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Head of Tucson's MOCA leaving museum

The head of MOCA Tucson is leaving the downtown art space after just one year in the post. Samuel Ireland, the contemporary art museum's executive director, will step down at the beginning of September. ... Read more»

Arizona, New Mexico senators team up to prevent sale of tribal items

The Arizona and New Mexico lawmakers teamed up this week to sponsor a bipartisan bill that would prevent the auction of sacred tribal items.... Read more»

Tribe declares ‘a small victory’ after artifact is pulled from Paris auction

French authorities halted the sale this week of a shield that the Acoma Pueblo tribe believes was stolen from them in the 1970s, according to tribal leaders.... Read more»

Newly restored Virgin Mary statue returns to San Xavier Mission

After nearly four months of cleaning and restoration, the statue has been returned to its home.... Read more»

Navajo rugs: Weaving a story of the Diné people

The stories of the Navajo Nation, the Diné people, are woven into tapestries and rugs by the women and men who know the secrets, who have been taught the sacred songs and prayers that go with the weaving.... Read more»

In 'Barrio Stories,' Downtown history comes to life

The Barrio Stories Project, stories of the demolition of the historic heart of Downtown Tucson almost five decades ago, will come to life outside the TCC in a series of performances by Borderlands Theater this Thursday through Sunday.... Read more»

Tucson Museum of Art names new CEO

The Downtown museum that holds a collection of 9,000 pieces has a new head: Jeremy Mikolajczak of Miami Dade College's Museum of Art and Design will move to Tucson to take over in the wake of the retirement of longtime TMA chief Robert Knight.... Read more»

UA photography center appoints (another) new curator

Rebecca Senf, already a curator of a UA collaboration with the Phoenix Art Museum, has been named the latest in a series of chief curators of the troubled Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. Her predecessor lasted less than two years, and the CCP's director also recently quit — the fifth in seven years.... Read more»1

Painting a misleading picture? Stats show artists in Az have higher incomes

Fine artists in Arizona on average make more money annually than artists in any other state, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But there may be more Impressionism than Realism to those figures.... Read more»

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Holiday roundup: A very merry month of events

The holidays are upon us and Tucson offers up a veritable cornucopia of festive events to help you enjoy the season:... Read more»

Weekend events to kickstart your holiday season

A roundup of events to get you in the mood for the holidays.... Read more»

Foundation raises millions to preserve Wright’s Taliesin West

Tens of thousands of people visit Frank Llyod Wright's Taliesin West each year, but preservation and restoration of the landmark cost about $2.5 million per year.... Read more»

'Everyone's a Celt' at Tucson Highland games

Highland dancing, caber tossing, bagpipers and drummers, skilled dogs, kilts a-plenty and even a dram or two of whisky can be found at this weekend's Tucson Celtic Festival and Highland Games. The revelry takes place this Friday—Sunday at Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. 1st Ave.... Read more»

1000px: Sunset

The meteorologists tell us that the monsoon has ended, but we're still seeing the beautiful combination of layered clouds and shafts of light as the sun slips behind the Tucson Mountains. How could you not love living in a place with a light show like this just about every night?... Read more»

MOCA names Samuel Ireland as new ED

The interim head of MOCA Tucson has been chosen as the contemporary art center's new executive director. Samuel Ireland replaces ex-ED Anne-Marie Russell, who took a post at a Florida museum earlier this year.... Read more»

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