The University of Arizona is contributing to a number of events in Tucson and in Phoenix to honor the first 100 years of statehood.
“Arizona 100: A Celebration Through the Lens of Time,” a theatrical reenactment and illustrative narrative based on Arizona’s first 100 years, will be held Saturday at the UA's Centennial Hall.
Following introductions by UA President Eugene G. Sander and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, the event will include presentations by UA students and faculty, along with choirs, dancers and others.
Organized by the colleges within the UA's Colleges of Letters, Arts and Science, or CLAS, with support from Confluence: Center for Creative Inquiry.
“The idea was to involve all four of our colleges in a way that would take us into the community in recognition of Arizona’s 100th year, while inviting the community back on campus,” said Jory Hancock, the UA College of Fine Arts dean.
The event will be held Feb. 11, 3-5 p.m. Admission is free with tickets available in advance at UA’s Fine Arts Box Office, or at Centennial Hall the day of the event.
The Arizona Symphony Orchestra, El Corrido Loco, the Pride of Arizona Marching Band, the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus along with prominent UA writers and researchers will participate.
“The theme, the mantra, we use is the phrase, ‘Through the Lens of Time.’ Time refers to the past, the present and the future,” Hancock said. “So, we’re really talking and thinking about the future by looking at and referencing the past."
Also, UA is among several agencies, businesses and organizations supporting events to be held in downtown Tucson Feb. 10-12. Events include concerts, interactive activities for children and historical reenactments.
"Combining our resources and hosting a single event made sense for everyone working on Arizona Centennial festivities," Karen Churchard, executive director of the Arizona Centennial Commission and the 2012 Foundation, said in a prepared statement.
Also, UA Special Collections is hosting "Becoming Arizona: The Valentine State," an exhibition that will be open through May 30. Then, "Reading Arizona: Essential Books for the Centennial," will open. That exhibition, curated in conjunction with a special issue of the Arizona Historical Society's Journal of Arizona History, run June 12 through Dec. 28. Both are located at 1510 E. University Blvd.
In Phoenix, UA is sponsoring the "Science and the Future Pavillion" as part of the Arizona Best Fest events being held throughout the state.
Jaime P. Gutierrez, UA vice president for external relations, said the University has been devoted to working with collaborators to host and participate in centennial-themed events.
"The University of Arizona, which just celebrated 125 years, looks forward to working with all our community partners as we celebrate the richness of Arizona's history and as we look forward to the next 100 years," Gutierrez said.