Tucson Desert Art Museum School Tours

​​​​GAMBATTE! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit, an Exhibit by Paul Kitagaki, Jr. 

​GAMABATTE! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit is the first body of work devoted to capturing the past and the present of Executive Order 9066 through photographs and oral histories. Through the juxtaposition of historic images and contemporary portraits of the same individuals or their descendants, Kitagaki takes us on a visual exploration of the Japanese concept of Gambatte, or triumph over adversity.








Behind Barbed Wire: Japanese American Incarceration in Arizona

This exhibition that examines the federal internment facilities in Arizona. This exhibition also includes photos and details of the Japanese American men and  women who served during WWII. 














Art of Circumstance: Art and Artifacts Created by Japanese Americans Incarcerated During WWII

Art of Circumstance displays the inventive and creative spirit of the Japanese Americans incarcerated in relocation camps across the Southwest during World War II. The art and artifacts displayed in Art of Circumstance include objects on loan from the Arizona Heritage Center, Arizona Historical Society in Tempe, Arizona.

A little evacuee of Japanese descent gets a ride on her brother's shoulders at a War Relocation Authority center where they are spending the duration. Photographer: Stewart Frances

Hayward, California. Members of the Mochida family awaiting evacuation bus. Photographer:  Dorothea Lange, May 8,1942.

Kakuen Tsuruoka

Untitled, Industry in the Desert

Watercolor on Paper, 1944

The Tucson Desert Art Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution, is devoted to educating our students about the rich and diverse history and arts of the Desert Southwest region. We offer our schools the unique opportunity to learn about our region through both contemporary and classic art, artifacts and photography. The following are our special exhibits for the 2016 - 2017 school year. To reserve your guided tour, please contact the museum at desertartmuseum@gmail.com or call (520) 202-3888.