Save the Date!
Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 12-4 p.m.
This event at Harelson Park will be created with the people who live in the park's community. In the upcoming months, the park's community, artists, and city staff will be holding community gatherings, arts activities, and more that will be opportunities for the park's community to participate in creating their unique Arts in the Parks event.
More details on the event will be posted in February 2020!
You can check here for planning meeting dates, locations, and times. Meeting updates and take-aways will also be posted so that if you are unable to attend you can still follow the process! If you would like to receive email invites to planning meetings contact Julie_Akerly@tempe.gov
Artists from Catalyst, residents, and city staff met in November to further develop ideas for the Sprint event. Catalyst will continue to work with community members to create the event. If you would like to stay updated or participate in the project you can follow and comment on the event outline which is a living breathing document created with and for participants!
Pop-Up in the Park
Fifty people joined us at Harelson Park’s Pop-Up in the Park gathering on October 5th. We enjoyed music by AJ Odneal, shared ideas, and discussed resident’s interests in what they would like to see happen during the park’s event in the Spring. Residents took part in an activity led by Phil Stoez of Catalyst Creative. Phil created a small-scale map of the park using cardboard materials, and residents added their own ideas for what they would like to see at the event. People made 3D structures, drawings, and written input to fill up the map. Some ideas were: culturally diverse food booths, physical activities like potato sack races, community mural, children’s song and dance, and themes like outer-space and animals.
In Spring 2019, all Tempe residents were invited to fill out community surveys that shared information about their communities identity, their interests in different arts activities that they would like to experience in their park, and an opportunity to provide additional comments about their community or Arts in the Parks.
Catalyst is an artist group that builds interactive performance pieces that promote empathy, connection, and community growth. We are so excited to work with Harelson Park to develop a community-led process of idea generation, art making, and celebration of the park and surrounding communities. We have facilitated creation processes within the Desert Botanical Garden, the School of Earth and Space Exploration, and the Center for Science and the Imagination. Through this process we will be facilitating community-led art-making - from idea to decision, from prototype to execution - we will be aiding the community in listening, developing and creating. We are honored to be given the opportunity to meet you and hear your ideas for your community! Website