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Artlink Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that promotes the downtown Phoenix arts community. Artlink invites artists, arts entrepreneurs and businesses that contribute to our vibrant downtown culture to become Artlink Articipants. Articipants can take advantage of a variety of promotional opportunities throughout the year like First Friday, Art Detour and more.
As Artlink gears up for the Third Annual Art d’Core Gala (Feb 21, 2014) and the 27th Annual Art Detour (Mar 7-8, 2015), registration to become an Artlink Articipant is now open. Based on different categories (Artists; Galleries/Art Spaces; Restaurants/Bars/Retail), Articipants receive a wide range of year-round benefits designed to help promote their arts and culture endeavors (beginning February 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016).
“The programs promoted by Artlink are tied to the activity of this arts community,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink Board President. “Artlink supports the effort of artists and businesses in the creative sector to produce diverse and accessible arts experiences for the public throughout the year.”
Art d’Core Gala: In partnership with the Office of the Mayor, Downtown Phoenix, Inc., Artlink and other community partners host an exceptional celebration that spotlights the significant contribution of the arts in creating a dynamic urban core. The festivities include music and dancing; fabulous food and drink; a special address by Mayor Greg Stanton; and an eye-popping virtual tour of downtown art spaces.
Art Detour: Art Detour is the event that launched the First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon. The annual event provides the public with an opportunity to meet visual artists in their working environments, to invite questions about their work and their work processes, and to see into the creative spaces tucked throughout downtown Phoenix that are not generally open to the public.
First Fridays Trolley Tour: Over the past two decades, the First Fridays Art Walk has evolved into major monthly celebration that draws anywhere from 12-20,000 people every month. Artlink provides complimentary trolley service that enables the public to pick up a First Friday map, park and ride from four information hubs, and hop on/hop off at galleries all along the way. The trolley circulates throughout downtown connecting downtown arts venues and districts, from the Phoenix Art Museum, to the popular Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue arts districts, as well as CityScape, the Warehouse district, and the Arizona Center. Knowledgeable docents staff the trolleys and help guide new and returning visitors.
While Art Detour and the Art d’Core Gala remain signature events for Artlink, the organization’s programs have expanded to provide year-round promotional opportunities for downtown artists and arts spaces.
These opportunities include a Pop-Up Gallery program that features exhibitions of local artists in unique and nontraditional public spaces; guided Downtown Art Tours that shine a spotlight on artists and galleries; an annual Juried Exhibition; and a variety of calls for artists throughout the year.
In addition, restaurants, bars and other downtown retail spaces benefit from year-round promotion on the Artlink Art Detour maps, First Friday maps, and the Artlink website, as well as additional promotional opportunities that will be rolled out over the coming months.
The registration deadline is January 7, 205. Get full details on Articipant levels and benefits at http://artlinkphoenix.com/articipants/.
David Krietor has served as CEO of the newly-formed Downtown Phoenix, Inc. (“DPI”) since April 8, 2013. In that time, he has begun work with community stakeholders to develop the downtown we want. “Your Downtown” shares his thoughts and DPI’s progress with the downtown community and beyond. Read the other chats here.
The winter holidays can be joyous and yet stressful at times. As we ease into the first week of 2015, here are some things you may have missed amidst the celebrations.
Things To Do
- Skate. CitySkate ice rink opens at CityScape and runs through February 1.
- Dine. GrabbaGreen Food+Juice opens at CityScape
- Take a walk. Meet Me Downtown will help jumpstart those New Year’s resolutions.
- View art. “Her Secret is Patience” gets new netting, upgraded lighting
- Take a selfie. Super Bowl unveils 13-foot-tall countdown clock
- Get ready for Super Bowl fun. NFL Experience tickets go on sale
- Get ready for great music. McDowell Mountain Music Festival announces 2015 lineup
- Read up on your city’s history. Phoenix in the 1920s was quite the happening place
- Use GRID Bike Share. Phoenix launches GRID bike share
- Dine some more. Twenty restaurants opened in November, including Paz Cantina
- Lab, new coworking space, invites creative individuals to come get down to business
- Phoenix Pride opens in new community space
- R&R Partners moves to Warehouse District
- Step Gallery in Warehouse District gives ASU art students unique space
- Talking Stick Resort Arena is new name for US Airways Center
- Economic impact of downtown Phoenix UA Campus hits $961 million
- Urban condos going up again in metro Phoenix (including Portland on the Park)
- Midtown restaurant and bar Fez moves to new downtown location
- Phoenix wants to transform empty midtown offices into high-tech hub
- New multi-family residential development proposed for former Pappas School site
- New residential complex slated for 7th Avenue and Fillmore corner
- City-owned Sheraton Phoenix Downtown has lost $28 million since 2008
- Dearth of shovel-ready development hurts Phoenix rebound, business attraction
- Parking meters continue to cause stress for small businesses, college students
- National public debate on public safety prompts protests at First Friday and downtown
- Bike theft surge prompts action, police registration program
- Valley Metro uses ‘angels’ in public transportation public-safety campaign
Under Things To Do, I could have listed “propose to your fiancee and rappel down a 27 floor office tower,” but then you would have rolled your eyes and thought, “when’s THAT ever going to happen?” But remarkably it did on Saturday, December 13 when Jason Rowley, Phoenix Suns president and DPI board member, proposed to his now fiancee Kristin and helped raise funds at the Special Olympics “Over the Edge” challenge at CityScape. Congratulations Jason and Kristin!
And in this season of reflection and memories, I note the passing of our former Mayor, John Driggs. All mayors are boosters of their cities, but Mayor Driggs holds a special place in the hearts of many for his tireless efforts (and cajoling) to save our historic treasures, protect our open spaces, and advocate for numerous other important causes. What a wonderful public servant and a personal friend and mentor.
As an independent chronicler of all things downtown, DPJ takes a comprehensive approach to covering the urban living movement in Phoenix and, with this Conversation series, spotlighting the people who make it move.
“These events…are all about celebrating life, culture and each other.”
Spend just a few minutes with Phoenix Councilman Michael Nowakowski and you immediately feel his passion for this city. He’s lived here since he was two and a half years old (that’s 48 years for those of you who are counting), and his unique Polish (father) and Mexican (mother) heritage has given him deep insight into how to build common ground between people who may not immediately recognize their shared bonds. As he puts it, “When I was running for City Council and out knocking on doors, my Polish/Mexican heritage made it easier to move beyond color and language differences and find common ground. We shared so many things; both cultures are Catholic, family-oriented, and there’s even the polka we share.”
For 15 years he has run the Cesar Chavez Foundation‘s nine radio stations, which generate three million dollars per year for the foundation. The revenue supports affordable and senior housing and social services. It’s another area where he is focused on building common ground. His experience running the foundation stations and meeting large budgets has given him, as a moderate Democrat, a good understanding of the business side of things.
“There was always something happening downtown. Festivals, music, celebrations, events, and I wondered, ‘why can’t we do that in our downtown?’“
As both a Phoenix City Councilmember and a Downtown Phoenix, Inc. board member, Nowakowski is a fan of DPI. He’s particularly enthusiastic about the role DPI can play in supporting and promoting events in downtown. “Growing up,” said the Councilman, “we use to go to Detroit every summer for several weeks. There was always something happening downtown. Festivals, music, celebrations, events, and I wondered, ‘why can’t we do that in our downtown?’”
He sees DPI as a critical way to create and support an environment where there’s always something going on in downtown. “People want to come downtown, they want to have things to do. They want to be a part of things,” he continues. “These events – First Fridays, Zombie Walk, Tamale Fest, etc. are all about celebrating life, culture and each other.”
Additionally, he sees DPI as an important advocacy group. “DPI is able to bring all these communities – small business, the arts, community orgs, and big business – together and everyone has a voice. They can begin talking to one another and to recognize their common goals,” said Nowakowski. “What happens on the northern side of Van Buren impacts what happens below Van Buren (in the existing Business Improvement District),” he continues. “DPI has been able to reach all of these constituents and get them talking to one another, giving them ways to collaborate.”
“DPI is able to bring all these communities – small business, the arts, community orgs, and big business – together and everyone has a voice”
We asked him about the the opportunities and challenges for the city with the coming NFL Pro Bowl, Super Bowl and ancillary events. Like other leaders we’ve spoken with, Councilman Nowakowski sees an opportunity for changing public misperceptions about who we are and what Arizona is all about.
“The Pro Bowl and Super Bowl are a way to tell our story throughout the world. Not just to the people who are coming for the game, but major outreach to business leaders from around the world,” he said. “It’s an opportunity,” he continued, “to change our image and show decision-makers and CEO’s that this is the perfect place for, example, their data centers. Put them underground; think outside the box. Once they bring a data center here, they will experience our quality of life and the next thing you know, they’ll bring their headquarters.”
Additionally, Nowakowski believes that its important to have plenty of free things for people to do in conjunction with the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl. Visitors from around the Valley will be coming downtown as well, and for many of them it will be their first time, or their first time in a long time. With plenty of free events, Nowakowski believes that “everybody will get to join in the experience and take pride in our city.”
For many years Nowakowski lived in an historic neighborhood in downtown, but after six kids, he needed more space for his growing family and they relocated to Laveen. He still spends much of his time at the Chavez Foundation offices on 15th Street and Washington and walking the streets of downtown.
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Roosevelt Row Activates Phoenix Alley Way for New Year’s Eve Celebration
While the east coast celebrates the ball drop in New York Times Square, downtown Phoenix locals will ring in 2015 in their own creative style – with the first ever New Year’s Eve Flannel Ball, hosted in an art-activated alleyway in Roosevelt Row. With attendees dressed head to toe in flannel under the Phoenix night sky, this event is poised to become a favorite downtown tradition, celebrating the uniqueness of the downtown Phoenix arts district.
“Arts is the foundation of this community,” said Nicole Underwood, Director of Operations for Roosevelt Row CDC. “This inaugural art-activated celebration will be a fantastic way to ring in the New Year, with so many reasons to celebrate our area’s local creative culture.”
To date, Roosevelt Row CDC has created vibrancy in downtown Phoenix by activating typically vacant spaces with art, such as converted dirt lots into community gardens, repurposing shipping containers into art galleries, and now hosting an event in an alley way with music, art and local culture.
Roosevelt Row will bring together Arizonans and visitors from across valley to activate an alleyway in the arts district, where people can congregate for New Year’s Eve to hear a lineup of up-and-coming local musical acts, experience “New on Old” Art Show with over 50 proud participating artists from Phoenix, enjoy food trucks, lawn games, a photo booth, a beer garden provided by New Belgium Brewing Company and other notable traditions that make the Flannel Ball a unique New Year’s Eve experience.
From 9:00 pm to 2:00 am New Year’s Eve night, an alleyway on 6th street and Roosevelt will come to life to ring in 2015, with an original New Year’s countdown hosted by Phoenix Mayor’s Art Award 2014 Recipient and host of Phoenix Storytellers, Dan Hull. The climax of the year concludes with the drop of an odd and campy Lawn Gnome Pinata.
Tickets are $15 and available for purchase at Lawn Gnome Publishing on 5th Street and Roosevelt or online at www.eventbrite.com. Admission is $20 day of the event. Tickets are limited.
The inaugural New Year’s Eve Flannel Ball & Art Show is “plaidly” brought to you by Lawn Gnome Publishing, 909 Housing Collective, Roosevelt Growhouse & GrowOp, and Roosevelt Row CDC.
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Downtown is more than a grid system of streets and square miles. It is an experience made up of the sights, sounds, feel and tastes unique to the place. In this short series, DPJ contributor, Colin Columna hones in on the five senses as his guide to explore the distinct qualities of downtown Phoenix.
Setting our sights on the Burton Barr Library, near the intersection of Central Avenue and McDowell Road, we visit one of Phoenix’s most invaluable, yet often overlooked, resources. The Arizona Room, located on the second floor of the eye-catching Will Bruder designed landmark, houses a meticulously curated collection of books, periodicals, journals, letters, maps and other materials relating to the city of Phoenix, the state of Arizona, and the geology, archaeology, and natural history of the desert Southwest.
The glass sided enclosure is a pre-Wikipedia time portal of first-hand accounts, primary sources, old school sleuthing and, due to the nature of the materials, writing in pencil. Within the archives are newspaper stories and handwritten letters of the westward facing pioneers, fortune seeking miners, prospectors and dreamers, and civic leaders and city boosters who homesteaded, staked out claims and labored to build a new city in the Arizona Territory of pre-1914 statehood.
Arizona Census data on mircofilm from 1870-1930 and extant city directories to 1892 provide researchers and genealogists with the names, relationships and addresses of early Phoenix households. Highly detailed citywide Sanborn maps of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, originally drafted for insurance companies to determine potential liability, today provide urban planners with insight into the historic platting of Phoenix’s streets and neighborhoods and the city’s population patterns of growth and mobility. Historic preservationists reference the maps to determine a building’s significance and historical context.
U.S. Army Headquarters records from Fort Verde, Interior Department territorial appointment papers and historic surveyor and topographical maps offer details into the government’s effort to gain control over Arizona’s challenging environment and Native populations. However broad the scope of the collection, each archival document adds to our understanding of Arizona’s progression from Territory, to admittance as the 48th state of the union, to today’s geographic ranking the sixth largest state in the country.
The foundation for the collection began with the 1934 bequest of the personal papers and photographs of James Harvey McClintock. Journalist, historian and member of the Rough Riders, McClintock’s life and exploits read like the stuff of a nineteenth century wild west dime novel. At fifteen, he joined a traveling circus headed for Phoenix and worked as a “barker” in front of the tents erected on an empty lot on West Washington Street. He directed this talent for creating “buzz” in tirelessly promoting his new hometown as President of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, President of the Arizona Folklore Society, President of the Arizona Archaeological Society and State Historian. Energetic and ambitious he was member of the first graduating class of Tempe Normal School in 1887, also the town’s Justice of the Peace, one of the three surveyors of the future Roosevelt Dam site, lifelong friend with President and fellow Rough Rider Teddy Roosevelt and 25 year correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. As a journalist he reported on events as he lived them and as a historian he carefully archived all of the clippings.
Unlike the library’s Rare Book Collection, no reservations are needed to access the Arizona Room’s 33 linear feet of archival materials, which include the McClintock papers, 25,000 volumes, 2,500 maps, and 73 moving images. The room keeps the same hours as the library and is overseen by Arizona Room Librarian, Maria Hernandez. Possessed with an encyclopedic knowledge of the collection’s holdings and a storyteller’s gift for bringing history to life, Hernandez is more engaging tour guide than academic custodian. She describes the archives as an “ongoing project” and encourages the community to help fill in the gaps within its bookshelves.
“Personal history, family history is the history of Phoenix,” she explains. “High school yearbooks, community cookbooks help tell the story of what it was like to live here. They are valuable records and need to be preserved.”
Next spring the library launches an oral history project to record the memories and life stories of the people who are the life of the city.
“We want to hear from the voices of those who grew up in Phoenix during wartime, the Vietnam War era, who took part in our community’s civil rights movement. We want to hear from people who got up everyday and went to work, who lived their lives in Phoenix. Who remember Royal Wax Museum, who grew up cruising on Central. We want those stories. The city is based on personal experiences.”
If You Go:
What: Arizona Room
Where: Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004
When: Open during regular library hours
Please Note: Due to the nature of the collection, materials may only be used in the room. Copying of most materials is available at 20 cents per page and pencils only may be used for writing. No food or drink is permitted in the Arizona Room.
All this talk about the Arizona Room at the library reminds us of a whole host of stories from DPJ’s own past. Check out our From the Arizona Room stories to learn more about the fascinating history of downtown.