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In 1997 a group of six Tucson, Arizona, artists got together to form a collage group which became a part of the National Collage Society. The objectives of the group were to share ideas, network with other artists and groups, exhibit a fine arts collage show once or twice a year locally, to participate in the National Collage Society’s shows and to promote collage as a fine art. The group adopted as their name The Collage Association of Southern Arizona or CASA.

The word collage is from the French word collar meaning “to glue.” This art form is a process of pasting papers, fabrics and similar materials onto a surface to create new images. Such unrelated elements are arranged to produce a composition that expresses symbolic meanings or emotional effects.

In 2006 the group, which now numbers around 140 members, voted to change the name of the organization to The Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona, retaining the acronym, CASA, in order to better reflect the scope of the work in which its members are involved. The purpose of the organization is the development and advancement of mixed media art forms.

The organization has a strong educational focus. Monthly meetings include demonstrations and presentations by artists working in all areas of interest to the group. Three-day workshops are offered twice a year featuring nationally known mixed media artists. Four-hour mini-workshops are offered after most meeting dates. Several exhibits are sponsored by the organization yearly, usually in the winter and spring months.

 
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