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Donate: Emergency Relief Grants for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals

On March 19, Artlink announced the transition of The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF) application guidelines to address the current crisis and the large impact it may have on artists for some time to come. Concurrently, Arizona Commission on the Arts worked with Arizona Community Foundation to develop a similar fund. To avoid donor confusion, and so that the pathway to artist support could be most efficient, Artlink committed its promotion and TAFF funding to date to this fund, with the hope that this collaboration will provide a larger and more meaningful benefit to the artist community.

As part of broader crisis response strategies, Arizona arts funders and service organizations have set up a collaborative fund to provide emergency relief grants of $500-$1,500 to artists and arts professionals experiencing cancelled events and residencies or terminated contracts due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The grant is open to individual residents of Arizona, 18 years of age or older, whose primary source of income is related to artistic production, teaching artist residencies, arts and cultural events, or contract work with nonprofit arts organizations. The online application will open Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Additional information can be found at https://azarts.gov/grant/emergency-relief-fund/.

The Emergency Relief Fund for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals has been initially seeded with $130,000 from the Arizona Community Foundation (using funding already dedicated to individual artist support), and another $25,000 from other partners. The submission process will be managed by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona. Other generous fund partners include Artlink Inc., the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, and the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.

The fund is collaborative in nature; other individuals and organizations are invited to join in the effort and contribute to the fund at https://arizonacommunityfoundation.kimbia.com/covid19azartists. Based on the experiences of other communities with similar funds, the fund’s partner institutions anticipate requests will significantly outpace initially-available funds.

According to Jaime Dempsey, Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the fund addresses an urgent need.

“Some have balked at relief for the creative sector in this crisis. Let me be clear: this relief is about human beings who make up a significant percentage of our workforce, who are among the least likely to have employer-based healthcare, and who are facing unprecedented loss of income due to widespread cancellation of events and contracts. Every artist and creative sector worker that I know has to buy groceries, care for kids or elders, and pay rent and utilities and taxes, while contributing outsized benefits to our civic and economic life, lifelong learning and community wellbeing.”

Dempsey added, “Already in this crisis, artists and creatives have stepped up—adapting their work to virtual platforms, providing educational opportunities for our kids at home, and discovering new creative ways to engage our elders from a safe distance. Make no mistake, when we begin to navigate a recovery, artists’ skills—to adapt, invent, inspire, to imagine and reimagine—will be more valuable, more essential to our collective human cause, than ever before.”

“Acknowledging that this relief effort won’t fully account for any individual’s lost income and is but one relief initiative in the works, it is an honor to work with generous partners to facilitate this particular program of support.”

Beyond this program of support for individuals, several Arizona arts funders and service organizations have begun rolling out relief strategies for arts and cultural organizations, with additional collaborative support strategies in development.

About the Arizona Commission on the Arts
One of 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies across the United States, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is a 53-year-old agency of the State of Arizona and a leading force in the creative and professional development of Arizona’s arts sector. Through robust programs, research initiatives, and strategic grantmaking, the Arts Commission catalyzes arts-based partnerships that strengthen Arizona communities through the arts. More information can be found at azarts.gov.

About Arizona Community Foundation
Established in 1978, the Arizona Community Foundation is a statewide family of charitable funds supported by thousands of Arizonans. With five regional offices serving communities across Arizona, ACF is among the top 25 community foundations in the nation with more than $960 million in trust and endowment assets, and is certified under the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. Since inception, ACF and its affiliates have awarded more than $783 million in grants, scholarships, and loans to nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies. More information is available at azfoundation.org.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to our development by connecting artists, business and 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 artlinkphx.org.

About the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and funding agency. We consist of staff, a board of directors, and community members who serve on grant panels and committees and are passionate about the arts. The Arts Foundation provides arts and cultural development services through direct funding, technical assistance and professional development opportunities, and manages the creation of public art for the City of Tucson and Pima County. https://artsfoundtucson.org/

About City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture supports the development of the arts and cultural community in Phoenix and seeks to raise the level of awareness and participation of city residents in the preservation, expansion and enjoyment of arts and culture. Visit https://www.phoenix.gov/arts for more information.


Call to Artists: Wexford Wall and Ceiling Installations

The following call for artists of all practices is presented by Wexford Science + Technology (“Wexford”) with support provided by Artlink Inc. The deadline to submit is Tuesday, April 14 , 2020 by 5:00 p.m. (local Arizona time).

BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW

Wexford is interested in working with artists to creatively address the lobby of the new Phoenix Biomedical Campus building.

Project: Wexford/ASU 850 N. 5th St. Lobby Installations RFQ

Address: 850 N. 5th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Budget: $14,000 per installation (two wall installations/one ceiling installation)

Overview: Located adjacent to ASU’s downtown campus, 850 N. 5th St at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC) expands the downtown biomedical corridor to the northern edges of the urban core. Designed to integrate research, entrepreneurial activity, and corporate engagement, the building offers opportunities for meaningful collaboration with the building tenants and community. 850 N. 5th St serves as a bridge between the surrounding neighborhoods, the academic community and the professional community.

The building’s design purposefully invites the neighborhood to participate in its success through the first floor program elements that are visually porous and accessible. As part of a specific place, the building architecture draws inspiration from the saguaro cactus as a metaphor for sustainability and community. The saguaro has thrived in  the local bioclimatic conditions with a symbiotic relationship to wildlife across its long life. The architecture for 850 N. 5th St creates a hub for the Phoenix downtown biology science and technology knowledge community to thrive.

Subtle references to the saguaro are embedded in the modern architecture of the building creating an elegant solution that is appropriate to its space building and interior space orientation, as well as the directionally systemic relationship between glazing and shading systems are critical in the design, as well as performance.

The visual references of the Sonoran Desert and the Saguaro’s iconic form plays on your senses because you can also interpret the patterns and shapes as a story about electrical connections found in biology and technology. Holistically, the interior program is about the experience of place that celebrates the DNA of life.

Note: This opportunity is open to designers and artists living and working in the state of Arizona; have the ability to produce exemplary art; and have personal connections to the downtown Phoenix community.


STATUS UPDATE: Detour Online and GIVE

A New Way to Detour: Click and GIVE

To our fellow community members,

Thank you to all who have reached out with support during the universally challenging time. As an organization born from artists, we are “artist-strong” and we share this collective strength with you.

It wasn’t so long ago we planned to celebrate you with tonight, with a toast from Mayor Kate Gallego and an exhibition by members of the Artlink Artist Council and their invited artists. This doesn’t stop us from toasting you, our wonderful arts and culture community, for all that you do to make Phoenix a creative, arts-loving, cultural city!

CLICK | Detour Online

Art Detour is the Phoenix’s original art walk event and over its 32 years it has evolved to include a variety of artists, arts organizations, arts venues and businesses who regularly support the arts community. These are Articipants for whose support throughout the year we are very grateful.

We can no longer invite you to find your art inspiration en masse, but we can certainly encourage you to Detour online. With a few clicks you will find new art, new experiences and new people!

  • Visit artdetour.com and see the many destinations who may not be opening their doors but are looking forward to welcoming you to the website and social channels.
  • Visit artistsaz.com to see hundreds of visual and performing artists from throughout Arizona. We often scroll through the Artist Activity page to read about artists preparing for an exhibition, working in their studio and more. It’s a wonderful way to hear voices you might not otherwise hear.

GIVE | Detour Your Dollars

For every dollar you don’t spend on art or other essentials, we ask you to consider donating to artists in need.

Artlink is working to quickly address these needs and the artists and businesses that we serve. As of March 19 we will be modifying our TAFF application guidelines to address the current needs of artists throughout the state of Arizona.

TAFF: Emergency Fund for Artists in AZ will provide up to $500 in assistance to artists experiencing a loss of income due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Help AZ Artists in a time of need. Donate to TAFF NOW.

You can also text TAFFNOW to 855-202-2100 to get a link to donate.

TAFF is a program in partnership with the Artlink Artist Council, the exhibiting artists in the Art d’Core Exhibition. Consider the value of this exceptional showcase and give to keep art the core of our community.

Let this new Detour Begin!

We want to thank our partners Arizona Arts Commission, Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc. Park Central, Valley Metro, Reimagine Phoenix, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Arizona Center, Gould Evans + Canary and all of our partners for what would have been a fabulous week-long celebration.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank the Artlink’s supportive Board of Directors and tremendous Artlink team, particularly Leslie Criger, Erik Karvonen and Grant Vetter, for so steadfastly continuing their work during this uncertain time. They have been in constant communication with Articipating artists and venues, helping them navigate updates or providing a kind word of encouragement.

We are most certainly in this together.

Sincerely,
Catrina Kahler
President/CEO
Artlink Inc.

P.S. Coming soon: the Art d’Core Exhibition will be online!

Your safety and well-being is, as always, the highest importance to all of us here at Artlink. In response to growing concerns surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19), Artlink is closely monitoring the recommendations of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), and the City of Phoenix. We are taking these public health recommendations seriously.

Safety recommendations from public health authorities include the following:

  • If you are sick, please stay home and away from others.
  • Avoid handshakes or hugs.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes. Hold a tissue over your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Throw that tissue away and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds and with soap and water.
  • If opportunity for hand washing is not available, use hand sanitizers.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

To learn more about Coronavirus, including updates, prevention tips and frequently asked questions, go to the CDC website.

 


STATUS UPDATE: Art Detour 32

Dear fellow community members,

Artlink is deeply committed to the health and well-being of our community. Like so many, we have been carefully monitoring the news and impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our organization was built on the cultural health of our community, and we are taking necessary steps as we navigate the plans for the annual Art Detour event.

While Art Detour is a celebration of our arts and culture community, it is also an invitation to support the artists, organizations and businesses who contribute so much to our community’s vibrant culture. We have been actively gathering information and input from these Artlink Articipants, and members of the Artlink Artist Council and Board of Directors. The following modifications to the Art Detour 32 schedule reflects this collective feedback.

THE FOLLOWING IS AS OF THIS DATE, MARCH 13, AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Most Detour Destinations will be open for business 3/20-3/22
The majority of “Articipating” Art Detour destinations are locally-owned, small businesses that are currently planning to maintain their regular hours of operation, while also taking additional safety precautions. Please exercise your own best judgement at all times when venturing out in support of these businesses, who also want to keep our community safe and healthy. Find the current list of destinations here and feel free to contact the businesses directly.

Art d’Core Gala: the art will go on without the gala
The opening night gala celebration is cancelled. However, in honor of their months of preparation and artistic collaborations, the exhibition will still be open for viewing. For those who do not want  to come on-site for any reason, we will establish a virtual gallery for people to see the exhibition online from the comfort of their own homes. Refunds to those who have purchased Gala tickets will be offered.

This decision was made in consideration of our guests and participating artists. The artworks are viewable in-the-round, and at your leisure, within a 30,000 square foot warehouse space at Park Central. Viewing does not require close contact with fellow patrons. The open hours will span several days so that visitors can view the artwork while avoiding large crowds. Art d’Core exhibition hours: 3/19 1-9p, 3/20 1-9p, 3/21 1-5p, 3/22 11a-4p, 3/25-3/28 1-5p.

We ask visitors to exercise caution when considering a visit to this or any other venue. This includes staying home if you feel any flu-like symptoms, if you’ve recently traveled, or are a member of a vulnerable population.

Detour Selects Exhibition in “mood room” @ Artlink HQ
This show invited Artlink Articipant venues to select one artwork that represents their exhibitions. Due to the restricted capacity for patrons to view the exhibition, this show at the mood room has been postponed until further notice.

The following have been removed from the Art Detour schedule:
Creative City Symposium, Modern Phoenix Expo and Home Tour, Grand Avenue trolley, and studio tours. These and other modifications/cancellations will be reflected on the online schedule of events.

We will continue to monitor the government and health authorities, take necessary action for public safety without hesitation, and keep you updated of any further changes.

Please continue to follow us on social media for announcements and for virtual Detour experiences.

A special note to Arizona artists: we send you our love and support during this challenging time. We understand and honor the symbiotic relationship you have with the community, creatively, socially and economically. Thank you for your steadfast contributions.

Sincerely,
Catrina Kahler
President/CEO
Artlink Inc.

Your safety and well-being is, as always, the highest importance to all of us here at Artlink. In response to growing concerns surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19), Artlink is closely monitoring the recommendations of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), and the City of Phoenix. We are taking these public health recommendations seriously.

Safety recommendations from public health authorities include the following:

  • If you are sick, please stay home and away from others.
  • Avoid handshakes or hugs.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes. Hold a tissue over your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Throw that tissue away and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds and with soap and water.
  • If opportunity for hand washing is not available, use hand sanitizers.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

To learn more about Coronavirus, including updates, prevention tips and frequently asked questions, go to the CDC website.

 


Release: FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel Launches FOUND:RE Contemporary

New Artist-Centric Arts Program to Include an Expanded Focus on Art, Culture, Fashion, Music and Design

Downtown Phoenix’s arts and culture hotspot, FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel, located at 1100 North Central Avenue, is pleased to announce FOUND:RE Contemporary, a new elevated arts experience for locals and hotel guests.

FOUND:RE Contemporary will feature visual and performing arts in three galleries, an art lounge and a number of auxiliary showcase spaces including mural walls, a sculpture yard, and much more. The innovative program will present emerging and established artists through a regular series of art exhibitions and special events in partnership with Artlink Inc., 501(c)3 a nonprofit that promotes art events and initiatives.

The launch of FOUND:RE Contemporary is Thursday, February 20, from 6 to 10 p.m., with two opening exhibitions that are free and open to the public:

“Geometric Elegance: Art in the Age of Computational Beauty,” is the first property-wide exhibit in a cycle of exhibitions that will be revolving three times a year. It will feature the very best painters and sculptors working today, each approaching geometric art from a different angle, expanding on the visual opulence of Hard Edge painting, the optical effects of large-scale murals and the monumental impact of sculptural forms. Artists included this show are James Angel, Rowan Burkham, Hollis Cooper, Jeff Davis, Peter Deise, Leenie Engel, Lori Fenn, Daniel Funkhouser, Richard Galling, Danielle Hacche, Lisa Von Hoffner, Travis Ivey, Mike Jacobs, Carrie Marill, Mark Pomilio, Travis Rice, Rembrandt Quiballo, Jayson Ward, RJ Ward, Grant Wiggins, and Ben Willis.

“In Sequence,” is a two person exhibition featuring the work of Jeff Davis and Grant Wiggins. Both artists work in series to create abstract, graphic, and bold imagery but use radically different means and subject matter as inspiration for their individual artistic practices. This month long exhibition will be held in the new FOUND:RE Contemporary gallery, which is a standalone building on the property at FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel, just off the historic Portland Street.

“In addition to the First and Third Friday Art Walks and upcoming Art Detour, FOUND:RE Contemporary will invite art lovers from throughout the city and across the nation to enjoy exhibits embracing the entire spectrum of visual art as well film, fashion, and music,” said Tim Sprague, Managing Partner.

The expanded program in concert with Artlink will support the FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel’s 360-degree view of greater Phoenix, by connecting cultural tourists with the region’s thriving arts and culture community. “With the exceptional growth of the Arts District and that of the metropolitan area, the launch of FOUND:RE Contemporary is a natural next step in the hotel’s connection with this exciting environment,” said General Manager, Renee Gonzales.

For more information about FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel, FOUND:RE Contemporary, and its ever-evolving art program that aims to provide guests with an unparalleled and one-of-a-kind experience, Please call 602-875-8005 or visit www.foundrehotels.com.

For regular updates, please follow along on social media, Facebook: FOUND:RE Phoenix, Twitter and Instagram: @foundrephx.

About FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel: FOUND:RE Phoenix is a 104 room hotel with details, designs, public spaces and amenities inspired by contemporary art, culture, fashion and music. The hotel enhances the city’s arts offerings with an impressive collection of contemporary art and creative guest programming woven into the entire guest experience for visitors and locals to enjoy. The hotel has an on-site restaurant, MATCH Restaurant & Lounge and art gallery, FOUND:RE Contemporary.


Salon Forty Eight Opens Jan 23

Salon Forty Eight: The inaugural exhibition of Artlink’s new gallery space at Park Central

Salon Forty Eight is a “salon style” exhibition that welcomes 48 artists who have never had the opportunity to participate in an Artlink or Artlink powered project. It opens the same night as and directly from Artlink’s Annual Juried Exhibition, which also debuts the work of 48 artist from across the valley the very same evening. Kick off the 2020 Spring Exhibition season in style!

RSVP for Salon Forty Eight and the Artlink Juried Exhibition


20th Annual Artlink Juried Exhibition Presents 48 Exceptional Works

Artlink Inc. is pleased to present 48 exceptional works in the 20th Annual Artlink Juried Exhibition. This exhibit has been a premier showcase for emerging and established artists throughout the state, debuting a wide cross-section of the most accomplished art being made in Arizona today. The event is one of the largest group exhibitions held in Arizona, and this year it will take place in a 20,000 square foot warehouse in Park Central, which has also become the new home of Artlink, a 501c3 nonprofit arts organization that has been supporting artists for 32 years. This incredible venue sets the stage for a multi-media exhibition of painting, photography, sculpture, performance art and fashion design that creates a dynamic survey of contemporary forms of artistic expression from across the state.

Each year three outstanding artists receive cash awards as part of the juried process which is funded by Artlink. The first place award winner will receive $5,000, the runner-up will receive $1,500, and the second runner-up will receive $750.

Winners will be announced at the opening reception of the exhibition which takes place on Thursday, January 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the newly renovated Park Central, located at 3121 N. 3rd Ave. in midtown Phoenix. Everyone is invited to attend. RSVP Here.

A panel of prestigious jurors from the Arizona arts community has selected 48 inspired works from the 450 pieces that were submitted for consideration. For the 20th year celebration of the Artlink Juried Exhibition, a dedicated panel of gallerists, curators and artists representing the visual arts, the performing arts, and fashion design participated in curating the largest multi-media showcase ever organized by Artlink Inc. The members of the jury for this exhibition included Bentley Calverley, Liliana Gomez, Rembrandt Quiballo, Sally Russell, and Tricee Thomas, all of whom are esteemed members of Artlink’s Board of Directors.

The artists selected by the jury include: Malena Barnhart, Elijah Bourque, Rowan Burkam, Barbara Kemp Cowlin, Estevan Curiel, Ashley Czajkowski, Kenosha Drucker, Tal Dvir, Steffi Faircloth, Rigo Flores, Rick Gayle, Jenny Gerena, Estephania Gonzalez, Jay Hall, Alicia Ireland, Travis Rhett Ivey, Brendon Edward Kahn, Erik Karvonen, Eric Kasper, Yuna Kim, David Knorr, Wen-Hang Lin, Lizzy Lubitsky, Kris Manzanares, Daniel Mariotti, Abbey Messmer, Mary Meyer, John Randall Nelson, Ronna Nemitz, Danny Neumann, Brianna Noble, Nicole L Olson, Hector M Ortega, Diego Perez, Cyd Peroni, Brandi Read, Jason Ripper, Chelsi Rossi, Patricia Sannit, Melissa Sclafani, George Strasburger, Chelsie Tamala, Chris Vena, Joan Waters, Christy Wittmer, Yuko Yabuki, John David Yanke, and Hyewon Yoon.

The exhibition will be open to the public on January 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. and will remain open by appointment thereafter. The exhibition will close on First Friday, February 7. The majority of works are available for purchase.

RSVP Today

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events and initiatives, including complimentary shuttles during the monthly First Friday Art Walks, The Artist Forward Fund, Phoenix Urban Guide, and the annual Art Detour, Art d’Core Gala and Juried Exhibition. Formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1989, Artlink is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, Park Central, Marriott International, True North Studio, Valley Metro, Phoenix Convention Center, Reimagine Phoenix, and works in partnership with Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue.


Artist Information Meeting: Calls, Art Detour 32 + More

Have Questions About Calls, Art Detour or…?

Let’s get those questions answered! Artists are invited to join Artlink staff for an informal meeting on Monday, December 2, to discuss open calls to artists, Art Detour 32 and more. PLUS, you’ll see the exhibition space at Park Central where the Juried and Gala events will take place (see calls here).

Date: Monday, December 2, 2019
Time: 6 to 7 p.m.
Location: Artlink HQ @ Park Central, 3121 N. 3rd Ave. Suite 100 (If driving, park on the WEST side of Park Central, near the Sun Worshiper statue. Artlink is located in the Geare Building.)
RSVP Here


Mixed Media Happy Hour

Get ready to Mix, Mingle and kick off the Fall Arts Season!

Join us at Dust Cutter in the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel to learn about – and share! – what’s special about the upcoming season, while enjoying complimentary sips, bites + other drink specials with artists, arts advocates and community.

Plus – you’ll be the first to hear the announcement from our hosts and friends from Downtown Phoenix Partnership about downtown’s newest mural that will be created on the west side of the hotel! Meet Clyde the artist and see the unveiling of the creative concept that’s soon to appear on Central Ave.

You won’t want to miss this one!

Mixed Media Happy Hour is hosted by Artlink in partnership with Downtown Phoenix Inc.

Thanks to Marriott Bonvoy for supporting this special celebration of Phoenix’s arts and culture community. Find out how you can experience the arts scene and extend your stay here.

When: Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (program at 6:15 p.m.)
Host Venue: Dust Cutter At Renaissance Downtown Phoenix Hotel, 100 N 1st Street, Phoenix 85004

Eventbrite - Mixed Media Happy Hour


Call to Artists: ARTLAB Residency UPDATED

The following call for artists of all practices is presented by Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix with support provided by Artlink Inc. The deadline to submit is Monday, August 7, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. (local Arizona time). This information was updated on July 24 to reflect a new timeline.

BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW

When Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix first opened its doors in 2012, local art was central to the design of the property which has recently has debuted the next evolution of its “Art in Motion” theme with ARTLAB, powered by Artlink.

Located adjacent to the second floor of the hotel’s “Living Room” lobby space, the pop-up art studio will be transformed into a different exhibit every few weeks as a new artist in residence uses the space to bring their artwork to life. 

Project: ARTLAB Residency

Address: 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ, 85004.

Request: This open call is meant to select up to four artists for different residency periods that will take place through spring 2020 at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix. This high-traffic space is a working studio with great visibility and is located in CityScape in the heart of downtown Phoenix.

Overview: ARTLAB represents a unique opportunity to work in a public art studio prominently positioned in the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix. Featuring large saloon-style doors fabricated by local artist Doug Boyd of Artfully Rogue, ARTLAB is a working studio space designed with the needs of an artist in mind, including lighting, storage, exhibition space, and a customized moveable platform that serves as a splatter-ready studio floor.

Read more and submit here.


New First Friday Shuttle Routes Announced for Summer

Shuttles to Depart from Ten-O-One Courtesy of True North Studio
Shorter routes to Roosevelt Row and Historic Grand Avenue begin June 2019

To give visitors better access to arts and culture experiences during Phoenix’s popular First Fridays Art Walk, Artlink Inc. has updated the routes of the complimentary shuttles that circulate through greater downtown Phoenix. They will intersect at the Connector Hub at Ten-O-One, 1001 N. Central Ave, a prime First Friday location in Roosevelt Row now accessible through the support of True North Studio.

The Hub will feature an information table staffed by Artlink volunteers and will offer First Friday patrons who ride the Artlink shuttle two hours of validated parking (limited validations available). The new summer routes will serve the Historic Grand Avenue and Roosevelt Row/Central Arts districts, and become effective on First Friday, June 7.

Two other hubs also familiar to First Friday patrons will be maintained: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., and Oasis on Grand, at 15th and Grand Avenues.

See a map of the new routes at artlinkphx.org/first-fridays. NOTE: Roosevelt St. is closed to vehicular traffic on First Fridays from 6 to 10 p.m. between Central Ave. and 7th St. The Ten-O-One garage can be accessed by taking Central Ave. north to Portland St. (one block north of Roosevelt St.), east on Portland St. to 1st St., and south on 1st. St. to the garage entrance on the west side of the street.

The shuttles run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every First Friday, and each route takes approximately 20 minutes to travel it in its entirety. The shuttles, provided by Dunn Transportation, Artlink’s official transportation partner, have been serving First Fridays for several years.

Artlink volunteers will be present at the Ten-O-One Connector Hub to validate parking for up to two hours. The two-hour validation is valued at $6 and can be applied to standard parking rates for longer periods. Nearby metered parking is also available.

The new Ten-O-One Connector Hub is also conveniently located across the street from the Roosevelt and Central Light Rail Station, which also features GRiD Bikes. Riders can take light rail to this popular First Friday stop and pick up a First Friday map from the information table. Parking and transit stops can be viewed on PhoenixUrbanGuide.com.

Each shuttle route provides patrons a self-guided tour experience, allowing them to hop-on hop-off at the arts and culture destinations of their choice. Volunteer docents staff the hub stops and the shuttles, providing information on the night’s exhibitions and events in the downtown area. These and more #PHXFRIDAYS happenings outside the shuttle service area can be found on the official First Friday calendar at artlinkphx.org/calendar.

Air-conditioned coach shuttles will replace the familiar trolleys provided by Dunn Transportation during the summer months.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events and initiatives, including complimentary shuttles during the monthly First Friday Art Walks, The Artist Forward Fund, Phoenix Urban Guide, and the annual Art Detour, Art d’Core Gala and Juried Exhibition. Formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1989, Artlink is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, Park Central, Marriott International, True North Studio, Valley Metro, Phoenix Convention Center, Reimagine Phoenix, and works in partnership with Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue.

About True North Studio
True North Studio is a real estate development company based in the monOrchid, a landmark arts and mixed-use building in the heart of the Roosevelt Row Arts District in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The Cambria hotel is one component of True North Studio’s mixed use developments between Central Avenue to 3rd Street, and Roosevelt to Moreland Streets at Hance Park. Projects within the development include hotels, restaurants, art galleries, creative office, and commercial retail as part of historically preserved and adaptively reused properties, as well as the infill of vacant lots. These projects will contribute to the fabric of the diverse Roosevelt Row Arts District and amplify the revitalization of downtown Phoenix.


‘Excuse Me’ We have a Winner: Antoinette Cauley Awarded Top Juried Prize

Exhibition to Remain Open at Park Central through February 21

“Excuse Me I Have On Too Much Jewelry” by Antoinette Cauley

“Excuse Me I Have On Too Much Jewelry” by Antoinette Cauley

For a painting titled “Excuse Me I Have On Too Much Jewelry,” Antoinette Cauley of Phoenix received a $5,000 award as winner of the 19th Annual Artlink Juried Exhibition. The announcement was made during an opening night reception February 7 at a new temporary gallery space at Park Central.

The acquisition prize, sponsored by developer True North Studio, includes the work’s purchase as it will be in True North Studio’s permanent collection and publicly displayed at a location in the Roosevelt Row Arts District.

First runner-up and recipient of $1,500 is “The Gravity of Correspondence,” a porcelain sculpture by Christine Cassano of Mesa.

“The Gravity of Correspondence" by Christine Cassano

“The Gravity of Correspondence” by Christine Cassano

Second runner-up and recipient of $750 is “Four Feet on the Ground,” a photograph by Kit Abate of Tempe.

The Juried Exhibition features 30 works by 30 Arizona artists selected from 151 submissions by a panel of esteemed jurors: Lisa Sette, owner of Sette Gallery, artist Gennaro Garcia, and Jennifer McCabe, director and chief curator of SMoCA.

“Four Feet on the Ground" by Kit Abate

“Four Feet on the Ground” by Kit Abate

Exhibition Dates
The exhibition will remain open to the public for two weeks, through February 21, at the newly renovated Park Central, 3121 N. 3rd Ave., Phoenix. The full exhibition schedule is as follows.

  • Friday, Feb 8: ”After Hours” gallery opening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (no host bar). Follows Arizona Governor’s Arts Awards Nominee Reception.
  • Saturday, February 9: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb 12 through Thursday, Feb 14: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb 15: 11:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb 16: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb 19 through Thursday, Feb 21: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The gallery space is also open by appointment for groups. Email info@artlinkphx.org.

The temporary gallery space is made possible through the support of DPR Construction, DP Electric and Park Central.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events and initiatives, including complimentary trolley tours during the monthly First Friday and Third Friday Art Walks, The Artist Forward Fund, Phoenix Urban Guide, and the annual Art Detour, Art d’Core Gala and Juried Exhibition. Formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1989, Artlink is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, and works in partnership with Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


30 Exceptional Works by Arizona Artists to be Shown at 19th Artlink Juried Exhibition

Thirty Exceptional Works by Arizona Artists to be Shown at
19th Artlink Juried Exhibition Presented by True North Studio

Esteemed Jurors Gennaro Garcia, Jennifer McCabe and Lisa Sette
Selected from nearly 450 Works from 151 Submissions

Feb 7 Opening Reception is the First Arts & Culture Event at the New Park Central

Tickets are now available on Eventbrite 

Thirty artworks by 30 Arizona artists will be presented in the 19th annual Artlink Juried Exhibition presented by True North Studio. The exhibition’s opening reception will take place 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the newly renovated Park Central, 3121 N. 3rd Ave. in midtown Phoenix. All are invited to attend and RSVP at artlinkphx.org.

A panel of three esteemed jurors from the Arizona arts community chose the 30 exhibition pieces from 151 submissions and nearly 450 works. The jurors were these prominent members of the Phoenix arts community: Lisa Sette, owner of Lisa Sette Gallery, artist Gennaro Garcia, and Jennifer McCabe, director and chief curator of SMoCA.

The artists featured in the exhibition are as follows: Kit Abate, Malena Barnhart, Jose A Benavides, Laura Spalding Best, Bob Booker, Diana Calderon, Christine Cassano, Antoinette Cauley, Jake Fischer, Dani Godreau, Helmut Hammen, Tawny Kerr, Kimberly Lyle, Abbey Messmer, Ann Morton, Tess Mosko Scherer, John Randall Nelson, Ronna Nemitz, Ryan Parra, Diego Perez, Rembrandt Quiballo, Patricia Elizabeth Sannit, Melissa Sclafani, Diane L. Silver, George Strasburger, Lisa Von Hoffner, Wendy Willis, Danielle Wood, Denise Yaghmourian, and Bobby Zokaites.

The artists of the three outstanding works as selected by the jurors will receive cash awards. The first place award of $5,000 will be given to a jury-selected artist for an original work. The winning artwork will be on public display as part of True North Studio’s permanent collection.

  • The first runner-up will receive $1,500.
  • The second runner-up will receive $750.

Winners will be announced at the exhibition’s opening reception on February 7.

RSVP to the Exhibition on Eventbrite

Juried Exhibition Partners
Presenting Partner: True North Studio
Venue Hosts: Park Central, DPR Construction
Arts Partner: Arizona Citizens of the Arts
Catalogue Design: Clyint
Catalogue Printing: ON Media

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events and initiatives, including complimentary trolley tours during the monthly First Friday and Third Friday Art Walks, The Artist Forward Fund, Phoenix Urban Guide, and the annual Art Detour, Art d’Core Gala and Juried Exhibition. Formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1989, Artlink is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, and works in partnership with Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Art Detour 31: A Prime Year to Celebrate Arts and Culture

Art Detour 31 Returns March 14-18, 2019: A Prime Year to Celebrate Phoenix’s Arts and Culture

All are invited to create and Articipate! 

Art Detour, Phoenix’s original art walk and the longest running arts festival in downtown Phoenix, will return for its 31st year March 14-18, 2019. The annual event, produced by Artlink Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit, was launched by Phoenix artists in 1989 and will feature a five-day, multi-faceted exploration of the arts and culture of America’s fifth-largest city.

The community is invited to detour through the city and celebrate our artistic surroundings over a delightful weekend of cultural discovery. Patrons can meet artists in their working environments, start or expand their art collection, and immerse themselves in Phoenix’s arts and culture venues. Detour-ists will be invited to step into approximately 100 artist studios, galleries, pop-up spaces and other venues, as well as enjoy performances and Kids’ Detour family-friendly activities.

Event Schedule: The five-day event format will kick off with the opening night Art d’Core Gala celebration; span the weekend with scheduled and self-guided explorations of artist studios and exhibition spaces; and end with a symposium that will spur interest in art collecting, foster artists’ career development, and identify actionable items to create a culturally rich and economically diverse city.

How Can You Get Involved?

Articipate! Central Phoenix galleries, arts businesses, and arts-supporting businesses that register as an Artlink Articipant will be identified on the official Art Detour 31 map. Artists (student, emerging, professional) are encouraged to register as Articipants to be included in Artlink’s NEW ArtistsAZ directory, which will be promoted throughout Art Detour 31. Watch for calls to artists on artdetour.com and Artlink’s social channels. Read Articipation registration details here.

Partner: Support the year-round efforts of Artlink Inc. by becoming an official partner. Review details here.

Volunteer: Contribute your time to the arts! Sign up to be a tour docent, gallery host or help with guest relations. Sign up here.

Event Details

When: Thursday, March 14, through Monday, March 18, 2019

Where: Approximately 100 artist studios, galleries, arts and culture venues and arts-supporting businesses in the Central Phoenix area.

Who: The five-day experience is made possible through the Articipation of hundreds of contributing artists.

Hosts: Art Detour 31 is produced by Artlink Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit, in partnership with the City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Park Central and in collaboration with Roosevelt Row CDC, Historic Grand Avenue, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and many more.

Getting Around: Artlink provides an event calendar, map, and transportation options for easy navigation of the Detour. Maps and an online calendar powered by Phoenix Urban Guide (PUG) (phoenixurbanguide.com) will guide patrons through the five-day event. Artlink will provide complimentary docent-guided trolleys from transportation partner Dunn Transportation on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The event is also easily accessible by Valley Metro’s Light Rail and GRiD Bikes.

2019 Event Schedule

Thursday, March 14 Art d’Core Gala! – The opening night celebration is a fun spin on a traditional “gala” that each year spotlights the significant contribution of the arts in creating a dynamic city. The event will showcase works by members of the Artlink Artist Council (AAC) paired with works by exciting emerging artists. Learn more here. Buy tickets here.

Friday-Sunday, March 15-17 – Patrons are invited to embark on a self-guided weekend of arts experiences across Phoenix’s key arts districts; from Roosevelt Row and Historic Grand Avenue to the Downtown Phoenix Core, Phoenix Warehouse District and Beyond, visitors can venture into galleries, art studios, art supporting-businesses and unique pop-up installations. Further details on exhibitions and special Detour performances and events to come!

Monday, March 18 Save the date! The Creative City Symposium is developed in partnership with Phoenix Community Alliance and and hosted by Phoenix Art Museum in support artists’ careers and to identify actionable items to create a culturally rich and economically diverse city. Details to be announced.

Go to ARTDETOUR.COM to sign up for updates.

Read more and sign up for updates on ARTDETOUR.COM.


Call for Artists: ‘The Artist Forward Fund’ Grant Cycle 2

Artlink Inc. is now accepting applications from Arizona-based artists for the second run of its grant program: The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF). The deadline for applications is noon Saturday, June 16, 2018 Mountain Standard Time (MST).

The program, originally launched in 2017, is produced by Artlink in collaboration with a group of prominent professional artists who serve on the Artlink Artist Council (AAC).

Submitted grant applications will be reviewed by the AAC along with members of Artlink’s Board of Directors.

The selected grant recipient will receive a $1,000 grant for completion of work and creating a fall (October or November) exhibition in the downtown Phoenix area. An exhibiton space will be facilitated by Artlink. Additionally, members of the AAC will provide mentorship to selected artist(s).

The artist recipient will be someone who demonstrates potential in their practice through risk-taking and pushing their work in dynamic ways. It will be someone who is at a critical juncture in their career when this support would be most impactful.

The winner will be announced during the Artlink Annual Meeting on Monday, June 25, 2018.

SUBMISSION DETAILS

The following media will be accepted for submission: oil, watercolor, acrylic, graphite, charcoal, pastels, photography, ceramics, printmaking, textile, mixed media, video, installation, and sculpture/three dimensional pieces. Additional criteria:

• Artist must be at least 18 years old.
• Artist must be based in Arizona and working and/or contributing to the Downtown Phoenix Art Scene.
• Artist must be an Articipant and listed in the artist directory. (Not an Articipant? Get details and register here.)
• Artist must submit a concept of an exhibition of their own work to show in a space during the Fall quarter (October/November)
• The full portfolio of work should be previously unexhibited (2 or 3 pieces can be pre-existing).
• Artist must be available to install their work in Downtown Phoenix before the time frame listed above.
• Artists who have been selected in past Artlink calls to artists are permitted to submit.
• A pair of artists is eligible to apply if they are creating work as a singular artist identity or if they have a singular vision or theme that will link their work in the exhibition.

The online submission deadline is noon Saturday, June 16, 2018 Mountain Standard Time (MST).

Artists must be registered as an Articipant with Artlink to submit for TAFF.

Artists registered as either All Access or Artist Studio Articipants may submit without a fee. Click here to submit.

Artists registered an A la Carte Articipant will pay a $15 submission fee. Click here to submit.

Email with any questions to submissions@artlinkphx.org. Please reference “TAFF Call” in your email subject line when submitting questions.

FAQ

Why is there a fee to submit?
The fees helps to support the administration of all Artlink efforts in supporting local artists. This includes a variety of year-round opportunities to promote, exhibit and sell your work. And as we grow, we will continue to look for more opportunities.

How can the fee be waived?
There is NO FEE for artists who have signed up to be an All Access or Artist Studio Articipant.  Click here to sign up now.

Can I submit to multiple calls promoted by Artlink?
Yes. Once you’ve set up your artist profile on Submittable.com, you can easily submit for this and other calls.

Can I submit the same art to multiple calls?
You can, but we encourage you to submit a variety of works and to pay close attention to deadlines, purchase dates, etc. so that the submitted works remain eligible for selection.

Is there an age minimum to apply?
Yes, you must be at least 18 years of age.

If I live outside of Phoenix or only spend some time in Arizona can I submit?
You are welcome to apply even if you live outside of Phoenix or split your time between Arizona and elsewhere. As long as you can assure that you will be available to drop off your work in Phoenix if you are selected to create an exhibition.

How do I prove I am an Artlink Articipant in my application?
The Artlink team will check our Articipant list on file to verify we have you in our records.

What if I am not an Artlink Articipant?                                                                                                               Register now, and within 24 hours you will be on the artist directory and ready to apply for TAFF.

How old is the work you are willing to accept?
We would prefer that all artwork submitted be new or from the last 3 years at the oldest.

If I am selected to create an exhibition when will it be?
Artlink intends to hold the TAFF exhibition in the Fall of this year (September- November 2018). We will schedule the final exhibition date based on discussions and calendars of both the artist and the venue providing the space.

What type of video can I submit?
All videos should be suitable for a wide audience and have no strong language, illegal activity, or overt nudity. Please send links on YouTube or Vimeo or submit the videos in .mov, .avi, or .mpg formats.

If I’ve been selected for past Artlink exhibitions or opportunities can I submit again?
Definitely! We would like to see new work, so please submit pieces that are different from what you’ve submitted in the past.

How will my work be evaluated?
The criteria is up to the Artlink Artist Council in determining which artist “demonstrates potential in their practice through risk-taking and pushing their work in dynamic ways.”

ABOUT ARTLINK INC.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events, including complimentary Trolley Tours during the monthly First Friday Art Walk, one of the nation’s largest self-guided art walks; a pop-up gallery program; the Infusion arts initiative; and the annual Juried Exhibition, Art Detour, and Art d’Core Gala. Artlink is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Republic, Dunn Transportation, Roosevelt Row CDC, Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ABOUT ARTLINK ARTIST COUNCIL (AAC)
Joan Baron, Christine Cassano, Bill Dambrova, Peter Deise, Isaac Fortoul, Gabriel Fortoul, Annie Lopez, William LeGoullon, Ann Morton, Joe Ray, Patricia Sannit, Randy Slack, and Marilyn Szabo. These established professional artists have worked 10 years or more in exhibiting and/or producing exhibitions that shine a spotlight on Phoenix; represent the diverse cultural identity of our city; and have contributed significant time/energy to either Art Detour/Artlink and/or partner initiatives that strive to elevate the profile of Phoenix’s creative community.


Art d’Core Gala Celebrates 30 Years of Art Detour

SIXTH ANNUAL ART DCORE GALA CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF
ART DETOUR WITH A SHOWCASE OF ACCLAIMED PHOENIX-AREA ARTISTS AND EMERGING ARTIST INVITATIONAL

Mayor Greg Stanton to give annual ‘Toast to Downtown,’ his last as Mayor of Phoenix

Tickets are now available on Eventbrite.

The sixth annual Art d’Core Gala will feature a one-night-only exhibition of works by 13 members of the Artlink Artist Council (AAC) paired with works by 13 emerging artists to kick off the 30th Annual Art Detour. The evening celebration of the Phoenix arts and culture community, will take place 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at Warehouse 215 at Bentley Projects, 215 E. Grant St. This creative spin on a traditional gala is hosted by Artlink Inc. in partnership with the City of Phoenix and Downtown Phoenix Inc. and serves as opening night to an Art Detour event that has grown to an expanded six-day, multi-faceted exploration of Phoenix’s arts and culture.

A brief program celebrating the arts and culture community’s contribution to the development of a dynamic downtown Phoenix will be capped by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton’s annual “Toast to Downtown,” his last as Phoenix Mayor. In 2017, Mayor Stanton spoke to this contribution by stating, “If you love our downtown…it’s because the artists were here first. They made it for us.” Art Detour 30 embraces this history by spotlighting each of Phoenix’s arts districts that have developed as a result of an engaged arts community.

Artlink Artist Council/Emerging Artist Invitational Exhibition at Art dCore Gala

Click to enlarge

The AAC is comprised of Arizona-based, established professional artists who have worked 10 years or more in exhibiting and/or producing exhibitions that shine a spotlight on Phoenix. One of the goals of the AAC, created in 2017, is to provide a platform for these professional artists to share their experience with emerging artists, as peer mentors.

In the spirit of this collaboration, this year, each member of the AAC has chosen an up-and-coming artist to be included in the one-night Art d’Core Gala exhibition, doubling the amount of artwork on view in comparison to last year’s event. Works by the following artists will be on view and for sale during the Art d’Core Gala celebration:

  • Marilyn Szabo and Hunter Zelner
  • Joe Ray and Armondo Williams
  • Randy Slack and Megan Koth
  • Joan Baron and Heather Couch
  • William Legoullon and Blake Quinn
  • Christine Cassano and Cydnei Mallory
  • Bill Dambrova and Eric B Jones
  • Pete Deise and Sam Fresquez
  • Patricia Sannit and Amy Manning
  • Constance McBride and Dani Godreau
  • Rembrandt Quiballo and Malena Barnhart
  • Annie Lopez and Katie Owens
  • Fortoul Brothers and Elizabeth Brice-Heames

The featured art for Art Detour 30, “Salud” by Phoenix artist Michael Viglietta, will also be on display. DJ Rani G will provide the entertainment for the festive evening that includes art, music, dancing and a no host bar. The “Detour” portion of the six-day event begins the following day on Friday, March 16 with tours of arts districts tours and other special events that showcase the culture of the nation’s fifth largest city. See more about the expansion of Art Detour here.

“The invitational exhibition embodies the spirit of Phoenix’s artist community as we kick off the 30th anniversary of Art Detour,” said Artlink President Catrina Kahler. “This special opening night will honor our city’s rich cultural history, point to a bright future, and extend an invitation to all to experience the six-day, 30-year milestone celebration.”

Tickets are $20 per person, $30 per couple and are available until 6 p.m. March 14 at artdetour.com. Tickets will be available at the door day-of for $25 per person, $40 per couple. Event is open to the public. Come as you are; creative cocktail attire encouraged.

The Art d’Core Gala event is a fundraiser for Artlink Inc., an active all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with a portion of the proceeds dedicated to The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF) a new artist development fund designed to help provide direct financial support to local artists.

Purchase tickets on Eventbrite.

MORE INFORMATION:

  • IMAGES: Download media images of Art d’Core graphics and featured Art d’Core Gala artwork by Artlink Artist Council and partner artists here. All images are courtesy of the artists and are for promotional use only.
  • ATTEND: Purchase your Art d’Core Gala tickets here – get them before the sell out!
  • LEARN MORE: Artists and business who would like to learn more about participating in Art Detour 30 are urged to attend the Artlink Mixed Media Happy Hour from 5:30-7:30 pm on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Desoto Central Market. Register here.
  • PLAN your Art Detour 30 – see a day-by-day schedule of events here!
  • FOLLOW Artlink to stay up to date on Art Detour 30 events, calls for art work, exhibition information and art tours around downtown Phoenix: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Art Detour:
Art Detour is Produced by Artlink Inc. in partnership with City of Phoenix Mayor’s Office and Office of Arts & Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc. (DPI), and support from Phoenix Convention Center, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, Valley Metro, AZCentral/The Arizona Republic, City of Phoenix Public Works Department, City of Phoenix Water Services Department, Muse Apartments, Legends Entertainment District, and Warehouse215. District and programming partners include Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District, Historic Grand Avenue, and also Modern Phoenix Week, Phoenix Urban Design Week, and On Central Fashion + Art Weekend and the Artlink Artist Council (AAC). The new six-day event format of the event will kick off with the opening night Art d’Core Gala celebration; span the weekend with a scheduled exploration of key arts districts and artist studios; and end with a symposium that will spur interest in art collecting, foster artists’ career development, and identify actionable items to create a culturally rich and economically diverse city. For more details on how to sponsor, see this link.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events and initiatives, including complimentary trolley tours during the monthly First Friday and Third Friday Art Walks, The Artist Forward Fund, Phoenix Urban Guide, and the annual Art Detour, Art d’Core Gala and Juried Exhibition. Formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1989, Artlink is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, and works in partnership with Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


All Are Invited to Celebrate and Articipate in Art Detour 30

30th Anniversary of Art Detour is March 15-20, 2018

Signature Celebration of Phoenix Arts and Culture Expands to Six Days

All are invited to create and Articipate!

AD30 Art Detour, Phoenix’s original art walk and the longest running arts festival in downtown Phoenix, will celebrate its 30-year anniversary March 15-20, 2018. The annual event, produced by Artlink Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit, was launched by Phoenix artists in 1989 and helped birth the First Fridays phenomenon. Referred to as “one of the most important events on Phoenix’s calendar“ by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Art Detour 30 will expand to a six-day schedule, and feature a multi-faceted exploration of the arts and culture of America’s fifth-largest city.

The community is invited to detour through the city and celebrate our artistic surroundings over a delightful weekend of cultural discovery. Patrons can meet artists in their working environments, start or expand their art collection, immerse themselves in downtown’s diverse arts districts, and discuss the impact of the arts on the next 30 years of our city’s development. Detour-ists will be invited to step into more than 100 artist studios, galleries, pop-up spaces and other venues, as well as enjoy performances and family-friendly activities.

NEW Event Schedule: The new six-day event format will kick off with the opening night Art d’Core Gala celebration; span the weekend with a scheduled exploration of key arts districts and artist studios; and end with a symposium that will spur interest in art collecting, foster artists’ career development, and identify actionable items to create a culturally rich and economically diverse city.

NEW Artist Opportunities: In addition to a call for representative work for Art Detour 30. Artlink Inc., Downtown Phoenix, Inc. and Phoenix’s Street Transportation Department and Office of Arts and Culture invite artists and designers of all practices to apply for the Pedal to the Metal: Phoenix Bike Rack Project. The artists selected from this call will create new designs for bicycle racks to be placed throughout Phoenix. A selection of submissions will be featured in an exhibition during Art Detour weekend. View calls to artists here.

How Can You Get Involved?

Artist ButtonArticipate! Artists (student, emerging, professional) are encouraged to register as an Artlink Articipant to be included in the Artlink Directory, which will be promoted throughout Art Detour 30. Downtown Phoenix-based galleries, arts businesses, and arts-supporting businesses that register as an Articipant will be identified on the official Art Detour 30 map. Read the registration details here.

Current Artist Opportunities:

Artists of all mediums and experience are invited to contribute to the festivities by submitting to calls to artists. Current opportunities include the following:

  • Art Detour Poster Art: Artists are invited to submit an open call for Art Detour 30 poster art. The call is free to Artlink Articipants. Find submission details here.
  • P2M sketch wheelPedal to the Metal: PHX Bike Rack Project: Artlink Inc., Downtown Phoenix, Inc. and Phoenix’s Street Transportation Department and Office of Arts and Culture invite artists and designers of all practices to apply for the Pedal to the Metal: Phoenix Bike Rack Project. Read the details of the call here.

Sponsor: Support the year-round efforts of Artlink Inc. by becoming a sponsor of Art Detour. Review sponsorship details here.

Volunteer: Contribute your time to the arts! Sign up to be a tour docent, gallery host or help with guest relations. Sign up here.

EVENT FACTS

When: Thursday, March 15 through Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Where: More than 100 artist studios, galleries, arts and culture venues and arts-supporting businesses in the greater downtown Phoenix area.

Hosts: Art Detour 30 is produced by Artlink Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit, in partnership with the City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture and Downtown Phoenix Inc. and in collaboration with Roosevelt Row CDC, Historic Grand Avenue, Phoenix Warehouse District and Central Arts District.

Getting Around: Artlink provides maps and transportation options for easy navigation of the Detour. Printed maps and an online map powered by Phoenix Urban Guide (phoenixurbanguide.com) will guide patrons through the six-day event. Artlink will provide complimentary docent-guided trolleys from transportation partner Dunn Transportation on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The event is also easily accessible by Valley Metro’s Light Rail and GRiD Bikes.

Contact: General event questions: info@artlinkphx.org. Calls for artists questions: submissions@artlinkphx.org. Artlink Inc.: artlinkphx.org. Sign up for updates: artdetour.com.

EVENT SCHEDULE BY DAY

THURSDAY, MARCH 15: 6th ANNUAL ART DCORE GALA

2018 Gala SAVE THE DATE (1)The opening night celebration is a fun spin on a traditional “gala” that each year spotlights the significant contribution of the arts in creating a dynamic city.

The event will showcase works by members of the Artlink Artist Council (AAC): Joan Baron, Christine Cassano, Bill Dambrova, Pete Deise, Fortoul Brothers, William LeGoullon, Annie Lopez, Constance McBride, Rembrandt Quiballo, Joe Ray, Patricia Sannit, Randy Slack, and Marilyn Szabo. Additional artists are to be announced.

A portion of proceeds from the sale of exhibited artwork will benefit Artlink and will be allocated to The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF), a program produced by Artlink in collaboration with the AAC for the purpose of providing direct financial benefit to local artists.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018

Where: Warehouse215 at Bentley Projects 215 E. Grant St., Phoenix

Hosts: The Art d’Core Gala is hosted Artlink Inc. in partnership with the Office of the Mayor, City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, and Downtown Phoenix Inc.

Tickets: $20/single, $30/pair. Proceeds benefit Artlink Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit. Find ticket information at artdetour.com and sign up for updates.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 16-18: THE DETOUR

Patrons are invited to embark on a weekend schedule of arts experiences within key arts districts. More details to be announced!

  • Friday, March 16 – Roosevelt Row Arts District
  • Saturday, March 17 (day) – Historic Grand Avenue
  • Saturday, March 17 (evening) – Downtown Phoenix core
  • Sunday, March 18 – Phoenix Warehouse District + surrounding area studio tours

MONDAY-TUESDAY, MARCH 19-20: NEW! SYMPOSIUM

Save the date for the new symposium series. Details to be announced.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events and initiatives, including complimentary trolley tours during the monthly First Friday and Third Friday Art Walks, The Artist Forward Fund, Phoenix Urban Guide, and the annual Art Detour, Art d’Core Gala and Juried Exhibition. Formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1989, Artlink is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, Dunn Transportation, and works in partnership with Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


Call to Artists: Art Detour 30 Poster Art

ARTLINK SEEKS IMAGE FOR ART DETOUR 30 POSTER ART

UPDATE: Deadline extended to Friday, December 22. 

Artlink Inc. seeks a representative artwork for Art Detour 30.  The work will be used in a designed format as the basis for the Art Detour 30 poster, postcard, and other marketing materials. Artists local to the Phoenix area are encouraged to apply for this award that carries a $300 honorarium.

ABOUT ART DETOUR

Art Detour is Phoenix’s original art walk and the longest running arts festival weekend in Downtown Phoenix.
The annual event began in 1989, and is a roadmap to guide visitrs to meet artists in their working environments, celebrate the growth of our varied arts districts, and set a stage for discussion about the next 30 years of our city’s development. Step into more than 100 artist studios, galleries and other venues, as well as enjoy performances and activities.

ArtDetour30BUG_BlackThe 30-year celebration will be a six-day, multi-faceted exploration of the arts and culture of America’s fifth-largest city. The schedule will include an opening night Art d’Core Gala on March 15; the “Detour” that will highlight arts experiences and studio visits within key arts districts on March 16-18; and on March 19-20, a new Symposium that will support artists’ career development and identify actionable items to create a culturally rich and economically diverse city. Location/Schedule to be announced. Visit artdetour.com for details.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

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 help Artlink in celebrating the arts community’s growth over the past 30 years and embody the sense of discovery that the public experiences visiting private working studios and art spaces.

Specifications:

  • The submitted artwork must be a flat work (can be photography of the 3D piece) in any size and medium – but versatile enough to be represented digitally in a variety of paper and electronic collateral. These include the poster, postcards, map and online communications (varied dimensions).
  • The artist will be invited to exhibit the original artwork at the Art d’Core Gala on Thursday, March 15th.
  • Artlink will retain all rights to use work in any manner chosen.
  • Artlink may choose to use work on commercial goods for sale during the time of the events. The artist will receive a royalty of 20% for any goods sold.
  • The artist’s work will be used by designers to format the poster with text and other information about Detour.  The original artwork will remain the property of the artist.

Eligibility: Any artist currently living and working in Arizona.

Deadline for submissions:  Friday, December 22, 2017 (midnight)

The work will be chosen and the announcement made on Thursday, December 28, 2017.

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 or PNG file.
  • A brief statement about why the submitted images fit the theme.
  • A maximum of three works.
  • Titles, dates of completion, materials used in the original work, and size.
  • Current contact information.

submit
Questions about the call may be sent to submissions@artlinkphx.org.


Call to Artists: New PHX Bike Racks

Local Artists Invited to Bridge Art, Infrastructure

Downtown Phoenix Inc., Artlink and City of Phoenix team up to launch urban art project that will net 50 new bike racks for city

UPDATE: Download the presentation from the Dec. 6 workshop and Q&A session here: P2M PHX Workshop Slides

In a creative city known for its art and up-and-coming bike culture, stylish and functional bike racks are both a natural fit, and a necessity.

Through a new urban arts initiative, at least 50 new locally designed bike racks will be added to our city’s streets in spring 2018.

Downtown Phoenix Inc., in partnership with Artlink, the City of Phoenix’s Street Transportation Department and Office of Arts and Culture, are inviting artists and designers of all practices to apply for Pedal to the Metal: Phoenix Bike Rack Project.

Four finalists will earn a stipend of $250 and two winning artists will be awarded $4,000 each.

Pedal to the MetalFinalists’ designs will be on display during Art Detour 30, which takes place March 15-20, 2018. After the Art Detour exhibition, two finalists will move forward with fabrication, and get to see their creations brought to life as functional assets in downtown and throughout the city.

These eye-catching racks will be important amenities for Phoenix’s growing bike culture and contribute aesthetic value to our community’s streetscapes.

“This is an important initiative that will have a tangible impact on how our streets look and feel,” said Downtown Phoenix Partnership Executive Director Dan Klocke. “The best streets are user-friendly, yes, but should also be interesting and representative of the neighborhoods in which they’re located.”

As a community-focused project, Pedal to the Metal strives to be highly inclusive. All artists, designers and creative individuals or teams–whether or not they specialize in industrial product design–are encouraged to apply. The project includes a workshop to help participants prepare their ideas for submission. The workshop will be held at Downtown Phoenix Inc. headquarters [1 E. Washington St. #230] on Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 6-7:30 p.m.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, Dec. 18.

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Download the presentation from the Dec. 6 workshop here: P2M PHX Workshop Slides

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 leaders, City of Phoenix staff and community leaders, DPI coordinates activities between the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Phoenix Community Alliance and Downtown Phoenix Community Development Corporation.

ABOUT ARTLINK: 

Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events and initiatives, including complimentary trolley tours during the monthly First Friday and Third Friday Art Walks; The Artist Forward Fund, Phoenix Urban Guide and the annual Art Detour, Art d’Core Gala and Juried Exhibition. Formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1989, Artlink is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, Dunn Transportation, and works in partnership with Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

ABOUT PHOENIX OFFICE OF ARTS AND CULTURE:

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, established by the Phoenix City Council in 1985, works to foster a sense of cultural identity, celebrate diversity and ensure an outstanding quality of community life. The Public Art Program was established in 1986 to improve the design of the city’s buildings, spaces and infrastructure.  The Office is advised by a 22-member Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission.  For more information on the Office of Arts and Culture, visit phoenix.gov/arts or call 602-262-4637. Follow the Office on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/phxofficeofartsandculture and Twitter @phxarts_culture.


Release: Artlink Announces New Third Friday Trolley Tour

Free trolley will operate monthly in addition to First Friday Trolley Tour

Artlink is excited to announce a new complimentary Third Friday Trolley Tour that will operate in addition to its First Friday Tours. With one additional tour each month, art lovers will find it even easier to access Phoenix’s arts districts and destinations. The Third Friday trolley will circulate between Roosevelt Row and the Historic Grand Avenue Arts Districts, and the downtown Phoenix core, with periodic stops along the route. Patrons will be invited to hop-on hop-off where they choose, with an invitation to vsit galleries and cultural venues such as Modified Arts, eye lounge, {9} The Gallery, the new Sisao at Oasis on Grand or the Herberger Gallery at Arizona Center. Volunteer docents will staff the trolleys, providing information on the night’s arts and culture offerings. The trolleys will operate between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. each third Friday, effective Friday, November 17, 2017.

See a map of the new route here.

TROLLEY-PHOTO-BY-KYLE-FIELD

Photo by Kyle Field

Each circuit will take approximately 25 minutes to travel it in its entirety. The trolleys, provided by Dunn Transportation, Artlink’s official transportation partner, have been serving First Fridays for several years, with over 6,000 riders hopping aboard last year.

“We are encouraged by the growing demand for the arts in Phoenix and are thrilled to work with our district partners and Dunn Transportation to connect patrons to the increasingly popular arts and culture offerings one more night each month,” said Artlink Board President Catrina Kahler. “Third Friday has long been considered the more arts-centric version of Phoenix’s Fridays by arts enthusiasts and we look forward to introducing the night to a new audience.”

The route is now permanent for all Third Fridays with a similar version scheduled for March Third Friday during Art Detour 30, Artlink’s annual multi-day celebration of the arts’ influence in developing the America’s fifth-largest city. More details about Art Detour 30, March 15-20, will be announced at www.artdetour.com.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events, including complimentary Trolley Tours during the monthly First Friday Art Walk, one of the nation’s largest self-guided art walks; a pop-up gallery program; the Infusion arts initiative; and the annual Juried Exhibition, Art Detour, and Art d’Core Gala. Artlink is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Republic, Dunn Transportation, Roosevelt Row CDC, Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Release: Artlink Introduces New Artist Access

ARTIST AccessArtlink Introduces New Opportunities for Artists to Engage in the Arts Community

‘Articipation’ Options to Lower Economic Barriers, Further Develop an Artist Directory and More  

Artlink Inc., a Phoenix-based nonprofit whose mission is to keep the arts integral to the development of our city, announces new “Articipation” opportunities to fully embrace the Phoenix artist community and further support their pursuit of successful careers in Phoenix.

Coinciding with the upcoming 30th anniversary of Art Detour March 15-20, 2018, Artlink’s new offerings seek to both lower the economic barriers of engagement and to expand definitions of participation to better serve the artist community.

All working artists are invited to register and may choose to engage at one of the following Articipation levels:

  • All Access: This turnkey option for visual and performing artists includes complimentary Artlink artist call submissions, a listing in the Artlink Artist Directory powered by Phoenix Urban Guide, tickets to Artlink’s Art d’Core Gala on March 15, 2018, and other opportunities as they arise. ($60 annual registration fee. Students with a school ID receive a discounted $24 rate.)
  • Artist Studio: A new option specifically designed for those artists who open their studios located within the central Phoenix area, depicted by a dot on the official First Friday map, Art Detour map and on PhoenixUrbanGuide.com. These artists also receive the benefits provided in the All Access level above. ($60 annual registration fee.)
  • À la Carte: A new option for artists who want to be included in the Artlink Artist Directory, a showcase of all artists that will be actively promoted to businesses and the public. (No annual registration fee. Fees for optional calls, Gala tickets and other opportunities apply.)

ARTIST ARTICIPANT button“We are dedicated to the development of the arts in our changing city,” says Catrina Kahler, Artlink Board President. “With the upcoming 30-year landmark Art Detour event, it is a priority to ensure that we are meeting the needs of artists and continue to connect them with business opportunities and promote their work to entire community.”

Since 1989, Artlink has supported a variety of community-based art events, including complimentary Trolley Tours during the monthly First Friday Art Walk, one of the nation’s largest self-guided art walks; a pop-up gallery program; the Infusion arts initiative; and the Artlink Juried Exhibition, Art Detour, and Phoenix Urban Guide.

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events, including complimentary Trolley Tours during the monthly First Friday Art Walk, one of the nation’s largest self-guided art walks; The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF); a pop-up gallery program; the Infusion arts initiative; and the Artlink Juried Exhibition, Art Detour, and Art d’Core Gala. Artlink is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Republic, Dunn Transportation, Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 


PUG Introduction + Mixed Media Happy Hour

Join us for a kick-off to the 2017-2018 arts season!

Mixed Media PUG RSVPInvitation to Phoenix Nonprofit Arts & Culture Organizations:

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture has partnered with Artlink in the development of a a centralized arts and culture events calendar. We’re offering a hands-on orientation of this new marketing tool powered by Phoenix Urban Guide (PUG). If you are a nonprofit representative working with the City of Phoenix, please RSVP here.

 

Time for Mixed Media Happy Hour!

We’re heading to FOUND:RE Phoenix for an evening of mixing & mingling while enjoying featured bar & bites specials. Artists, art venues, business and community members who support the Phoenix arts scene are all invited! RSVP here.

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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.

Welcome

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

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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.

Acknowledgements

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.


Release: Artlink Announces Inaugural TAFF Recipient

Artlink Announces Inaugural Grant Recipient of ‘The Artist Forward Fund’

Exhibition, Mentorship and $1000 Awarded to Ashley Czajkowski

‘For the People’ Partners with Artlink to Double Grant Amount

PHOENIX – Artlink Inc., in collaboration with the recently-formed Artlink Artist Council (AAC), is pleased to announce Ashley Czajkowski as the first grant recipient of The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF). The announcement was made at Artlink’s 2017 Annual Meeting on June 14 at Phoenix Art Museum. Czajkowski will receive financial support, a space to hold an exhibition, and mentoring from AAC members.

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.

Formed in February of 2017, the AAC has identified key areas where the Council, which is comprised of professional artists, can provide support to emerging artists: mentoring, exhibition planning, sharing connections/networking support, portfolio review and practical advice on mounting exhibitions. AAC sought an artist recipient demonstrating potential in their practice through risk-taking and pushing their work in dynamic ways, who is at a critical juncture in their career when this support would be most impactful.

“TAFF is not just important for the growth of individual artists that win the prize, it is a critical step towards moving the downtown arts scene to the next level,” said artist Bill Dambrova, member of the AAC. “One of many priorities of the Artlink Artist Council is to encourage and support Artlink to find and identify an exhibition venue that matches the level of sophistication and quality of work made by the winner to show in.”

“Our first winner, Ashley Czajkowski epitomizes the type of artist that will most benefit from this award. As an incredibly innovative installation artist, the space she shows in is crucial to the presentation of her work,” said Dambrova.

A total of 44 artists responded to the inaugural call, submitting a number of original works and a statement of need for AAC panel review.

“The AAC members were challenged to select just one artist to receive the fund,” said Constance McBride, Artlink Arts Committee Chair. “We were encouraged by the large amount of quality work submitted for the first TAFF call, and even more enthusiastic about where this collaboration can lead.”

Members of the AAC are: 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. These established professional artists have worked 10 years or more in exhibiting and/or producing exhibitions that shine a spotlight on Phoenix; represent the diverse cultural identity of our city; and have contributed significant time/energy to either Art Detour/Artlink and/or partner initiatives that strive to elevate the profile of Phoenix’s creative community.

The initial call posted a $500 award provided by Artlink. In a show of support for the program, local retailer For the People, which specializes in functional modern design from local and global makers, agreed to match the funds, bringing the inaugural award amount up to $1000.

“The inaugural TAFF call is bringing about a number of collaborations that demonstrate Artlink’s mission of connecting artists, business and community,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink Board President. “We thank everyone who contributed to the fund, including For the People owners Shawn Silberblatt and Chad Campbell. We congratulate Ashley and look forward to working with her and the AAC in developing a fall exhibition of her work.”

About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events, including complimentary Trolley Tours during the monthly First Friday Art Walk, one of the nation’s largest self-guided art walks; The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF); a pop-up gallery program; the Infusion arts initiative; and the annual Juried Exhibition, Art Detour, and Art d’Core Gala. Artlink is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Republic, Dunn Transportation, Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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