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Black Lives Matter

Justice is a key organizational value at BICAS. As such, in response to the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, as well as the murders of countless Black lives in the United States, the BICAS Collective would like to take this moment to amplify the demands of Black-led organizers both locally and nationally for “acknowledgement and accountability for the devaluation and dehumanization of Black life at the hands of the police” as well as for “radical, sustainable solutions that affirm the prosperity of Black lives” (posted on the BLM website on May 30th, 2020). In addition, BICAS re-commits to examining our own organizational policies and practices in this vein.

Some Black-led initiatives where our Tucson community can send donations include:

Tucson Reparations

Minneapolis-based Reclaim the Block

George Floyd Memorial Fund

Mass Liberation Arizona

 

Help BICAS Find a 2021 Art Auction Venue!

 

Pending CDC regulations, we plan to hold our 25th annual BICAS Art Auction this December and are looking for a venue! Can you help?

  • Looking for 3,000-5,000 sq ft Art Gallery or Warehouse
  • Venue is ideally located close to downtown Tucson for ease of bicycle commuting 
  • Must be able to hang art on walls and have room to walk around sculptures/stands 
  • Ability for BICAS to get a special event/liquor license to serve drinks
  • Max capacity should be at least 100-300 people.

Thanks for helping us look for a location for this family friendly, Tucson arts & culture tradition that hosts 1,000-2,000 lovers of art and bicycles each year! Message us here or email art@bicas.org with any leads.

Posted March 31, 2021.

Donate for AZ Gives April 6!

BICAS remains committed to mobility justice at a time when reliable transportation makes all the difference in accessing basic needs and getting to “essential jobs” for many who no longer feel safe riding the bus. Despite facing tremendous losses from cancellation of programs, BICAS has been service the Tucson community an essential services provider for a year now, offering basic bicycle repair and sales at a sliding scale. Your support ensures that those with little or no income can access safe transportation and free helmets, while also keeping our staff employed and our 32 year old organization afloat and thriving.

Go to azgives.org/bicas to donate by or on April 6, 2021! Artwork by BICAS Staff Jreems Kmchroo, @jreemskmchroo on Instagram!

Now Hiring!

Posted 3-2-21

The current round of application reviews has ended.

We will update this page on April 8th if the position has not been filled.

BICAS is seeking talented, committed candidates for Shop Mechanic and Volunteer Coordinator positions. If you think you could thrive in a job that is meaningful, community-driven, challenging, self-directed, and creative, please see bicas.org/jobs for details and application instructions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Please note that BICAS has been operating as an Essential Service Provider during the pandemic. As such, all open positions require in-person work. Appropriate COVID19 precautions are in effect. Open until filled.

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Featured Tucson Artist: Lucky

 

Lucky’s first Tucson mural is ‘Rufus,’ completed December 2020 and visible from the 6th Ave railway underpass. Photo by BICAS Staff Shruti Kaul.

How did you begin your career as an artist?

I was into art and graphic design when I was very young but my family discouraged it. After high school I tried living how my family wanted me to live and I couldn’t make it work. I started learning how to screen print and layer and admiring other artists. Eventually I applied for a grant and wrote a business plan for myself all on my own. I won the grant and my screen printing business was born.

Photo by BICAS Staff Shruti Kaul.

What’s it like running your own screenprinting business?

I do every single part of my business. I like it but it can be challenging at times. I sometimes struggle but have gotten help recently with paperwork, taxes, etc. I know how print shops work from working at them before. I’ve been working on my clothing line for years and it’s finally getting to the point where I can start outputting.

How do recycled materials play a role in your work?

With my current mask line people are giving me all kinds of donated masks to print on. Its been crazy, I have different locations I sell masks in and one day sold 4200 masks in one day. I’m working on exploring salvage wood for some of my future work and I also work with local sources to find cotton fabric and have it sewn once its printed.

Photo by BICAS Staff Shruti Kaul.

Can you give us a sneak peek of what you’re currently working on?

I had heard about BICAS for a while and was glad to finally come by and see what it’s all about. The mural I’m working on at BICAS has some O’Odham humor that my people appreciate. There’s an old lady doing some amazing things…It’s a little over the top but I think it’s pretty funny. It tells a story. Grandmas are hardcore!

Lucky is currently working a mural outside the BICAS shop. Stop by any day to take a look, and learn more about and support Lucky’s work by visiting www.alltribesfacemasks.com. Stay tuned for a website featuring all his work to be launched soon!

Photo by BICAS Staff Shruti Kaul.

Published March 2021.