Urban Artist Conservatory of TUcson

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TUcson        2012




Who’s in Burger City? Why are the Windows Taped?

18 11 2009

A lot of people have been stopping by the (closed) restaurant, tapping on the door and saying hi.  More have been asking “Who are the people in Burger City when I stop by?”

Short List?

Tig Collins – going over inventory and getting ready for our re-opening.  Working with our marketing staff on new menus and coordinating our blogs and other social media.

Tami Countryman – Project Manager for the re-opening, and her crew of volunteers who are rearranging the furniture and making sure all the paperwork is filed and in order for Burger City (wow, staying open during the summer would have been so much easier!)

Steve Anderson – Director and instructor for Teen Street Players, a youth Theatre group which is part of UACT – Urban Artist Conservatory of Tucson – offerings.  They are taking classes and having rehearsals.  Remember all of ArtFare Block is “shared space” and you will meet artists, musicians, and other performers everywhere on the ArtFare Block.

ArtFare Block volunteers – We have lots of great things happening and many announcements for your arts pleasure this holiday season, so we are having lots and lots of meetings in Burger City.  Continue watching this site, check out our twitter page, and more to find out what’s happening.

The windows are covered to give our ArtFare volunteers some privacy as they work to get us re-opened quickly.  We love you all but we had twice as many people inquiring before we put up the paper and less work was getting done.  We promise it will be worth the wait!

Burger City to Open Soon

14 11 2009

After a long hiatus, Burger City, ArtFare’s little burger shop that could, is opening again for lunch.  We anticipate a launch date of less than a week (keep your fingers crossed).

Our menu is still chock full of great burgers, with your favorites here for you.  As always all proceeds go to support the arts and we will be employing artists and musicians to cook and serve your burgers.  Local art is for sale on the walls.  Our tables have been resurfaced (awwww…….) but not to worry, we have plans for new artistic outlets for you while you wait for your food.

In the meantime follow our tweets, see our video on youtube, or search this blog for photos of Burger City to whet your appetite!

Muse Gallery Opens on ArtFare Block – Media Coverage Ensues

14 11 2009

‘Muse’ gallery showcases PCC talent

Posted by College Publication at Thursday, October 15, 2009

‘Muse’ Art Gallery showcases PCC talent

Photos by Jessica Canchola
Story by Katie Cunningham

The Muse Art Gallery on Sixth Street at Congress hosted a show Oct. 10 consisting of Pima Community College student’s art. Following the art show, a local band performed.

The Muse was previously located on Fourth Avenue in an old YMCA building. However, that building was torn down so the gallery moved to Sixth Street.

The Muse, Burger City and TALA School are all owned by a non-profit organization, ArtFare.
Most employees volunteer, including PCC student Susana Valente.

“I really want people to be intimate about their art,” Valente said.

Valente, who will soon graduate with a fine arts degree, hopes to continue her education in business, advertising and marketing. At The Muse she is an artist and organizer.

“The Intimate Show” as Valente named it, was a chance for the Tucson community to see what local artists have accomplished.

Along with the art display, a local band played on the third floor of the TALA school. PCC student Serena Rose is the violist and bassist in the band, Enshpere. The current members have been together for about a year, playing a sort of alternative rock with a twist.

“This is a liberating place,” Rose said of The Muse. “It’s an awesome outlet for Tucson.”

Both Valente and Rose said they feel free to express themselves at gallery. Valente has painted a large mural on one wall inside the building, spending two and half months and about 3,000 hours on the project.

At the TALA school, children attend during the day and artists flock for practice space at night. “It’s open 24/7,” Valente said.

The Muse has a graffiti area in the back that is always open to artists. At The Muse, the creators are called “artists” rather than taggers. The colors and pictures are beautiful compared to the tagging seen on most walls.

“It shows a more artist community,” Rose said.

The Muse art show displayed many creative pieces from PCC students and the added music made for an artistic night.

This smaller sized art gallery is making a splash with Tucson artists. There will be more shows to come from the ArtFare venues, so keep your eyes open.

Tami’s Treasure House – A New Addition to ArtFare Block

14 11 2009

Just in time for the holidays, a new addition to the ArtFare family – Tami’s Treasure House.  If you’re looking for Christmas ornaments, decorations for your home, an office gift for exchange or a personal piece of downtown art for yourself, visit Tami’s Treasure House, only a few steps from Burger City.  Many items are handcrafted by Tucson artists, and you will find gently used collectibles and new merchandise in especially for the holidays.  Go down to the block and meet Tami.


Dept 56 Christmas Village Collectibles


ArtFare to Host Indie Film Social and Workshops for the 2nd Annual AZ Underground Film Festival

26 10 2009



ARTFARE congratulates Mr. David Pike & Mr. Michael Hojjatie on their continuing efforts to bring quality films that stimulate the mind for the 2nd Annual AZ. Underground Film Festival. We invite all film industry insiders to a social gathering to discuss the film festival, upcoming film projects, workshops and information about the AZ Tax Incentives for Film program:

WHEN:  Sunday November 1st, 2009

WHERE: ARTFARE 55 N. 6th Ave. (Across from the Ronstadt Bus Transit Center)

TIME: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Actors, Professional Crew members, Media Arts Students, Journalists, Administration professionals as well as interested individuals are invited to attend and talk about every aspect of film and enjoy food, drink and music. For additional information, please contact Ms. Gabriele Andres at 982-0520. Dress to Impress. See you there!


26 10 2009


The Rules of Cinema Will Be Broken!

TUCSON, AZ – The Arizona Underground Film Festival returns for a second year to screen the best of underground and cult independent cinema in Tucson, AZ from Nov. 2th through the 7th. From the bizarre to the beautiful, from shorts to features, films from all corners of the globe will embrace screens in Tucson the first week of November. Locations for the festival are The Loft Cinema, Crossroads Cinema, The Screening Room, and other locations in downtown Tucson. For a complete rundown of the schedule including times and all locations, visit http://www.azundergroundfilmfest.com

After a successful first year in 2008, founder, festival director and acclaimed independent filmmaker, David Pike, decided to pursue another year of the film festival to give Tucson a taste of the eclectic and edgy side of filmmaking. The festival’s mission is to showcase the work of filmmakers with defiantly independent visions with films that challenge the audience, break the rules and offer something different than a standard Hollywood movie.

Many filmmakers and actors will be in attendance this year including William Forsythe (Devil’s Rejects, Halloween, Raising Arizona), Noah Segan (Cabin Fever 2, Deadgirl), and others still yet to be announced. There will also be many local to international filmmakers making appearances with their films and doing Q&A’s with the audience.


For more information about this topic, please contact Festival Director David Pike at info@azundergroundfilmfest.com or Co-Festival Director Michael Hojjatie at hailthehodge@gmail.com.