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Artlink invites you to attend the Annual Community Meeting to take a look back on an active year and a sneak peek at the year ahead.

Learn about exciting projects and initiatives such as Art Detour, ART+FORM, First Fridays, The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF), Calls to Artists, Mixed Media Happy Hours and more.

Join us along with fellow members of the arts and culture community!

Artlink Annual Community Meeting

Jun 28, 2021 06:30 PM ON ZOOM

Register in advance here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

From the 2020 Artlink Annual Meeting

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:

  • Rick Naimark: ASU, Associate Vice President for Program Development Planning
  • Rembrandt Quiballo: Visual Artist
  • Dorina Bustamante: True North Studio, Partnerships
  • Liliana Gomez: Artist/Choreographer

This rounds out the current roster of the Artlink board:

  • Sally Russell: Licensing Product Manager, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
  • Hillary Foose: Valley Metro, Communication and Strategic Initiatives Director
  • Brittany Butler: Artist/Oasis on Grand, marketing director
  • Tricee Thomas: Fashion Designer/The Garment League Founder
  • R.J. Price: Downtown Phoenix Inc., Chief Marketing Officer
  • Catrina Kahler: Artlink President/CEO

The board elected the following officers:

  • Rick Naimark: Chair
  • Sally Russell: Vice Chair
  • Hillary Foose: Secretary
  • Brittany Butler: Treasurer

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:

  • Phoenix Art Museum (FOCA and Scult Award grants)
  • City of Phoenix/Downtown Phoenix Partnership (Giving Meters)
  • Block 23 (murals)
  • Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel/DPP (mural)
  • Miracle Mile on McDowell/PCA (mural)
  • Arizona Citizens for the Arts (Governor’s Arts Awards)
  • Wexford Science & Technology (wall and ceiling installations)
  • INFLUX (six Valley cities’ public art installations)

Partner Programs

  • Kimpton Hotel Palomar – ARTLAB artist studio/residency
  • FOUND:RE Phoenix – FOUND:RE Contemporary art program launched in February
  • Portland on the Park – In Residence pilot program facilitates the development of a permanent art collection for residential developments

Artlink Events/Initiatives

  • Artlink Artist Council – The AAC members are artists contributing to Artlink organization community, while creating a connection with emerging artists, as well as administration of TAFF grant for a selected artist exhibition (Diana Calderon)
    Art Detour – pivoted to promoting artists and Articipants
  • Gala – the artists continued with the exhibition while being cognizant of public health concerns. Artists were able to photograph their work and a video was produced to promote and honor the work. See the video here.
  • Park Central – Artlink’s new home, where the interdisciplinary art space, the mood room has become a key component of Park Central’s arts & culture plan in partnership with The Garment League. See the mood room here.
  • Make Music Day – introduced by Articipant Liaison Leslie Criger, MMD is June 21 each year where Artlink serves as Phoenix chapter and featured programming between 7a – 9p, largely working with musicians as part of virtual event and with local partnerships including Valley Metro and Heritage Square
    Future calls for Valley Metro Artsline artist program are upcoming—be on the lookout

Financial Report

  • Large beginning balance ($155,260), as we took in grant and sponsor money for a two-year period, with funds allocated to spend in this year, but limited by COVID. The bulk of this will be carried forward (total $104,751) to this upcoming year (projected ending balance $18,468) .
  • Partners like Park Central, Valley Metro and others will have artist calls in the coming weeks.
  • We are planning to hold Art Detour in the this spring. If this is not possible, we will do our best to adjust earlier in the year to avoid any unnecessary spending.
  • We hope to continue to take in grants and sponsorships with a number of significant artists calls planned for this year.


Any plans to bring First Friday back in any form?

  • Unfortunately, COVID will prevent Artlink’s hosting of trolley transportation on First Fridays. The organization is working to promote artists through the directory and their social media pages, and position PUG to support promotions.

When is the next call for Portland on Park?

  • The current exhibition runs through mid-October. The next call is coming in a couple of months.

Are there plans to add artist spaces at Park Central?

  • Yes, Artlink is ramping up efforts now with a local architecture firm to develop a new space. Keep an eye out for an upcoming survey.

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

  • Yes, these cross-pollination of art forms are a focus. No one medium works in a silo, and we all benefit when they connect.

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

  • (Rick Naimark responding to a question posed earlier in the meeting) The city is trying to shift dialogue and funding—you’re seeing that. Glad there’s focus on this shift; art is something that people understand better than ever in terms of its healing power, promoting justice, etc. Artlink is a part of that dialogue.


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.

Artlink Annual Meeting

You’re invited!

The Artlink Board of Directors invites arts and culture community stakeholders and advocates to join Artlink Articipants and volunteers to learn about the organization’s plans for the coming year.

The agenda includes a special guest appearance by Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, and a look back on – and forward to – an active year of collaborative partnerships and events.

Event: Artlink Annual Meeting
When: Monday, June 29, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Online
RegisterPlease RSVP before 3:00 p.m. on June 29. The Zoom meeting link/call-in number will be distributed prior to the meeting.

From the 2017 Artlink Annual Meeting

Artlink’s 2017 Annual meeting was held on Wednesday, June 14, at Phoenix Art Museum. The Artlink board welcomed 110 attendees, including artists, arts advocates, and representatives of the City of Phoenix, galleries, performing arts, and other arts organizations.

Present Board Members: Catrina Kahler (President), Sally Russell (Vice President), Dan Clevenger (Secretary), Rick Naimark (Treasurer), Constance McBride (Arts Committee Chair), Hillary Foose, Bentley Calverley, Nicole Underwood, Margaree Bigler (PR Committee Chair), and Rembrandt Quiballo. Not present: Jerry Harper and Brittany Butler.


The meeting opened with a video introduction of Artlink, followed by a welcome from Artlink board member Margaree Bigler, representative of Phoenix Art Museum. Margaree introduced honored guest, Amada Cruz, Sybil Harrington Director and CEO of Phoenix Art Museum.

Amada congratulated Artlink on the pending 30-year anniversary Art Detour and lauded the hard work of community investment in the urban core over that time. Upon coming to Phoenix, she asked who “owned hip” in the Valley and it was very clear that it was downtown. The reason Phoenix Art Museum is thriving is because of all the hard work invested by those here; it takes this ecosystem of people to make a city great. The Museum is thrilled to be partners and looks forward to the next 30 years.

2017 Annual Meeting

Photo by Kyle Field.

Board Elections

Artlink President Catrina Kahler proceeded with the meeting, beginning with the election of the 2017-2018 Board of Directors. Thanks were given to past board members Jill Bernstein, Sarah Levi and Mark Scarp who stepped down from the board earlier this year. Bernstein had served on the board since 2011. The board thanks them for their significant contributions.

By unanimous vote, the Artlink board renewed the terms of three directors:

  • Constance McBride: Artist
  • Jerry Harper: Phoenix Convention Center, deputy director
  • Brittany Butler: Artist/Oasis on Grand, marketing director

This rounds out the current roster of the Artlink board:

  • Catrina Kahler, President: Urban Affair president and founder
  • Sarah “Sally” Russell: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Associate Product Manager-Licensing
  • Dan Clevenger, Secretary: Westlake Reed Leskosky project designer/architect
  • Rick Naimark: ASU, associate vice president for program development planning
  • Hillary Foose: Valley Metro, communication and marketing director
  • Bentley Calverley: Bentley Gallery, owner
  • Nicole Underwood: Javelina, senior associate
  • Margaree Bigler: Phoenix Art Museum, marketing and communications manager
  • Rembrandt Quiballo: Artist

Annual Report

Catrina provided an overview to the organization statistics included in a “by the numbers” annual report that reflected the past year’s work of Artlink, an organization whose operations are managed by a volunteer board of directors. The report includes the number of Art d’Core Gala attendees (600+); the Juried Exhibition sales ($16K) and awards given to artists from Artlink ($7750); the growing number of Mixed Media attendees (150+); and the number of submissions to artist calls (471).

2017_Artlink_Infographics Annual Meeting

Click to enlarge.

The next Mixed Media Happy Hour will be scheduled in July.

The board expressed its gratitude to Downtown Phoenix Inc., for its partnership in printing First Friday maps.

Catrina introduced Artlink Treasurer Rick Naimark who reported on Artlink’s 2016-2017 finances. The emphasis on this year’s budget was on one-time investments that included Phoenix Urban Guide development and an updated brand and logo for the organization. The annual budget is approximately $75,000 to $80,000, much of which composed of sponsorships, grants and in-kind contributions. Articipant fees account for one percent of the budget. Artlink will be looking at ways to connect with organizations who are interested in connecting with artists.

The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF)

Catrina introduced the new TAFF program. Artlink allocated $500 to the initial grant and is looking to make a long term commitment to the fund and its growth.

As a step in this direction, it was announced that For the People owners, Shawn Silberblatt and Chad Campbell, agreed to sponsor the new program by matching this initial grant, bringing the total grant funds to $1000.

Catrina introduced Vice President Sally Russell and Arts Committee Chair Constance McBride. Sally spoke to the importance of TAFF as a means of supporting artists. Constance emphasized the need for the arts community to grow along with the city. TAFF represents a new way to support, and mentor, artists.

The Artlink Artist Council (AAC) was formed from a diverse group of established professional artists: 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.

Constance introduced AAC member Joan Baron to announce the recipient of the first TAFF grant, Ashley Czajkowski. Ashley expressed her thanks and looks forward to the mentorship opportunity.

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.

Phoenix Urban Guide (PUG)

Approximately 75% of the attendees were familiar with PUG. Catrina spoke briefly to the functionality of the site and the opportunity for both artists and arts destinations to upload their exhibition information. Artlink is partnering with the Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture on the development of the new calendar function, which will represent a single connected voice for the arts and culture community. Nicole Pasteur, representative of the Office of the Mayor, was in attendance and recognized for the City’s support of Artlink.

Art Detour 30

Artlink originated from the Art Detour event, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2018. It’s not just an event for the public; it creates connectivity and community within the arts and culture community.

The dates for Art Detour 30 will be on the Third Friday weekend in March 2018: The Art d’Core Gala will once again be an opening night event on Thursday, March 15; Friday through Sunday will be the “Detour”; and Monday/Tuesday will be a series of symposiums that will focus on artist career development and the intersection between the arts and the community at large.

Planning for the weekend Detour may evolve so that the event activity and promotion can be more focused. Each day presents an opportunity to focus on a specific district.

The 30 year logo was unveiled with an invitation to everyone to suggest topics for the symposiums planned for the event.

30th logo

A question was asked about trolley service during the weekend. The trolleys will likely run Friday through Sunday but the programming plan needs to further develop.

The goal of Art Detour 30 is to further establish Phoenix on the national arts and culture map. To do this, there is a need to focus on the quality of art, as well as the number of artists and the quantity of arts experiences.

A question was asked about the timing of Art Detour on the same weekend as Mesa’s Spark Festival. Artlink was pressed in recent years to maintain a consistent Art Detour weekend and committed to the Third Friday weekend. Artlink is interested in connecting Phoenix and Mesa, and finding a regional connection. Other comments referenced events such as Art Basel and Vivid that build energy and create geographical cohesiveness by connecting arts events happening in multiple areas of a city. Dorina Bustamante, representing Downtown Phoenix Inc., spoke to the opportunity to connect and become more of a national draw. Catrina confirmed that Artlink is open to collaboration.


Thanks to West Elm, a national retailer that supports local artists and is opening at Uptown Plaza, at Central and Camelback, on June 29. On June 28, there will be a pre-grand opening event and a portion of the proceeds with benefit Artlink.

Special recognition was given to Leslie Criger, who serves as operations support for Artlink, acting as Articipant liaison, and volunteer coordinator.

Artlink is making a commitment to pursue grants so that it may grow with energetic and skilled staff that will support the growth of the organization moving forward.

Artlink Annual Meeting

Artlink Annual Meeting GraphicYou’re Invited!

Artlink Inc. will host its 2017 Annual Meeting, Wednesday, June 14, at Phoenix Art Museum.

The Artlink Board of Directors invites Phoenix arts community stakeholders to join Artlink Articipants and volunteers to learn about the organization’s plans for the coming year.

The agenda includes:

  • Welcome Remarks by the Sybil Harrington Director and CEO of Phoenix Art Museum, Amada Cruz
  • The announcement of Artlink’s inaugural TAFF award recipient as selected by the Artlink Artist Council
  • Dates and information for the 30th Annual Art Detour in March 2018
  • Update on the 19th Annual Juried Exhibition
  • Update on Artlink’s trolley program

Be a part of the discussion and contribute the future of Phoenix arts community.

Event: Artlink Annual Meeting
When: Wednesday, June 14, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Art Museum – Singer Hall (Administration Bldg.), 1625 N. Central
Register Here (this will help expedite the check-in process):

Artlink Annual Meeting

Artlink-homepage featuredYou’re Invited!

Artlink Inc. hosts its 2016 Annual Meeting, Wednesday, June 1, at Phoenix Art Museum’s Singer Hall.

The event links stakeholders of the Phoenix arts community to learn about Artlink’s plans for the coming year, and beyond.

Join Artlink board members, volunteers, and Articipants at this event to discuss the 18th Annual Juried Exhibition, the expansion of Art Detour, new partnerships, and more.

Be a part of planning the future of Artlink!

Event: Artlink Annual Meeting
When: Wednesday, June 1, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Art Museum – Singer Hall (Administration Bldg.), 1625 N. Central
RSVP: Facebook

Artlink Annual Meeting News

The board of Artlink Inc., the 501(c)(3) nonprofit behind the promotion of Phoenix’s monthly First Fridays Art Walk and the annual Art Detour, held its Annual Meeting on June 30, 2014.

The meeting was hosted by Phoenix Art Museum in Singer Hall. An estimated 80 people were in attendance, along with members of the Artlink Board and honored guests.

The Board Members present included: Catrina Kahler, Sarah Levi, Jill Bernstein, Phil Jones, Hugo Medina, Cole Reed, Kirby Hoyt, and Sally Russell. Board member Lisa Olsen was absent.


The meeting began with brief remarks by three guests: Jim Ballinger, Director of the Phoenix Art Museum, City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, and David Krietor, President & CEO of Downtown Phoenix, Inc.

Jim Ballinger, Mayor Greg Stanton and Dave Krietor.

  • Jim Ballinger spoke briefly on his 45-year tenure at the museum and the massive changes in the downtown art scene during that time. He graciously thanked Artlink for the long collaboration and establishing PAM as an essential trolley hub for First Friday visitors, and mentioned the Andy Warhol portrait exhibition coming to PAM next spring!
  • Mayor Greg Stanton thanked Jim Ballinger for his long and illustrious service to the arts in Phoenix; spoke to the importance of the arts being leaders in creating the increased vibrancy in downtown; briefly touched on some new city policies; and accepted the role of Honorary Chair for both the Art d’Core Gala (Feb 2015), and Art Detour 27 (Mar 2015).
  • David Krietor talked about Artlink, connectivity in downtown, and how both millennials and baby boomers are deciding to move downtown. On behalf of the Artlink board, and as a thank you for Downtown Phoenix Inc.’s support and partnership, Catrina Kahler and Sarah Levi presented to Krietor the original painting by Marina Rynning, entitled “Living in Color,” the inspiration for this year’s Art Detour poster art and theme.


Welcome a-board Hillary Foose and Stephanie Lieb!

The first order of business for the evening focused on the unanimous election of two Artlink board members:


What is an “Articipant?”

Artlink President Catrina Kahler defined the Articipant approach to how Artlink functions: artists, galleries, art spaces and retail spaces are invited to sign up as Articipants annually in conjunction with Art Detour.

When you become an Articipant, you get included on the Art Detour Map, along with EVERY First and Third Friday map throughout the year; and as an Articipant you are eligible to apply to participate in Artlink’s Pop-up program, ticketed tours, and other promotional opportunities that arise throughout the year.

Apply to be an Articipant. Click here to review the application.

First Friday Trolley Tour
Artlink Board Member Phil Jones updated attendees on the current route, which includes four Artlink park and ride information hubs:

In addition to thee Hubs, there are a number of other stops along the route where the public is encouraged to hop off and hop on to get the full range of downtown arts experiences available on a First Friday – or any Friday!

Future plans include additional trolley tour signage, and working with the Downtown Phoenix Partnership Ambassadors to create more engaging and interactive Hubs.

Downtown Phoenix Art Tours
Artlink Vice President Sarah Levi provided information on the transition of our ticketed tour program. Originally launched as the Artlink Collectors Tour in Fall of 2012, the program has evolved. As we are developing our relationship with downtown hospitality venues, including the Phoenix Convention Center, the program has re-calibrated its scope to reach a broader audience of participants, beyond those who self-identify as “art collectors.” The new name of “Downtown Art Tour” broadens the scope of what we offer and to whom, but will retain the curated element, to insure an in-depth experience of the arts for participants.

Pop-up Gallery Program
Sarah reviewed the successes of the pop-up in the CityScape lobby during Art Detour and the current call to artists for “Refresh” the second pop-up exhibition in that location. She also shared the success of our pop-up in conjunction with the Eight’s Check Please! Arizona Festival, and Artlink’s plan to get art into many different downtown venues.

Juried Exhibition
Board Member Sally Russell announced this year will be Artlink’s 16th Annual Juried Exhibition. Sally provided background on the past exhibitions and the strategy behind changing the date from spring to fall this year. She let attendees know that the Call to Artists for the show would be going out soon, and that the opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, September 4. Location at the time of the meeting was TBD. There are small cash awards for the winner(s).

Reinvent Phoenix Grant
Board Member Kirby Hoyt provided a quick overview of the three main activities covered under Artlink’s grant for this program, which is focused on areas along the light rail, beyond the downtown core.

Activity One – Introduced by Board Member Hugo Medina. This is a series of mural projects being done in conjunction with schools. Final decisions on all of the sites is still in process, however, one school – Crockett Elementary – has already taken part in the process and has a fabulous new mural done by the students in conjunction with the artist Hugo Medina.

Activity Two – Introduced by Artlink Secretary Jill Bernstein. This activity involves the creation of community specific art banners at three different light rail stations: McDowell & Central, Roosevelt & Central, and 12th & Jefferson. A Call to Artists has gone out (with a deadline of July 21) and the project will be completed in September. This is part of a way-finding strategy that will brand each neighborhood that surrounds the station, and invites people to explore.

Activity Three – Introduced by Catrina. This is another element of way-finding that has two distinct elements:

  • The addition of arts and culture destinations to the new maps at light rail stations. Artlink was a major contributor to this content.
  • The creation of additional site-specific web content pages on the Metro Light Rail site that will enable people visiting that station/neighborhood to go deeper and learn more about surrounding neighborhoods at approximately 10-12 stations between 19th Ave and Glendale and 12th Street and Jefferson.

Art Detour/Art d’Core Gala
Catrina shared the Artlink calendar for the year (available on the Artlink website), which includes planning committee dates beginning in September, known dates for calls to artists, and all Detour, Gala-related, and general Artlink deadlines through next June.

We will be presenting the Art d’Core Gala once again in February and the City of Phoenix and Downtown Phoenix Inc will partner with Artlink once again on this great event. Stay tuned for the confirmed date and location.

  • Kids’ Detour – we are looking for someone to spearhead this element of next year’s event to make it better and more visible.

Catrina introduced our new Artlink Volunteer Coordinator – Brooks Werner. He will be recruiting and organizing the volunteers that Artlink needs throughout the year:

  • Information table staffing on First Fridays
  • Tour Docents on First Friday Trolleys
  • Assisting marketing efforts for special events: flyering, etc.


Artlink Board Member Cole Reed, spoke to the importance of communication. There are so many strong programs, and we as a community need to spread the word to make them successful.

Thank you to everyone who turned out for our Annual Meeting! We appreciate your support and look forward to another great year linking downtown through the arts.

The 2014-2015 Artlink Board: (l-r) Cole Reed, Kirby Hoyt, Sarah Levi, Sally Russell, Jill Bernstein, Hugo Medina, Hillary Foose, Phil Jones, Catrina Kahler, Stephanie Lieb. Not pictured: Lisa Olson.

Special thanks to Andrew Pielage Photography!

Artlink Annual Meeting

Join Artlink board members, volunteers, and Articipants at the 2014 Annual Meeting.

We are honored to welcome special guests:

  • Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (Honorary Chair of Art Detour 26)
  • Jim Ballinger, Director of Phoenix Art Museum
  • David Krietor, CEO of Downtown Phoenix Inc.

We will be electing new board members, and sharing both the accomplishments of the last year and plans for the coming year, including updates on:

  • Articipants
  • First Friday Trolley Tours
  • Artlink Pop-up Program
  • 16th Annual Juried Exhibition
  • Collector’s Tour Program
  • Artlink’s partnership with Reinvent Phoenix
  • Art Detour 27, Articipant opportunities, and more!

Be a part of planning the future of Artlink!

Event: Artlink Annual Meeting
When: Monday, June 30, 5:30 – 7:00
Where: Phoenix Art Museum – Singer Hall (Administration Bldg.), 1625 N. Central
RSVP: Facebook

Artlink Annual Meeting News


Mayor Greg Stanton to Serve as Honorary Chair of Art Detour Host Committee

PHOENIX – The board of Artlink Inc., the 501(c)(3) nonprofit behind the promotion of Phoenix’s monthly First Fridays Art Walk and the annual Art Detour, held its Annual Meeting last night at Phoenix Center for the Arts.

The Artlink Board is currently led by Interim Co-Presidents Nancy Hill and Catrina Kahler. The audience in attendance, comprised of artists and gallery representatives, heard brief remarks by invited guest Dave Krietor, CEO of the newly formed Downtown Phoenix Inc. Krietor lauded the efforts of the downtown arts community, acknowledging that “the entrepreneurial energy of small business and the arts community creates a heartbeat in downtown.”

Following an approval of minutes and a financial report, Kahler invited the community to consider joining Artlink’s Board of Directors. The annual election is scheduled for the next Board Meeting, on Wednesday, July 24. Those interested in serving were asked to submit a completed board application for consideration. The newly elected will serve a two-year term.

First Fridays. Board member Phil Jones reviewed Artlink’s free First Fridays Trolley Tour. Artlink provides two trolleys for First Friday visitors, which depart from Phoenix Art Museum and circulate through downtown, with a special focus on serving the Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue Arts Districts.

The City of Phoenix Arts & Culture Commission earlier this year piloted a program where they provided a trolley route that served galleries in the downtown core. That program may return again in the Fall, and that possibility, along with other trolley service requests, will be taken into consideration as new routes are identified for Fall.

Third Fridays. Artlink’s Third Friday Collectors Tour returns in the Fall and, as explained by board member Robert Diehl, will help extend the arts focus of Third Fridays into Saturday after. Starting in September, the bi-monthly, guided and ticketed tour will take place on Saturday afternoon of Third Friday weekends, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tour dates for Fall are Saturday, September 21 and Saturday, November 16.

The Artlink Collectors Tour program brings established and emerging collectors into downtown Phoenix galleries and nurtures opportunities for artists and galleries to connect with new buyers. The tours promote the range and quality of work being created and shown in downtown, and help define Phoenix as a vibrant arts market.

For the Fall season, the galleries featured on the tours will be selected by guest curators from Phoenix Art Museum: Sara Cochran, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Phoenix Art Museum, and Gabriela Munoz, Curatorial Assistant, Modern and Contemporary Art. Click here for more information.

Art Detour. The 26th Annual Art Detour will return on March 8-9, 2014. Art Detour Chair Nancy Hill announced that this year a Host Committee will be formed to actively shape the event to reflect this arts community and what makes it great.

With that announcement, Special guest City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton arrived at the meeting and formally agreed to serve as Honorary Chair of the Host Committee. In addressing the audience, he invited all artist entrepreneurs into the “DPI decision-making tent” to help bring more life to downtown. Since he became Mayor, the City’s support of the arts has tripled, and he is committed to bringing that level of support to $1.00 per capita.

Nancy Hill closed her report by inviting the community to join Mayor Stanton as members of the Host Committee. Beatrice Moore, one of the founders of the original Art Detour, cited this year’s Art Detour as the best in many years. Hill acknowledged the “bones” of the event will remain, but with input from an active Host Committee the event can become even stronger.

Financial Outlook. The Artlink board is continually striving to serve the community while developing sustainable revenue. Board Secretary Jill Bernstein stated Art Detour is once again receiving financial support through a grant from the City of Phoenix’s Office of Arts and Culture. A grant application was also submitted to Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Kahler spoke to Artlink’s plans to announce a new structure of support, highlighting a new Articipant category for members of the arts community, including both artists and galleries. For a one-time fee, Articipants will be promoted as a part of the annual Art Detour and be highlighted in other Artlink promotion outlets, which currently includes social media, and newsletters.

Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to email

Moving Forward. Board member Laura Dragon spoke to the development of the Phoenix Gallery Coalition, a group designed to develop collaborative marketing efforts for downtown galleries. Artlink has agreed to act as fiscal agent for the group.

Artlink is exploring opportunities to develop a video library of mini-documentaries on downtown artists, reported board member Hugo Medina. Valley Hype has expressed a desire to partner with Artlink on the project.

The A.E. England Gallery at Civic Space Park is operated by Artlink and recently hosted the 15th Annual Juried Exhibition. The pieces shown in this exhibition were selected by a panel of three jurors from the Arizona arts community: Arizona State University Art Museum Curator, Gordon Knox; Phoenix artist, Angela Ellsworth; and critic and curator of R. Pela Gallery, Robrt Pela. The three winners were Elizabeth Katz, Maggie Keane and Rossitza Todorova. The effort was led by Artlink volunteer Sally Russell, with support from Artlink board member and Past President Mike Oleskow.

About Artlink. 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 in downtown Phoenix. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events happening throughout the year and also operates the A.E. England Gallery, which is committed to showcasing the talents of new and emerging local artists. Ongoing community projects include, support of the First Fridays Art Walk, the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; Third Fridays Collectors Tour; an annual Juried Exhibition; and the annual Art Detour self-guided tour, featuring open studios, pop-up galleries, family-friendly art experiences and more. Artlink’s year-round activities are supported by Phoenix Art Museum, Dunn Transportation, Snell & Wilmer, City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Community Alliance, The Torosian Foundation, Downtown Voices Coalition, Grand Avenue Merchants Association, Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Obliq Art, 6th Avenue Gallery, Urban Affair and Invexi Web Development. For more information, visit

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June 27, 2013

Media Contacts:
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Artlink Annual Meeting

You are invited to attend Artlink’s Annual Meeting on June 26. The agenda will include updates on Art Detour 26, the Fall season of the Collectors Tour and the First Fridays Trolley Tours. The meeting will take place at Phoenix Center for the Arts. Please RSVP on Facebook. See you there!