The Primavera Foundation received a competitive $500,000 grant to build upon its successful, multisector neighborhood revitalization strategies in partnership with the City of South Tucson, which is emerging from disinvestment and the long-term impacts of the foreclosure crisis.
Sixty percent of the grant funding for Project Reinvest: Neighborhoods will be spent on physical improvements in the community, supporting Primavera’s commitment to revitalization.
Project Reinvest: Neighborhoods supports a public art mural designed and created by local artists and South Tucson students from the Las Artes Arts and Education Center in the La Capilla neighborhood near the El Paso and Southwestern Greenway, celebrating and honoring the multicultural roots and presence in South Tucson.
The Director of Las Artes, Arnold Palacios, said his staff and students are excited about the partnership with Primavera.
“This collaboration gives our students the opportunity to contribute to South Tucson through the creation of mosaic art that reflects the culture and history of our community,” said Palacios. “It will highlight the enormous pride we take in our cultural heritage. An added bonus is the workplace skills that students will achieve in collaborating, cooperating, and creating art for the community.”
The overarching theme of the mural is, "Water is Life," as it celebrates the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural history, telling the story of the Tohono O'odham, Pascua Yaqui, Mexican, and Chicano contributions to the area. Once completed, the art piece will be visible from the Greenway, which connects to the 13-mile loop of multi-use paths around the City of Tucson.