September brings change, new schedules and back-to-school events. Amid the seasonal shift, city of Mesa departments will offer a series of free artmaking workshops and demonstrations as part of the Water=Life project, a collaborative public art process focused around the history and future of water in the Valley of the Sun.
The series of workshops will be led by artists collaborating to create a nine-day temporary art installation in Mesa’s Riverview Park November 16 to November 24. Participants in the workshops are invited and will have the opportunity to contribute through ideas, personal reflection or artmaking to the creation of the culminating installation.
Workshops include a variety of mediums in performing and visual arts and are led by renowned artists on a local and national scale, including five-time world champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan. Each workshop is free and open to people of all ages.
Dates and descriptions are included below. Registration is available at mesaartscenter.com/waterlife or by calling 480-644-6500.
with Tony Duncan
6 to 8 p.m. Monday, September 2, Mesa’s Artspace Lofts
Duncan will demonstrate and teach hoop dancing techniques and share Native American flute playing. Participants will also experience and participate in storytelling and story generating activities around the role of water in our lives.
Artmaking Workshop and History Presentation with Bruce Nelson and Travis Ivey
10 a.m. to noon Saturday, September 7, Save the Family Conference Room
Curator and filmmaker Bruce Nelson will talk about the importance of water to the historically African-American Washington Park/Escobedo neighborhood in Mesa, and create a mini-exhibition of community water stories. Participants are requested to bring small items or photos related to their own history or relationship to water in any aspect of their lives to contribute to a community collage. Collage artist Travis Ivey will help participants make their own pieces to take home.
and Demonstration with
Therosia Reynolds and Katharine Simpson
6 to 8 p.m. Monday, September 9, Mesa’s Artspace Lofts
Music and spoken word artist Therosia Reynolds will lead a spoken word workshop and multidisciplinary visual and performance artist Katharine Simpson will help guests create small pieces out of different textiles.
with Tony Duncan and
Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 14, Arizona Museum of Natural History Auditorium
Duncan will demonstrate and teach hoop dancing techniques and share Native American flute playing. Multidisciplinary visual and performance artist Katharine Simpson will lead participants in creating small pieces out of different textiles.
with Tony Duncan
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 18, Mesa Main Library Saguaro Room
Duncan will share his hoop-dancing techniques and Native American flute playing. Participants will also experience and participate in storytelling and story-generating activities around the role of water in our lives.
Artmaking Workshop and Demonstration with Danielle Wood and Rich Littlefield
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, September 21, i.d.e.a. Museum Atrium Classroom
Ceramic artists Danielle Wood and Rich Littlefield will aid participants in adding their own designs to pottery pieces to contribute to the Water=Life installation.
with Liz Warren
6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, West Mesa CDC
10 a.m. to noon Saturday, September 28, Mesa Arts Center’s Music Studio
Liz Warren, director of the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute, will host a storytelling workshop around the role of water in our lives.