Something is happening downtown – our home away from home, Jacome Plaza, right in front of the Joel D. Valdez Downtown Library, is undergoing a facelift.
The Downtown Tucson Partnership is working to redefine this space as a destination gathering spot for the larger community and PFFS and CHS students are welcome guests. Improvements include bistro tables/chairs and free wifi, play paraphernalia (ping pong table, giant chess board, corn hole), and community outreach personnel to provide advice about free or low-cost housing, medical and food support.
And while some members of the community might be worried about what these changes will bring, our Paulo Freire and City High kids and teachers are uniformly excited. KVOA interview.
We look forward to additional events and opportunities like the one The Inside Out Project, a global participatory art project, made its way to Jacome Plaza last Friday. This participatory installation gives everyone the opportunity to share their portrait and express what they stand for. It is a global platform for people to share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art. It was launched in 2011 by world-renowned artist JR. Since then, over 300,000 people have participated in 141 countries. The project has traveled from Ecuador to Nepal, from Mexico to Indonesia, inspiring group actions on varied themes such as hope, diversity, gender-based violence, climate change. Our venue was in support of Dreamers and DACA.