AWESOME Dia De Los Muertos Mural completed on Stone/Speedway!by Charles Spillar on Dec. 03, 2009, under arts, Tucson Art
A new exciting mural has recently been completed on the South Wall of the ART GALLERY on 1122 N. Stone Ave. It is about the Dia De Los Muertos tradition. The teen-age artists producing the mural were members of the Art in Reality Program Aerosol Art Class.
Art In Reality is a free program for youth ages 13-21 who have little or no access to the arts. The AIR has 10-week programs in the fall, spring and summer. All supplies are paid for and the classes for the youth are free. In addition to the Aerosol Art class they also offer classes in Break Dancing, Hip Hop Dancing, Recycled Art, Beadwork, DJ training and Investigative Painting.
The mediums used in this giant mural were Latex exterior paint and Aerosol Paint. The students researched the tradition of Dia De Los Muertos and created a design that incorporated personal imagery as well as traditional elements that accompany the ritual of creating the ofrendas (alters). The artist/supervisor for the project was Ruth Marblestone who works for Tucson Parks and Recreation. She is the coordinator for all the programs for AIR.
This mural project was a partnership between Steve and Maxine Murray owners of the ART GALLERY, Tucson Hazardous Waste, City of Tucson Parks & Recreation, and the Every Voice in Action Foundation.
Tomorrow, December 4th at 6:30 PM, the Art in Reality classes with be performing or displaying their work at the Amory Park Center 220 South 5th Ave. The public is invited. If you have an interest in finding out more about the program feel free to call Ruth Marblestone at 520-837-8047.
Go check out the mural and see what great things the youth of Tucson can create. See you at the AIR event tomorrow. It should be exciting.