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Arts Engagement at TCA

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These FREE workshops, panels, and performances tie the 2017-2018 Tempe Center for the Arts Presenting Season with the community and local artists. This programming connects the content presented by touring artists to critical conversations and arts experiences happening in the community.

Inspired by the Mariachi Flor de Toloache performance February 3, 2018
TCA Talks presents: Women in the Arts 
Jan 31 | 7:00-9:00 pm
Join four women who work in artistic fields where they are outnumbered by men. These women will share their experiences, challenges, and achievements: Zamantha Lopez as a mariachi artist; Felipa Lerma, playwright; Alexus Purnell, b-girl; and Mary Upchurch, comedian.

Gidion’s Knot
TCA Talks presents: Directors Chat 

Mar 9 | 6:30-7:30 pm
Hear from Ron May, Artistic Director of Stray Cat Theatre, Tracy Liz Miller, Director of Gidion’s Knot, and Ralph Remington, Producing Artistic Director of Tempe Center for the Arts. They will share why they chose to present Gidion’s Knot as part of their season, and give a behind the scenes look into how this play was created. 

TCA Talks presents: The Right to Express 
Mar 23 | 6:30-7:30 pm

Before experiencing the closing weekend of Gidion’s Knot, take a moment to hear a discussion between an arts activist, a therapist, a teacher, and mothers as they discuss censorship, the line between reality and expression, mental health, and parent teacher relationships.

Che Malambo
Brazilian Drumming Workshop 
Apr 7 | 3:00-4:00 pm

Learn to beat to the rhythm of your own drum in this beginner drumming workshop with the ASU School of Music Drum Club. (no experience required)

Disrupt FEST
Workshop with Keith Wallace 
Apr 14 | 10 am-12 pm

Keith Wallace, co-creator of The Bitter Game, a play about trauma, police brutality, and what it means to be a black man in America, will lead a public workshop about creating art for social change. Attendees are not required to have experience as artists, but must be willing to roll up their sleeves, work with others, and create something new.