MMOS’s flagship event began as an individual performance piece by Tucson artist, Susan Johnson in 1990. Today All Souls has now become one of the most authentic public ceremonies in North America today. Over 150,000 people from all walks of life come together every fall in Downtown Tucson to commemorate, honor, mourn and celebrate the passing of our ancestors and loved ones.
In the months leading up to the Procession, free, family-friendly workshops are offered to the public. In addition, MMOS gives people the opportunity to experience the event through projects like the Urn and Video Ancestry Project.
Tucson Circus Arts’ mission is to provide the highest quality and most diverse physical theater, circus and performance training available. We encourage a balanced program of circus, dance, theater, music, martial arts and craft-developing body, mind and spirit through multi-disciplinary activity. Our board and teachers are both nationally and internationally based and always expanding.
TCA’s directive is to further perpetuate Circus as a fine art form. Uniting physical theater, dance, music, martial arts and circus arts we believe is the key to helping create well rounded, talented and empowered performers of all kinds.
Our programs are community based, non-competitive and professional. We strive to infuse the creative act as a mode of living and learning through practice, performance, participating and creating modern festal culture.
Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts is an art parade. This 100% audience participatory event encourages the community to express their creativity, share the streets of Phoenix and enjoy the company of local business, professional artists and local government. Over the past seven years, Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts has presented a unique, award winning event that celebrates artistic expression and the landscape of downtown Phoenix. Since its inception in 2006, when the procession consisted of 300 people, the parade has grown in size every year to a record 2200 participants in 2010. The parade and its organizers have won several accolades from the New Times’ “Best of Phoenix.” Over the last five years, more than 75 local and nationally recognized, professional artists and groups have contributed their talents including: a popular big band/marching band from Portland, Oregon; Japanese Taiko drummers; Hawaiian hula dancers; Brazilian samba musicians; a local puppet guild; a New Orleans style brass band; a local funk band, world renown stilt walkers and regional fire performers.
SolAxé! (soul -a-SHEA)
Dança – Bateria – Alegria (dance-band- joy)
The Tucson group that you all have known for both DANCE and DRUMMING inspired by Brazil and beyond has a new name!
The group continues to offer drum and dance to the Tucson community, because what everyone shares is a love for sharing collective joy through the music and dance inspired by Brazil and beyond.
In the spirit of and with intention to honor our past leaders and our master teachers, we continue to build community by offering opportunities for all people to learn drumming and dancing regardless of their experience, as well as the opportunity to share it through performance.
International Procession Network
We envision a network of groups that organize public processions and events, sharing resources and talents at venues around the world. MMOS’s current outreach online and off is just the start of this network. We want to spread the quality of arts throughout all our communities, but we need your help!
Interested in joining the network? Send us an email telling us about your organization- any info regarding its mission, list of programs/projects, events- and ideas you might have (exchange programs, artist-in-residence, co-sponsored events) in helping us further perpetuate festal culture throughout the world.
MMOS plans to establish its own funding entity to help grow the arts in Tucson and abroad. We believe that until adequate support for the arts is established, this vital part of our culture will be more defined by struggle, than creativity and inspiration. We aim to fix that- with your support!
Want to become an annual sponsor to MMOS? You can donate via Paypal, but if you’d like to communicate with us more directly, or have other funding ideas, please e-mail our MMOS Administrator.