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Local muralist paints Tucson brighter

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  Joe Pagac, a local fine artist, has been providing the Tucson community with street art for the past 14 years. Pagac found his calling in art during his sophomore year at the University of Arizona after taking an introductory drawing class. “Once I graduated I just put an ad ‘artist for hire’ in the newspaper and people started calling me and I started getting jobs and was able to quit doing anything else about three months out of college.” Now, he makes a living as a full-time artist. His work includes live paintings during events, book illustrations and three-dimensional pieces. But his murals steal the spotlight. His canvasses include downtown buildings, the Rialto Theatre, where he paints a new mural on the side of the building every two to three weeks, restaurants and bars and churches. Pagac focuses...

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The Art of Following your Dreams

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Go to college, major in a practical field, get a job, contribute to society, rinse and repeat. It’s the norm, but some know there’s more to life than following the paved road. Today these risk takers are dreamers, those who follow their passions and are faced with straying from the comfortable in order to reach their destination. Angelina Elias, a film and television major, was stuck between pleasing her mother and going for what she wants. Starting off as an English major, the path of study her mother wanted for her, she later switched to astronomy with a film minor, eventually making her way into film full time with a minor in marketing. “At the end of the day I told her I wanted to do film. She was furious but she only allowed me to do it because...

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Casa Mariposa restores broken lives

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In a quaint house west of downtown Tucson thrives a local intentional community dedicated to helping the voiceless and fighting injustice in the wake of immigration reform. The movement, initially known as The Restoration Project, began almost a year after a group of people met at a Sitting Tree community gathering in May 2008. After talking, they realized they share the same vision of living peacefully. Eight years later, the project has evolved into Casa Mariposa, a community known for its welcome arms, open doors and don’t-ask policy pertaining to the work of immigration and the U.S. Mexico border. The focus of the community lies in “helping those who are stuck in the web of immigration,” said John Heid, a long-term core member. Heid has roots in social work since 1984 when he first began his community involvement. He...

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