About Us

A 32-year 501(c)3 nonprofit organization born from artists, Artlink supports the stakeholders of the arts and culture community, amplifying its collective strength.

Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events and initiatives, including complimentary shuttles during the monthly First Friday Art Walks, The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF), Phoenix Urban Guide (PUG), and the annual Art Detour, Art d’Core Gala and Juried Exhibition. Formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1989, Artlink is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, Park Central, Marriott International, True North Studio, Valley Metro, Phoenix Convention Center, Reimagine Phoenix, and works in partnership with Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

History

Artlink Inc. was officially formed in 1989 following the first Art Detour open studios tour in 1988, Phoenix’s original art walk event. Art Detour has since grown into a multi-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.

To this day, the Artlink name is a guiding principal for the mission of keeping the arts integral to development by connecting artists, business and community.

Artlink Board of Directors

Rick Naimark
Chair
Artist/ASU, Associate Vice President for Program Development Planning

Sarah “Sally” Russell
Vice Chair
Curator/Staff, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Hillary Foose 
Secretary
Valley Metro, Communication and Marketing Director

Brittany Butler
Artist/Oasis on Grand, Marketing Director

Bentley Calverley
Bentley Gallery, Owner

Rembrandt Quiballo
Visual Artist

Dorina Bustamante 
True North Studio, Partnerships

Liliana Gomez 
Artist/Choreographer

Tricee Thomas
Fashion Designer/The Garment League

R.J. Price
Downtown Phoenix Inc., Chief Marketing Officer

Staff

Catrina Kahler, President & CEO, president@artlinkphx.org

Leslie Criger, Articipant Liaison

Erik Karvonen, Design & Communications Director

Grant Vetter, Curatorial Programs Director

Ann Cothran, Community Outreach Specialist

 

Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community.