Introducing a new program that thoughtfully connects artists to opportunities in residential spaces.
The program began at Portland on the Park (PotP), located in the Historic Roosevelt Neighborhood, Roosevelt Row, greater downtown Phoenix and adjacent to Margaret T. Hance Park. It is home to 149 residences and three commercial tenants.
In 2018, the Portland on the Park Arts Program was created to connect the residents to the arts and culture community. An Arts Working Group comprised of PotP residents was created to manage the program, and an Art Fund was established in partnership with Artlink Inc. for the purposes of developing a Portland on the Park art collection curated from the Arizona artist community.
Through a series of exhibitions, beginning with the inaugural “PotP Gallery Opening & Artist Reception” on April 25, 2019, art is displayed in the newly established first floor gallery space and in common areas throughout the building.
Featured artists for this inaugural reception included those who have lived and/or worked in central Phoenix and could share their experience with downtown Phoenix’s history while meeting new neighbors, PotP residents: Bassim Al-Shaker, Brian Boner, David Dauncey, Judith Dauncey, Peter Deise, Erik Karvonen, Christina Ramirez, and Rick Naimark,
A total of five purchases were made for the collection; two additional works were purchased by residents. In homage to this program’s inception, the original theme “In Residence” is now being carried forward as the adopted program name.
This next opening and artist reception will welcome a new group of artists whose work will be considered for the collection and available for purchase by Portland on the Park residents and their guests. Artlink will continue to develop opportunities that connect residents to the arts community.