PHOENIX (March 15, 2012) – The Downtown Phoenix arts community welcomes the return of the self-guided art tour that started the First Fridays phenomenon: Art Detour 24. The two-day event will take place Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 pm., and Sunday, March 18, from 12 noon to 6 p.m.

During this festive weekend, visitors will have the opportunity visit art galleries, artist studios, take bicycle tours, learn about public art and murals from knowledgeable docents and much more.

Music and performance art will also be a part providing visitors with a unique opportunity to explore Phoenix’s art scene in a fun, festival environment.

WHAT:    Art Detour 24 (24th annual)

WHEN:   Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, March 18, 12 noon to 6 p.m.

WHO:    70 participating venues including art studios, galleries, restaurants and temporary “pop-up” spaces.

WHERE:    Phoenix arts districts in and around Downtown Phoenix, including Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue and Calle 16 (16th Street).

The First Stop! is at Arizona Center (400 E. Van Buren St.), with the London Bus shuttles departing from 3rd Street, near AMC Theatres. Live entertainment and kids activities will entertain visitors waiting for the next shuttle.

Visitors can also pick up maps from information tables and access the shuttles from two additional Neighborhood Hub Stop locations:

•    Roosevelt Row A.R.T.S. Market – northeast corner of Roosevelt and 4th Streets (street parking).

•    Grand Avenue – southwest corner of Roosevelt St. and 15th Ave. (parking lot).

The shuttles will run on a continuous loop (20 minute anticipated runtime for full loop, pending traffic) through Downtown. Visitors will also be able to walk, bike, Light Rail or drive to the 70 destinations beyond the reach of the shuttle route.

A digital version of the map is available for download here. Maps will also be distributed at the information tables.

PARKING:  Arizona Center is providing FREE PARKING in their garage, accessible from Fillmore St. between 3rd and 4th Streets (MAP).

INFO:  Visit or email

Art Detour Highlights:

First Stop! at Arizona Center: While waiting for the shuttle, visitors can enjoy live music, dance and comedy performances. Sunday performances include a variety of cultural performance dance groups, plus live music and child-friendly craft activities.

Saturday, March 17
12 noon –  Toby Fatzinger (Indie Folk)
1 p.m. – Ruth Lara Vichules & Simon Ames (Jazz & Latin American Roots)
2 p.m. – Alan Jones (Jazz duo)
3 p.m. – City Jazz (Jazz Quartet)
4 p.m. – Crisis (Original Rock/Boomer rock)

Sunday, March 18
12 noon – Bradley & Arianne (Folk duo)
1 p.m. – Torch Theater (Adult Improv)
2 p.m. – Mahin Sciacca (Belly dancer)
2:30 p.m. – Tir Conail Academy (Irish Step Dancers)
3 p.m. – Jeff Falk as Pigaletto 3:00-3:15
3:30 p.m. – All Rights Reserved (Teen Improv)
4 p.m. – Ballet Folklorica de Tolleson

A Public Hanging!
Of art that is. This cleverly named exhibition features visual artists from across the Valley. The display is located at Artlink’s A.E. England Gallery in Civic Space Park.

Restaurant Discounts
Participating restaurants will be offering a discount or deal to those event visitors wearing a special sticker available at the three information tables.

Special Guided Tours
From the First Stop! at Arizona Center or the Neigborhood Hub Stops in Roosevelt and Grand, visitors can explore public art, murals and art moments from the past.

Neighborhood Tours
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday; 2 pm. Sunday. Depart from Visit Roosevelt, Grand Ave. explore murals, art studios and more.

History Echoes Tour
2 p.m. Sunday – discover PHX’s art moments of the past with Hipstorian Marshall Shore.

Bike Tours
•    12 noon Saturday and Sunday – ride to the Roosevelt A.R.T.S. Market and Oasis on Grand Ave.
•    4:30 pm. Saturday and Sunday – tour Midtown, Uptown and Coronado Neighborhoods. (Ages 21+)

Public Art Walking Tours – Both routes depart from the Arizona Center at 11am and 2pm on Saturday and at 2pm on Sunday.

North Route
•    Arizona Center
•    Robert Miley installation in the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix valet drop-off area
•    Streetscape along Taylor Street (between 3rd and 2nd Streets)
•    Joseph “Sentrock” Perez mural at Downtown Phoenix Public Market
•    W.P.A. murals in the Post Office
•    End at Downtown Phoenix Civic Space, see Janet Echelman’s “Her Secret is Patience”

South Route
•    Arizona Center
•    P.C.C. North – “Halo,” “Arizona Handshake,” “A Moment at the Narrows,” “Arizona Beach,” and more
•    P.C.C. South, east side – Statues along fence close to 5th St
•    P.C.C. South, west side – “Arizona Bolas”
•    Collier Center – Otto Rigan installation outside Bank of America branch
•    3rd St METRO station – more of “Arizona Bolas”
•    P.C.C. West – “Art is a Guaranty of Sanity”
•    Herberger Theatre – John Waddell statues, etc.
•    End at Arizona Center

Broad Community Participation

Art Detour’s diverse base of participating art galleries and activities promises something for everyone, from
the established arts collector to those who are new to the arts and interested in learning more.

List of participants: 1205 space, 515 Arts Gallery A.E. England Gallery, ALAC – Galeria 147, Alliance Bank, Alter Ego Studio Alwun House, Arizona Center Gallery #1, Art Awakenings, Artlink gallery at Heritage Square, Bliss/ReBAR, Bokeh Gallery, Braggs Pie Factory Gallery, Carly’s Bistro, Circle 6 – Gallery, Circle 6 – Studio, Civic Space Park, Crescent Ballroom, Deise Studio, Deus ex Machina, Ecocentricity, Eye Lounge, Firehouse, First Studio, G.L. Parsel, Gallery Marsiglia, gallery SUHU, Garfield Galleria, Goings Galleria, greenHAUS, Hazel, Hjalmarson Pottery, Iambic Alamo, Icehouse Arts, Jackson Street Studios, jordre studio & poolside gallery, Kooky Krafts, Legend City Studios, Liquid Colour Design and Gallery, Longhouse, Made Boutique, Margaret, Wright Photography, Marilyn Szabo Studio, Michael Anderson Studio, Modified Arts, monOrchid, monOrchid Artist Collective, Oasis on Grand, Oaxaca restaurante y cantina, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Natural Medicine & Detox Center, Phoenix Public Market, Practical Art, Purple Wall Studios, Rae’s Art Gallery @ salon 1219, Release the Fear @ Grace Chaple, Revera Beauty, seven13sk8, Spread the Weird, Studio 6, Tent and Sheridan, The Collective in the Artery, The Gallery@City Hall, The Hive, Tilt Gallery, Turf irish Pub, Vermillion Studio Collective, Warehouse 1005 and Willo North

Kids’ Detour Activities:
This year’s event will also include Kids’ Detour designed to provide free family-friendly art activities at a variety of gallery spaces Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, March 17
10 a.m. 1 p.m. – Try your hand at painting a masterpiece at Rossen House at Heritage Square
12 noon to 3 p.m. – “Play with Your Food” at the Phoenix Art Museum

Sunday, March 18
12 noon to 3 p.m. – First Stop! at Arizona Center hosts painting and crafts, face painting, performances from Arizona Jewish Center Teen Improv and a “Clothesline Art” display featuring work from the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and Autism Speaks/Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC)

Kids’ Detour Participating Galleries (hosting child-friendly art exhibits and activities):
Arizona Center Gallery #1, Bokeh Gallery, Circle 6 – Gallery, Civic Space Park, Crescent Ballroom, Firehouse, Goings Galleria, Hazel, Hjalmarson Pottery, Iambic Alamo, Jackson Street Studios, Legend City Studios, Longhouse, Made Boutique, monOrchid , Phoenix Public Market, Practical Art, Release the Fear @ Grace Chaple, Revera Beauty, seven13sk8, Spread the Weird, The Hive

Art Detour 24 is made possible through the support of these partners: Alliance Bank, Arizona Center, Autism Speaks, Bryan Mok Design and Photography, DotZ Social, Downtown Phoenix Journal, Downtown Voices Coalition, Grand Avenue Merchants Association, Invexi Web Development, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix Convention Center, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, Roosevelt Row CDC, Waugh Communications, Jennifer Ignaszewski and all Friends of Artlink including Art Detour participants, tour guides and volunteers.

About Art Detour

Art Detour is an annual free, two-day, self-guided tour of artist studios, art spaces, galleries and other art venues in downtown Phoenix organized by Artlink, Inc. in cooperation with the participating venues. Art Detour draws thousands of enthusiastic arts supporters each year providing a unique cultural experience for people new and not so new to the Downtown Phoenix Arts Community. The launch of Art Detour preceded and brought about the creation of the now-famous First Fridays Art Walk.

About Artlink

Artlink, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and promote a thriving arts community in Central Phoenix. Artlink promotes a variety of community-based art events happening throughout the year, including First Fridays, the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour, and also operates two downtown galleries at Heritage & Science Park and the A.E. England Building. Both gallery spaces are committed to showcasing the talents of new and emerging local artists. Ongoing community projects include, the promotion of the First Friday Art Walk and Third Friday Gallery Tour, annual Juried Exhibition, the annual Artlink Art Detour self-guided tour, featuring open studios, pop-up galleries, family-friendly art experiences and more. For more information, visit: