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News in Pima Arts

Use the following links to view upcoming events from Pima's various galleries and programs: 

Questions? 

Contact Carina Garcia, Marketing and PR Coordinator of the PCC Arts Division.

Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery

Programs and exhibitions are always free to the public.

Rethinking Social Justice Exhibit with Allison Miller & Alfred Quiroz

Online Now

Featuring two artists who grew up in Tucson. Both artists are from minority backgrounds with art that focuses awareness on issues of social justice. Allison is a woman of color and Alfred is of Yaque and Hispanic heritage. This exhibit showcases these artist’s paintings, murals and drawings.

How to access: Visit the Rethinking Social Justice Exhibit

Spring 2021 Juried Student Award Exhibition

Online Now

The Spring 2021 Juried Student Award Art Exhibition, hosted by the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, brings together the best student artwork for Fall and Spring Semesters from all the art courses taught at the five campuses at Pima Community College. Many of the students are learning remotely and some in a hybrid modality.

This year the Bernal Gallery had prestigious jurors that chose the student winners and awarded them over $2,500 in awards.

58 students entered the competition entering as many as three entries in various mediums. The jurors are gallery owner Liz Hernández and sculptor Al Glann. Both have a rich background in art and art history and volunteer in the Tucson community.

Student award winners: Heather Gary, Ulises Ramos, Rick Spriggs, Shelby Quiroz, Ivory-Rose Dean, Roland Swedlund, Cameron Skinner, Autumn McGarry, Shannon Stephens, Miyeon Kim, Dina Kagan, Bianca Espinoza, Reed Coffey, Elizabeth Taylor, Jo Kubran, Kimberly Calles, Thurwin Lane

How to access: Visit the Student Award Exhibition


Pima Theatre

The Fantasticks

Beginning March 27

Provided in partnership with Arts Express, Inc. Music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones. Stage and music direction by Chris Will with Simone Jolivet Manuel serving as the Assistant Director and choreographer. 

There's always time to remember this romantic fable about a boy, a girl, their two fathers, and a love that grows with each season. "Try To Remember" a time when this romantic charmer wasn't enchanting audiences around the world. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.

How to access: Purchase tickets to stream this performance on-demand from March 27, 2021 through March 2022. Once purchased, you have 48-hours to view. Tickets are $25 per device (up to 4 people).

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet In Less Than 30 Minutes! 

April 23-25

Written by William Shakespeare and directed by Chris Will. This exciting live Zoom performance will give viewers the option to see a few different versions of scenes from Romeo and Juliet by different casts.

How to access: Via Zoom at https://pima.zoom.us/j/4742333015, Meeting ID: 474 233 3015. The event is free, with a suggested donation through the Pima Foundation.


Performing Arts

Spring Performaning Arts Showcase

April 3

This concert will feature a piece by each performing arts group: Theatre, Dance, Chorale & College Singers, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Orchestra.

How to access:  Via the Pima Arts YouTube channel. The event is free. 


Pima Music

Jazz Ensemble

May 11

Under the direction of Mike Kuhn, the concert features jazz standards performed from a variety of periods in big band style. 

How to access: Via the Pima Arts YouTube channel. Events are free with donations accepted through the Pima Foundation.

Wind Ensemble

May 13

Under the direction of Victor Valenzuela, this concert features classics for a full band, along with small wind and percussion ensembles and soloists. 

How to access: Via the Pima Arts YouTube channel. Events are free with donations accepted through the Pima Foundation.

Chorale & College Singers

May 14

Under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Ng, the concert features selections for a large mixed-voice choir and a more select mixed-voice a cappella choir.

How to access: Via the Pima Arts YouTube channel. Events are free with donations accepted through the Pima Foundation. 

Orchestra

May 16

Under the direction of Anne Grimes, this concert features classical and contemporary repertoire for orchestra. 

How to access: Via the Pima Arts YouTube channel. Events are free with donations accepted through the Pima Foundation.

Guitar Ensemble

May 17

Under the direction of Michael Lich, this concert features PCC Guitar Ensemble as well as solo performers, and a classical and contemporary repertoire.

How to access: Via the Pima Arts YouTube channel. Events are free with donations accepted through the Pima Foundation.


Pima Dance 

Dance Ensemble Mini-Concerts

April 2, April 17 and May 8

Under the direction of Nolan Kubota, Pima Dance will release 3 mini-concerts throughout the Spring Semester. Each production will be student-directed and feature student choreography. Additionally, the choreography will be site-specific and be filmed at surprise locations around Tucson.

How to access:  Via the Pima Arts YouTube channel. The event is free with a suggested donation through the Pima Foundation.

All Day Dance

April 24, 9am-5pm 

Pima Dance and BreakOut Studios team up to present All Day Dance, in celebration of World Dance Day, and the re-opening of the Pima Community College and BreakOut dance studios.

Participants will get a taste of resident instructors and classes offered through both studios. Classes will be offered, both in-person and virtually, in ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip hop, musical theatre, Folklorico, dance cardio and heels choreo. Adult students of all levels, ages 14 and up are encouraged to register for in-person classes asap due to limited capacity.  

Both studios staff instructors with professional backgrounds and a passion for teaching and creating dance. BreakOut Studios’ instructors include Ilana Giardina, Kyla James, Marissa Diaz, Gabi Martinez, Yvette Garcia and studio owner, Todd Wilson. Pima Dance instructors include Nolan Kubota, Marquez Johnson, Mickey Nugent, Teisha Handy and Bruno Loya.  

How to access: Register at www.breakoutstudiostucson.com or through mindbodyonline.com for in-person classes. There is limited capacity for in-person classes. In-person classes will occur at Pima Community College West Campus Dance Studio (2202 W. Anklam Rd., Tucson, AZ) and BreakOut Studios (5811 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson AZ).

Links for the virtual live stream will be posted on breakoutstudiostucson.com.

This event is free of charge.


Pima Digital Arts

Expo & Showcase: Film & Animation and Game Design & Simulation

May 14 and 15

This 2-day event highlights a different Digital Arts program each day: game design & simulation and film & animation. Each day features student work, guest speakers who are discipline-area experts and industry professionals, as well as online galleries to view student work and participate in interactive games.

Friday, May 14th, 6:00pm, Film & Animation Festival: This event will premiere on the PCC Digital Arts YouTube channel at 6:00pm Friday. You will catch clips of student films as industry professionals judge the student work and judges awards will be presented. You can find all the full-length student films on the PCC Digital Arts YouTube channel.

Saturday, May 15th, 4:00pm, Game Design & Simulation: Students will showcase their work from this year. This short teaser will premiere on Pima Arts YouTube channel at 4:00 pm Saturday. It will have links to all the student games available to test online. Industry professionals will judge the student work and judges awards will be presented to those students.

Both days of the event are free. 


Pima Fashion Design 

Fashion Arte Lookbook 2021

Online beginning May 15 at 12pm

The Pima Community College Fashion Design Department is presenting their Fashion Arte Lookbook 2021 as an online magazine, in place of a live fashion show. This year the Lookbook will highlight the artistry of the students. Beginners to advanced fashion students, as well as several alumni brands, will be featured. The fashion department partnered with Goodwill again this year on an upcycling design project, and in the spirit of the partnership, this year’s Lookbook will feature sustainable designs.

Their last show at the Fox Tucson Theatre and Tucson Museum of Art in 2019, was performed to a sold-out house and raised approximately $30,000. This year, you're invited to view the LookBook free-of-charge but please consider a donation to the Fashion Design Program page through the Pima Foundation. Funds raised through this project will be used for student achievement awards.

How to access: The Fashion Arte Lookbook will go live May 15 at 12pm on the Pima Community Fashion page. The event is free with a suggested donation through the Pima Foundation.


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