AZCentral: Solving our water challenges through art

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

An editorial in The Arizona Republic promoted the third New Arizona Prize that will offer awards of $50,000 to the top five teams chosen in competition to “develop temporary public art projects that build connectivity between cultures through creative expression” – as announced by the Arizona Community Foundation.

The foundation, in partnership with Republic Media and Morrison Institute for Public Policy, initiated the New Arizona Prize in 2014 to foster creativity, innovation and ingenuity as our state shapes its future.

Nearly half a century before Columbus “discovered” the New World, The Hohokam People thrived in our harsh desert environment before disappearing. The irrigation system the Hohokam created became the basis of what is now metropolitan Phoenix.

The Water Public Art Challenge offers cash awards for artists who can put the realities of today’s water problems in the context of our ancient history – as the Hohokam told their story – contemporary artists can help future generations find ways to work through water challenges.

READ: Our View: How art can help Arizona solve its water problems (no, really)

Artist Michael Hampshire’s interpretation of nearby Pueblo Grande at the height of Hohokam occupation of the Salt River Valley. (Photo: Courtesy City of Phoenix(CQ/Phoenix) and Tempe History Museum)