Casa Grande is one of nine communities represented in the inaugural Arizona Creative Communities Institute, a learning program wherein diverse teams from Arizona cities, towns, and neighborhoods reimagine community assets and devise meaningful projects that place creative engagement, ethical and equitable practices, and local wisdom at the center.

Team Members & Collaborators

The list below includes persons affiliated with the team at any point in the 2+ year engagement:

Erica Herman, Artist; Art Teacher, Casa Grande Elementary School District

Gloria Leija, City Clerk, City of Casa Grande

Rina Rien, Former Executive Director, Casa Grande Main Street

Stacey Seaman, Founder, Blackbox Foundation; Instructor, Central Arizona College

Regis Sommers, Artist; Member, City of Casa Grande Arts and Humanities Commission

About Casa Grande

Population: 57,232

“Casa Grande is a town rich in history and people who don’t wait around for someone else to make it happen. Casa Grande exists because a group of entrepreneurs at the turn of the 20th century saw an opportunity to build amenities around the ‘end of the line,’ where Southern Pacific Railroad halted its tracks to California due to the heat. Now a city of 50,000 that balloons to almost twice that with winter visitors, Casa Grande has managed to retain its small town charm while attracting new and exciting development to the area. We’re dedicated to preserving our past, celebrating the present, and envisioning our future as the economic locomotive of the Southwest.”

Rina Rien, Former Executive Director, Casa Grande Main Street


A community engagement process culminating in a festival of creative experiences in Casa Grande’s downtown Arts and Culture District, reflecting the vision and talents of residents, and a secondary project applying learning from the Mosaic Festival to an artistic revitalization of a century-old vehicle/pedestrian train underpass in the community.


AZ CCI: Casa Grande

Additional Information and Project Updates

CG Mosaic festival website

Art, music and storytelling all featured at CG Mosaic festival Sunday | Casa Grande Dispatch, October 31, 2019

CG Mosaic fest attracts hundreds | Casa Grande Dispatch, November 4, 2019


Design a Logo for Casa Grande's Inaugural "CG Mosaic Festival"

The AZ Creative Communities team from Casa Grande invites submissions for a logo design, which will be used to promote the “CG Mosaic Festival.” The “CG Mosaic Festival” will reflect the vision of the Casa Grande Creative Communities Team to bring creative and interactive art experiences to the community of Casa Grande. 

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Banner Image: Rose Johnson Mural – Casa Grande


The Arizona Citizens for the Arts will honor Catherine “Rusty” Foley, longtime arts advocate and supporter who served as executive director at AZCA for eight years before her retirement, and Bob Booker, who was executive director at the Arizona Commission on the Arts from 2006 to 2017. They will receive Shelley Awards at the 39th annual Governor’s Arts awards celebration, which will recognize arts across the state, March 26 at the Mesa Arts Center. ... See MoreSee Less

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Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant recipient, Dansense will present "Look into my Voice, Hear my Dance," a culmination of collaborations in creative expression, using dance and other media, between students of Bharata Natyam and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence at the Hackett House, Feb 29-March 1. For more info, visit ... See MoreSee Less

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Are you a teaching artist who works with older adults? How about a nonprofit arts or health/aging organization with creative aging programs? AZ Creative Aging: Researchapalooza is a year-long data collection and research challenge focused on gathering data about existing creative aging programs and their participants.
Want to join the fun? Submit your application by March 5!
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