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CATALYST Collaborative Arts & Maker Space
Thursday, November 21, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - Sunday, December 15, 2019 @ 9:00 pm MST
SAACA announces opening date and December programming for new 14,000 square foot CATALYST Collaborative Arts & Maker Space at the Tucson Mall
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance will host two opening celebrations, including a private preview and dedication evening event with local chefs and makers on Thursday, November 21, and a Tucson Lifestyle hosted GIVING TUESDAY Give Back community celebration on Tuesday, December 3
CATALYST is a first-of-its-kind innovative space where culture, collaboration and community intersect.
The CATALYST Collaborative Arts & Maker Space, a first-of-its kind multidisciplinary arts and community creative space, will open to the public on December 3, 2019. The $2+ million, state-of-the-art space encompasses 14,000 square feet of learning, gathering and creation spaces. For the first time in the organization’s history, it has the capacity to host year-round events, exhibitions and learning opportunities. The new project and community investment will dramatically increase SAACA’s role as a community gathering space, educational resource, economic engine for Southern Arizona, and cultural concierge for the region’s residents and visitors.
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance is proud to partner with Tucson Mall and Brookfield Properties, to establish a first of it’s kind community space, where innovative collaborations and people come together.
COLLABORATIVE ARTS & MAKER SPACE
A FIRST-OF-ITS KIND 14,000 SQUARE FOOT ARTS & MAKER SPACE
Dedicated to Don Luria & Donna Nordin
MUSIC & DIGITAL ARTS STUDIO
Dedicated to Bob & Vivian Weede
ARTS & CRAFTS STUDIO
ROBOTICS & ENGINEERING LAB
PERFORMANCE & EXHIBITION SPACES
CATALYST is located in the heart of the Tucson Mall, on the lower level, between Sears and Dillard’s in the former Gap/Gap Kids space.
CATALYST Arts & Maker Space
4500 North Oracle Road, Suite 110
Tucson, AZ 85705
• The space is designed in partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin (SoAT) Dean Chris Lasch, a partner with the New York and Tucson-based firm Aranda/Lasch.
• Three permanent mural installations from resident artist Ignacio Garcia, including a Sonoran foods and desert themed mural in the Don Luria and Donna Nordin Teaching Kitchen, giant robotics installation, and Hacienda at the Canyon Community Room diversity themed mural.
• Additional mural installations from local artist, Gina Ribaudo, in the Arts and Crafts Studio.
• Hand-lettered murals by Ashley White of Modern Aquarian throughout the space.
• 3D Printers and machinery demos from Xerocraft Makerspace.
• Bookman’s Entertainment Exchange Community Literary Arts Space.
• Sculptural Installations from Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock at Creative Machines and local metal artists, John & Joe Benedict.
• Featured December/January Gallery artist–abstract collection of works by Allen Polt.
• Tucson Quilt Project community engagement project and glass artist installations.
• Eight community mural installations from local Elementary Students.
• Interactive art installations from Lucky Cat Social.
Artists, chefs, engineers, designers, musicians, performers, filmmakers, and more will find a home for teaching and learning in this space. Community members of all backgrounds, demographics, skill level and interest will find value here. Learning experiences for all ages are welcome and collaboration will be key.
INQUIRE ABOUT TEACHING IN CATALYST, SPACE RENTALS, TEAMBUILDING, HOLIDAY PARTIES, SPECIAL EVENTS, CONCERTS & MORE
VIP PREVIEW & DEDICATION CELEBRATION EVENT
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST 5:30PM to 9PM
TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE
$125 PER PERSON
Limited to only 200 attendees
Your ticket includes:
Local Wine & Beer ▪ Dedication of the Don & Donna Luria Teaching Kitchen & Bob & Vivian Weede Music & Digital Arts Lab ▪ Robotics Demonstrations with Xerocraft ▪ All attendees will receive a 1 Year Membership to CATALYST & SAACA (Value $150) ▪ Chef Samplings from Chef Ryan Clark (Casino Del Sol), Chef Wendy Gauthier, (Chef Chic), Chef Todd Sicolo (Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa), Chef David Fransua (JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort), Chef Maria Mazon (BOCA Tacos y Tequila) ▪Performances from the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra & Much More…
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
TUCSON LIFESTYLE GIVING TUESDAY GIVE BACK COMMUNITY OPENING EVENT
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3RD 5PM to 7PM
Join Tucson Lifestyle Magazine and SAACA for a community celebration of the arts and grand opening event. On GIVING TUESDAY, SAACA will open its doors to the community we serve. Support us, so that we can continue to support you! Limited RSVP’s available. Experience interactive arts demonstrations, music performances and access to all of the CATALYST exhibitions. This community event is made possible with support from the Tucson Children’s Museum, Royal Mini of Tucson, Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Hughes Federal Credit Union, and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
DECEMBER CLASSES & EVENTS
The inaugural CATALYST programs will span a wide variety of disciplines, including Sonoran Glass School Nutcracker Ornament making with Virgil Jones, Jewelry Instruction, Photography Instruction, ARTreprenuer: Business Basics, Clogging Instruction, Scratchboard Art, Furoshiki: Sustainable Gift Wrapping and much more.
Start your holiday season off to a grand start at the Tucson Mall, by registering for any of our classes, or community events at CATALYST.
DECEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS
CATALYST PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT
The Legend of La Befana: A Holiday Puppet Show with Lisa Sturtz from Red Herring Puppets $10 Admission (60 Minutes) 4 SHOWS!
Red Herring Puppet’s production of the popular Italian Christmas story The Legend of La Befana captures the mystery and majesty of the Holiday season as it embodies the spirit of goodness and hope. “Treat yourself, your children, and grandchildren to a totally beautiful creative experience!” (Ann C. Anderson, Letter to the Editor, Asheville Citizen Times)
Friday December 6, 2019 – 07:00 PM
Friday December 13, 2019 – 07:00 PM
Sunday December 15, 2019 – 02:00 PM MATINEE
Sunday December 15, 2019 – 04:00 PM
TEACHING KITCHEN DEDICATION
Don Luria & Donna Nordin Teaching Kitchen @ CATALYST
In 1981, Donald Luria retired from government work in Washington D.C. having served as a Consultant to the Assistant Secretary of Policy Development & Research at HUD, then as Chief, Center for Applied User Research at the Bureau of the Census and as Director of Research, Executive Office of the Mayor, Washington, DC. He moved to Tucson, Arizona (not knowing a single person), bought the Tasting Spoon Cooking School and launched a culinary career. He then started Gourmet to Go as a catering company and gourmet take out to-go.
After participating and donating food to the Tucson Festival Society, Tucson Museum of Art and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, he was asked to join their Boards of Directors. With a dedicated passion for community, culinary arts and giving back, Don has served on over 25 area non-profit Boards, and is fully committed to moving Southern Arizona forward. Many of the Board leadership roles were related to his interest in expanding Tucson’s culinary field.
He founded the Tucson Originals Restaurants and the Tucson Culinary Foundation and notably served on the Board of Tucson Meet Yourself, Native Seeds/SEARCH and Local First Arizona. He was Board Chair and then President of the Council of Independent Restaurants in America.
Donna Nordin, whose teaching and culinary career began in San Francisco, is the former owner/chef of Terra Cotta in Tucson, Arizona. Under Donna’s culinary guidance for 23 years, Café Terra Cotta was one of Tucson’s most popular restaurants. This success came from her creative merging of French culinary techniques with the flavors of the American Southwest.
Donna studied at Le Cordon Bleu and Lenôtre Pastry School in Paris. Donna continues to teach cooking in Arizona and California. Donna was the 1993 James Beard nominee for Best Chef Southwest and was inducted into Arizona’s Culinary Hall of Fame in 1994. In 1999, Donna received IACP’s Award of Excellence for Chefs. Donna was seen in segments of three nationally televised cooking shows.
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance is honored to pay tribute to Don Luria and Donna Nordin, with the naming of our community teaching kitchen, in their honor.
MUSIC & DIGITAL ARTS STUDIO DEDICATION
Bob & Vivian Weede Music & Digital Arts Studio @ CATALYST
Bob & Vivian Weede are true disciples of the arts. As co-founder of the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council (GOVAC), Bob Weede believes in the trans-formative power and purpose of the role arts and culture play in a community. As lifelong supporters of music and arts education, it is our honor to dedicate the CATALYST Music & Digital Art Studio to Bob & Vivian Weede. Their firm belief, and tenacious support for the arts were truly the founding catalyst behind SAACA’s drive to change the community we serve.
Philanthropy, leadership, and service barely touch the surface of that which describes what Bob & Vivian Weede have done for, and continue to do for the arts in Southern Arizona. Their life-long support for the arts are an inspiration to us all.
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