Mikiztli in Mesa – A Dia de Los Muertos Celebration!

Posted on Nov 3, 2016
Mikiztli in Mesa – A Dia de Los Muertos Celebration!

Mikiztli [mee-keesh-tleeh]  and its history can be found tracing far back into Anáhuac, the original name of pre-colonial Meso America. Before the arrival of the Europeans, the indigenous peoples had no word for death in the Náhuatl language. We viewed death as a transition from this life to the next, called Mikiztli, a transformation or […]

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Posted on Oct 22, 2016

If you’ve never celebrated Dia de Los Muertos before, or learned about its history you might have some questions about the origin of the holiday. If you’re not a Spanish-speaker, you might even be unfamiliar with some of the vocabulary or traditions of Day of the Dead. Not to fear though! Today we’re answering all […]

Community Spotlight: i.d.e.a. Museum

Posted on Oct 6, 2016
Community Spotlight: i.d.e.a. Museum

This week on the 20th anniversary blog series it only feels right to talk about a community fixture catering to kids and families in Mesa for 38 years, the i.d.e.a. Museum. The i.d.e.a. Museum is known for its ever-changing art exhibitions, hands-on, multi-sensory art projects and its increasing use of technology and STEAM (Science, Technology, […]

El Puente: Sunday, October 2nd: Theatre Festival & Mask Procession

Posted on Sep 26, 2016
El Puente:  Sunday, October 2nd: Theatre Festival & Mask Procession

This Sunday, October 2nd, Tempe Center for the Arts will be the scene of this year’s El Puente Theatre Festival and Mask Procession. This free event boasts a wide variety of performances, local art, food, mask-making and kids activities. From 2-6 pm you can expect to see free performances including those by Desert Sounds Mariachi […]

Voces Unidas Choir to perform at yearly Festival

Posted on Sep 15, 2016
Voces Unidas Choir to perform at yearly Festival

It’s no secret that music has its benefits beyond pleasure. Through contemporary research and practices, music therapy has provided new opportunities for treatment, and many are singing its praises. One group that is doing just that is the phoenix-based Voces Unidas or “United Voices” Choir. The singers in Voces Unidas Choir all have something pretty […]