Start a Fire

A majority of your life is fraught with stifled creativity. At work, your boss doesn’t want you to draw dinosaurs in the margins of your meeting notes. At home, your kids want nothing but plain ol' cheese pizza. Luckily, you're not alone. There are plenty of people just like you looking for a release.

The folks behind spark! Mesa's Festival of Creativity want the event's attendees to get inspired and get to creating. Head to Mesa Arts Center for creative therapy in the form of visual art, dance, music, plays, crafts, cooking, and more. Watch as artists unleash the latest in their creative achievements in free shows, and find your own creative center with $5 classes in everything from beading to puppetry. Stop by Thursday, March 14, for an afternoon of spoken word and hip-hop, then make your way over to the ERTH Dinosaur petting zoo, where kiddos of all ages can interact with massive lifelike dinosaur puppets.

March 13-16, 12-9 p.m.; Sun., March 17, 12-7 p.m., 2013
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Christina Caldwell