Artlink’s Annual meeting was held online on Monday, June 29, 2020. The Artlink board welcomed over 80 attendees, including artists, arts advocates, and representatives of the City of Phoenix, galleries, performing arts, and other arts organizations.

Present Board Members: Rick Naimark (Chair), Sally Russell (Vice Chair), Hillary Foose (Secretary), Brittany Butler, Bentley Calverley, Rembrandt Quiballo, Dorina Bustamante, Liliana Gomez, Tricee Thomas, R.J. Price and Catrina Kahler (President/CEO).


The meeting opened with a welcome by Rick Naimark, who introduced an honored guest who is supporting Phoenix’s position as a proud Arts City, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.

Mayor Gallego recognized Phoenix City Council’s support of the arts community through its recent Coronavirus relief funds. She highlighted the arts role in helping build a better Phoenix during these challenging times, and the more than $400 million in economic benefit the arts industry generates for the city. Mayor Gallego will continue to push Congress for support of the arts and thanked Artlink for its decades of service.

Board Elections

Artlink Board Secretary provided an overview of the election of the 2020-2021 Board of Directors. By unanimous vote, the Artlink board renewed the terms of three directors:

This rounds out the current roster of the Artlink board:

The board elected the following officers:

On behalf of the board, Rick Naimark announced Bentley Calverley is stepping down from the board, and thanked her for her significant contributions to the organization.

Annual Report

Rick Naimark introduced Artlink President/CEO Catrina Kahler who provided an overview to the organization’s year of activity.

Art Detour
COVID-19 unfortunately affected Art Detour 32, typically a highlight of the calendar year, and took steps to move forward and support artists financially affected by the pandemic.

After initially launching an artist relief effort via The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF), Artlink partnered with other organizations to generate additional support to fundraise for artists.

Artlink thanks Arizona Arts Commission, Arizona Community Foundation, City of Phoenix, Arts Foundation for Tucson & Southern Arizona for their partnership in allowing the organization to contribute to an effort that generated more than $175,000 for artists. More support is needed. Please donate here.

Artlink’s Articipant program continues to grow, with a total of 748 annual registrations, representing a 42% from last year. This includes 700 artists from throughout Arizona, a 53% increase from last year.

Articipants are artists, arts venues, arts organizations and arts supporting businesses that contribute to our community.
Every registered artist is listed in directory, Arizona’s largest online artist directory. Artists can register here.

Partner Calls to Artists
Artlink seeks to create partnerships that link up and strengthen the community. In this effort, the organization facilitated and/or promoted calls to artists on behalf of partners, including the following:

Partner Programs

Artlink Events/Initiatives

Financial Report


Any plans to bring First Friday back in any form?

When is the next call for Portland on Park?

Are there plans to add artist spaces at Park Central?

Would Artlink be interested in a proposal for an art/talk/fashion show next year?

Why do police get more funding (than the arts)?


Artlink thanks its staff, Articipants and volunteers and to you reading this recap and engaging in the arts and culture community. Special thanks to Articipant Liason Leslie Criger and Curatorial Programs Director Grant Vetter.

About Artlink Inc.

Artlink keeps the arts integral to our development by connecting artists, businesses, and the 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 to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.