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A statue’s hidden story

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A story that began over 30 years ago in Tucson comes back to life today through the personification of a statue. Marge Pellegrino and Marianna Neil wrote “The Sculpture Speaks: A Story of Survival” after they discovered a statue in the Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson. Their story follows events in the 1980s involving the persecution of refugees in the United States. Only their story stemmed from a bronze statue. Artist John Howser created the statue and used refugee Juana as his model. During this time, the government handed down indictments that went after sanctuaries. Because of this, Carmen Duarte of the Arizona Daily Star, shared Juana’s story of her journey from Mexico City to Tucson. This caught the eye of government officials, who began trying to track her down. Juana, at this time, was posing for Howser’s sculpture....

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UA Museum of Art collection is priceless

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  In a building that can take you around the world and through time within hours, the permanent collection of the University of Arizona Museum of Art Archive of Visual Arts strategically begins to build one-of-a-kind exhibitions each year. The UA Museum of Art is the permanent home to over 6,000 pieces, from paintings, photographs, sculptures, and more. This does not include the archive collection, which consists of letters, papers, sketchbooks, and other things that were a part of the artistic process. With the permanent collection, the archive collection, and pieces on loan, the creation of the exhibitions begins. The first exhibition occurred in 1924; created by UA professor Katherine Kitt, who is also the founder of the UA Art Department. That year, C. Leonard Pfeiffer promised to give his art collection to UA, and from there, the collection...

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Communities fear art funding cuts

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Small, rural communities like Bisbee don’t have to worry about cuts to funding for art programs yet, but the fear is lingering. President Donald Trump wants to cut federal funding to the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal program that gives about $145 million across the country for art programs. Arizona receives about $1.5 million in federal funds for art initiatives.  The NEA gives Arizona around $800,000, the remaining money comes from the Arts Trust Fund. These funds are distributed through grants, but also through programs and services. Major cities like Tucson and Phoenix are given larger sums of money, while smaller communities only receive a couple thousand dollars. The Bisbee community fears that if they are already getting the short end of the stick, that federal cuts will have a bigger impact. “Funding for the arts in...

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