/ Modified jul 3, 2021 8 p.m.

Raising awareness of aphasia, one stone at a time.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: The plans to create a Tucson Gastronomy Collective to celebrate the unique flavors of Tucson; and a 5th grader and her family embark on a road trip from Sheboygan to Tucson.

moving to tucson mural hero One of Tucson's many murals, that greet new arrivals with historic images.
courtesy Stories That Soar!

Arizona Spotlight

July 1, 2021

This episode of Arizona Spotlight is supported by <a href="https://degrazia.org/" target="_blank">Degrazia Gallery in the Sun Museum</a>. (Download MP3)

Featured on the July 1st, 2021 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • June is National Aphasia Awareness Month. Meet a group based in Tucson that all share one thing in common - learning to overcome the language disorder called aphasia. Depending on the severity, aphasia can make speaking, reading, and using math difficult or impossible. Find out how this group is reuniting after social distancing, and launching a creative new awareness campaign. You can contact the Friends of Aphasia here.

aphasia group hero Members of Friends of Aphasia, painting rocks as part of their 2021 Aphasia Awareness Campaign. Left to right, Sylvia (graduate student), Debra, TurningBear, Chris, Beth (volunteer), Samantha & Rona
courtesy Friends of Aphasia

friends of aphasia stones unsized VIEW LARGER Some of the many painted stones, each has a sticker on the bottom with contact info for the Friends of Aphasia.
courtesy Friends of Aphasia
  • Mark talks with real estate development partners Moniqua Lane and Randi Dorman about their ambitious effort to revitalize a section of historic Broadway Boulevard. The bungalows there were spared during the widening project. Lane & Dorman hope to turn them into a "Tucson Gastronomy Collective". The goal is to create a multi-purpose centerpiece to support this city's designation as a UNESCO International City of Gastronomy.
dorman lane gastronomy unsized VIEW LARGER Development partners Randi Dorman and Moniqua Lane on their first day exploring the future home of the Tucson Gastronomy Collective.

gastronomy bungalows hero Once remodeled, these historic bungalows on Broadway Boulevard, just west of Campbell, will be the location of the Tucson Gastronomy Collective.

  • And, Literacy Connects presents a radio edition of “Stories That Soar!”. It's a Tucson non-profit that empowers students of all ages by bringing their stories to life in other mediums. To do this, they utilize the talents of professional actors and musicians, with some voice acting from middle-schoolers taking part in the Youth Center Summer Camp. During the next school year, Literacy Connects will also offer a free after-school program. This time, listen to a true story, "Moving to Tucson", written by Aireanna, a 5th grader at Cragin Elementary in TUSD.

moving to tucson hero Aireanna, a 5th grader at Cragin Elementary, wrote a story about what her family's road trip from Wisconsin to Tucson was like.
courtesy Stories That Soar!

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