TUCSON ARTS BRIGADE (TAB) is a nonprofit participatory service-based community arts and education organization that specializes in Green Arts, offering intergenerational and cross-cultural opportunities for civic engagement. TAB facilitates dialogue and employs arts-based solutions to complex community issues including graffiti, bullying, crime, drug use, health and wellness, empowering youth and elders, beautification, sustainable design, and revitalizing neighborhoods. Bringing together schools, neighborhoods, civic agencies, businesses, and other non-profits, TAB is a national model for sustainable community development through the arts.
TAB’s award-winning, nationally-recognized Community Arts Integration programs help students, neighborhoods and families accomplish goals with measurable results.
TUCSON ARTS BRIGADE, INC. (TAB) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts and education organization dedicated to participatory community arts with an emphasis on integrating sustainable design and facilitating inter-group opportunities for youth, elders, and adults.
• Teaching Artists
• Days of Service
• Community Design Process
• Consulting & Asset Mapping
• Sustainable Place-Making
• Programs for Youth and Elders
• Variety of Art Forms:
Murals, Dance, Theater, Mosaic, Puppetry, Music, Digital Media, Interdisciplinary, and much more.
The Tucson Arts Brigade is a community arts, civic engagement and education organization. We have sponsored more than a hundred temporary and permanent public art projects and provided the Tucson community with learning, service and neighborhood cultural development opportunities in the arts since 1996. Our philosophy of whole-person, whole-community development means working as a team with parents, students, artists, teachers, community leaders and service providers to develop projects.
Our early projects included huge participatory street chalk murals during "Downtown With the Arts" at night. For three years (1997-9) we facilitated puppet making workshops, and an annual "May Day Puppet Parade and Festival". We met in people's garages and living rooms to plan and design murals such as "We Give Birth to Choice Each Day" and "Gaia Project".
From 1998 to 2004 we operated the Community Arts Lab (CAL) in the historic Splinter Brother Warehouse. CAL was a classroom, library, office, community center, theater and gallery. Neighborhood people offered workshops, designed murals, held benefits, storytelling nights and coffee house events. Workshops were facilitated by emerging and established artists offering hands on technical training in beginning and advanced fresco, painting, drawing, printmaking, design, sculpture, performance art, video and photography. Each summer we held a packed summer “Mural Arts Camp” that resulted in mobile and permanent works of community art.
In 2005 TAB began a strategic planning and visioning process aimed at creating a sustainability plan that would insure long term organizational success in bringing the arts to schools, neighborhoods and community centers.
Currently, TAB community artists work in two primary areas, the Mural Arts Program the Dance Theater Program. TAB also offers special events and consulting services.
During 2011-2012, TAB completed a series of highly successful community engagement projects, including murals in Barrio Centro, Miracle Manor, Wakefield Middle School, and others. The "Together We Thrive" and "Inside the Overpass" Murals are part of Beautify and Unify, a two year city-wide community arts and engagement initiative.
"The Water Festival" brought together thousands of people to discuss the vital topic of water in a creative and inspiring environment. The Dance Theater Program continues to offer weekly workshops with theme-based performance opportunities.
If you have a project you would like to commission, or would like to bring artists into your school or community center, CONTACT US.
Melissa Black, President of the Board
Susan Silverman, Board Member
Wendy Kenin, Board Member
Alfred Quiroz, Board Member
Mike Vogt, Board Member
Dora Estella Dalton, Board Member
Anthony Guy Lopez, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation*
Dr. Bella Vivante, University of Arizona*
Cecilia Vindiola, Pima County Wastewater Reclamation Management Department*
Marvin Kirchler, AdVision*
Elisa Duran, Student
Michael B. Schwartz, Executive Director
Jodi Netzer, Outreach & Marketing Director
Rose Taulton, Neighborhood Outreach
Gina Meyer, Administrative Assistance
Francis Smith, Administrative Assistance
Tania Gonzalez Ortega
Michael B. Schwartz
Laura Lee Schaeffer
* Institutional affiliation for identification only
Thank You to Kung Pao Kosher Comedy and comedian Lisa Geduldig of San Francisco for hosting a benefit for TAB in San Francisco in following the January 8, 2011 tragedy in Tucson. They write “TAB provides a place for disconnected youth to make art, work together with other members of their community, think critically, and find other ways to use their energy...than going out and buying guns.”