists complete works
  • Dec. - Jan                Project Unveiling

Build It!
Would you like to help build a permanent city wide Mural Arts Program? We are seeking volunteers who are willing to make a one year commitment of 5 hours a month. Please include your name, contact information.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

BBVN Tile Mosaic Mural Workshops Dates Set

 By R. Roati

As most of you know, BBVN is working with a Tucson artist to construct tile mosaic murals on the two low walls at the intersection of the Treat Walkway and Arroyo Chico. 

Due to the fabulous efforts of neighbors John, Linda, Matt, Emma Stapleton, Barbara O'Brien, Barbara Kuelbs, Justine Hernandez, Judd Ruggill, Susan Silverman, Mike Weingarten & Joan Thomas, all under the direction and expert assistance of Tucson artist Michael B. Schwartz, we built tiles, painted them, fired them, prepared the walls, applied thinset, and installed tiles, so that two of the wall sides are now largely complete.

We're going to turn now to the remaining sides to complete the tile mosaic mural installation! Thanks to Mary Wolfe for the donation of some beautiful tiles for this next phase! Please join us for two tile installation parties:

What: Tile installation party (north mural)
Date: Sunday October 18
Time: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

What: Tile installation party (south mural)
Date: Sunday October 25
Time: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

For both parties, please bring:
Old clothes
Rubber gloves
Hats, water, sunscreen
Any thinset tools you might have such as trowels and pans (we have some, but more is better)
A digital camera
Food and drinks
We'll supply the rest

You can just show up, or register by clicking here.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

New Art School Opens this Fall

The Michael B Schwartz School of Art opens this fall with a new Visual Arts program for gifted and talented young artists Ages 11-18, on Saturdays from 1-6pm at the Citizens Artist Collective, Studio #13, 44 W 6th St. in downtown Tucson.

There are two semesters this fall, Semester 1: Saturdays, September 12 - October 24, Semester 2: Saturdays October 31 - December 12. The cost is $300. per semester or $50. per session. Scholarships are available based on economic need. All materials, field trip and snacks are included.

This program provides an in depth study of the tools, techniques and concepts in the media of painting, drawing and mixed visual arts media. Young artist are taught to harness their super powers and creative sensibilities. This practice fosters, guides and supports each students unique creative sensibilities in a professional working studio environment.

Students can register on line at

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and must include a letter describing the students artistic goals and why you are interested in this program,  three sample artworks (jpeg) and a short portfolio interview.

For more information contact 520-791-9359 or visit

About Michael B Schwartz MFA 1991 University of Arizona, BFA 1988 Tyler School of Art at Temple University, is a visual artist whose creative practice includes the production of public art, murals, paintings, drawings, writings and teaching. His work with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Fleisher Art Memorial, International Council of Adult Education, National Audubon Society, Tucson Museum of Art, Teaching Artist Journal and Prescott College has propelled him to the top of his field. His many awards include the Puffin Foundation and Art Matters Fellowships. Mr. Schwartz is an internationally respected muralist and educator with a unique ability to assist students in clearing creative blockages so they can produce unique heart felt master works.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Welcome Back! Lets Paint the Town

Welcome back to students and summer travelers!

We have a delightful line up of workshops, projects and  opportunities for you to enjoy. From painting murals, mosaics and street art to potlucks, artists meetings and educational workshops there is something for everyone. We invite you to put on your paint cloths, grab a brush and jump in!

Here is how you can get involved;

Wed. September 9
General Arts Brigade Meeting: 6-8pm

Location: Citizens Artist Collective
44 W 6th St, Tucson, Arizona 85705
Studio #13 (enter from 9th Ave, near railroad tracks)

Starting Sat. Sept 12
Saturday Art Program for Teens

Location: Citizens Artist Collective
44 W 6th St, Tucson, Arizona 85705
Studio #13 (enter from 9th Ave, near railroad tracks)

2015 Fall Semester 1:    
Saturday 1pm - 6pm, September 12 - October 24
2015 Fall Semester 2:    
Saturday 1pm - 6pm, October 31 - December 12

2016 Spring Semester 1:    
Saturday 1pm - 6pm, January 9 - March 12
2016 Spring Semester 2:    
Saturday 1pm - 6pm, April 2 - May 28

For Registration and Schedule information Click Here:


Wed. September 16
Volunteer Orientation: Call for Volunteers, 6-8pm

Location: Citizens Artist Collective
44 W 6th St, Tucson, Arizona 85705
Studio #13 (enter from 9th Ave, near railroad tracks)

TAB is a grassroots association, run almost like a neighborhood association, that seeks to bring the joy of the arts to schools, community centers, neighborhoods and other places. Volunteers like you make this all possible. Tasks range from website management, data entry, editing, organizing art shows and organizing to helping out on public arts projects. There are tons of small and large tasks.

Wed. September 30
Mural Arts Program Meetings

Location: Citizens Artist Collective
44 W 6th St, Tucson, Arizona 85705
Studio #13 (enter from 9th Ave, near railroad tracks)

Learn more about our Utility Box Pilot Program and city our proposal for a wide mural arts program to hire artists to work in hospitals, schools, community centers and neighborhoods. There will also be updates on Trash Container Call to Mural Artists.

From the Arizona Daily Star article on the Utility Box Pilot Program.


Tuesday Oct. 6
US Department of Arts & Culture
Help assemble a time machine: Materials Potluck (bring some art supplies)

Location: Citizens Artist Collective
44 W 6th St, Tucson, Arizona 85705
Studio #13 (enter from 9th Ave, near railroad tracks)

This fall’s campaign is called #DareToImagine

For more information: Dare To Imagine!!

Emissaries from the Future will create Imagination Stations nationwide—popping up in parks, classrooms, galleries, conferences, farmer's markets and beyond for this large-scale act of collective imagination. Using creative tactics, Emissaries will engage people in envisioning the world they hope to inhabit and—looking back from the future—celebrating the work they did to get there. The resulting texts, images, videos, and more will be uploaded to an online platform, yielding a crowd-sourced vision of the future, inspiring art, policy, and community action.

Want to help get the word out? Use hashtags: #DareToImagine #TucsonUSDAC

Participants will plan on where and when to install mobile time machine and seek community input.