December 16 Event: You Are Invited To Join Us In

Celebrating Life!


The Millet House

440 W 1st Street Mesa 85201

A day of celebration with art, music, food, joy!

The day is a gift from all of us to all of us (you, too!) – because we all need it. We’ve come out of a global pandemic into a changed world. On December 16 we will celebrate this new world. We’ll plant seeds, metaphorically and literally.

Our concurrent gallery show is also called “Celebrating Life” so please come inside and enjoy the work of 15 different artists.

All of the art workshops and music are free; the artists and performers are giving freely of their talent and love. You are also welcome to bring your gift of time, music, celebration. Just let us know and we will put it on the schedule. Or just come and enjoy. Your gift can be your presence!

Before we can celebrate, we will say goodbye to the past. The Millet House lost people dear to us – Abel (Sa’lai Woi), Dennis, Kamal — and in their honor we’ll display their art in our gallery show. We’ll also install a permanent memorial outside, dedicated to all those we lost including those you wish to honor…and we will say goodbye to that part in ourselves that we lost, because we all lost part of ourselves…and we will welcome and celebrate our new world.

December 16 Schedule:

10 am—All Day: Studio Sale (gift shop and outside.)


11 am: installation of our permanent memorial

7 pm: Music

Walt Richardson

Ras Patrick from the Rastafarmers

Kimbo from Radical Mix

Hopi reggae artist Casper Lomayesva


10 am: Group art show with lemonade and cookies in the gallery.

12 pm—2 pm: Artist workshop in the gallery: Paint a holiday-themed picture with artist Vanessa Ortiz Zapata

2 pm—4 pm: Artist workshop in the gallery: Andrea Rogers – help glaze tiles for MLK day

4 pm – 5 pm: Artist workshop in the gallery: Skye Rockett and Heather Smith-Gearns teach neurographic drawing. Discover new truths about yourself!

6 pm: Memory circle in the gallery: another chance to mention names of those we lost and celebrate what they gave us

Front Lawn:

2 pm – 6 pm: MABEL, the Mesa Arts Center mobile art lab will visit with an art-and-seed-planting project

All day: Collaborative chalk drawing imagined and designed by artist Meghan Thee Dragon. All are welcome to add to the drawing. Meghan will add finishing touches at 4 pm.

Live painting with David Morgan

Food truck(s)

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