Last month, Free Art Friday returned in-person to Edna Vihel Arts Center and it was a class of firsts for many attendees. A grandmother came with her daughter and grandchild to experience their first in-person activity as a family.
For one little boy, it was the first time he had met another child his age – his mom was thrilled to see him interacting with the other children during a music activity.
The arts continue to connect people in ways we never could have imagined. If there is a bright side to the pandemic, these discoveries definitely top the list.
As we head into fall, what “firsts” are you ready to take on? We encourage you to tap into your inner creative and to explore all of the connections that arts and culture offerings can bring.
Public art projects part of three city park renovations
Art is everywhere in Tempe, including several recently renovated city parks. Artist Christopher Jagmin imagined and created a unique design for the rubber surfaces in play areas at Hollis and Indian Bend parks.
This Friday, the community will celebrate the reopening of Corbel Park, which features Jagmin’s final park design. Stop by the park between 6:30-8 p.m. to experience the new play area and see the artist-designed surface. Learn more about all public art projects here.
ADOT pedestrican bridge project
After a competitive selection process complete with artist interviews, coLab Studio / Matthew and Maria Salenger have been commissioned to work on the ADOT pedestrian bridge project. The bridges will cross the I-10 at Alameda Road and Western Canal, joining the east and west side of Tempe for cyclist and pedestrian use. Bridge and landing design concepts are underway.
The artist team is working with ADOT and the city to ensure that the design of the artwork is incorporated into the structures of both bridges. Construction along the I-10 has begun but the bridge work will not be evident to the public until fall 2022. Learn more about the freeway project here.
Unleash the creative in you with Edna Arts classes
Hone your skills or discover a new artistic talent with classes at Edna Arts. Registration is now underway for a variety of November sessions.
Choose from guitar lessons, ceramics, painting, theater and more, Classes available for all ages, abilities and skill levels. Check out all offerings at tempe.gov/EdnaArts. Register by Oct. 24.
Free Art Friday- Forest Friends Friday, Sept. 17, 9-11 a.m. Edna Vihel Arts Center, 3340 S. Rural Road
Squirrels and foxes and bears, oh my! In this free in-person arts event, families will join us in imaginative play as we head to the Edna Arts forest for a camping adventure!
Meet our quirky cast of characters and enjoy hands-on educational crafts and nature themed activities ideal for kids ages 1-5. Create artwork, make friends and shake out the wiggles while learning about the great outdoors!
Free Art Friday is a free, family-friendly program that provides the opportunity for children of all ages to create and learn through artistic expression. Each event features hands-on, themed, educational projects and crafts. Learn more.
Call for artists! The City of Tempe invites artists to submit qualifications to design and paint artwork on utility boxes located in downtown Tempe . There are nine utility boxes and one artist will be commissioned for each box. Deadline is Oct. 6. Apply and learn more here.
These utility boxes were the site of previously commissioned artwork in 2012 and 2014. To continue the beautification of this downtown area, all utility boxes will be redesigned and re-painted in 2021.