Water Festival Touches All of Our Lives

March 1, 2012

The 3rd annual “Water Festival: Synergy of Art, Science, and Community” will fill the Armory Park Center, 220 South 5th Avenue, inside and out on Sunday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Water Festival raises awareness, promotes stewardship, and fosters creative expression about our water future through dialogue and activities with artists, water experts, health advocates, homeowners, businesses, non-profits, youth, and many other community members of all ages and abilities.

Admission is free.

The Water Festival is put on by the Tucson Arts Brigade, a non-profit arts and education organization dedicated to participatory community arts.

The theme of this year’s event is “Water and Community: A Centennial Journey.” In conjunction with the United Nation’s World Water Day, emphasis will be placed on the evolution of local water and wastewater policies and how these policies have impacted the way we live and work. A wide range of fun, family-friendly, and informative festival activities include the examination of water as it relates to:

• Agriculture: food security, water use.

• Health & Wellness: technology and holistic practices.

• Cultural Connections: a century of water stories, from the past and into the future, in honor of the Arizona Centennial Celebrations.

Activities planned throughout the day include an exhibitor fair, performances, panel discussions, workshops, music, children’s activities, spiritual water practices, and a water-themed art show featuring an ice sculpture made of tribal waters and carved on site, plus art by youth and professional artists.

Other highlights:

• Back by popular demand, Tucson Arts Brigade Dance Theater Troupe is collaborating with Aztec dance group Dania Mexica Cuauhtemoc on a new dance performance.

• Health & Wellness Area: Water is life. Our bodies are made of about two-thirds water. Like the earth, we need to take care of our bodies. Wellness workshops will be available.

• Panel Discussions: Our Water History, Our Water Future, Community Arts Integration.

• Special appearances made by Aquaman and Mermaid Odette in a wishing well.

The Water Festival is collaborating with two other same-day green events at the same location:  Cyclovia and Solar Rock. Cyclovia is a 5-mile loop of car-free streets with family-friendly activities. Solar Rock is a solar-powered outdoor music festival, which will also take place at Armory Park. Community members are encouraged to take part in all three events.  Expected combined attendance is 20,000 people.

PARTICIPATION:

Registration is open to be an Exhibitor, Artist, Activity Leader, or VolunteerDeadline: March 9, 2012. Space is filling fast! Proceeds of the event go to support arts-based solutions to community needs.

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