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2018 Neighborhood Mural Festival

April 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am - April 15, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

Artists (and groups) of all styles and experience levels are invited to work alongside Tucson Arts Brigade (TAB) and residents of the historic Sugarhill Neighborhood to gather stories and transform them into murals.

Want to get involved? Here’s how to apply:

1. Learn about the neighborhood: See the next page for brief history of this area and check our blog for updates about upcoming neighborhood story sessions and online resources: http://tucsonmuralartsprogram.blogspot.com/

Themes: Neighborhood stories, culture, residents, and traditions including those. of Tucson’s African American community

2. Submit your mural design and application DEADLINE: APRIL 2
To be considered, you must submit the following to TABmuralfest@gmail.com

1) Send a JPEG (maximum 5MB) of the preliminary sketch(es) of your mural design
2) Write a short answer to the following questions:
–Why are you interested in creating a mural in this neighborhood? What is your
connection to or understanding of this area?
—What knowledge, experience, skills, or strengths (artistic or otherwise) do you
have that will help prepare you for this type of project? How can you contribute?

3. Mural fest planning committee and neighbors review designs and offer feedback. Artists submit final revised design for approval by early April (date TBA)

4) Attend the Story Circle: March 26, 6pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/2044803145733661/

Submit all Materials to by APRIL 2: TABmuralfest@gmail.com
Or By Surface Mail to: TAB/Mural Fest P.O.Box 545, Tucson, AZ 85702

Details and What to Expect:
–Painting will happen Thursday April 12- Sun April 15
–Neighbors and the public are invited to celebrate and interact with artists the weekend of April 14-15.
Murals must be completed by 9pm Sun April 15.
–Artists must cover their own costs and supplies, including travel and lodging though we will be
fundraising to offset these costs as much as possible.
–Murals will be on cement walls lining the Bronx Wash, which runs east-west along Linden St
–You get a cleaned wall as your canvas plus storage, water, and basic supplies from the Paint Station
–An artist’s Food & Hydration Station will be open throughout the Fest
–If you need additional time, special equipment or support please make note of that in your application.
–This is a grassroots effort and we will do our best to accommodate all needs!

Background Information About the Area:
Sugarhill is the historic neighborhood which now encompasses El Cortez Heights, Feldmans, and
Northwest neighborhood. The area was a home to many from Tucson’s African-American community
and is an area with a diverse history and living culture. Systematic housing discrimination, or redlining,
meant this was one of the only areas where African Americans and other people of color were allowed to
buy homes in Tucson until the passing of the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968. The demographics of the
area have shifted and changed over the years and we hope your murals will capture something about the
past, present, and future of this diverse community.

To begin learning, try this 2005 article from the AZ Daily Star:
“Life less sweet in Sugar Hill: Dorms and renters put a new face on diverse neighborhood”


Jefferson Park History:

And try Arizona Historical Society, the University of Arizona and Pima County Libraries for more resources!

For questions or more information please contact:


April 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am
April 15, 2018 @ 9:00 pm
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