Arizona Arts & Culture News: Los Tigres de Tolleson mariachi; Zeri Reasons; Save Our Saguaros

April 12, 2024

By Jessica Vaile

Sonoran Desertscape

Groundbreaking for Fountain Hills Dark Sky Center set for same day as eclipse / ABC 15

The groundbreaking ceremony for The International Dark Sky Discovery Center in Fountain Hills took place the same day as the total solar eclipse. The planned international attraction will include an observatory, planetarium, and theater and is slated to open its doors in 2025.

This metro Phoenix mariachi band is playing the White House for Easter. What to know / Arizona Republic

The Los Tigres de Tolleson mariachi band from the Tolleson Elementary School District headed to Washington, D.C., to perform at this year’s Easter Egg Roll at the White House.

Valley teens using music to advocate for mental health / ABC 15

With nearly half of all high-school-age Arizonans experiencing poor mental health, a group of Valley teens are making music with a mission. The band, Zeri Reasons, partners with local behavioral health organizations to spread their message.

Save Our Saguaros’: Buffelgrass pulling and mural painting / The Daily Wildcat

February marked the start of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s “Save Our Saguaros” month, a time dedicated to bringing awareness and fighting buffelgrass. This year, Tucson artist Wesley Creigh was hired to design a paint-by-numbers mural for the community on “A” Mountain. Read more: ‘This place is special:’ Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum director reacts to being a national medal finalist

Expanded staff, new space helps connect Labriola Center with Native American community / ASU News

Labriola National American Indian Data Center recently opened at ASU inside Hayden Library with a mission to connect with the approximately 3,800 Native American students on campus and the surrounding Native American community. This multi-use area can be used for book talks, workshops, live music, video conferencing, and livestreaming events.

Arizona Humanities grant awarded to Sharlot Hall Museum Research Center for Yavapai Magazine digitization project / The Daily Courier

An Arizona Humanities grant will allow for the historic Yavapai Magazine to be digitized. The Yavapai Magazine covers 18 years of material on Arizona’s mining and ranching industries, among other topics.


Matt Rolland is a Class of 2005 Flinn Scholar and the director of programs at Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) in Tucson. SAACA recently shared with the Flinn Foundation select works from the Uncommon Knowledge exhibition, which highlights early disease diagnosis and patient self-advocacy. Matt is a member of two bands, Run Boy Run and RISO, and recently performed at the art exhibition reception hosted by the Flinn Foundation.

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