Next50 begins with you – your voice, your values, and your imagination. You live and learn and work here. You make things happen. You build, explore, and innovate. In so many ways, you are a creative Arizonan.

So we want to know: what, or where, is your creative spark?

Your stories, talent, and dreams drive the Next50 initiative. We want to learn from and with you. Your Creative Spark submissions help us to better understand your perspectives and aspirations, and consider changes to our service in response.

Below are just a few submissions we’ve already received. We hope you’ll share yours!


Elena Thornton on Advancing Community through Arts and Culture

“Arizona Consortium for the Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, all volunteer, community organization. The consortium’s vision is to establish a multicultural, multidisciplinary arts space/center. The center will provide a home for all activities and foster artistic growth for people of all ages through the participation in the arts.”

“Downtown Tucson Gazebo at la Placita Park” by Eric Jabloner

“From 2011 – 2014 a three year journey to document the architectural aspects of Tucson arizona. The Barrio to its landmarks. The joy of also inspiring other Tucson artists to do the same.”

“Driving by the fence in Agua Prieta” by M. Jenea Sanchez

“Creativity is always present in this place and it’s beautiful to witness the will of the artist claim this highly politicized border as a site for art practice.”

“Today” by Nadine Bobo

Nadine Bobo of Glendale shares a poem called “Today.”

“Hayden Flour Mill” by Ralph Michael Brekan

“Hand-crafted from color theatrical gels and coated in polymer resin, this one-of-a-kind cut and paste collage-painting is the latest fare from American Pop Artist Ralph Michael Brekan.”

“Thunder On The Mountain” by Jay Beckman

“Aviation has played and continues to play a large role in Arizona’s economy and documenting flight in the southwest is my creative spark.”

“Raven Steals the Sun” by Tom Williams

“I play with fire so hot it can melt metal, electricity with enough voltage to start Frankenstein’s heart, light so bright it can burn your eyes. Sparks fly, motors whine. Bam! Bam! Bam! The hammer falls. Sweat pours off my forehead, hot embers singe my skin, my back aches, and I love it! I may not be a super hero; I am better. I am an ARTIST!”

Contemporary Wearable Art by Rameen Ahmed

Contemporary wearable art by Studio Jeweler & Fine Arts Instructor Rameen Ahmed. The composition embodies a mobile sculpture – contoured to the human body, that is really an extension of play between the body and the piece.

A Multimedia Work-in-Progress by Oliverio Balcells

“I’m working on a multimedia project with original music and images, is the story of a person that came from a different dimension and is trying to remember his symbols that were on his skin before he came to this life. The story would take place in the Valley of the Sun.”

“To Be” by Libby Rooney

Libby Rooney of Globe performs her poem “To Be” in this video clip from the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam.