Michael Peel

Local First Arizona and many community partners are launching a new signature event to help community members of all ages to learn how to engage in localism through micro-workshops focused on topics related to sustainability, technology and more. 

Discover Local, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, will be the kick-off event of the TENWEST Festival for 2018. TENWEST Festival welcomes more than 5,000 innovators and collaborators to experience more than 100 unique events and exhibitions in Tucson. This annual multi-day festival encourages curiosity and discovery in arts, social impact, sustainability, entrepreneurship, and technology in our community. 

Discover Local, at the Tucson Museum of Art, will offer Tucsonans the opportunity to connect with local businesses and nonprofits through innovative hands-on activities that are educational as well as fun. Through these micro-workshop experiences and other activities, Discover Local attendees will be able to experience the power of Tucson’s local businesses and organizations. From water harvesting and earth works to technology and arts, desert gardening and urban arts culture, Discover Local will highlight ways to get involved with diverse organizations that strengthen the Tucson economy. The main goal is to connect the community to actions on localism and sustainability and understanding how the choices you make and the interactions you have each day affect the entire Tucson ecosystem. 

This free and family-friendly event, in partnership with Tucson Museum of Art’s Second SundAZe Family Day, offers admission to the museum for residents of Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. Visit the new exhibit, 30 Americans, and join in on a Kehinde Wiley inspired selfie station, art-making projects and a performance by Liudvik Luis Cutiño Cruz at 1 p.m. 

The TENWEST micro-workshops and activities for all ages will range from tracks including the following: 

• Living Green/Viviendo Verde: There are simple things we can do to promote a healthier planet. Through hands-on demonstrations, this track introduces participants to sustainable living at home. From effective recycling, to energy efficiency and DIY rainwater harvesting, we can all do our part at home to support our local and global environment.

• In Your Backyard/En Mi Jardin: The Sonoran desert ecosystem is a complex and beautiful place that doesn’t end at the border of Tucson Mountain Park—it’s in your neighborhood, too. This track will give participants interactive ways to discover the urban ecosystem in their own backyard and learn how our local community is uniquely interconnected. 

TENWEST Passport Holders ($25) receive special benefits, including Discover Local Day Passes for admission into all activities and local prize opportunities such as a Bisbee getaway and more.

$10 Discover Local Day Pass will unlock special activities and prize opportunities.

For more information on Discover Local, contact Michael Peel at mike@localfirstaz.com or visit the Local First Arizona website at localfirstaz.com.  

Michael Peel is Southern Arizona director for Local First Arizona and Local First Arizona Foundation. This is a regular series of columns from Local First Arizona on local sustainable economy issues. Get involved as a member or volunteer of LFA by signing up at www.localfirstaz.com.