Casa Grande is one or nine communities represented in the inaugural cohort of the AZ Creative Communities Institute (AZCCI). A program of Arizona Commission on the Arts and ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, with guidance from Southwest Folklife Alliance, AZCCI offers small teams, made up of diverse members of Arizona communities, a unique opportunity to explore the many ways creativity can be put to work for positive community impact.

About Casa Grande

“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

Team Members

Erica Herman, Teacher, Casa Grande ESD; Owner, Erica Herman Studios
Gloria Leija, City Clerk, City of Casa Grande
Rina Rien, Executive Director, Casa Grande Main Street
Stacey Seaman, Teacher, Casa Grande ESD; Owner/Director, Blackbox Foundation

Artist Collaborator(s)

Regis Sommers

Project

A community engagement process culminating in a festival of creative experiences located in Historic Downtown’s Arts and Culture District. The festival experience will reflect the vision of the Creative Communities Team, artists and residents who participate in this process.

Additional Information and Project Updates

https://www.facebook.com/CGAZMosaic/

Banner Image: Rose Johnson Mural – Casa Grande