Get Ready for the Cardboard Ball

September 9, 2013

by Bree Collins

cardboardball3The All Souls Procession is around the corner and the workshops beforehand are an imp­ortant part of preparing for the event. But where do funds for the workshops come from? How can you support the All Souls Procession? Volunteering and donations are options – but what about partying for a good cause? Mykl Wells, local artist and co-founder of the All Souls Procession is once again holding Tucson’s Cardboard Ball, a huge art party/fashion show where all proceeds go to support the All Souls Workshops.

The Ball, to be held in the Steinfeld Warehouse, brings together art, fashion, and fun. “It’s going to be funky, home-grown goodness,” says Wells. DJ Carl Hanni and the Electric Feel Djs from KXCI will provide the beats, and Borderlands Brewing Company is brewing a special beer for the event. Wine from Tap & Bottle and several food trucks will be present, although which ones are as yet undisclosed. Enter the art raffle to win works by local artists Valerie Galloway, Rand Carlson, and Wells himself.

Making and wearing your own cardboard costume is highly encouraged. “Last year someone wore cardboard lederhosen,” says Wells. “[Local artist] Tammy Allen is making a dress, and my mother is making something, but she won’t let me see it yet.” There will be a photo-booth to capture memories of the night (and your outfit), and $4 will get you a hard copy of your favorite pose, the payment of course going toward the Workshops.

Last year Wells hosted the Cardboard Ball to help fund his trip to Italy where he participated in the Cartasia International contest. The contest, held every year, requires entrants to make large-scale art pieces using primarily cardboard. Wells won the competition. He is not attending this year, but as Paul Weir of Many Mouths One Stomach asked Wells to help with the Workshops, he realized that the Cardboard Ball would be a great way to raise funds.

Wells is himself an advocate of open culture and inclusion, and works to create that sense of community through his art. “I believe everyone has something to contribute,” he says. Last year’s Ball attendees bonded over the event, creating a sense of belonging and community. “The people who come make it happen,” says Wells. “I just make it possible.”

The Warehouse Arts Management Organization has provided use of the Steinfeld Warehouse for the event. Be sure to wear sensible footwear, as renovation of the space is incomplete, and walking around in high heels would be a nightmare. Xerocraft, currently residing in the Steinfeld Warehouse, is involved as well, and plan to contribute their own works of art. They have jokingly told Wells they might create cardboard Daleks (cyborgs from the show Dr. Who, for those who don’t know) that will move and interact with the crowd.

The Cardboard Ball is sending out a call to artists who want to display their work at the event. Artists have until the 27th to contact Wells – you can find his information at the Call to Artists Facebook page – and must set up their display between 12-7pm on the 27th. The displays will stay up for a month and will be featured in the Toole Avenue Art (TAART) Walk on October 5th.

The event starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. All ages are welcome. Visit the All Souls website or Facebook page for more information about the event and where to buy advance tickets.