Artlink invites this engagement as part of “ART+FORM,” a creative ‘place finding’ project.
Artlink, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting stakeholders of the arts and culture community, invites the public to participate in the transformation of a nearly 20,000 square foot basement space at Phoenix’s Park Central into a multidisciplinary arts space for Arizona artists.
In partnership with Park Central, and with support
from the Flinn Foundation and the Virginia G. Charitable Trust, Artlink
launched the ART+FORM project in
2018, with the intent to forge stronger partnerships between our region’s real
estate development and arts and culture sectors.
As part of this ongoing initiative, Artlink invites
open and inclusive community engagement, and is asking for feedback that will
help shape a discovered space located at the center of midtown Phoenix to meet
the growing needs of our burgeoning art capital.
Visioning for a Subterranean Arts Space
Through a series of in-person and online tours
scheduled as part of the annual Art Detour 33 event, Feb. 27 to March 31, the
community can provide input and complete a survey that will help inform the direction of the project.
As the largest undertaking of
this initiative, the multidisciplinary arts space will provide a strong
foundation for community, connection and conversations about how the greater
metro Phoenix area can support its cultural creativity from across the state,
while further catalyzing the relationships between artists and developers at
our city center today.
“We have long planned a significant
focus on the arts, and the partnership with Artlink brings tremendous value in
terms of a creative vision and connection to the arts community,” said Sharon
Harper, president and chief executive officer of Plaza Companies, which teamed
up with Holualoa Companies to redevelop Park Central. “We hope more developers
use this as an example of integrating unique spaces for the arts into their
projects in the future.”
“This project aligns perfectly with
the Flinn Foundation’s grant-making mission and history of support for the
biosciences and the arts,” said Tammy McLeod, Ph.D., the foundation’s president
and chief executive officer. “We felt compelled to support Artlink, as this
project stands to benefit a community and a larger vision of development and
art growing together.”
The impact of this community-led initiative will set
a precedent for creating long-term relationships between local artists and
developers that intentionally prioritize the social form of the city and make
space for artists to lead.
“The arts community has played a major role in
urbanism and development of Central and Downtown Phoenix,” said Catrina Kahler,
president and chief executive officer of Artlink. “ART+FORM is a progression of
how arts can play a role in the development of structures and spaces. As a
region, we need to keep extending this progression to keep the arts community
engaged and our built environment beautiful.”
Artlink further announces its partnership with Gould
Evans, Inc. to provoke and curate the trajectory and evolution of the
subterranean project at Park Central.
The planned redevelopment of the basement space
represents one of many phases of the multifaceted project that are currently
Public Art Commissions: Through open calls to artists facilitated by Artlink,
Park Central has commissioned the work of five Arizona artists to produce high
profile public artworks:
The first is the
mural produced by Jane Goat in 2019, “From What We Were,” a stylistic depiction
of Park Central’s historically geographic center of a growing Phoenix.
The second, “The
New Archive” by artist team Miguel Godoy, Diana Calderon and Edgar Fernandez,
artfully celebrates interconnection taking place between art, history,
education, health care and the technology sectors in Midtown Phoenix.
with Creighton University, sculptor Jeff Carol Davenport has been commissioned
to create a sculpture of St. Ignatius that will be positioned at the entrance
of the Jesuit university’s new midtown medical school campus at Park Central.
The new artwork will be unveiled in April 2021.
Exhibition Space Leads to COVID Relief: Park Central’s contribution of leasable space first
led to Artlink’s hosting of several art exhibitions:
The 2019 and
2020 Artlink Juried Exhibitions and 2020 Art d’Core Exhibition took place in
Park Central’s warehouse space.
The mood room represents a gallery concept that addresses the
needs of artistic practice. The mood room’s opening in February 2020
immediately preceded the coronavirus pandemic. Artlink repositioned the new
space for community support by hosting a series of “Recovery Exhibitions” shows
canceled by arts venues that were unable to maintain their exhibition
commitments due to a small venue size or similar public health constraints. The
airy, 3,000 square foot room and Park Central’s convenient parking allowed the
exhibitions to take place while following necessary safety protocols.
About Artlink Inc. Artlink keeps the arts integral to our development by connecting artists, businesses and the community. Founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by artists in 1989, the Artlink name is a guiding principle for the organization, as it supports stakeholders of the arts and culture community, amplifying its collective strength. Visit artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter, or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Park Central The new Park Central includes 450,000 square feet of Class A low-rise creative office space available for lease with the ability to accommodate tenants ranging from 3,500 square feet to more than 100,000 square feet in size. It features exclusive tenant patios, on-site restaurants and amenities, a stunning midcentury modern design, 15- to 25-foot ceilings, extensive bike paths, light rail access and ample parking. For more information on the project, visit www.parkcentralphoenix.com.
About Flinn Foundation
The Flinn Foundation is a privately endowed, philanthropic grantmaking organization established in 1965 by Dr. Robert S. and Irene P. Flinn to improve the quality of life in Arizona to benefit future generations. To achieve this mission, the foundation aims to advance the state’s bioscience sector, enable high-achieving students to experience world-class education at Arizona’s public universities, strengthen the fiscal and creative capacity of the state’s arts and culture organizations, and develop future state-level civic leaders. Visit flinn.org.
About Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust supports organizations that enrich health, well-being and opportunity for the people of Maricopa County, Arizona. Since it began awarding grants in 2000, Piper Trust has invested nearly $511 million in local nonprofits and programs. Piper Trust grantmaking areas are health care and medical research, children, older adults, arts and culture, education and religious organizations. For more information, visit pipertrust.org | @PiperTrust | Facebook.
About Gould Evans + Canary Studio Gould Evans, Inc. + Canary Studio is a multidisciplinary architecture and design firm focused on projects that build cultural significance. Our diverse portfolio of architecture stems from a design process that starts with the client’s goals. We share a passion for regional architecture and design that positively impacts our communities. To learn more, visit www.gouldevans.com.