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

10 12 2009




An Evening on the ArtFare Block

4 08 2009

Until we load the disc of photos taken by the professional photographer(!) these last photos will have to hold you.  Scroll all the way down for photos posted earlier and click the Tucson Academy of Leadership & Arts tab above to view some shots from the TALA open house and get a sneak peak at the improvements in the building!

Adult Swim begins

Adult Swim begins

Tucson Birthday Ambassadors on Hand

Tucson Birthday Ambassadors on Hand

Burger City Crew

Burger City Crew

Families settling in for the free concert

Families settling in for the free concert

Jumping Castle for the kids

Jumping Castle for the kids

Block Party Coordinator Gabi Andres shopping

Block Party Coordinator Gabi Andres shopping

All ArtFare Shops open for business

All ArtFare Shops open for business

Special One Man Show by Orlando Montes

Special One Man Show by Orlando Montes

Dare to Hear Your Fortune?

Dare to Hear Your Fortune?

We weren't the only school enrolling!

We weren't the only school enrolling!

ArtFare Musicians in Residence

ArtFare Musicians in Residence

Tig's Serenade

Tig's Serenade

The end of the evening - til December 11, 2009

The end of the evening - til December 11, 2009





Arts Corridor Welcomes Unique Funding Sources

25 10 2008

What do you do in a challenged economy when you’re in an industry that is already under-funded? Well if you’re Tig Collins, you think outside the box. Really far outside the box. November will see the opening of two businesses, providing much needed jobs for downtown residents as well as generating funds to benefit Tucson arts.

ArtFare, headquartered in the historic Sears Executive Tower on 6th Avenue, is renovating adjacent buildings which formerly housed the Georget’s Restaurant and Kelly’s Army Surplus, creating a steady source of revenue from a new café and a market. The popular Georget’s Restaurant, famous locally for its great desserts, is being transformed into Burger City, a gourmet burger joint with a split personality and Kelly’s will become Kelly’s Market on 6th Avenue.

Burger City will offer convenient eats. Directly across from Ronstadt Bus Center the staff awaits your arrival for either a quick take-out order and dash to work or, for those want to linger, customers can dine in or sit at the attractive café tables enjoying the free wireless internet and get a jump on the day.

Kelly’s Market is located next door and in the finest tradition of bodegas and delis will offer deli foods prepared in the Burger City kitchen as well as stocking some of life’s necessities. Downtown and running late from work but have to pick up some milk and puppy chow on the way home? Call it in and drive up to the front of the market. They’ll have it bagged ready for you to pay and dash home.

ArtFare has long had a place in Tucson’s arts scene as the place to go when you have been displaced (5 out of 6 of the downtown warehouse artists made their way to ArtFare after being evicted: OTO, Dance Loft, Odaiko Sonora, and Capoeria Malangram); are looking for a “resting place” while reorganizing and restructuring your organization (e.g., El Ojito Springs Theater and Gallery); or in need of emergency short term rehearsal space (like the cast of the soon to open musical “Lost”).

The cost of providing reduced-cost or free space, utilities, support staff and, in some cases, funding of struggling artists and musicians has skyrocketed. Rather than turn away deserving artists and organizations or fold up and close, ArtFare has found a way to be even more of an asset to the downtown community.

Profits from both businesses will support the non-profit endeavors of ArtFare, after costs and wages for its cheerful employees. For more information, contact Tig Collins at 520-903-0918 or email her at space@artfare.org