Arizona Arts Live offers unexpected and compelling programming from all over the world, exploring new spaces outside of Centennial Hall and welcoming diverse audiences from across the community. As a monument to this commitment, we are leading a movement called #ReadyForRenaissance.
After a year in which we faced one of the greatest challenges of our time, it may be difficult to look forward with hope. But if history is any guide, we know humanity shows tremendous resilience in the face of seemingly impossible obstacles.
Throughout history, we’ve seen how the arts played a leading role in bringing society from the brink through creativity, beauty, and inquiry. From the Black Plague of the 14th century to the Spanish Flu of the 20th century, the arts have repeatedly sparked a subsequent cultural renaissance that helped provide hope and unity among a distressed public. This feeling of rebirth allowed society to move forward and collectively realize what’s possible.
So what is Tucson’s renaissance going to look like? Now is the time to answer that question as a community.
We commissioned a group of local artists to create renaissance-inspired murals around the city to lift our community’s spirits and give us a sense of hope during these difficult times. We invite the community to visit the murals and think about the role they want to play in the renaissance to come.