During our walk around the business district and past some of the historic buildings in Patagonia, AZ (see the previous two entries), we noticed the colorful gates and doors on many of the properties.
"The Patagonia Creative Arts Association is a non-profit center that offers programming in all areas of the arts. Founded in 1999, Patagonia Creative Arts provides classes, workshops, and open studios for both children and adults. Its goals are to connect the community through hands-on activities and provide a safe and nurturing place to bring out the inner artist in everyone.
"Patagonia Creative Arts has a 100-seat black-box theater, known as the Tin Shed Theater. The theater has offered adults and children alike, a venue for theatrical performance and entertainment. Patagonia Players, our local theater troupe entertains our community with several performances a year. The Tin Shed Theater is also the venue for our youth theater group, Club Theater an after- school program that explores the basics of theater through games, inquiry and discovery culminating in a performance for the community."
Another example of the community's spirit is embodied in the mission of Community Homes of Patagonia, Inc. or CHOP. This "is Patagonia’s community housing trust, and is an open-membership nonprofit organization.
Near Richardson Park, we came across these artistic Garden Art Prints that had been created by students in grades 5 through 8 in Helen Chester's Print Making Class at the Patagonia Creative Arts Association.
"Longing to plant succulent tomatoes and spicy chilies—but just can’t find the space or energy to do it on your own? Pay a visit to the Community Garden and walk through the bounty planted by local residents. You’ll be inspired by the beauty of the Garden’s altar to the Virgin of Guadalupe,
"PCG’s goal is not only to give people the knowledge and tools that can reduce their monthly grocery bills and add fresh, seasonal produce to their diet, it also creates awareness and relationships between land, community, and the environment.
But the townsfolk still find time to just relax in the park.