Celebrating creativity and talent at MCC’s 10th annual Festival of the Arts March 21

MESA, Arizona – March 8, 2024 --The Mesa Community College Art Department and Student Life & Leadership host the MCC 10th Annual Festival of the Arts from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. & 5 - 8 p.m., Thursday, March 21, at the Theatre Lawn on the Southern and Dobson Campus, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa, 85202. Free and open to the public, the Festival of the Arts features MCC’s DJ Program, student bands, live performances, food trucks and more than 50 student and community artists selling a wide variety of art and handmade items.

“We’re happy to be continuing our decade-long tradition of bringing students and our community together to celebrate the arts at MCC,” says MCC Art Department Chair Dr. Gingher Leyendecker. “The event showcases our amazing student artists, musicians, dancers, theater performers, poets and storytellers. It’s always a fun day. We get visits from the MCC Children’s Center, local high schools and even from our friends at Friendship Village. The whole community is invited and encouraged to attend. Plus, this is the first year we’re adding an evening session.”

MCC Student Life & Leadership Student Ambassador Logan Farmer says another new addition to the festivities is a silent auction. “Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Student Support Foundation to help students in need.”

MCC’s Art Department features degree tracks, certificates and courses for personal and professional enrichment in drawing, painting, ceramics, design, art history, computer graphics, and photography. The Art Department also includes the Art Gallery, a dedicated exhibition and creative learning space designed to facilitate an exciting variety of shows, events, classes, and workshops for our students and the community. Learn more about the Arts at MCC, mesacc.edu/arts.

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Media contact: Julie Ruiz julie.ruiz@mesacc.edu, 480-461-7283

Mesa Community College is nationally recognized for university transfer, career and technical programs, civic engagement, service-learning and innovative approaches to education. Host to more than 24,400 students annually, MCC offers degree and certificate programs at its two campuses and additional locations. On average MCC students provide 23,000 hours of community service annually. For more than 50 years, the college has served as a resource for education, workforce development and lifelong learning. MCC is transforming student success through Guided Pathways with Integrated Support Services and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. MCC is a Hispanic Serving Institution. Nearly 50% of MCC students are the first in their families to attend college. MCC has the largest indigenous student population of all the Maricopa Community Colleges. The American Indian Institute serves students from 22 federally recognized Arizona tribes and out-of-state tribes. Our diverse student body includes hundreds of international students from around the world. Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training that empowers MCC students to attain their goals. Located in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, on the traditional territories of the O'odham, Piipaash and Yavapai Peoples, MCC is one of 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. Visit mesacc.edu to learn more.

MCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), hlcommission.org.

The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin. A lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the career and technical education programs of the District. MCCCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities. For Title IX/504 concerns, call the following number to reach the appointed coordinator: (480) 731-8499. For additional information, as well as a listing of all coordinators within the Maricopa College system, visit maricopa.edu/non-discrimination.

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Friday, March 8, 2024