2021 Summer – Art and Science Workshops ALL FOUR SESSIONS (incl.recording)

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Join us for all four sessions of the Summer 2021 Art and Science Monsoon Series: Desert Senses Awake

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Join us at the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill as we celebrate the science and art of our favorite desert season: monsoon summer.

In the sultry days of midsummer, anticipation builds . . . The winds carry the scent of damp earth. Prickly pear cactus fruit begins to turn from tourmaline pink to ripe, delicious ruby-red. Mesquites droop like weeping willows, their limbs weighted down with drying, ripe bean pods. Desert farmers begin to prepare their fields and plant seeds—relatives of wild beans, squash, corn, spinach, and chiles. They know that the searing heat and ripe saguaro fruits of June will tell you what the plants and animals also know: The rains are coming, it’s time to prepare. July is Jukiabig Mashath, the rainy month, in the Tohono O’odham calendar.

Our teams of scientists, poets, ethnobotanists, farmers, chefs, and artists will be your guides as we explore the science and art of Sound, Sight, Smell and Taste of the monsoon summer.

Each sense-oriented online workshop is two hours long, on a Saturday morning from 10 am until noon (Arizona time), with a 50-minute science talk, an hour of art instruction and sharing, and a 10-minute Q&A.

Two of the sessions—Sight and Taste—will include optional field trips on a separate day (additional paid ticket required).

$45 each or $170 for all four—including access to all recordings for six months. Optional field trips are priced per session ($45–$55).

[We record the sessions, so you can sign up for all four, even after several have passed and get access to everything, anytime, online!]

7.10 SOUND — Learn about desert toads, their emergence based on sound frequencies and moisture, their cacophonous choruses, and explore spoken poetry by creating an ode poem as a group. Optional field trip requires separate ticket.

7.17 SIGHT — We delve into the summer monsoon storm patterns and investigate climate change influences, then we'll learn to capture dramatic storms with our cameras.

7.24 SMELL — The signature smell of the desert after a rain is the sweet-and-tangy zing of the creosote bush—we'll hear about its evolutionary origins and its fascinating chemical components, which have long been used by desert dwellers in teas and infusions. Our traditional ecological knowledge experts will demonstrate these uses.

8.14 TASTE — Farm managers from the Tohono O'odham Nation's San Xavier Cooperative Farm will team up with Tucson chef Janos Wilder to teach us about traditional foods and how to prepare them.


Refund requests will be accepted up to three days prior to the workshop.

Student discounts (50%) are available; please email Roseann Hanson with details of your school enrollment. [roseannhanson at arizona dot edu]

For more information about the University of Arizona's Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill, please visit our website at http://www.tumamoc.arizona.edu

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