2nd Saturdays Downtown will be host to the launch of a new community movement, I am Tucson, on Saturday, April 14 in downtown Tucson from 4 – 10 p.m.
I am Tucson is a project of the Greater Tucson Leadership (GTL) Class of 2012 focusing on the positive attributes of Tucson. The goal of the project is to celebrate, unify, engage and build pride in those who call Tucson home.
The I am Tucson Kickoff party on April 14 will feature several activities for the entire family:
• Create a tile for the I am Tucson mural, to be permanently displayed downtown
• Be the first to purchase the official I am Tucson and Yo soy Tucson t-shirts
• Create your own I am Tucson message at an interactive photo and video booth
As part of the celebration launch, Mayor Jonathon Rothschild will declare Saturday, April 14 “I am Tucson day” at the April 10 City Council Meeting 5:30 p.m. at 255 West Alameda Street.
The 2nd Saturday kick-off celebration is the beginning of what the 2012 GTL class hopes will be a lasting movement. The second phase of the project will include the launch of iamtucson.org where Tucsonan’s can upload pictures, videos and stories of why they are proud to be Tucsonans, enter design ideas for additional I am Tucson product lines, purchase I am Tucson t-shirts and other items.
The final phase of the project is the creation of an I am Tucson mural in partnership with Ben’s Bells. This collective art project will be created by Tucsonans and cover what is known as “the hump,” or the foundation of what was to have been the twin tower to One South Church Tower at Stone Avenue and Broadway.
Those attending 2nd Saturdays on April 14 can visit the I am Tucson booth, sign a Ben’s Bells Kindness contract and paint a tile to personally contribute to this community beautification project.
“This year’s GTL class was very passionate about creating a project that would have a lasting impact in our community,” said Kent Simpson. “The I am Tucson movement is something that reaches across all cultures, all socio-economic sectors and all demographics. Everyone is unique, which is what makes this community such a joy to live in. This is an opportunity for anyone to share their qualities and to build pride in our wonderfully diverse region.”
To pre-order an “I am Tucson” or “Yo Soy Tucson” t-shirt, please go to iamtucson.org. Pre-orders must be completed by March 31st, 2012. However, there will be a limited supply of t-shirts available at I am Tucson’s launch event.
About I am Tucson: I am Tucson is a movement to share the positive attributes of community. Our goal is to celebrate, unify and engage those who call Tucson home. As we share our stories, we find even more reasons to be proud to live in Tucson. I am Tucson is a project of the Greater Tucson Leadership Class of 2012. www.greatertucsonleadership.org.