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Tucson is a fast-growing, progressive metropolitan area of over ½ million people, boasting an incredibly rich cultural heritage. Arizona, also known as the Grand Canyon state, combines the cultures of the United States and Mexico with continued influence from past settlement by Native Americans, Spanish explorers, and Anglo frontiersmen. The result is a diverse mix of people, architecture, food, and communities that inspire creative thinking.
The city has many annual events, including the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, The Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson Folk Festival, Fourth Avenue Street Fair, The Tucson Rodeo, Tucson Meet Yourself, and All Souls Procession Weekend. There is also a Center for Creative Photography, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Titan Missile Museum, Jewish Heritage Center, and Tucson Chinese Cultural Center. Music lovers enjoy the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the region's many mariachi bands.
The region's largest employers include Raytheon Missile Systems, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and The United States Army Intelligence Center. Sports enthusiasts follow The University of Arizona Wildcats, Tucson Monsoon, and racing at Tucson Raceway Park.
The Art Institute of Tucson was established in 1996 as the Fleur de Lis Institute of Interior Design. Today it is a member of The Art Institutes system of schools and has expanded course offerings to include design, media arts, culinary, and fashion.
The school is home to industry-related equipment and software that provides students with real-world experience. These include:
To build relationships and gain experience in their areas of study, many students participate in special events and workshops, join student groups, and work in internships within the Tucson area. The Art Institute of Tucson offers the following services to help students during their time at the school:
Student groups include: