This Expanded time frame allows for a variety of ways to have an art experience during COVID-19
Artlink, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of connecting artists, businesses and the community, announces that Art Detour will be returning for its 33rd year as a 33-day celebration of the arts and culture community. The event will run from Feb. 27 to March 31, 2021, giving art patrons, collectors and art lovers a broader range of ways in which to engage with Arizona artists.
Art Detour is Phoenix’s original art walk event, launched by artists in Downtown Phoenix in
1989. It grew into a PHX Art Week as an all-inclusive celebration of art,
creativity and culture that features studio tours and exhibitions throughout
the valley. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions on events and
gatherings, Artlink is expanding the duration and the geographical boundaries
of this spring celebration of creativity in all of its forms in order to
increase opportunities for both in-person and online art experiences, while
taking into account the need to maintain social distancing.
The new format will feature a variety of art forms, different activities and diverse communities that showcase the very best that Arizona artists have to offer during this period of economic recovery. Highlights include the 21st Annual Juried Exhibition, Governor’s Arts Awards, Creative City Symposium, the ART+FORM project at Park Central, On Central Fashion + Art, IN FLUX public art installations, and many more special exhibitions and activities hosted by arts and culture destinations.
Artlink remains committed to supporting artists and art stakeholders who
continue to operate within public health and safety guidelines. A greater sense
of flexibility is required as we navigate the ever-changing landscape related
to growing the arts and culture community.” said Catrina Kahler, president and chief executive officer of
Artlink. “The arts sector has
struggled but endured since March 2020, and now this 33-year tradition has an
opportunity to adapt to the uncertainty, while supporting a creative community
that significantly contributes to our region’s economy.”
Art Detour 33 is an opportunity to highlight a
spectrum of art forms and integrated themes that include the visual arts,
performing arts, culinary arts, fashion design, public art and more. Artlink
invites artists, venues, businesses and organizations to register as an Artlink
Articipant and join this amazing 33-day arts and culture celebration For
information on how to get involved, visit artdetour.com.
Art Detour is made possible through the support and participation of Artlink partners Arizona Arts Commission, City of Phoenix, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Park Central, Valley Metro, Gould Evans, FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel, IN FLUX, Arizona Citizens for the Arts, Phoenix Community Alliance, The Garment League, Roosevelt Row, Historic Grand Avenue, Phoenix Warehouse District, knoodle, Ivio Agency, LocalBuzz, Website Butlers, CLYint, Karvonen Design, Artlink Articipants and volunteers.
Artlink will formally announce the wide range of programming and a
full list of “Articipants” closer to the kickoff of Art Detour 33.
Join us at the first “Mixed Media” Happy Hour!
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
Hosted by Artlink, City of Phoenix Arts & Culture Office, Downtown Phoenix Inc.
Artlink Debuts #phxdots Stickers During Art Detour 27, March 7 and 8, 2015
Artlink has created an overall “Connect the Dots” program with a variety of elements that highlight how the arts helps visitors connect the dots to create their own unique downtown experience. The “connect the dots” elements include the Detour/First Fridays Map, dot venue signs for participating locations, a dot stencil temporary way-finding program leading visitors from trolley stops to venues, and our newest element, “Connect – #phxdots” stickers, which will debut at this year’s Art Detour 27.
“Connect – #phxdots” stickers will available at all participating Articipant art venues: art spaces, studios and galleries on the Detour map. When you visit a participating gallery or studio, you’ll be able to pick up a free sticker that will identify you as a Detour guest. In turn, participating restaurants and bars (those listed on the Detour map and/or exhibiting a “We’re Connected – #phxdots” decal in their window) will provide discounts to anyone wearing a “Connect – #phxdots” sticker.
This is a pilot program and our goal is to roll it out as a regular feature during First Fridays throughout the year. We believe it’s a great way to connect arts visitors to the businesses that support the arts and benefit from the buzz of activity that the arts generate.
Win Prizes With Our Social Media Contest Tie-In:
This is where everyone can play. We’re sponsoring two different Instagram contests to get people engaged in showing off our downtown. We’ve got some cool prize prizes to give away and all it takes is a sticker, a quick selfie, a few hashtags and a smile.
General #ArtDetour social media contest:
Enter to win a prize by posting a photo on Instagram of yourself wearing a “Connect – #phxdots” sticker and enjoying #ArtDetour 27. Please include @artlink_phoenix, #artdetour and #phxdots in the photo caption. Prizewinners will be notified directly!
Art buyer #ArtDetour social media contest:
Enter to win a prize by posting a photo on Instagram of yourself wearing a “Connect – #phxdots sticker” with an artwork you purchase during #ArtDetour 27. Please include @artlink_phoenix, #artdetour, #artbuyerphx and #phxdots in the photo caption. Prizewinners will be notified directly!
Second Annual Event Features Mayor Stanton and Kicks Off Art Detour 27
Mayor Greg Stanton will give his second annual speech about downtown Phoenix’s progress and successes at the annual Art d’Core Gala, Saturday, February 21, at 7 p.m. at the Crescent Ballroom.
The gala – hosted by nonprofit, Artlink Inc. – will highlight upcoming events in the spring arts season and kick off the 27th annual Art Detour, a two-day celebration of art in downtown.
“We’ve worked hard to create a downtown that’s vibrant, walkable and livable – a community where education, the arts and commerce thrive,” said Stanton. “Artlink has been on the forefront of activating this community in a way that enhances the urban experience and engages artists and entrepreneurs.”
“There are many events on the downtown Phoenix calendar, but the Gala is unique,” said David Krietor, Downtown Phoenix Inc. President and CEO. “The energy in that room is undeniable and a testament to how far downtown has come.”
In addition to serving as the formal kick-off of Art Detour 27 (March 7 – 8, 2015), the Art d’Core Gala will unveil three distinctive art pieces inspired by local neighborhoods along the Valley Metro Rail line.
Decorating the Crescent Ballroom will be three, 9’ banners created by Arizona artists representing the neighborhood character of the McDowell, Roosevelt and 12th Street station areas. The featured artists include Lucretia Torva (McDowell), Jeff Jones (Roosevelt) and Robert Jackson (12th Street). They worked with the local community to create these pieces, which will hang at light rail stations following the event. The effort was made possible through a Reinvent Phoenix grant and in participation with Valley Metro.
“Visual and performing arts set the stage for this one annual party that celebrates our urban attitude,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink Inc. Board President. “The event brings together a diverse gathering of artists, entrepreneurs, and the business community in a celebration of the downtown we love and support.”
The program portion of the evening will be opened by a special performance by Phoenix Theatre. The stage design will feature a creative, virtual tour of downtown Phoenix through the lens of visual effects designer, Matt Castleberry. DJ Sean Watson will perform in the Ballroom following the program.
Attendees will also enjoy local food and drink specials created by Crescent Ballroom. The event is complimentary; RSVPs are required.
What: Art d’Core Gala
When: Saturday, February 21, 2015. Doors open at 6 p.m.; program begins at 7 p.m.
Where: Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix
RSVP: Eventbrite #artlinkgala
Attire: Creative, formal attire is encouraged
The Art d’Core Gala is hosted by City of Phoenix Mayor’s Office, Downtown Phoenix, Inc. and Artlink Inc. and sponsored by APS, Phoenix Convention Center, Valley Metro, Ernst & Young LLP, City of Phoenix Aviation Department and Support Sky Harbor, with additional support from The Arizona Republic, CityScape, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Crescent Ballroom and Phoenix Ale Brewery.
Click to RSVP.
About Art Detour 27
Art Detour, the first event to link the downtown Phoenix arts community, returns for its 27th year on March 7 – 8, 2015. The two-day celebration invites Valley residents and visitors to meet the artists, arts entrepreneurs and businesses that contribute to a thriving downtown Phoenix. Artlink, Inc. produces the event in partnership with more than 100 “Articipants” – downtown Phoenix arts districts and destinations that participate in and contribute 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 in downtown Phoenix. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events, including complimentary Trolley Tours during the monthly First Friday Art Walk, one of the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; Downtown Arts Tours, specially selected guided gallery tours; a year-round Pop Up Gallery Program featuring exhibitions in non-traditional spaces; the annual Juried Exhibition; the annual Art d’Core Gala, 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 Downtown Phoenix, Inc., City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, CityScape, APS, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Convention Center, Dunn Transportation, The Torosian Foundation, Valley Metro, City of Phoenix Aviation Department, Support Sky Harbor Coalition, Arizona Center, Downtown Voices Coalition, Downtown Phoenix Journal, Invexi Web Development, Simply Adam Mann, Roosevelt Row CDC, and the Grand Avenue Members Association. For more information, visit artlinkphoenix.org or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Downtown Phoenix Inc.
Downtown Phoenix Inc. (DPI) is a community development group created in 2013 to advance the continued revitalization of Downtown Phoenix. A collaboration of business, City of Phoenix, and community leaders, DPI coordinates activities between the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Phoenix Community Alliance, Downtown Phoenix Events, and Downtown Phoenix CDC.
Artists, arts entrepreneurs and businesses that contribute to the arts experience in greater downtown Phoenix will be featured during Art Detour, on First Friday maps and more.
PHOENIX (December 12, 2014) – Artlink Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that promotes the downtown Phoenix arts community. Artlink invites artists, arts entrepreneurs and businesses that contribute to our vibrant downtown culture to become Artlink Articipants. Articipants can take advantage of a variety of promotional opportunities throughout the year like First Friday, Art Detour and more.
As Artlink gears up for the Third Annual Art d’Core Gala (Feb 21, 2014) and the 27th Annual Art Detour (Mar 7-8, 2015), registration to become an Artlink Articipant is now open. Based on different categories (Artists; Galleries/Art Spaces; Restaurants/Bars/Retail), Articipants receive a wide range of year-round benefits designed to help promote their arts and culture endeavors (beginning February 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016).
“The programs promoted by Artlink are tied to the activity of this arts community,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink Board President. “Artlink supports the effort of artists and businesses in the creative sector to produce diverse and accessible arts experiences for the public throughout the year.”
Art d’Core Gala: In partnership with the Office of the Mayor, Downtown Phoenix, Inc., Artlink and other community partners host an exceptional celebration that spotlights the significant contribution of the arts in creating a dynamic urban core. The festivities include music and dancing; fabulous food and drink; a special address by Mayor Greg Stanton; and an eye-popping virtual tour of downtown art spaces.
Art Detour: Art Detour is the event that launched the First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon. The annual event provides the public with an opportunity to meet visual artists in their working environments, to invite questions about their work and their work processes, and to see into the creative spaces tucked throughout downtown Phoenix that are not generally open to the public.
First Fridays Trolley Tour: Over the past two decades, the First Fridays Art Walk has evolved into major monthly celebration that draws anywhere from 12-20,000 people every month. Artlink provides complimentary trolley service that enables the public to pick up a First Friday map, park and ride from four information hubs, and hop on/hop off at galleries all along the way. The trolley circulates throughout downtown connecting downtown arts venues and districts, from the Phoenix Art Museum, to the popular Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue arts districts, as well as CityScape, the Warehouse district, and the Arizona Center. Knowledgeable docents staff the trolleys and help guide new and returning visitors.
While Art Detour and the Art d’Core Gala remain signature events for Artlink, the organization’s programs have expanded to provide year-round promotional opportunities for downtown artists and arts spaces.
These opportunities include a Pop-Up Gallery program that features exhibitions of local artists in unique and nontraditional public spaces; guided Downtown Art Tours that shine a spotlight on artists and galleries; an annual Juried Exhibition; and a variety of calls for artists throughout the year.
In addition, restaurants, bars and other downtown retail spaces benefit from year-round promotion on the Artlink Art Detour maps, First Friday maps, and the Artlink website, as well as additional promotional opportunities that will be rolled out over the coming months.
The registration deadline is December 31, 2014. Get full details on Articipant levels and benefits at http://artlinkphoenix.org/articipants/.
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, including complimentary Trolley Tours during the monthly First Friday Art Walk, one of the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; Downtown Arts Tours, specially selected guided gallery tours; a year-round Pop Up Gallery Program featuring exhibitions in non-traditional spaces; the annual Juried Exhibition; the annual Art d’Core Gala, 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 Downtown Phoenix, Inc., City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, CityScape, APS, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Convention Center, Dunn Transportation, The Torosian Foundation, Valley Metro, 12 News, City of Phoenix Aviation Department, Support Sky Harbor Coalition, Gammage & Burnham, Attorneys at Law, Arizona Center, Downtown Voices Coalition, Downtown Phoenix Journal, Invexi Web Development, Simply Adam Mann, Roosevelt Row CDC, and the Grand Avenue Merchants Association. For more information, visit artlinkphoenix.org.
Winning Art Submission by John Randall Nelson Invites a Closer Look at the Arts Downtown
John Randall Nelson’s “Happy, Sad”
Art Detour, the event that helped launched downtown Phoenix’s First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon, returns for its 27th year on March 7 and 8, 2015. The two-day celebration invites the public to take a closer look at the artists and art spaces that fill downtown with vibrant, creative energy.
In the search for an image to represent this year’s celebration, Artlink issued a call for artists to submit artwork that would “create excitement and embody the sense of discovery and intimacy the public experiences when visiting private working studios and art spaces.” More than 40 artists submitted a striking range of work. An artwork submitted by John Randall Nelson entitled “Happy, Sad” was the final choice. His nuanced, layered, multi-media piece invites the viewer to look closer and discover what lies beneath the first impression.
Nelson is an MFA graduate of Arizona State University’s Herberger School of Fine Arts, his folk art inspired works have been exhibited and collected both nationally and abroad. A sculptor as well as a painter, he has completed commissions for clients as diverse as, the National Endowment for the Arts, the United States Postal Service and the Perrier Corporation of Paris, France. His work is represented by Gebert Contemporary in Arizona and he is a current member of Eye Lounge Artist Collective on Roosevelt, in Phoenix. More work can be viewed at Whonelson.com.
“It’s a thrill to have my artwork chosen to represent Art Detour 27,” said Nelson upon hearing that his work had been chosen. “It’s a great annual event that invites everyone to discover the wonderful range of artists living and working in downtown Phoenix. I’m honored to have my image represent that experience this year.”
“I love John’s whimsical, pop art style,” said Sarah Levi, Artlink Vice President. “And I am a sucker for pattern, which he has so brilliantly tied together with other objects. He’s created a visual narrative with layers that really invite you to look at what is beneath the surface.”
A Weekend Arts Festival
Art Detour will coincide with March First Friday, resulting in a weekend chock-full of arts related tours, exhibits and activities. “Detour-ists” will be invited to visit galleries and artist studios, learn about public art and murals from artist and knowledgeable docents, and much more.
A shuttle will circulate throughout downtown, making stops at neighborhood “Hubs” in Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue and more, where music and performance art will provide a unique opportunity to explore Phoenix’s art scene in a fun, festival environment.
Schedule of Events:
2/21 – The Art d’Core Gala – a festive party at Crescent Ballroom to celebrate all the ways that artists make our downtown exceptional
3/6 – Pre-Detour First Friday. March First Friday is typically one of the most popular of the year.
3/7 & 8 – Self-guided studio and art space tours. A map and shuttles will guide visitors to the open art stops.
Art Detour is free and offers programming appropriate for all ages.
About Art Detour Art Detour is an annual free, two-day, arts festival and 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.
Artlink, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, businesses 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 including First Fridays Art Walk, one of the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; Downtown Arts Tours, specially selected guided gallery tours; the year-round Pop Up Gallery Program; an annual Juried Exhibition; the annual Art d’Core Gala, 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 Downtown Phoenix, Inc., City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, CityScape, APS, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Convention Center, Dunn Transportation, The Torosian Foundation, Valley Metro, 12 News, City of Phoenix Aviation Department, Support Sky Harbor Coalition, Gammage & Burnham, Attorneys at Law, Arizona Center, Downtown Voices Coalition, Downtown Phoenix Journal, Invexi Web Development, Simply Adam Mann, Roosevelt Row CDC, and the Grand Avenue Merchants Association.
ARTLINK SEEKS 2-D WORK FOR ART DETOUR 27
Artlink Inc. seeks to commission an artwork for Art Detour 27. The work will be used in a designed format as the basis for the Art Detour 27 poster, postcard and other marketing materials. Local artists are encouraged to apply for this juried award that carries a $300 prize.
ABOUT ART DETOUR
Art Detour 27 will take place on March 7 & 8, 2015, throughout downtown Phoenix and beyond. Art Detour is the event that helped launch the First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon. The annual daytime event provides visitors the opportunity to meet visual artists in their working environments and to see into the creative spaces tucked throughout downtown that are generally not open to the public. The event gives the artists the opportunity to invite questions about their work and work processes.
Art Detour invites the public to discover the downtown Phoenix arts community by offering premiere access to downtown artists and art experiences.
The submitted artwork should create excitement and embody this sense of discovery and intimacy that the public experiences visiting private working studios and art spaces.
- The artwork (s) must be a flat work in any size and medium – but versatile enough to be represented digitally in a variety of paper and electronic collateral. These include the poster (11” x 17”), postcards (4” x 6”) and online communications (varied dimensions).
- The original piece will be displayed during Art Detour 27 and/or during the Gala on February 21, 2015.
- Artlink will retain all rights to use work in any manner chosen.
- The artist may be asked to work with designers to help format the poster, etc. The original artwork will remain the property of the artist.
Eligibility: Any artist currently living and working in Arizona.
Deadline for submissions: Monday, October 20, 2014 (midnight)
Digital representations must reach the Artlink board via email or flash drive. The work will be chosen and the announcement made on October 27, 2014.
The Artlink board reserves the right to change the project timeline.
HOW TO APPLY
Artists interested in this project must prepare and submit the following:
- A high quality digital representation of the piece. Minimum 300dpi. This should be a JPG, TIFF. PDF or PNG file. Submission files will not be returned.
- A note with current contact info.
- A maximum of three works.
- Titles, dates of completion, materials used in the original work, any other background information deemed necessary.
Please submit all materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Ongoing community projects include support of the First Fridays Art Walk, the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; Downtown Arts Tours, specially selected guided gallery tours; the year-round Pop Up Gallery Program; an annual Juried Exhibition; the annual Art d’Core Gala, 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 Downtown Phoenix, Inc., City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, CityScape, APS, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Convention Center, Dunn Transportation, The Torosian Foundation, Valley Metro, 12 News, City of Phoenix Aviation Department, Support Sky Harbor Coalition, Gammage & Burnham, Attorneys at Law, Arizona Center, Downtown Voices Coalition, Downtown Phoenix Journal, Invexi Web Development, Simply Adam Mann, Roosevelt Row CDC, and the Grand Avenue Merchants Association.
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.
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.
OPENING REMARKS – AND THANKS!
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!
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!
Meet us at Phoenix Center for the Arts at 10:30am for a great community meeting –
bring your ideas, enthusiasm and volunteer spirit!