2007 – BICAS at ArtFare Block’s Area 51 – Blast From the Past

10 12 2009




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.





Burger City on Hiatus during August

7 08 2009

Thanks to all who attended the August 1 block party and for those of you who just discovered Burger City we want to let you know that it is ArtFare tradition to go on hiatus for the month of August which means that Burger City will go dark.  But not all the way.

ArtFare and Burger City employees will remain hard at work getting Tucson Academy of Leadership and Arts (our K-8 Charter School) ready to open on August 17.  TALA is receiving a complete remodel and has students and parents excited about returning. Enrollment is ongoing.

Burger City employees will lend a hand and help with painting, cleaning, moving, and stocking the facilities (yes the hard work will be left to the contracted help, but everyone joins in to the best of their ability on the ArtFare Block).  Burger City corporate manager, Roy Schaefer will concentrate on the renovations needed to open the new restaurant on the east side of town.

In the meantime, Burger City 1 staff – that’s the employees at the downtown restaurant – will be reworking the menu, making changes to the shop, and welcoming guests for special events.  A new website is in the works, and we have added a Twitter account for updates (tweet us @burgercity).  Burger City 1 will reopen for regular business with regular hours (!) on September 1Burger City 2, at Williams Centre, is set to open Sept 1 also and we will hold a grand opening event to celebrate both shops going back online.

That’s right, Burger City 1 will still be available for special events.  Our kitchen is not closed.  Staff will be on hand to cater receptions, performances, to rent the space out for fundraisers and for special dinner and lunch meetings which are scheduled for our downtown friends.  We are working on a very special project which will transform the building in the evenings and present Burger City with an alter ego!

Our largest special event will be open to the public and is our contribution to the opening of the 4th Avenue underpass on August 20.  John C Scott and his radio show will broadcast live from Burger City and we will be open and serving burgers during the event.  You will be able to preview some of the changes.

Other projects include the unveiling of a fresh way to find out what’s happening on the ArtFare Block.  Our arts instructors are about to blow the lid off the block so make sure to come down to the block on August 20!