We're collaborating with the UA Poetry Center to create 6 new murals along Speedway, between Campbell & Park! This is a grassroots public art project being organized by the artists for the members of the Tucson community. We invite you to take part in creating these murals by making a donation of any amount! We hope to raise $3000 (six times) for each artist, who will design and paint a unique mural that represents their artistic style and is inspired by a poet that is connected to Tucson.
Alley Cat Murals is an organization of artists restoring and revitalizing public spaces in the Tucson area. We focus on curating public art that facilitates community engagement and promotes the development of our participating artists. The Speedway Corridor Mural Project is a long-standing goal of ours. We are inspired by this corridor because it serves as a gateway into the center of our city. We intend to use the walls within this gateway, to introduce visitors to the diverse talent base of Tucson’s mural scene.
Meet the Artists:
Jenna Tomasello is a Tucson based artist whose paintings illustrate a feminine mysticism of the natural world. Tomasello works in commercial art and merchandise design and has a professional background in theatrical scenic painting. Tomasello has painted several murals throughout Tucson and has volunteered with Alley Cat Murals since 2016, intent on inspiring the city with creativity and color.
Monique Laraway (she/they) is an eco-conscious multidisciplinary visual artist in Tucson, AZ. Often working on a small scale, they create Sonoran Desert and bicycle-themed artwork using reclaimed materials. Laraway draws inspiration from navigating the city and trails by bicycle; dreaming of more sustainably interconnected resources; and learning from the symbiotic relationships of small creatures in their natural habitats. Laraway has supported several mural initiatives in the Tucson community; Alley Cat Murals is excited to facilitate Laraway’s first solo public work. Laraway is focused on creating a public piece that incorporates transportation and mobility justice.
Jodie Lewers Chertudi is a visual artist with more than 20 years of experience in graphic design, marketing and advertising. Jodie is from Tucson and graduated from NAU with a degree in Visual Communications. Jodie is the principal designer of JLewers Design and past Art Director of The Nordensson Group. Jodie is a multidisciplinary artist focusing on the complete spectrum of media - from mural paintings, mixed media collages, traditional print collateral and digital marketing designs. Alley Cat Murals looks forward to supporting Jodie’s budding mural career, which recently included public artwork for Seven Cups Fine Teas (2023).
Adia Jamille is a multidisciplinary creator, living in Tucson. Jamille’s work centers around the reclamation and restitution of the skills, practices, and knowledge that were stolen from enslaved Africans. Jamille’s artwork focuses on putting these lost traits back into common practice, especially by exploring various techniques of creating drawings, paintings, metal castings, and fiber arts. Jamille is intent on expanding these themes into public art and has created murals for Hotel McCoy (2021) and MSA Annex (2020). Alley Cat Murals is thrilled to assist Jamille in this endeavor and hopes to help highlight Tucson’s Black community; we partner in working towards mending the parts of their roots that have been lost in our city.
Hailey Dukart is a self taught artist living in Tucson, Arizona. Dukart is the owner of Lil’Desert Doodles and creates illustrations for gifts, inspired by the Sonoran Desert. Dukart is also one of the founders and coordinators for the ‘Making Black History’ market - a community outreach event supporting local Black owned businesses. Alley Cat Murals is honored to help Dukart expand into the mural scene, as we share a goal to connect our community with resources that encourage self expression through art. Dukart has volunteered murals for Blenman Elementary and recently completed a 104 sq. ft residential piece (2023). By venturing into public art, Dukart hopes to inspire young Black artists who don’t see themselves represented in spaces throughout our region’s landscape.
Thank you so much for taking the time to consider donating and supporting our project. Every bit helps and will yield murals that Tucson can reflect on and feel proud of.
Yours in community,
Alley Cat Murals