2011 Schedule

The Water Project: Tucson's Synergistic Water Festival


In 2011 and 2012, The Water Festival collaborated with 2 other simultaneous events at adjacent venues, which had the positive effect of promoting overall environmental stewardship and increasing event awareness. Cyclovia is a 5 mile loop of car-free streets filled with family-friendly activities and Solar Rock is a long-standing solar-powered music festival.  Together, we attracted over 5,000 participants from throughout the region.








@ 7-9pm
@ The Loft, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.
Local and national experimental and documentary water films, plus book fair, speakers, live music, and free raffles!
$8 Gen./$6 Members, Students, Seniors



• UA Press
• UA Bookstore
• Former Vice Mayor Rodney Glassman's children's book "Jeremy Jackrabbit"

Scatter the Dust is a locally-based trio that performs lively traditional Irish dance music on the uilleann pipes, fiddle, guitar, and bodhrán. The name is inspired by a popular Irish jig titled "Scatter the Mud" but due to a shortage of mud around Tucson, they have no choice but to Scatter the Dust!
"Clean Water Starts With Me!"
Watershed Planning Program at Pima Association of Governments (36 sec.)
A PSA aimed at helping to keep stormwater pollution from accumulating in our fragile desert washes.

“The Endless Round”
Tori Lawrence (5 min.)
A haunting and mysterious black and white film, choreographed by Tori Lawrence from Philadelphia.   Three dancers clothed in white explore the cyclic path between wet and dry, life and death, trekking the length of a decrepit dock into the black flowing waters of the Susquehanna River.

“A Girl With No Soul”
Eros Salvatore (3 min.)
A young girl wanders lost through the desert searching for herself in a mysterious land.

"The Journey of Wastewater"
Produced by Laura Markowitz for Arizona Public Media (aired on Arizona Illustrated- AZPM Ch. 6 / PBS)(11 mins.)
Find out what happens to more than 65 million gallons of drinking water that are flushed away every day in Pima County, as Laura Markowitz follows the flow. Featuring Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclaimation Department.

“111 Degrees Longitude”
Yuri Makino and Cindy Stillwell (9 min.)
The 111th meridian runs through the heart of the American west.  The two filmmakers, longtime friends, moved westward and coincidentally settled in towns at 111 degrees longitude; Makino in Tucson, Arizona, and Stillwell in Bozeman, Montana.    Living on the same meridian on the opposite sides of the country (with each location imbued with contrasting weather patterns), they share their yearning for and ambivalence with creating a place they call home.

Jayne Lee (30 min.)
DanceDownRiver is a prayer for the Colorado River and all wild places and wild things.  Made in collaboration with Human Nature Dance Theatre, this poetic dance film was shot on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon,  and tells the story of the river from source to sea.   The film is based on the poem This Body of Water by Jayne Lee, and includes poems by Ann Weiler Walka and Mary Oliver.

Expressions of Collaboration, Engagement and Water Stewardship
Melaney Seacat is a facilitator and regional planner who has lived in Tucson for 25 years working on water resources, land use and environmental planning issues in the government, non-profit and the private sectors. Melaney currently works as the Pima County Program Manager for a cooperative City/County Water Study to define and build a sustainable water future. Her passion is in helping people with diverse perspectives work together to find collaborative solutions to complex problems.

Green the Streets to Blue the Water
James MacAdam manages Watershed Management Group's "Green Streets - Green Neighborhoods" program, where he works with communities to green their cities and neighborhoods through the use of green infrastructure.

Water and Compassion: Making Possible a Just Vision for Water in Arizona
Perspectives on a water coalition and poems by incarcerated youth and adults, presented by Madeline Kiser. Madeline is a poet, water activist, and the mother of two teen sons.   She directs the Inside/Out Poetry and Sustainability Project and is a member of the Community Water Coalition.   The coalition is made up of groups and agencies in Southern Arizona aiming to help create a sustainable vision for water in Arizona. Joined by students from Pima Vocational School.


SUNDAY, MARCH 27 (Main Event)
(In partnership with Armory Park Center, Cyclovia and Solar Rock)
@ 10am-4pm
@ Armory Park Community Center, 220 S. 5th Ave.
Celebrate water in the desert! Connect with water through creative expression and community dialogue. Featuring an art show, Enviro-Exhibitor Fair, performances, speakers, workshops, kids activities, music and more! Kids and adults are encouraged to dress in a water-inspired costume!


• Art Show
• Enviro-Exhibitor Fair
• Wishing Well
• Water-Themed Storytelling by Jordan Hill
• Face-painting
• Buck-A-Cup Water Station
• Water Bucket Carrying Obstacle Course
What does water mean to you? Be inspired by American Indian pottery designs. Make your own paper pot and put your own symbols for water on it. (Facilitated by Arizona State Museum)

10 am: Welcome, followed by music by Jacob Mason (Tucson High Student)
10:30 am: Water Safety Demo by UA Campus Recreation
11 am: Music by 5 Horses 4 Winds
11:30 am: Dance of Arabia Belly Dancing
Noon: Panel Discussion on Art, Sustainability, and Commerce
• Facilitated by Jodi Netzer, Tucson Arts Brigade, Director of The Water Festival
• "Green Arts and Creative Capital" Michael Schwartz, Tucson Arts Brigade 
• "Visualizing Water Use and Sustainability" Evan Canfield, Pima County Flood Control
• "Sustainable Art-Making" Alfred Quiroz, UA Fine Arts Professor
• "Dancing the Art Practice" (includes dance presentation) Kimi Eisele, New Articulations
1 pm: Music by Chillie Willie Groove (Tate Recording Artist)
2 pm: Bike Beautiful Fashion Show (outdoors)
2:30 pm: Water Festival Performance Finale on the Solar Rock Stage, featuring Tucson Arts Brigade Dance Theater*, Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc, Parasol Project
3 pm: Aztec Dancing by Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc
3:45 pm: Closing Ceremony

*TAB Dance Theater features Butoh (a.k.a. "Zen Dancing"), a powerful dance form that embodies energy and had originated from Japan in response to the nuclear atrocities during WWII. The Water Festival offers space for prayers and healing energy for the people of Japan suffering from the tsunami and nuclear catastrophe.

Water Festival Cyclovia Solar Rock
Solar Rock (outdoors at Armory Park) is an annual 100% solar powered festival that features local music, speeches from renowned scientists and local leaders, and educational booth displays from area businesses, non profits, and government agencies. This free public event aims to increase public awareness of climate change issues and, in doing so, put pressure on elected officials to prioritize clean energy and strategies for reducing carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. http://solarrock.wordpress.com
Cyclovia Tucson (5mi. of streets, including Armory Park) is a annual car-free event that opens selected streets to people so that they can walk, skate, run, bicycle, and socialize with their neighbors. It's a free event, open to the public and fun for people of all ages. Bring your family and friends to explore the route and enjoy a beautiful spring day filled with free activities. Take advantage of car-free streets -- during Cyclovia, the street is yours! http://www.cycloviatucson.org

@ Noon-3pm
(To carpool, meet at 11am, Armory Park Center,
220 S. 5th Avenue, East side of building in the parking lot)
@ Sabino Canyon Visitor Center, 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Rd.
(Meet in area by the visitor booth. Trollies are available if you prefer, rather than walking 1 mile.)
Cross-cultural / interfaith water ritual with flowing river water, enjoy water blessings from many spiritual practices, optional Butoh "Zen Dancing" and writing workshops, hiking, and more! Connect with the intrinsic value of water.  Bring with you comfortable shoes and clothing, drinking water, and a writing utensil.
$5-$10 Suggested Donation, $5 parking/car


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TUCSON ARTS BRIGADE, INC. (TAB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit participatory service-based community arts and education organization that specializes in Green Arts, offering intergenerational and cross-cultural opportunities for civic engagement. TAB facilitates dialogue and employs arts-based solutions to complex community issues including graffiti, bullying, crime, drug use, health and wellness, empowering youth and elders, beautification, sustainable design, and revitalizing neighborhoods. Bringing together schools, neighborhoods, civic agencies, businesses, and other non-profits, TAB is a national model for sustainable community development through the arts. MORE INFO: www.TucsonArtsBrigade.org