Creativity Chix

Come Join Creativity Chix For Frolic, Friendship, & Mischief

The Creativity Chix are a rockin’ fun circle of sassy dames who love to share adventures! We have “artist dates” like this:

All Souls Procession & Finale Ceremony

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The All Souls Procession is a massive, grassroots gathering to creatively and collectively honor and celebrate our dead. It has its roots in the arts community of Tucson, which shows in the wide range of creative projects and costumes that participants bring to honor their loved ones–from masks to lanterns to portable altars to large floats.

The Procession is open to all cultures, all ways of honoring the dead, whether those are ancient inherited traditions or brand new ones invented by the participants. Everyone is welcome. Some people bring traditions from their ancestors–Aztec ceremonies, Dia de los Muertos imagery, Japanese Obon music and dance–others create new traditions–like adding a message or prayer to the Urn to be burnt during the Finale Ceremony. You are encouraged to do either, to dig into your own roots or to create something new.

The All Souls Procession is perhaps one of the most important, inclusive and authentic public ceremonies in North America today. The Procession had its beginnings in Tucson, Arizona in 1990 with a ceremonial performance piece created by local artist Susan Johnson. Johnson was grieving the passing of her father, and as an artist, she found solace in a creative, celebratory approach to memorializing him. Says Johnson, “From the beginning, it was different people’s ethnic groups, different cultures, but also it was all these different art forms put together.”

After that first year, many artists were inspired to continue, growing the Procession into its modern incarnation. Today we find ourselves organizing well over 150,000 participants on the streets of downtown Tucson for a two-mile long human-powered procession that ends in the ceremonial burning of a large Urn filled with the hopes, offerings and wishes of the public for those who have passed.

Myriad altars, performers, installation art, and creatives of all kinds collaborate for almost half the year to prepare their offerings for this amazing event. The All Souls Procession, and now the entire All Souls Weekend, is a celebration and mourning of the lives of our loved ones and ancestors.

Photo by Kathleen Dreier

Many Mouths One Stomach, a non-profit arts collective based in Tucson, AZ, is the organizing body for the Procession, and serves as a vehicle for working artists to collaborate, create, and inspire the public through Festal Culture. “Festal Culture”  is the expression and fulfillment of core human needs through public celebration, ceremony, and ritual. The All Souls Procession is an event that was created to serve the public need to mourn, reflect, and celebrate the universal experience of Death, through their ancestors, loved ones, and the living.

asp-2014-21The Procession is a sanctuary for community members from all walks of life to express their grief and loss in a celebration of creative energy and rejoicing of life.

With the continued cooperation of the City of Tucson, Tucson Police and Fire departments, local businesses, civic organizations, and participants like YOU — MMOS stewards the development of the parade to accommodate the growing number of participants in a healthy and harmonious way.

The Finale Ceremony is a ritual performance at the end of the Procession, centered on the burning of the tens of thousands of messages, prayers, and remembrances that participants have placed in the Urn. Volunteer Spirit Groups, under the professional guidance of Flam Chen and other directors, collaborate with musical guests and guest performers to create a performance that draws on and feeds the deep human hunger for ritual, collective, spectacular ceremony.

CREATIVITY CHIX will begin monthly Monday Movie Maven Matinees beginning in January…and periodic visits to art galleries, thrift stores, cool local shops & eateries, and special events. Watch for news in this space beginning soon!

Here are some past Chix adventures! Exploring the world of mosaics and stained glass at Tucson Stained Glass.

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Judy, our delightful instructor (in the peach colored top in the center of the photo) was such fun and we had a blast!!!

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We each made our own special mosaic…mosaic 5

guided by our own Muses…

mosaicbirds…

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mosaic 6and flowers!

mosaic 7Lots of delightful colors abounding…

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What great fun we had! Happy Mosaicers 1

Check this page as we schedule our fall adventures.

We’ll be making fabulous totems like these from stained glass this fall…

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You don’t want to miss out! CREATIVITY CHIX ROCK!!!!

Check out the Tucson Stained Glass web site at http://www.tucsonstainedglass.com.

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Some Past Creativity Chix “artist dates”…

 Ben’s Bells and Lunch: We made Ben’s Bells

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and learned about their beautiful work in our community, followed by lunch at one of the cool, new, downtown eateries. We  had a great adventure that touched everyone’s hearts! http://www.bensbells.org

Ben's Bells

We visited the beautiful Krikawa Gallery at 21 East Congress, Tucson, 85701 with our own Marnie Ehlers (co-founder of Creativity Chix!)

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Marnie has work represented at this fabulous gallery and we had a great time browsing the beautiful space…GalleryGallery 2with so many unique bits of art from the most talented local Tucson artists! 

Marnie & Gallery StaffWhat fun to have time to look closely at beautiful things in such a congenial space…Sharon & PennyTwo other of the Creativity Chix had their work represented at the gallery too…Doty and Sharon…Doty & Sharon It was loads of fun to admire the unique offers including these favorites of mine…Gallery 3Fishand it was fun to talk with staff and laugh and enjoy this wonderful artist date together!Sharon and SharonLinda & 2 SharonsTo end a perfect day, we had a fabulous lunch together at Cafe A La C’Art by the Tucson Museum of Art!

Creativity Chix ROCK!!!

The Chix

 It was such a fun day–aren’t you sorry you missed it!!

Sign up to me on our email list to learn about our next big adventure! paloma@dakotacom.net

Watch this page for new fun play dates!

 

 

 

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