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CATALYST Summer Kickoff

June 4 - July 24

CATALYST Summer Kickoff and Volunteer Appreciation Event

Tuesday, June 4 from 4pm – 7pm

CATALYST Creative Collective

4500 N Oracle Rd Suite 110

Tucson, AZ 85705

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CATALYST Creative Collective welcomes summer with a kick-off fiesta at our location in the Tucson Mall! Join us as we celebrate and appreciate all the wonderful SAACA volunteers and the creative partners, artists, and non-profits that make up CATALYST. The afternoon will feature live music and dance, kids activities, food & beverages, and more. SAACA thrives only through the support of volunteers. We invite you to celebrate our vibrant and creative community!

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Food by Humble Board and Mr. Ice Guy

Performance Schedule

4:30pm Tucson Youth Music

5:00pm Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra

5:30pm Esperanza Dance Project

6:00pm Light the Mic Open Mic showcase

6:30pm Maestro Riko

Arts Activations

Waters Center for Systems Thinking STEM activities

Drop-in ceramic painting with Art mixer

Artist-in-Residence meet and greet with Emiland Kray, Maestro Riko, and crafting with Ben Pawlowski

StartUp Tucson Canvas Showcase

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CATALYST KIDS SUMMER CAMPS

YOUNG ARTIST SERIES JEWELRY CAMP

Angela Hitt Designs

June 12 – 14

10am – 1pm

Ages 8 and up

Give your child the gift of creative expression this summer! Join us for 3 days and learn a variety jewelry design techniques. We will learn macrame, wirework, bead weaving, pendant making and more! This camp is for ages 8 and up. 3 day series runs June 12-14 from 10 p.m. to 1 p.m. each day + the market in July

Fees: $200 for all 3 days, materials included. Invite your friends!

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TUCSON YOUTH MUSIC

Summer Music Program

June 3rd – July 24th

Ages 6 through 17

Registration closes June 1 for the Jim Click Summer 2024 Music Program! It is the mission of Tucson Youth Music to enrich the lives of underserved youth in the greater Tucson Area through quality music education and free music lessons. We see a world where all youth have the opportunity to advance their lives through music education.
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CREATIVE SUMMER CLASSES FOR KIDS

with July Artist-in-Residence Ben Pawlowski

Questions? Contact Ben Pawlowski

UPCOMING CLASSES | LESSONS | EVENTS

ESPERANZA DANCE PROJECT
Summer Classes on Mondays and Thursdays

June 3-27, 2024

6:00-8:30pm

EDPs Summer Recruitment Intensive is starting on June 3rd! Beth Braun will be teaching Horton-based Modern Technique classes with some conditioning. Dancers interested in joining EDP for our upcoming season are invited to join us after class to learn choreography from our repertory.

Students – Free

Community Dancers – $10 per/class – OR – $40 for 5 Class Card

Payment will be collected at the door.

Email [email protected] with any questions!

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ART MIXER

PAINTING EXPERIENCES FOR ALL AGES

Art Mixer is a unique Tucson paint and sip experience! Public and private paint events and classes. Attendees can choose step-by-step painting projects on canvas, wood board, wood cutouts, wine glasses, wine bottles and paint-and-take ceramics! Appointments are HIGHLY recommended to ensure your paint day/time. Painting availability not guaranteed for walk ins.

Learn more and make reservations at: https://artmixer.net/

Contact: (520) 490-9400, [email protected]

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OPEN SOUND LAB + SYNTH MEETUP
June 11

​3pm – 7pm

Presented by the Tucson Ableton Live User Group and Inner Freq Synthesizer & Electronic Arts Collective 

BYO synth, laptop, favorite pedals or noise makers to share. No gear? No worries! We’ll have hardware to try and experiment with so come by even if you don’t have anything to bring.

All ages, skill levels and FREE! Spread the word, bring some friends, and come with questions! This is a learning opportunity and we want to make sure Tucson knows that we are here for the electronic music community!

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808s & Meditate with Jijivisha Holistic and Iam Maestro Riko
Last Fridays – May 31, June 28, July 26

​6pm – 8pm

Join Jijivisha Holistic for 808s & Meditate, presented by Iam Maestro Riko and powered by Woojer. Visit for more details.

The Immersion offers a 90-minute live sonic experience combining multimedia, music therapy, and mindfulness meditation, enhanced by the Woojer Vest for sensory immersion. Don’t miss this unique immersive meditative experience! MORE INFO

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CALLIGRAPHY CLASSES

with Crossroads Calligraphy

Intro to Pointed Pen Calligraphy Class

June 21 & 22 | 10am – 2pm

How to Write with a Brush Pen

July 20th, 2024

Crossroads Calligraphy classes are a great way to explore this incredible art form. Options for beginners, intermediate and advanced students!

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LIGHT THE MIC OPEN MIC with Jijivisha Holistic and Iam Maestro Riko
Third Fridays – June 21, July 19

​6pm – 8pm

The Light The Mic Open Mic Series returns to CATALYST all summer long! The is a space for all for artists to explore performance in a welcoming community setting including Rappers, Singers, Spoken Word, Poetry and Performance Art.

EVERY Third Thursday from May through July!

ARTIST SIGN UP FORM

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DESERT ARTISANS MARKET
Saturday, June 22

2pm – 7pm

Desert Artisans Market is holding monthly markets in CATALYST all summer long! Featuring dozens of artists and small businesses. Shop a wide range of locally made goods including jewelry, candles, body products, artwork and more. Applications for the June market are now open, interested artists can apply here.

 

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FLEX & FLOW with Jijivisha Holistic and Iam Maestro Riko
First Fridays – June 7, July 5

​6pm – 8pm

‘Flex and Flow’: where creativity meets movement in a magical fusion of pour painting and fluid motion! Mindfulness, affirmations, embodied exploration. Come as you are, leave feeling refreshed. Take home a masterpiece of your own making with this intuitive art workshop. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or a curious beginner, ‘Flex and Flow’ welcomes all levels and backgrounds with open arms. No prior experience required—just bring your adventurous spirit and willingness to explore! Through somatic exploration and playful movement, reconnect with your body, mind, and spirit in a journey of liberation and joy.

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CATALYST JUNE ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

MAESTRO RIKO

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Multi-disciplinary artist, innovator, musician, producer

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Maestro Riko is a multidisciplinary artist who operates at the intersection of art, wellness, and societal discourse. With over two decades of experience in music production, performance, and pioneering Wellness-Based Art, Riko seamlessly integrates his passion for sonic innovation with a profound commitment to mental well-being. During his time at CATALYST, the artist will be exploring the interconnectedness of music, technology, and mindfulness which includes the renowned “808s & Meditate: The Immersion.” program that seamlessly merges multimedia, music therapy, and mindfulness meditation, providing participants with transformative sonic encounters.

For Riko, every aspect of his work, from his sonic creations to his advocacy efforts, is an expression of artistry. He views his role as a curator of experiences and conversations, shaping spaces where creativity flourishes and transformative ideas take root. Through his holistic approach, Riko seeks to inspire others to embrace their own creative potential and contribute meaningfully to the collective tapestry of human experience.

Upcoming CATALYST events

First Fridays (6/7. 7/5) – Flex & Flow with JijiVisha Holistic

Third Fridays (6/21, 7/19) – Light the Mic Open Mic

Last Fridays (5/31, 6/28, 7/26) – 808s & Meditate

ABOUT CATALYST CREATIVE COLLECTIVE

CATALYST Creative Collective is located inside the Tucson Mall and combines over 14,000 square feet of flexible meeting, event, classroom and production space. SAACA conceived CATALYST after identifying a need for a dedicated community space that could uplift, connect and build stronger collaborations within our creative sector.

 

The collective hosts special events, fundraisers, seminars, presentations, arts experiences, rehearsals, performances and social gatherings from 25-300 people.

  • Collaborative programming space occupied by artists, creatives, educators, teams, and cross-sector organizations.
  • A place for connection, gathering, and celebration.
  • A mission uplifting sustainable collaboration and collective impact.
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CATALYST CREATIVE PARNTERS

The CATALYST Creative Collective is a dynamic and inclusive space that reflects the essence of the hundreds of artists, creatives, community members, and nonprofit organizations that come together at CATALYST to collaborate and build shared value. Current CATALYST partners include digital creators, culinary-based businesses, visual and performing artists, business networking groups, and nonprofit organizations.
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Details

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June 4
End:
July 24
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Organizer

Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA)
Phone
(520) 797-3959
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Venue

Catalyst Arts Center
4500 N Oracle Rd. (Tucson Mall, Sears entrance #3)
Tucson, AZ United States
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