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Mesa Arts Center’s Mobile Art-Based Engagement Lab gets a grant to continue arts outreach

Mesa Arts Center’s Mobile Art-Based Engagement Lab — or MABEL — has received a $10,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities to continue providing access to arts in underserved communities.

Community engagement specialist Danica Marlin said the idea for the mobile lab, which is a 12-foot trailer, arose out of the pandemic as a way to engage people outdoors.

“We’ve tried things like button making and a mini print press. We have the setup to do all kinds of little prints and cyanotypes which are UV-reactive pigment. It’s the process that blueprints originated from and some of the earliest types of photography," Marlin said. 

Marlin also said the programming appeals to a range of ages and cultures to show that creativity is something for everyone and should be practiced and grown, like a muscle. 

Hear Danica Marlin's interview with KJZZ's Tom Maxedon


Tom Maxedon is the host of KJZZ’s Weekend Edition on Saturday and Sunday from 6-10 a.m. and All Things Considered on Monday from 3-6 p.m.