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Pima CommunityShare partners with Startup Tucson for Student Participation in TENWEST

October 16, 2023 (Tucson, Ariz.) – More than 100 high school Juniors and Seniors throughout Tucson will participate in the TENWEST Impact Festival’s Creativity Day this November thanks to a partnership with Pima CommunityShare and Startup Tucson.

Founded in 2015, TENWEST, an event of Startup Tucson, is a celebration of the growing innovation, creative and entrepreneurial ecosystems in Southern Arizona. Taking place November 4-10, the festival showcases the connectivity between technology, entrepreneurship, creativity, culture, and impact, uniting attendees to gain the knowledge and inspiration they need to innovate within their own careers and communities. This year, during the Creativity Day of the conference on November 8, students are being invited to participate and explore an array of creative content careers that aren’t always seen inside the

classroom.


“We hope by inviting the young community of Tucson to participate in TENWEST, we can help them identify passions, inspirations, alternative routes to success, and ultimately, joy of life,” said Matt Baquet, an organizer with TENWEST. The Creativity Day will feature sessions on audio recording with Tucson company Cloud Microphones, creative writing, makerspaces with UA’s CATalyst team, media, content creation, and branding, selling your art, and more. Keynotes for the day include Joe O’Connel of Creative Machines, one of Tucson’s best-kept creative secrets, and a session with Jenny of international band Jenny and the Mexicats and Silvana Estrada.

Schools throughout Pima County will have the option for eligible Juniors and Seniors to join the Creativity Day sessions free of charge and immerse their students in this interactive and unique experience. This experience is made possible thanks to TENWEST’s title sponsor Arizona Commerce Authority. To learn more, visit www.tenwest.com or email Brandon Mejia and Liz Pocock if your school is interested in participating.

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About Pima CommunityShare

CommunityShare is a program within the Pima County School Superintendent’s Office that is igniting a passion for learning and civic engagement by activating the wisdom, skills, and lived experiences of educators, students, and community members throughout Pima County.

CommunityShare connects PK-12 educators in Pima County schools with community partners like Startup Tucson to co-create real-world projects driven by students’ interests. Through the online platform, educators and community partners can create profiles listing their skills and needs. The platform will then engage both the educator and community partner to facilitate projects throughout the school year.

If you are an educator or community partner looking to join the vast growing platform sign up today at CommunityShare.org.

About TENWEST & Startup Tucson

Founded by Startup Tucson in 2015 and hosted every November in Downtown Tucson, TENWEST Impact Festival is a celebration of the growing innovation, creative, and entrepreneurial ecosystems in Southern Arizona. Unique in its cross-industry approach, TENWEST showcases the connectivity between technology, entrepreneurship, creativity, culture, and impact, uniting attendees to gain the knowledge and inspiration they need to innovate within their own careers and communities. The week-long event welcomes thousands of diverse attendees to participate in a multi-day conference, Street Fest, nightly

xEvents and numerous partner events and experiences.

Startup Tucson is 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to transform our region’s economy through entrepreneurship and education. Startup Tucson executes this mission by providing education and culture-building programs and events to grow a high-impact entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystem. You can find information about the organization and upcoming opportunities to engage at www.startuptucson.com.




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