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Posted on: April 4, 2022

Call to Artists for Artwork at New Civic Center

Call for Artists

After launching the Tolleson Initiative of the Arts (TIA) in January of this year, the City of Tolleson has begun promoting the new program to identify key art opportunities for projects and initiatives. The Tolleson Civic Center, which is currently under construction, will feature four new panels that will be home to new artwork once completed. The City of Tolleson has released an official “Call for Artists” request that will call upon local artists to submit their work in order to be considered for the new display. 

The City of Tolleson began by outlining a vision for a public art initiative. Surveys were distributed to members of the community to obtain essential input. The survey was launched in February and saw over 435 participants respond. The feedback from said survey will directly help shape what will be the first art project in Tolleson. 

The new Civic Center, located on the southeast corner of 91st Avenue and Van Buren Street, is currently undergoing a $22 million construction process that will include the development of the new Tolleson City Hall, Library, and Senior Center. The City of Tolleson Mayor and Council hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the future site, which was streamed live on Facebook on June 17, 2021.

The new library will offer five private meeting spaces, a large conference room with video conferencing and Wi-Fi capability. The library will include children's indoor and outdoor spaces for imaginative play, as well as a crawler space for babies. The library will also feature an adult lounging area, a teen gaming and meeting space, a self-service printing, faxing, scanning center, a self-service checkout station, public computers, and a bookstore.

The new senior center will house the Community Action Program and Housing offices. The center’s new multipurpose room will provide ample space to serve lunch and host daily activities, presentations, and fiestas. The flex room will open up to a patio and greenspace. The entirety of the new senior center will be ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible.

The new Tolleson Civic Center will also house administrative offices where residents will be able to continue to set up and pay for utility services. Business owners will be able to obtain permits and submit plans at this facility as well. The council chambers will also serve as a multipurpose room, providing key flexibility to host a variety of community events. This room will open up to a courtyard to host both indoor and outdoor functions.

The Tolleson Civic Center will serve as the community's depository of memories depicted in its statues, plaques, landscape, pathways and interchangeable mural network adorned by local Tolleson artists. The Tolleson arts initiative, led by Councilman Jimmy Davis, will capture the collective imagination of the city’s culture to propel Tolleson to new artistic heights never before conceived.

"We are thrilled to be breaking ground on such an amazing facility,” said Mayor Juan F. Rodriguez. “Our residents deserve a state-of-the-art civic center to call home. We are hopeful that with this new Tolleson Civic Center, along with our amazing employees, we will continue to bring happiness and outstanding service to our community and organization as a whole.” 

For information on TIA and the CALL FOR ARTISTS, please visit www.tolleson.az.gov/TIA.

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