Tucson is a pretty special place that's brimming with local talent, creative ideas and forward-thinking initiatives. To honor just some of the many great things happening in town that have both local and international effects, the Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art is honoring four members of the community through their 2016 MOCA Local Genius Awards.
Now in its seventh iteration, MOCA is recognizing a diverse collection of thinkers in town who offer up some very different sets of skills.
Brad Lancaster, co-founder of Desert Harvesters, is being recognized for his visionary work in rainwater harvesting. Mort Rosenblum is a renowned journalist who currently teaches international reporting at UA and is known for his integrity in the field. Doctor Andrew Weil's work in integrative medicine focuses on both natural and preventative approaches to wellness. And last, but certainly not least, Tucson's former poet laureate Ofelia Zepeda will be honored for her commitment to teaching the Tohono O'odham language and promoting literacy in the indigenous language.
With such a varied group of recipients, you'll want to be sure to catch the events and lectures associated with the 2016 MOCA Local Genius Awards. While the final gala—which will be catered by another Local Genius, chef Janos Wilder—won't take place until April 16, 2016, events celebrating these luminaries will take place all throughout the spring. For more information on upcoming events at MOCA, visit the museum's website