About this Project
You may have landed on this website because you were out and about in the Warehouse Arts District and pointed your phone at a QR code on a green triangular shaped sign. Welcome.
The purpose of the project is to create public awareness of the Warehouse Arts District. Artists Rand Carlson and Bill Mackey were hired through the Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC) to assist in the creation of an “awareness campaign” for the area. TPAC received its funding through a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant. The NEA received its funding through the Executive and Legislative branches of the federal government. The Executive and Legislative branches receive their funding through you. Thank you.
Rand and Bill combed the area. They took pictures, made maps, interviewed inhabitants, spoke to experts, and met frequently with TPAC. They scratched their heads because it was difficult for them to draw a specific line around the area. Being visual artists, they wanted to mark the territory, to create some sort of threshold that distinctly says you are either in the district or not. But, as they found out, the district is not like that. Not only are the people and landowners (and even streets!) constantly in flux, but so are the boundaries. So they decided on the signs. Any building within the general area commonly known as the Warehouse Historic District can be in the program.
TPAC contacted each owner within the area and if the owner was interested in participating, a triangular green sign was made and installed (permit free!) in a prescribed location at their property. The sign not only marks the territory, but it also includes a digital presence. The public can access a website describing the occupants of the building via scanning a QR code on the sign.
This project was a community event. Participants include the owners of the contributing properties, City of Tucson Assistant City Manager, City of Tucson Development Services Department Director, City of Tucson Historic Preservation Office, the Tucson Pima Historic Commission Plans Review Subcommittee, the Warehouse Arts Management Organization, Corky Poster, Susan Gamble, and the many occupants (who may or may not be there now) of the Warehouse Arts District. Special recognition should go to Alec Laughlin for making the seamless and easy to use website and Randy Harris for the sign font.
Other members of TPAC’s project team were Roberto Bedoya, Elizabeth Burden, Emily Duwel, Erik Glenn, Rex Gulbranson, David Hoyt Johnson, Sally Krommes, Caroline Patrick-Birdwell, and Rebecca Springer.