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UA's Connection to Tucson Meet Yourself

The UA Special Collections has been gathering images, posters and recordings from Tucson Meet Yourself since the 1970s.

And with Tucson Meet Yourself, an annual cultural festival held in Tucson, slated to begin tonight, it's worth mentioning the University community's connection to what has become a staple event meant to signal the city's diversity and inclusiveness.

In fact, former UA folklorist and anthropologist Jim Griffith founded the festival in 1974. Griffith is now retired.

This year, as often is the case, UA students, faculty and staff from across campus, as well as UA alumni, will be participating in Tucson Meet Yourself, as vendors, performers and volunteers.

At 2 p.m. on Oct. 14, the UA Capoeira Club will perform. The organization was created in 1997 to improve the knowledge of the art of Capoeira and Brazilian culture at the UA and beyond through workshops and performances.

Also, Compost Cats will be collecting food waste during the event. Compost Cats is a UA student-run organization that coordinates composting drives on campus and also at Tucson businesses surrounding the University. The organization's effort is part of a county-wide campaign to also raise awareness around the process and benefits of composting.

And the UA Southwestern Center at the University of Arizona and Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry are among this year's supporters of the festival.

Tucson Meet Yourself will be held Oct. 12-14, 2012 in downtown Tucson.

The festival spans six city blocks, from El Presidio Park and Jacome Library Plaza to the Tucson Convention Center and La Placita Village. 

Photos courtesy of the UA Special Collections