Saturday, February 22nd, Noon-4pm
9325 W Warner Ranch Dr. Tempe, AZ 85284
Animal Adventureland obstacle course facilitated by Catalyst Creative, community art making, Indian classical music, a folk/soul duo, and performances by Corona del Sol High School's Steel Drum Band, Pueblo Middle School Hand Bells, and Pueblo Middle School's Jazz Band.
12pm Pueblo Middle School Hand Bells
12:30pm Corona High School Steel Drum Band
1:30pm Saraswathi Jones
2:30pm Pueblo Middle School Jazz Band
3pm Solh Music
Singer/songwriter Saraswathi Jones will take you on a lush sonic journey from her ancestral roots in India to her current home here in the modern desert. Drawing on Indian classical and folk themes, as well as American country, gospel and rock traditions, this vocalist cuts across genre to create something novel.
Solh is a folk/soul duo comprised of Jade Sun and Craig Price. They have been writing and performing music together for a few years now, and released their first 3 singles in August 2018. Besides playing shows and events in Tempe, they also enjoy hosting house shows and collaborating with other local artists. They plan to record and release their first album in 2020, with the help of a lot of friends. Check them out on Spotify, Apple Music, and other platforms, as well as connecting with them on social media @solhmusic.
Meditation Circle Walk
Residents take a solo walk through the meditation circle while a facilitator navigates them through the space with questions like "What are you seeing?", "What are you hearing?"
A guided movement exercise where people think of an animal and must move through the playground as their favorite animal.
Tactile Obstacle Course
Attendees must navigate a maze using only their sense of touch with their feet.
A Long Journey
Go out beyond the soccer field to find a hidden animal’s home by a big rock. When you find it, a guide leads you through a mirrored movement exercise and gives you a small object.
Spider's Web String Maze
A spider has set up a home, but has forgotten how to navigate through it! Help her find her way back home.
Large Communal Painting
Community members can help the chameleon create a new masterpiece - which must include all sorts of colors, shapes, and patterns!
Mini performance by Phil Weaver-Stoesz
Come and help the Walrus perform plays with stories that are made up on the spot.
People are invited to make buildings and skyscrapers out of the massive building-block-boxes.
2 Fat Guys Grilled Cheese
Mighty Greens Gyro
Arts Engagement Specialist
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