Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events, including complimentary Trolley Tours during the monthly First Friday Art Walk, one of the nation’s largest self-guided art walks; a pop-up gallery program; the Infusion arts initiative; and the annual Juried Exhibition, Art Detour, and Art d’Core Gala.
Artlink is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Republic, Dunn Transportation, Roosevelt Row CDC, Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Artlink Inc. was officially formed in 1989. Since then, Artlink has organized Phoenix’s popular annual art walk, Art Detour, a two-day, self-guided tour of galleries, studios and businesses in various neighborhoods in and around downtown Phoenix, giving Valley residents and visitors an opportunity to see an array of local, national, and international talent.
In 1994, Artlink began promoting the monthly First Fridays art walk, which has grown to become one of the largest monthly art walks in the United States. With many venues open free to the public each month, First Fridays has succeeded in bringing people back to downtown Phoenix. The event sees anywhere from 14-20,000 visitors monthly and grows each year.
Third Fridays came years later, and is sometimes referred to as “Gallery Night,” due to the number of exhibition openings that take place.
Sarah “Sally” Russell
Curator/Staff, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Artist/ASU, Associate Vice President for Program Development Planning
Valley Metro, Communication and Marketing Director
Phoenix Convention Center, Deputy Director
Artist/Oasis on Grand, Marketing Director
Bentley Gallery, Owner
Phoenix Community Alliance, Executive Director
Downtown Phoenix Inc., Director of Community Engagement