Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres will host two dedications for this year’s Pima Association of Government’s (PAG) Youth Art Project.
The project is a partnership between the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), City of Tucson, and the Pima Association of Governments (PAG), and consists of three murals located in the City of Tucson’s Ward 5. Council Member Fimbres selected three locations for the proposed artwork: the Quincie Douglas Center on the northwest corner of 36th Street and Kino Parkway, the Quincie Douglas Library and near the Ward 5 Office on Fair and Park Avenue. The three murals individually honor civil rights pioneer Quincie Douglas, the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers, and a tribute to the five branches of the U.S. Military and Ward 5 residents who served.
The project’s goal is to provide youth with an opportunity to be employed and participate in all phases of the design and installation of a public artwork under the guidance of a professional artist. The selected artist and students, in collaboration with staff from the Tucson Department of Transportation, the Ward 5 Council office, and the Arts Foundation, determined the design of the artwork. Eleonor Leon was the teaching artist selected for the project and worked with high school students from Ward 5. The project ran a total of six weeks, from mid-June to mid-July 2017.
“I want to thank Ms. Leon and the students for their work with my office and city staff, resulting in the three murals honoring the work and accomplishments of civil rights pioneer Quincie Douglas, the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers and their efforts serving our country, and honoring those Ward 5 residents who served our country in the five branches of the military,” Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres said. “I was pleased to meet the students from my Ward who have helped to create these murals which will be a part of our community for a long time.”
The dedication for the first two murals will take place on July 28, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Quincie Douglas Center and Library, located at 1575 E. 36th Street. The third mural will be dedicated on August 5, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the Ward 5 Office, 4300 S. Park Ave.