Each January, residents from the cities and towns of Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Guadalupe, Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale gather at Tempe Town Lake to celebrate diversity and culture during the annual Regional Unity Walk. While it's still not safe to gather in large groups, the need for unity is greater than ever.
In honor of the 18th year of the Regional Unity event, these Valley cities are coming together to host a "Unity ArtWalk: A Visual Journey of Diversity, Culture and Equity." Each city has compiled a list of signature art pieces, including murals, photos, performances and sculptures for the community to experience. The majority of the featured art is accessible without going indoors, so it's a safe activity to enjoy as a family outing, date night or even to escape your neighborhood to explore a nearby city.
The public is encouraged to visit www.mesaaz.gov/unitywalk to view a map of the complete art walk destinations. The map will feature information about each piece, including the artists.
Additionally, in Mesa, the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum will be featuring exhibitions in conjunction with the Unity ArtWalk:
Guest Curator: Clottee Hammons, Creative Director, Emancipation Arts LLC who will be hosting a special pop-up 'Human Contrast' from Dec. 22 to Jan. 31.
Ann Morton will be hosting 'History Repeats' in the South Gallery from Dec. 22 to March 28.
Harold Lohner will be hosting 'Forbidden Colors' in the SRP Gallery from Dec. 22 to April 18.
While residents are out on the town enjoying the art walk, each city's Diversity Office has compiled a list of recommended restaurants (with carryout services available) along the way that are owned by People of Color. During this time, it's important to support local businesses. Be sure to try a different eatery and explore a new experience for your taste buds, too.
To learn more about diversity initiatives in each of the participating cities and towns, visit www.mesaaz.gov/unitywalk.
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Contact: Kevin Christopher