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Free festival tomorrow to launch Mesa Arts Center’s 2016-17 season

Mesa Arts Center will celebrate the start of its 2016-17 season with a free, family-friendly kickoff festival on Sept. 9, from 6-10 p.m. (Courtesy Mesa Arts Center)

Mesa Arts Center will celebrate the start of its 2016-17 season with a free, family-friendly kickoff festival, titled “Between the Lines,” on Sept. 9, from 6-10 p.m.

Tomorrow’s event is inspired by the theme of exhibitions opening in the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum that same evening, which is contemporary art inspired by literature.

“Mesa Arts Center’s 16-17 season is full of surprises,” said Casey Blake, director of public relations for the Mesa Arts Center. “The Season Kickoff Festival is our way of inviting everyone to celebrate with us the season of great contemporary art, stellar live performances and many opportunities for people to experience the arts on our campus.

“Our festivals always offer hands-on activities, live music and lots to see and do. And, it’s free!”

Festival goers will see live performances, hear nonstop live music, watch live street artists and see artist demonstrations on the campus Shadow Walk, tour Mesa Arts Center’s art studios and enjoy delicious foods from local vendors such as Paleta’s Betty, Waffle Love food truck, and Firehouse Kettle Corn.

Features of the event will include:

  • Atmospheric performances by Vessel Project, embodying well-known literary characters.
  • Book sale and signings by local authors.
  • Experimental Art Night performances presented by [nueBOX].
  • Hands-on activity and book giveaway by Page Coach.
  • Hands-on community art project by artist Kyllan Maney.
  • Live painting demonstrations by Mesa Arts Center art studios.
  • Opening of five contemporary art exhibitions inspired by literature in Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum.
  • Performance by Mesa-based band Vintage Wednesday.
  • Performances by Humor Writes, Phonetic Spit and AZ Beat Lab on the Project Lit Stage.
  • Pop-up performances by Cazo Dance.
  • Singer/songwriter showcase on Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Stage.

Following a hiatus in late August, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum will reopen tomorrow with five new exhibitions. “Worldwide Wanderings,” by Beatrice Coron, an internationally recognized papercutting artist, will feature Coron’s literature inspired works and book forms. “Paradise Lost,” by Daniel Martin Diaz, will feature a new series comprised of 10 drawings that allegorically illustrate the “Fall of Man” and “War in Heaven” in contemporary times. “Off the Page” will display works that look at the influences literature continues to have on contemporary art and interconnected nature of visual, oral and written storytelling. “Disillusioned,” by Dina Goldstein, will feature select pieces from Goldstein’s two most prominent series: “Fallen Princesses” and “Gods of Suburbia.” Then “The Footnote Chronicles,” by Corinne Geertsen, will display digitally manipulated photographs by the artist, who uses humor to convey the psychological state of the depicted characters, playfully placing many of them in fanciful, and often times, precarious predicaments. For this exhibition, Geertsen collaborated with writers to create poetic storylines to accompany many of the renderings.

Mesa Arts Center,  1 E. Main St., is located in downtown Mesa. There is no charge to attend the Season Kickoff Festival or the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum’s opening, and parking is free. More information can be found at MesaArtsCenter.com or by calling 480-644-6500.



The Mesa Arts Center, owned and operated by the city of Mesa, is a unique, architecturally stunning facility located in the heart of downtown Mesa. Arizona’s largest arts center is home to four theaters, five art galleries, and 14 art studios. Guests, patrons, and students come to Mesa Arts Center to enjoy the finest live entertainment and performances, world-class visual art exhibitions, and outstanding arts education classes.

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