by Mila Besich, Mayor, Town of Superior
From my earliest childhood memories, art was everywhere in Superior, reflecting our town’s soul and its penchant for creativity.
I remember large murals on the buildings and within our school and vividly recall the day in 1982 when the “Helping Hands” statue on Main Street was dedicated during Superior’s Centennial.
Members of the Baile Folklorico Alma de Superior Dance Troupe (now known as the Superior Dance Company) have performed their traditional Mexican dances for over three generations. They continue to perform at community events and throughout Arizona to this very day.
Looking back through our history, you will learn about local bands who entertained, dramas and skits performed throughout the community at school and in our churches. The people of Superior still celebrate their creativity.
Today, we continue to add new murals, we celebrate local authors, songwriters, musicians, culinary marvels and all who share their creativity within our community. The local artist community hosted its first ever Superior Art’s Festival in April and already is organizing the 2020 festival.
Superior’s monthly Second Friday event includes “Music in the Park,” where our local musicians get together to perform a variety of songs. The Boyce Thompson Arboretum also hosts a variety of art classes from painting and photography to book readings.
Superior is quickly becoming one of the most colorful towns in Pinal County — and perhaps in the state of Arizona — as our downtown businesses choose bright colors for the exterior of the buildings, and our newly remodeled food court park has a hidden mural, a new welded fountain and a color scheme to brighten your day.
Recently, a local artist Marilee Lasch became a certified Storyteller; she can often be found refining her technique and telling uplifting and fun stories about life in Superior and her own personal adventures. Local art can be found in local galleries and restaurants. Many of our galleries also host art classes.
At Superior Town Hall, we are working energetically to be the most idea-friendly community in our state. We also ardently support the arts in our community, it helps to strengthen our sense of place. Our scenic beauty provides the backdrop for amazing photographs, paintings, videos. This majesty also provides a serene setting for reflection and inspiration.
We invite you to take a day trip or stay a weekend in Superior where your creativity is warmly welcomed and you will find countless ways to engage your inner artist!