Print Your Own Merch Workshop | Poster Printing Workhshop


During the Print Your Own Merch Workshop, visitors to Canal Convergence were able to screen print their own Canal Convergence merchandise as well as posters. This free workshop provided hands-on screen printing experience.

Artist Eli Richards led these Workshops throughout the event.  Eli Richard is an artist and designer working in the Phoenix metro area. His work focuses on playful and often imaginative imagery. Richard moved to Arizona from Northern California in 2013 and found immediate inspiration in the colors and landscape of the desert. Screen printing has long been his favorite choice of medium but more recently he has worked in wood and metal sculptures. He has a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Arizona State University and lives in Tempe, Arizona, with his fiancé and daughter.

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Sustainabili-Tree Workshop


Even the smallest changes in our everyday behaviors can make big impacts. Inspired by Flawless by Studio ALEX, Sustainabili-tree, presented by Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach, offered the chance to explore your connection to the natural world. This activity asks you to “leaf” your environmental promise to make our community healthy for today and for future generations by thinking about the small things you can do to decrease your own ecological footprint on the environment and then write or draw those actions on “leaves” that you can attach to the Sustainabili-tree with twist ties.

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Dance Workshop with Nicole L Olson


Local dancer, Nicole L Olson, led a site-specific dance workshop for all ages.  Olson started her training in ballet and classical jazz at Milwaukee Ballet School. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from University of Wisconsin, she performed for Kirby Reed (Chicago), Bauer Contemporary Ballet (Milwaukee) and Emergence Dance Theatre (Chicago). Currently, she is the associate director/principal dancer of Scorpius Dance Theatre. Olson received the 2016 Phoenix Mayor’s Arts Award for Dance the Phoenix New Times named her “Best Dancer” in its 2016 list of 100 Creatives.

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AZ Beat Lab Workshop


Founded by the Arizona State University School of Music’s community engagement coordinator, Samuel Pena, AZ Beat Lab creates beats through technology, including Launchpads, laptops, iPads and more. Pena applies curriculum design, program development and community engagement to facilitate audience interaction and learning experiences.

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Barter Boat Workshop


Led by artist Anna Abhau Elliott of RADAR Art, creators of the Barter Boat, participants were prompted to make “artifacts” that will travel the country on the Barter Boat! It’s a lot like making a collage with found 3-D objects. Guests were encouraged to trade their newly packaged “artifact”, further promoting their message of reuse.

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