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March 2 motorcycle show at American Legion Post 7 to feature Las Artes students’ tile work

Feb 15, 2013 | Read More News
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Head to American Legion Post 7 in downtown Tucson on March 2 to see some mighty fine motorcycles and tile work depicting motorcycles and veterans by students at Pima County’s Las Artes Arts & Education Center.

You could even go home with a tile if you place the highest bid in a silent auction.

Raza Rider Magazine, the only Hispanic motorcyclist magazine in Arizona, and the Morgan McDermott American Legion Post have teamed up to put on the free Show N Shine Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 330 W. Franklin St.

Santos Diaz, the creator of Raza Rider Magazine, and Barry Mossman, commander of American Legion Post 7, challenged Las Artes students in January to create images of motorcycles, veterans and U.S. and Arizona flags on ceramic tiles to be auctioned off at the motorcycle show. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Las Artes.

There will be refreshments, music, raffle prizes and trophies for the best motorcycles.

Las Artes, at 23 W. 27th St. in South Tucson, combines structured classroom study with community art projects to prepare students for GED testing and employment. Las Artes students’ murals, ceramic tiles and other artwork can be seen across Pima County – most recently installed in a wall at the South Kino Parkway entrance to the UA Bio Park. More than 500 Las Artes students have obtained their GEDs since the program began more than 15 years ago.

Raza Rider Magazine comes out quarterly in print and is online. Its free circulation has grown from 1,000 to 18,000 since Diaz started it in November 2011.

American Legion Post 7 is Southern Arizona’s oldest American Legion Post. It was founded in 1919 and has about 300 members.