Arizona’s small art town takes center stage


TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – An Arizona city is rising through the ranks in USA Today’s nominations for the 10 best small town art scenes. Tubac is the only Arizona city nominated.

It is best known as the place where art and history meet. There are only three main roads and no sidewalks, but there is an abundance of art.

Leslie Miller, principal of the Tubac School of Fine Arts, said: “If you are not an artist, you are an art supporter if you live here. It is clearly like that. Everyone is so generous in spirit and everyone has creativity, and I think everyone really appreciates it here at Tubac.

Art is everywhere you look and it comes in all forms – from sculptures to paintings and everything in between. In its first year Tubac Fine Arts School had around eight students, it has now grown to around 500.

Miller said: “There are so many people who have been told that they can’t pursue their art because they are not good enough or because it is not worthy, and they come here. and they find out that there are other like-minded people and they are encouraged and it’s a wonderful feeling.

Tubac Arts Center is known as the artistic gem of the southwest.

Karon Leigh, Artistic Director of the Tubac Center of the Arts, said, “The Tubac Center of the Arts is pretty much the hub of all the arts in Tubac. And we support local artists, regional artists and local businesses. We all work together, you know? It’s like all these groups, all these organizations working together to make Tubac a special place.

And it’s a special place, deeply rooted in Arizona history.

Ivan Drechsler, President of the Tubac Chamber of Commerce said: “Tubac has always come back. We are the first European settlement in Arizona, so we are truly the first in Arizona.

And as Arizona’s first, the residents of Tubac are hoping they’ll be number one on USA Today’s list.

Dreschler said: “It’s absolutely perfect for us because that’s who we are. We are artists in all their forms and designs.

You can vote for Tubac on today’s U.S. list until April 26. Tubac is currently ranked second. To vote for Tubac, follow the link below.

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