Artist Opportunities

Make Music Day PHX 2020

Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world – and in PHX! – on June 21.

This isn’t your typical music festival! Make Music is open to anyone who wants to participate. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical genre — is invited perform in celebration of our collective love of music!

More than 1,000 cities in 120 countries will take part in Make Music Day 2020, further demonstrating the power of music to unite and uplift people, spread joy and build community amid this challenging and unprecedented time.

Together with our partner Valley Metro, Artlink is excited to feature local musicians along the Artsline and beyond!

Make Music PHX will take place on the Artlink social media channels with a variety of genres and styles of making music.

Follow #makemusicdayPHX  to see and participate with an amazing array of local music talent.

June 21 | The Schedule

Featured performances include:

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Live @ Valley Metro Light Rail Stop Roosevelt & Central
Jazz Trio featuring: Gabriel Bey (trumpet), Garrison Jones (keyboard) and Buddy Banks (drums)
Soloist: rx Soul

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Recorded performance
Priscilla Rose Band

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Recorded @ Heritage Square
Tindal Muzic

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Live from Home
JAM Now

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Live from Home
Mike Sparks

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Recorded performance
SoSco Flute & Guitar Duo

1:00 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.
Live streaming a Junk Jam! Grab your Pots and Pans!
Henri Benard

2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Recorded Songs from the studio
Lorin Drexler

2:10 p.m.
Live Cross Promotion
Cultural Coalition Az

2:20 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Live @ Park Central
Michael Clayden

3:20 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Live from Home
DJSpeakerbox 

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Live from Home
Ron Bowen

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Recorded performance
Oliverio Balcells

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Live from Home
Michael Brandon Vela & Erica Erskine

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Surprise performance
Don Harrington

7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Recorded performance
Jennifer Buljan

Schedule subject to change. Join us online for any additional surprises!

This Sunday, June 21, Phoenix artist Antoinette Cauley will be participating in a national initiative for #MakeMusicDay called This American Song! Fifty songwriters have each been paired with a person from one of the fifty states to write a song inspired by their personal story. Afterwards, videos of all fifty songs will be available at makemusicday.org @makemusicday

Did you know that you can get to know over 700 visual and performing Arizona artists from the comfort of your own phone or desktop? Visit ArtistsAZ.com and see what the artists are up to in their studios on the Artist Activity page.

 


Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals to Receive $171,830 in Emergency Relief

Artlink is grateful for the leadership of the Arizona Commission on the Arts and partnership of Arizona Community Foundation, the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, and Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. These Artlink partners make it possible for the organization to provide support to artists: Downtown Phoenix Inc., Valley Metro, City of Phoenix Public Works, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Gould Evans+Canary, Wexford Science+Technology, and Arizona Center. We also extend our gratitude to community partners Phoenix Warehouse District and The Carmody Foundation. Read the fund announcement here.

  • DONORS: The response from the artist community demonstrates an overwhelming need for support. Please consider donating to the fund today.

A group of Arizona arts funders and service organizations announced they will provide $171,830 in emergency relief grants of up to $750 to 235 artists and arts professionals across the state.

One effort in a slate of crisis response strategies launched last month, the Emergency Relief Fund for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals was established as a collaborative fund to support artists and creatives experiencing cancelled events and terminated contracts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund was initially seeded with $130,000 from the Arizona Community Foundation, $15,000 from partners including Artlink Inc. and the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, and $25,000 from the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona in support of southern Arizona artists. The application process was managed by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona.

Open to residents of Arizona whose primary source of income is in artistic production, teaching artist residencies, cultural events, or contract work with nonprofit arts organizations, the online application opened on Saturday, April 4, 2020, and closed later that same day due to the high volume of submissions.

“We received 520 applications in the first 8 hours the application was live. In the days since, an additional 500 individuals signed up to be notified in the event the fund re-opens,” said Jaime Dempsey, Executive Director for the Arizona Commission on the Arts. “This group of Arizonans documented a minimum of $1.5 million in cancelled contracts from March to June alone. The true income loss is likely 5-10 times greater, given the fact that applicants were only asked to substantiate immediate lost income up to $1,500. The job loss is simply staggering.”

Dempsey added, “These are Arizonans whose work is centered in innovation, who preserve cherished cultural traditions, who lead curriculum-supportive arts residencies in schools, and a thousand other things. Grants of this size won’t cover the full scope of their lost income, but we hope the funds provide some small measure of relief, because artists’ skills are important to all of us. In calm and in crisis, creative workers are critical contributors to our civic and economic life, to lifelong learning and community wellbeing.”

The 235 relief grants announced today represent 45% of the initial applicant pool. First-round recipients hail from cities and towns across Arizona, with 25% from rural/remote communities and 75% from urban metros. 46% of recipients identify as individuals of color. Recipients range in age from 18 to 75+, and collectively they specialize in dozens of creative disciplines.

After being considered in accordance with the stated commitments for the fund, applications were entered into a process for randomized selection. Value and need are accepted as fundamental conditions for this program; applications are not ranked according to subjective merit or persuasiveness.

“We came together as partners on this fund because we believe in Arizona’s artists and creatives. Their skills are essential in this moment, and their unique capacities—to uplift, connect, invent, and inspire—will be vital as we navigate a future recovery,” said Jacky Alling, Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Arizona Community Foundation. “We are honored to support artists now and remain committed to working alongside them beyond this crisis, to explore new ideas and advance community good.”

Partners on the Emergency Relief Fund for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals are still actively fundraising to support applicants who were not awarded relief grants in the first round. Individuals and organizations are invited to join in the effort and contribute to the fund at https://azarts.gov/grant/emergency-relief-fund/.

[Note to media: Emergency Relief Fund for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals are awarded to individuals experiencing financial distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and thus we have made a commitment not to share personal information of applicants or recipients. Funding partners can provide aggregated data for the program and can ask individual recipients if they are willing to be interviewed if that is of interest.]

About the Arizona Commission on the Arts
One of 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies across the United States, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is a 54-year-old agency of the State of Arizona and a leading force in the creative and professional development of Arizona’s arts sector. Through robust programs, research initiatives, and strategic grantmaking, the Arts Commission catalyzes arts-based partnerships that strengthen Arizona communities through the arts. More information can be found at azarts.gov.

About the Arizona Community Foundation
Established in 1978, the Arizona Community Foundation is a statewide family of charitable funds supported by thousands of Arizonans. With five regional offices serving communities across Arizona, ACF is among the top 25 community foundations in the nation with more than $960 million in trust and endowment assets, and is certified under the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. Since inception, ACF and its affiliates have awarded more than $783 million in grants, scholarships, and loans to nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies. More information is available at azfoundation.org.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to our development by connecting artists, business and community. Founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by artists in 1989, the Artlink name is a guiding principle for the organization as it supports the stakeholders of the arts and culture community, amplifying its collective strength. Visit artlinkphx.org.

About the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and funding agency. We consist of staff, a board of directors, and community members who serve on grant panels and committees and are passionate about the arts. The Arts Foundation provides arts and cultural development services through direct funding, technical assistance and professional development opportunities, and manages the creation of public art for the City of Tucson and Pima County. Visit artsfoundtucson.org.

About the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture was established to champion the City’s arts and culture community to make Phoenix a great place to live, work, and visit. POAC invests grants to nonprofit arts organizations to ensure cultural services and opportunities are accessible to Phoenix residents of all ages; manages an award-winning public art program that works in neighborhoods with local, national, and international artists to create a more vibrant city; and promotes and professional development opportunities for youth, artists, and administrators to help sustain a healthy cultural sector. Visit phoenix.gov/arts for more information.


Donate: Emergency Relief Grants for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals

On March 19, Artlink announced the transition of The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF) application guidelines to address the current crisis and the large impact it may have on artists for some time to come. Concurrently, Arizona Commission on the Arts worked with Arizona Community Foundation to develop a similar fund. To avoid donor confusion, and so that the pathway to artist support could be most efficient, Artlink committed its promotion and TAFF funding to date to this fund, with the hope that this collaboration will provide a larger and more meaningful benefit to the artist community.

  • UPDATE: Due to a volume of submissions, the application portal is temporarily closed. Read more about the fund
  • ARTISTS: If you were not able to apply and would like to be notified in the event this opportunity reopens, please complete this form.
  • DONORS: The response from the artist community demonstrates an overwhelming need for support. Please consider donating to the fund today.

As part of broader crisis response strategies, Arizona arts funders and service organizations have set up a collaborative fund to provide emergency relief grants of $500-$1,500 to artists and arts professionals experiencing cancelled events and residencies or terminated contracts due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The grant is open to individual residents of Arizona, 18 years of age or older, whose primary source of income is related to artistic production, teaching artist residencies, arts and cultural events, or contract work with nonprofit arts organizations. The online application will open Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Additional information can be found at https://azarts.gov/grant/emergency-relief-fund/.

The Emergency Relief Fund for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals has been initially seeded with $130,000 from the Arizona Community Foundation (using funding already dedicated to individual artist support), and another $25,000 from other partners. The submission process will be managed by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona. Other generous fund partners include Artlink Inc., the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, and the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.

The fund is collaborative in nature; other individuals and organizations are invited to join in the effort and contribute to the fund at https://arizonacommunityfoundation.kimbia.com/covid19azartists. Based on the experiences of other communities with similar funds, the fund’s partner institutions anticipate requests will significantly outpace initially-available funds.

According to Jaime Dempsey, Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the fund addresses an urgent need.

“Some have balked at relief for the creative sector in this crisis. Let me be clear: this relief is about human beings who make up a significant percentage of our workforce, who are among the least likely to have employer-based healthcare, and who are facing unprecedented loss of income due to widespread cancellation of events and contracts. Every artist and creative sector worker that I know has to buy groceries, care for kids or elders, and pay rent and utilities and taxes, while contributing outsized benefits to our civic and economic life, lifelong learning and community wellbeing.”

Dempsey added, “Already in this crisis, artists and creatives have stepped up—adapting their work to virtual platforms, providing educational opportunities for our kids at home, and discovering new creative ways to engage our elders from a safe distance. Make no mistake, when we begin to navigate a recovery, artists’ skills—to adapt, invent, inspire, to imagine and reimagine—will be more valuable, more essential to our collective human cause, than ever before.”

“Acknowledging that this relief effort won’t fully account for any individual’s lost income and is but one relief initiative in the works, it is an honor to work with generous partners to facilitate this particular program of support.”

Beyond this program of support for individuals, several Arizona arts funders and service organizations have begun rolling out relief strategies for arts and cultural organizations, with additional collaborative support strategies in development.

About the Arizona Commission on the Arts
One of 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies across the United States, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is a 53-year-old agency of the State of Arizona and a leading force in the creative and professional development of Arizona’s arts sector. Through robust programs, research initiatives, and strategic grantmaking, the Arts Commission catalyzes arts-based partnerships that strengthen Arizona communities through the arts. More information can be found at azarts.gov.

About Arizona Community Foundation
Established in 1978, the Arizona Community Foundation is a statewide family of charitable funds supported by thousands of Arizonans. With five regional offices serving communities across Arizona, ACF is among the top 25 community foundations in the nation with more than $960 million in trust and endowment assets, and is certified under the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. Since inception, ACF and its affiliates have awarded more than $783 million in grants, scholarships, and loans to nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies. More information is available at azfoundation.org.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to our development by connecting artists, business and community. Founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by artists in 1989, the Artlink name is a guiding principle for the organization as it supports the stakeholders of the arts and culture community, amplifying its collective strength. Visit artlinkphx.org.

About the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and funding agency. We consist of staff, a board of directors, and community members who serve on grant panels and committees and are passionate about the arts. The Arts Foundation provides arts and cultural development services through direct funding, technical assistance and professional development opportunities, and manages the creation of public art for the City of Tucson and Pima County. https://artsfoundtucson.org/

About City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture supports the development of the arts and cultural community in Phoenix and seeks to raise the level of awareness and participation of city residents in the preservation, expansion and enjoyment of arts and culture. Visit https://www.phoenix.gov/arts for more information.


Artist Information Meeting: Calls, Art Detour 32 + More

Have Questions About Calls, Art Detour or…?

Let’s get those questions answered! Artists are invited to join Artlink staff for an informal meeting on Monday, December 2, to discuss open calls to artists, Art Detour 32 and more. PLUS, you’ll see the exhibition space at Park Central where the Juried and Gala events will take place (see calls here).

Date: Monday, December 2, 2019
Time: 6 to 7 p.m.
Location: Artlink HQ @ Park Central, 3121 N. 3rd Ave. Suite 100 (If driving, park on the WEST side of Park Central, near the Sun Worshiper statue. Artlink is located in the Geare Building.)
RSVP Here


Miracle Mile Mural Call!

The Ownership Team, property and business owners are interested in working with an artist or a team of artists in order to create a mural or mural-like art feature for one west facing wall in the parking lot of a historic commercial building on Miracle Mile.

Project: A mural or mural-like feature on the west-facing wall of Lionetti’s on Miracle Mile at McDowell.

Address: 1633 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, Arizona, 85006.

Request: A flat mural or mural-like art feature created from any material fit for long term outdoor application (paint, tile, concrete, metal, other, etc.). Artists in Arizona living in the boundaries between 7th Street and 24th street, and Thomas Road and Washington Street, will receive first review as members of the immediate community. This does not exclude artists from the greater metro Phoenix area or artists throughout Arizona from submitting, but some familiarity with the area, its history and the surrounding communities is a plus.

Deadline: October 15, 2019 by 5:00pm (Local AZ Time)

Read the full details and SUBMIT HEREMiracle Mile Mural


TONIGHT! Creative City Symposium


Park Central Mural Finalists Announced!

Park Central Mural East— Finalists Announced!

Monday, December 3, 2018— The owners of the newly-renovated Park Central have partnered with Artlink Inc. to spearhead the development of an Arts and Culture Plan for their site. The first public art call stemming from this process was Park Central Mural East— a key feature on the east facing side of Park Central, near the main entrance from Central Avenue. This eye-catching mural will be an important amenity as it is a significant focal point of the entire project.

Today, we’re very pleased to announce the selected Finalists!

Jane Goat

 

Andrew Brown

 

Lauren Lee

 

A private development, Park Central engaged several people connected to the project for the selection panel, including representatives from Plaza Companies, Holualoa Companies, DPR Construction and the Park Central Advisory Committee— a group made up of project leadership, industry professionals, and arts advocates and practitioners. Per the call’s stated criteria, finalists were chosen on “the quality, originality, and craftsmanship of their past works and potential to make a significant artistic contribution to this project”. Each finalist will be paid an honorarium to develop a site-specific proposal from which ONE artist and design will be chosen. The winning design will showcase the strength and feasibility of the proposed concept through a creative approach, as well as the design’s potential to engage tenants and visitors to Park Central in a meaningful way.

 

Congratulations, Jane, Andrew, and Lauren— the Finalists! 

 

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November 7, 2018: Join Us for a Mixed Media Happy Hour!


Featured Calls for Art

 

Artlink is pleased to announce two calls to artists and designers of all practices. The first is a conversion of a water feature in two central locations within the SkySong campus in Scottsdale. The second is focal point of the entrance to a new Banner Health Ironwood Medical Office Building in Queen Creek.  Each are unique opportunities for artistic expression in well-trafficked public thoroughfares. Read on for details and links to submit.

1. Skysong, ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center
What: Murals
Estimated Budget:  ~$12,000
Who: Artists Living and Working in Maricopa County
Fee: None
Deadline: 11:59 p.m.,  August 29, 2018

This request for qualifications (RFQ) is to identify one artist (or team) to convert two existing concrete water walls to murals. The proposed art space measures approximately 8’4” tall and 30’4” wide. Artists, designers, creative individuals and teams are encouraged to apply. The Ownership Team may select two artists, one for each of the two locations. This call is for artists and designers of all practices and is presented by Plaza Companies with support provided by Artlink.

Read More and Apply!

2. Banner Health Medical Office
What: Entry Feature
Estimated Budget: ~$2,700
Who: Artists Living and Working in Maricopa County
Fee: None
Deadline: 11:59 p.m.,  September 6, 2018

This request for qualifications (RFQ) is to identify one artist (or team) to craft an art concept for a bench prominently positioned outdoors at Banner Ironwood’s entrance. The bench is a concrete masonry block, with a smooth concrete skim coat, measuring ~27’ wide by 4 ¼’ high. Artists have the latitude to either replace the finishes or top the finishes with any number of materials including, but not limited to, a mosaic tile, integral color in the concrete surfaces or other artistic application of materials to these surfaces. This call is for artists and designers of all practices and is presented by Plaza Companies and Ryan Companies with support provided by Artlink.

Read More and Apply!︎


July 24, 2018: Join us for a MIXED MEDIA HAPPY HOUR!

You’re invited to mix, mingle and find out Who and What is NEXT for Phoenix.
In July we’re celebrating Who’s Next, an azcentral program that highlights the dynamic young people shaping the Valley and the state. The goal? To identify and track the next generation of Arizona movers and shakers. Come join us recognize those who are making a mark.
Artists: do you have an upcoming exhibition, workshop, event? Heard about a great Call for Art or a job posting perfect for a creative? Let us all know!
Thanks to our event partner azcentral, host venue Valley Bar, and our Mixed Media co-host Downtown Phoenix Inc.!
Date: Tuesday, July 24
Location: ValleyBar 130 N. Central
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., program begins at 6:15 p.m.
*This is a 21+ event.*
Reserve your spot for July’s Mixed Media Happy Hour – space is limited!

Eventbrite - Mixed Media Happy Hour


Call for Artists: ‘The Artist Forward Fund’ Grant Cycle 2

Artlink Inc. is now accepting applications from Arizona-based artists for the second run of its grant program: The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF). The deadline for applications is noon Saturday, June 16, 2018 Mountain Standard Time (MST).

The program, originally launched in 2017, is produced by Artlink in collaboration with a group of prominent professional artists who serve on the Artlink Artist Council (AAC).

Submitted grant applications will be reviewed by the AAC along with members of Artlink’s Board of Directors.

The selected grant recipient will receive a $1,000 grant for completion of work and creating a fall (October or November) exhibition in the downtown Phoenix area. An exhibiton space will be facilitated by Artlink. Additionally, members of the AAC will provide mentorship to selected artist(s).

The artist recipient will be someone who demonstrates potential in their practice through risk-taking and pushing their work in dynamic ways. It will be someone who is at a critical juncture in their career when this support would be most impactful.

The winner will be announced during the Artlink Annual Meeting on Monday, June 25, 2018.

SUBMISSION DETAILS

The following media will be accepted for submission: oil, watercolor, acrylic, graphite, charcoal, pastels, photography, ceramics, printmaking, textile, mixed media, video, installation, and sculpture/three dimensional pieces. Additional criteria:

• Artist must be at least 18 years old.
• Artist must be based in Arizona and working and/or contributing to the Downtown Phoenix Art Scene.
• Artist must be an Articipant and listed in the artist directory. (Not an Articipant? Get details and register here.)
• Artist must submit a concept of an exhibition of their own work to show in a space during the Fall quarter (October/November)
• The full portfolio of work should be previously unexhibited (2 or 3 pieces can be pre-existing).
• Artist must be available to install their work in Downtown Phoenix before the time frame listed above.
• Artists who have been selected in past Artlink calls to artists are permitted to submit.
• A pair of artists is eligible to apply if they are creating work as a singular artist identity or if they have a singular vision or theme that will link their work in the exhibition.

The online submission deadline is noon Saturday, June 16, 2018 Mountain Standard Time (MST).

Artists must be registered as an Articipant with Artlink to submit for TAFF.

Artists registered as either All Access or Artist Studio Articipants may submit without a fee. Click here to submit.

Artists registered an A la Carte Articipant will pay a $15 submission fee. Click here to submit.

Email with any questions to submissions@artlinkphx.org. Please reference “TAFF Call” in your email subject line when submitting questions.

FAQ

Why is there a fee to submit?
The fees helps to support the administration of all Artlink efforts in supporting local artists. This includes a variety of year-round opportunities to promote, exhibit and sell your work. And as we grow, we will continue to look for more opportunities.

How can the fee be waived?
There is NO FEE for artists who have signed up to be an All Access or Artist Studio Articipant.  Click here to sign up now.

Can I submit to multiple calls promoted by Artlink?
Yes. Once you’ve set up your artist profile on Submittable.com, you can easily submit for this and other calls.

Can I submit the same art to multiple calls?
You can, but we encourage you to submit a variety of works and to pay close attention to deadlines, purchase dates, etc. so that the submitted works remain eligible for selection.

Is there an age minimum to apply?
Yes, you must be at least 18 years of age.

If I live outside of Phoenix or only spend some time in Arizona can I submit?
You are welcome to apply even if you live outside of Phoenix or split your time between Arizona and elsewhere. As long as you can assure that you will be available to drop off your work in Phoenix if you are selected to create an exhibition.

How do I prove I am an Artlink Articipant in my application?
The Artlink team will check our Articipant list on file to verify we have you in our records.

What if I am not an Artlink Articipant?                                                                                                               Register now, and within 24 hours you will be on the artist directory and ready to apply for TAFF.

How old is the work you are willing to accept?
We would prefer that all artwork submitted be new or from the last 3 years at the oldest.

If I am selected to create an exhibition when will it be?
Artlink intends to hold the TAFF exhibition in the Fall of this year (September- November 2018). We will schedule the final exhibition date based on discussions and calendars of both the artist and the venue providing the space.

What type of video can I submit?
All videos should be suitable for a wide audience and have no strong language, illegal activity, or overt nudity. Please send links on YouTube or Vimeo or submit the videos in .mov, .avi, or .mpg formats.

If I’ve been selected for past Artlink exhibitions or opportunities can I submit again?
Definitely! We would like to see new work, so please submit pieces that are different from what you’ve submitted in the past.

How will my work be evaluated?
The criteria is up to the Artlink Artist Council in determining which artist “demonstrates potential in their practice through risk-taking and pushing their work in dynamic ways.”

ABOUT ARTLINK INC.
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 www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ABOUT ARTLINK ARTIST COUNCIL (AAC)
Joan Baron, Christine Cassano, Bill Dambrova, Peter Deise, Isaac Fortoul, Gabriel Fortoul, Annie Lopez, William LeGoullon, Ann Morton, Joe Ray, Patricia Sannit, Randy Slack, and Marilyn Szabo. These established professional artists have worked 10 years or more in exhibiting and/or producing exhibitions that shine a spotlight on Phoenix; represent the diverse cultural identity of our city; and have contributed significant time/energy to either Art Detour/Artlink and/or partner initiatives that strive to elevate the profile of Phoenix’s creative community.


Release: Artlink Introduces New Artist Access

ARTIST AccessArtlink Introduces New Opportunities for Artists to Engage in the Arts Community

‘Articipation’ Options to Lower Economic Barriers, Further Develop an Artist Directory and More  

Artlink Inc., a Phoenix-based nonprofit whose mission is to keep the arts integral to the development of our city, announces new “Articipation” opportunities to fully embrace the Phoenix artist community and further support their pursuit of successful careers in Phoenix.

Coinciding with the upcoming 30th anniversary of Art Detour March 15-20, 2018, Artlink’s new offerings seek to both lower the economic barriers of engagement and to expand definitions of participation to better serve the artist community.

All working artists are invited to register and may choose to engage at one of the following Articipation levels:

  • All Access: This turnkey option for visual and performing artists includes complimentary Artlink artist call submissions, a listing in the Artlink Artist Directory powered by Phoenix Urban Guide, tickets to Artlink’s Art d’Core Gala on March 15, 2018, and other opportunities as they arise. ($60 annual registration fee. Students with a school ID receive a discounted $24 rate.)
  • Artist Studio: A new option specifically designed for those artists who open their studios located within the central Phoenix area, depicted by a dot on the official First Friday map, Art Detour map and on PhoenixUrbanGuide.com. These artists also receive the benefits provided in the All Access level above. ($60 annual registration fee.)
  • À la Carte: A new option for artists who want to be included in the Artlink Artist Directory, a showcase of all artists that will be actively promoted to businesses and the public. (No annual registration fee. Fees for optional calls, Gala tickets and other opportunities apply.)

ARTIST ARTICIPANT button“We are dedicated to the development of the arts in our changing city,” says Catrina Kahler, Artlink Board President. “With the upcoming 30-year landmark Art Detour event, it is a priority to ensure that we are meeting the needs of artists and continue to connect them with business opportunities and promote their work to entire community.”

Since 1989, Artlink has supported 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 Artlink Juried Exhibition, Art Detour, and Phoenix Urban Guide.

About Artlink Inc.
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; The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF); a pop-up gallery program; the Infusion arts initiative; and the Artlink 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, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 


Release: Artlink Announces Inaugural TAFF Recipient

Artlink Announces Inaugural Grant Recipient of ‘The Artist Forward Fund’

Exhibition, Mentorship and $1000 Awarded to Ashley Czajkowski

‘For the People’ Partners with Artlink to Double Grant Amount

PHOENIX – Artlink Inc., in collaboration with the recently-formed Artlink Artist Council (AAC), is pleased to announce Ashley Czajkowski as the first grant recipient of The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF). The announcement was made at Artlink’s 2017 Annual Meeting on June 14 at Phoenix Art Museum. Czajkowski will receive financial support, a space to hold an exhibition, and mentoring from AAC members.

Annual Meeting Ashley

Left to right: Rembrandt Quiballo, Constance McBride, Shawn Silberblatt, Chad Campbell, Ashley Czajkowski, Joan Baron, Sally Russell, Christine Cassano. Photo: Kyle Field.

Formed in February of 2017, the AAC has identified key areas where the Council, which is comprised of professional artists, can provide support to emerging artists: mentoring, exhibition planning, sharing connections/networking support, portfolio review and practical advice on mounting exhibitions. AAC sought an artist recipient demonstrating potential in their practice through risk-taking and pushing their work in dynamic ways, who is at a critical juncture in their career when this support would be most impactful.

“TAFF is not just important for the growth of individual artists that win the prize, it is a critical step towards moving the downtown arts scene to the next level,” said artist Bill Dambrova, member of the AAC. “One of many priorities of the Artlink Artist Council is to encourage and support Artlink to find and identify an exhibition venue that matches the level of sophistication and quality of work made by the winner to show in.”

“Our first winner, Ashley Czajkowski epitomizes the type of artist that will most benefit from this award. As an incredibly innovative installation artist, the space she shows in is crucial to the presentation of her work,” said Dambrova.

A total of 44 artists responded to the inaugural call, submitting a number of original works and a statement of need for AAC panel review.

“The AAC members were challenged to select just one artist to receive the fund,” said Constance McBride, Artlink Arts Committee Chair. “We were encouraged by the large amount of quality work submitted for the first TAFF call, and even more enthusiastic about where this collaboration can lead.”

Members of the AAC are: Julie Anand, Joan Baron, Christine Cassano, Bill Dambrova, Peter Deise, Isaac Fortoul, Gabriel Fortoul, Frank Gonzales, Annie Lopez, William LeGoullon, Ann Morton, Joe Ray, Patricia Sannit, Randy Slack, Marilyn Szabo. These established professional artists have worked 10 years or more in exhibiting and/or producing exhibitions that shine a spotlight on Phoenix; represent the diverse cultural identity of our city; and have contributed significant time/energy to either Art Detour/Artlink and/or partner initiatives that strive to elevate the profile of Phoenix’s creative community.

The initial call posted a $500 award provided by Artlink. In a show of support for the program, local retailer For the People, which specializes in functional modern design from local and global makers, agreed to match the funds, bringing the inaugural award amount up to $1000.

“The inaugural TAFF call is bringing about a number of collaborations that demonstrate Artlink’s mission of connecting artists, business and community,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink Board President. “We thank everyone who contributed to the fund, including For the People owners Shawn Silberblatt and Chad Campbell. We congratulate Ashley and look forward to working with her and the AAC in developing a fall exhibition of her work.”

About Artlink Inc.
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; The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF); 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, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Artlink Announces Call for ‘Artist Forward’ Grant Applications

TAFFArtlink Inc. is now accepting applications from Arizona-based artists for its inaugural grant program: The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF). The deadline for applications is midnight May 31, 2017 Mountain Standard Time (MST).

The program, originally announced at the 2017 Art d’Core Gala during Art Detour 29, is produced by Artlink in collaboration with a group of prominent professional artists who are serving on the newly formed Artlink Artist Council (AAC): Julie Anand, Joan Baron, Christine Cassano, Bill Dambrova, Peter Deise, Jeff Falk, Isaac Fortoul, Gabriel Fortoul, Frank Gonzales, Annie Lopez, William LeGoullon, Ann Morton, Joe Ray, Patricia Sannit, Randy Slack, Marilyn Szabo. These established professional artists have worked 10 years or more in exhibiting and/or producing exhibitions that shine a spotlight on Phoenix; represent the diverse cultural identity of our city; and have contributed significant time/energy to either Art Detour/Artlink and/or partner initiatives that strive to elevate the profile of Phoenix’s creative community.

Submitted grant applications will be reviewed by the AAC along with members of Artlink’s Board of Directors.

The selected grant recipient will receive a $500 grant and/or the opportunity for an exhibition facilitated by Artlink. Additionally, members of the AAC will provide mentorship to selected artist(s).

The artist recipient will be someone who demonstrates potential in their practice through risk-taking and pushing their work in dynamic ways. It will be someone who is at a critical juncture in their career when this support would be most impactful.

“We’re excited about helping artists in such a direct way,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink Board President. “This is not only financial support, but mentorship from professional artists who have been living and working in the area for years. They are excited to share what they have learned and we are looking forward to seeing the results of this innovative collaboration.”

SUBMISSION DETAILS

The following media will be accepted for submission: oil, watercolor, acrylic, graphite, charcoal, pastels, photography, ceramics, printmaking, textile, mixed media, video, installation, and sculpture/three dimensional pieces. Additional criteria:

  • Artist must be at least 18 years old.
  • Artist must based in Arizona and working and/or contributing to the Downtown Phoenix Art Scene.
  • Artists who have been selected in past Artlink calls to artists are permitted to submit.
  • A collective of multiple artists is eligible to apply, but must be creating work as a singular artist identity.

The online submission deadline is May 31, by midnight (MST).

Artlink Articipants may enter free of charge. Articipants click here to submit.

Artists who aren’t registered as Articipants will pay a $15 submission fee. Non-Articipants click here to submit.

Want to skip the fees for this and future calls? Learn more about becoming a year-round Articipant here.

Email with any questions to submissions@artlinkphx.org. Please reference “TAFF Call” in your email subject line when submitting questions.

FAQ

Why is there a fee to submit?
The fees helps to support the administration of all Artlink efforts in supporting local artists. This includes a variety of year-round opportunities to promote, exhibit and sell your work. And as we grow, we will continue to look for more opportunities.

How can the fee be waived?
There is NO FEE for artists who have signed up to be an Artlink Articipant. If you are not yet signed up as an Articipant, click here to sign up now.

Can I submit to multiple calls promoted by Artlink?
Yes. Once you’ve set up your artist profile on Submittable.com, you can easily submit for this and other calls.

Can I submit the same art to multiple calls?
You can, but we encourage you to submit a variety of works and to pay close attention to deadlines, purchase dates, etc. so that the submitted works remain eligible for selection.

Is there an age minimum to apply?
Yes, you must be at least 18 years of age.

If I live outside of Phoenix or only spend some time in Arizona can I submit?
You are welcome to apply even if you live outside of Phoenix or split your time between Arizona and elsewhere. As long as you can assure that you will be available to drop off your work in Phoenix if you are selected to create an exhibition.

How do I prove I am an Artlink Articipant in my application?
The Artlink team will check our Articipant list on file to verify we have you in our records.

How old is the work you are willing to accept?
We would prefer that all artwork submitted be new or from the last 3 years at the oldest.

If I am selected to create an exhibition when will it be?
Artlink will schedule the exhibition based on discussions and calendars of both the artist and the venue providing the space.

What type of video can I submit?
All videos should be suitable for a wide audience and have no strong language, illegal activity, or overt nudity. Please send links on YouTube or Vimeo or submit the videos in .mov, .avi, or .mpg formats.

If I’ve been selected for past Artlink exhibitions or opportunities can I submit again?
Definitely! We would like to see new work, so please submit pieces that are different from what you’ve submitted in the past.

How will my work be evaluated?
The criteria is up to the Artlink Artist Council in determining which artist “demonstrates potential in their practice through risk-taking and pushing their work in dynamic ways.”

About Artlink Inc.
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 www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Artists, Organizations and Businesses Invited to Become Year-Round Artlink ‘Articipants’

Artlink Adds Performing Artists, Arts and Culture Organizations to List of Those Eligible for Becoming Year-Round Articipants

Improves services to include upgrades to Phoenix Urban Guidethat now features Artist Activity Page, Happening Now,and Directory

articipant-graphic-2017PHOENIX Reflecting Artlink’s expanded reach into the greater Phoenix arts community, for the first time performing artists and arts and culture organizations can become “Articipants” along with other types of artists and arts venues.

Find the registration form here

At the same time, Artlink has upgraded its emerging Phoenix Urban Guide to include an interactive Articipants directory, a “Happening Now” feature that entitles Articipants to promote their exhibitions and performances, and an Artists Activity Page will allow Articipant artists to upload their most recent activities to be seen by the larger community.

The new categories of Articipants join visual artists, visual and performing arts venues and businesses that contribute to the arts experience in greater Phoenix as being featured during Art Detour, on First Friday maps and more.

“Artlink’s core mission is ‘keeping the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community’,” said Artlink Board President Catrina Kahler. “We’re very pleased to offer these amenities to Articipants to help better connect those who contribute to and support the arts in Phoenix.”

Those who sign up for Articipation are included in the promotion of Art Detour, First and Third Fridays and more throughout 2017. Plus, they may list their activities, exhibitions, performances, etc., on the new online map that everyone who follows the Phoenix arts scene will be using as it expands in 2017: Phoenix Urban Guide, or “PUG,” http://www.phoenixurbanguide.com.

A significant change to the upcoming Art Detour experience is that Artlink’s 5th Annual Art d’Core Gala (March 16 at Warehouse215, 215 E. Grant St.) and 29th Annual Art Detour (March 17-19) will be held during the same week in 2017.

With both events approaching soon, now is the best opportunity for Articipants to sign up and make the most of their year-round Artlink benefits. Articipants receive a wide range of benefits based on different categories (Artists; Galleries/Art Spaces; Arts & Culture Organizations; Restaurants/Bars/Retail).

Designed to help promote the artistic and cultural endeavors of participating Articipants, year-round benefits begin February 1, 2017 and continue through January 31, 2018. The Articipant registration deadline is January 27, 2017.

“Artlink continues to tailor its services to the growing greater Phoenix arts community,” said Artlink Board President Catrina Kahler. “We are excited to further promote a full spectrum of arts and culture experiences accessible in downtown Phoenix.”

Artists, venues and businesses may register to become Articipants here.

Here’s the schedule of annual Articipant registration fees:

Visual or performing artist: Established (10 years or more) or Emerging (fewer than 10 years) $60. Student visual or performing artists pay a discounted rate of $24. Students must email a copy of their student ID to info@artlinkphx.org.

Arts venues: Art Space/Cultural Venue/Collective/Performing Arts Venue ($250,000 or more annual operating budget), $144. Less than $250,000, $84.

Arts-supporting businesses: Dining/Nightlife/Retail/Other: $144.

Register here

About Artlink Inc.
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.


Artists Selected for the CitySkate Street Art Gallery Installation

Congratulations to the six artists whose work was selected to be featured on the CitySkate “street gallery” installation that will be on display throughout the holiday season.

Artlink and CityScape Phoenix invited local artists to submit samples of previously completed work to be considered for display on a structure that is a part of CitySkate in downtown Phoenix.

We were thrilled with the response and excited to provide an opportunity for artists to participate in this holiday tradition that draws 200,000 people every year. It was the first year of this collaboration, and we’re already looking forward to next year.

The installation will be on display until January 8, 2017.

Shopping Downtown by Charles Harker

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Shopping Downtown by Charles Harker | Graphic Design | www.charlesharker.com

All Dressed Up by Howard Paley

North Star by Carlos Mendoza Acrylic on Canvas

All Dressed Up by Howard Paley | Photography | hpaley.com

Cact-Us by Jesse Perry

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Cact-Us by Jesse Perry | Acrylic on Canvas | jesseperryart.com

North Star by Carlos Mendoza

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North Star by Carlos Mendoza | Acrylic on Canvas

 

Hello Sunshine by Sharon Sieben

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Hello Sunshine by Sharon Sieben | Acrylic on Canvas | sharonsieben.com

Sonoran Lights by Frank Ybarra

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Sonoran Lights by Frank Ybarra | Acrylic on Canvas | ybarraart.com


Mixed Media Happy Hour 11/15

mixed-media-inviteJoin us at the first “Mixed Media” Happy Hour!

Who’s invited?

All Artists, arts entrepreneurs, businesses and advocates who contribute to the arts and culture experience in greater downtown Phoenix.

Mix, mingle and get the details about the 2017 Articipant Program, Art Detour, Third Fridays and more!

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Location: The Grand Central Coffee Co.

Address: 718 North Central Ave. (Map)

Cost: FREE admission, no host bar

Eventbrite - Mixed Media Happy Hour

Hosted by Artlink, City of Phoenix Arts & Culture Office, Downtown Phoenix Inc.

 

 


Voucher Program Gives New Downtown Phoenix Residents a Rent Discount for Buying Art

Voucher Program Gives New Downtown Phoenix Residents a Rent Discount for Buying Art 

Partnership between Baron Properties and Artlink to help connect local artists to those moving into iLuminate and Linear Apartment Homes

An “art voucher” program giving residents of new downtown residential properties the opportunity to purchase local art and get a resulting discount on their rent was announced today by Baron Properties and Artlink Inc

Art & Home is a unique art voucher program available to all residents living at Baron Properties’ iLuminate and Linear Apartment Homes in the Roosevelt Row Arts District of downtown Phoenix. This voucher program is designed to encourage the support of Phoenix’s local art community.

From the earliest stages of planning and development, Baron Properties was intent on honoring the culture that makes the downtown community so diverse. The community’s art is woven into the structure of downtown neighborhoods. This program reflects Baron’s and Artlink’s mutual vision of connecting artists, businesses and the public.New Baron residents will visit the Articipant Directory on artlinkphx.org to find Visual Artists, Galleries, and Art Spaces where they can purchase artwork. Following the purchase from these directory categories, Baron Properties will provide residents with a rent reimbursement. This leasing incentive is available to all new residents of iLuminate and Linear, with an expiration period of sixty days from the date of move in. Art & Home will be accessible for a limited time and the value of these art vouchers may vary based on availability.

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Art & Home voucher.

In July 2016, Baron and Artlink publicly launched their partnership through the 18th Annual Juried Exhibition competition, and in September presented a first-ever Baron Grand Prize of $5,000 to the first place winner. With nearly 400 guests in attendance and more than 250 works of art submitted—the largest submission in the competition’s history—this event proved to be the start of a lasting relationship.

“We look forward to a continued partnership with Artlink. The Juried Exhibition and the Art & Home voucher program are just a few ways we are working to support the local art community,” said Liz Schloss, Baron Properties’ president of operations. “We hope that our participation will inspire others to get involved.”

“Original works of art are a significant addition to any home, and finding just the right piece to fit your taste and space can be a stimulating but daunting process. We wanted to help answer the question of ‘Where to begin?’ and provide a simple resource that connects new downtown residents to local artists,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink board president. “We appreciate Baron’s partnership in this unprecedented program and look forward to introducing their tenants to the arts community.”

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and support a thriving arts 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 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, The Torosian Foundation, David Wright House, BJ Communications, Heard Museum, Phoenix Convention Center, Valley Metro, Downtown Voices Coalition, IVIO Web Development, Urban Affair, Roosevelt Row CDC, Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Interested arts patrons, volunteers, sponsors and advocates are encouraged to subscribe to the Artlink newsletter to stay up-to-date on artist opportunities, community activities, and more. Visit artlinkphx.org.

About Baron Properties
Baron Properties specializes in multifamily housing, with corporate headquarters located in Colorado, and a regional office based in Arizona. Driven by professionalism, extensive property knowledge, and operational expertise, we provide an elevated experience of extraordinary service. Their Phoenix developments, the iluminate and Linear apartment communities, located at 290 and 295 E. Roosevelt St. respectively, will bring 215 new apartment homes to Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row Arts District. The properties are scheduled to open in Fall 2016. Visit baronproperties.com for more information.