Art and Culture in the Heart of Tucson

While Tucson is generally known more for its iconic, statuesque saguaro cactus and oppressive summer heat, what many don’t know is that the city that was, in days gone by, a homeland for ruthless killers, six-gun shootouts and lawlessness, is today a cultural center brimming with history and artistic and natural beauty. Tucson hotels owe their existence to the tourism industry and most are intimately aware of the galleries and function that make the art scene in Tucson thrive, and hotels in Tucson are able to provide information for interested visitors.

There are many institutions that honor the debt we owe to the cultures that went before us in the form of the twenty-two Native American Tribes that call Arizona home. Galleries have made it their mission to educate and inform the public of the inspirational peoples that populated the land before the Spanish arrived. And the stories of many of these people are told though their tapestries, pottery and paintings that celebrate the legacy of their heritage.

At Tubac and Tumacacori off Interstate 19 you’ll find a gallery that sits on the site of an old presidio where art and history meet. They offer prints, pottery jewelry, batiks, paintings and restaurants. Similar goods can be found at such places such as morning Star Traders and Antiques, West Classic Native American Art and Mac’s Indian Jewelry.

The University of Arizona Museum of Art is another artistic oasis in the heart of the desert. Their holdings include Spanish and Renaissance art as well as 19th century American Contemporary and modern works. You can find them on the grounds of U of A, just south of Speedway Boulevard. Also you don’t want to miss the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, in downtown Tucson. Art tourism drives much of the economy of Tucson and the Tucson hotels respect this and they will be more than helpful arranging transportation and shopping tours for those willing to spend their dollars here. Hotels in Tucson can also help you make arrangements to ship your new purchases home if you so desire.

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March 21, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Art & Entertainment

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