Community members representing Downtown Phoenix and beyond (including DPJ) have been working on a plan to make Central Avenue sparkle and shine during the upcoming holiday season.
It’s a big idea worthy of this great city – and it’s going to take a community-wide effort to make it happen.
Think of it: up to 10 miles of our city’s grand boulevard festooned with decorations!
A Holiday Decoration Fund has been established, with donations needed by October 25 to get the decorations up by Thanksgiving.
There are hundreds of light poles that can be decorated, so the more donations the more festive Central Avenue will be!
Read the following invitation to participate and let’s all come together and contribute to the spirit of Phoenix and the holiday season.
Dear Phoenix Community:
Please help us bring the spirit of the Holiday Season back to Central Avenue from Camelback to Dobbins!
Last year was the first year since light rail construction began that our Central Avenue street lights had holiday decorations. By the end of the Holiday Season (Thanksgiving – MLK Holiday) the decorations had deteriorated and are no longer usable.
A number of property owners and managers of buildings along the Central corridor are eager to help bring decorations back to the street.
We hope you will be too!
The cost to purchase or refurbish – and install, store, maintain, and remove the decorations, as well as purchase new hardware to support them – is excessive.
The most affordable option for the short and long term is to lease new decorations. Many communities across the country are tending toward this direction.
We have worked with all the vendors involved and have arrived at a reduced rate of $210 per street light. This includes everything: the decoration and banner (examples pictured right), installation, removal, the purchase of new hardware required to support it all and tax.
The City of Phoenix and Valley Metro Rail are assisting us and support this effort. Also, some property owners want to help decorate streets and areas along and adjacent to the light rail.
We do not have much time. Please join us!
The Phoenix Community Alliance (PCA) has agreed to be the facilitator for the Phoenix Holiday Decoration fund.
Payments must be processed by October 25.
Download the contribution form from PhoenixCommunityAlliance.com.
Then use your credit card to donate online.
Or make checks payable and mail to:
Phoenix Community Alliance
234 North Central Avenue
Suite M-1100, Floor 1A
Phoenix AZ 85004
(ANY level of contribution is appreciated! PCA is a 501 (c)3 organization and your contributions are tax deductible.)
Please do not hesitate to contact PCA at 602-254-7477 ext. 22 with any questions you may have.
Thank you! And here’s to a Happy Holiday season!
JOSEPH BENESH, Director, Phoenix Center for the Arts
KENNY BARRETT & CINDY DACH, Roosevelt Row
DAN CARROLL, Chairman, Midtown Museum District
CATRINA KAHLER, Publisher, Downtown Phoenix Journal
DON KEUTH, President, Phoenix Community Alliance
EVA OLIVAS, President, Phoenix Revitalization Corporation
DAVE RODERIQUE, President & CEO, Downtown Phoenix Partnership
VICTOR VIDALES, Business Owner, REMAX, South Mountain Real Estate
GEORGE YOUNG, South Mountain Village Resident
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Community Involvement Crucial to the 4th Annual Grand Avenue Festival October 20, 2012
The community is an important component to this year’s Grand Avenue Festival on October 20th. Opportunities for involvement range from contests to creative callouts for artistic projects and local vendors wanted for participation in the Coffee, Cookies & Crafts event. Several events are centered on community participation and a celebration of the vibrant culture, art, history and adaptive re-use of the Lower Grand Avenue Arts and Small Business District and adjoining neighborhoods. Here’s what you can get involved with during the festival:
Coffee, Cookies & Crafts
The seventh Coffee, Cookies & Crafts indie craft fair will be held in the Bragg’s Pie Factory parking lot from noon to 5 pm on the day of the Grand Ave Festival (October 20, 2012). The craft fair will offer a variety of activities including 40 local vendors selling handmade goods, crafting demos, a craft supply swap, and other fun activities for the whole family. Attendees will be treated to a pop-up lounge with free coffee and sweets from local bakeries. Some additional vendor spots are still available. Interested local vendors should complete the online new vendor application at www.coffeecookiescrafts.wordpress.com
Trash Hat Promenade
This year, Kooky Krafts has created a fashion event open to the community and prizes, including at $100 gift certificate awarded to “Best of Breed!” The “Trashy Hat Promenade,” allows any interested participants to don their gorgeous hat made of trash and recycled materials! There is no entry fee. Created by Kooky Crafts owner, Beatrice Moore, the event is intended to inspire creativity and fun in our community. Participants will model their own creations with Grand Avenue as the fashion runway! Anyone interested in participating should contact Ms. Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org or 602.391.4016) by October 15, 2012, to apply and make arrangements for show times and delivery. Visit our festival website for visual inspiration and additional information at:
Hanging Gardens & Woven Fences & Trashy Sculpture
The “Hanging Gardens & Woven Fences & Trashy Sculpture” project will once again be a highlight of the Grand Avenue Festival, Oct. 20th from 10am – 8 pm, (After Hours from 8 – 10 pm). There is no entry fee & individuals or organizations will be paired with specific sites. Your masterpiece must be made primarily out of trash or recycled materials; however, a $35 stipend is available from Kooky Krafts Shop for participating youth groups (high school age or younger) for additional supplies such as paint, glue glitter, etc. Stipends will be awarded on project completion. Participants are responsible for set up & break down (in some cases projects may be able to remain for a few weeks with property permission) & projects must be installed by 10 am the day of the Festival. Visitors will receive a map so they can locate each project.
Hanging Gardens: Projects can consist of actual living garden components or make-believe plants, fantastical vines, whimsical flowers and other assemblages. Your fantastic “gardenesque” creations will be hung from branches or wrapped around tree trunks in a non-invasive fashion (i.e. without damage to trees or existing landscaping). Use of trash or recycled materials as the core element of your project is strongly encouraged.
Woven Fences: This project can be something actually woven through a fence, attached along the top of a fence, or created in advance and attached to an existing chain link, wrought iron, concrete block or other fence structure surface. Again, recycled materials are encouraged.
Trashy Sculpture: This year the trashy sculpture entries will be exhibited outside, on the day of the event only, so temporariness and expendability are key. Reduce, reuse & recycle!
If you intend to participate, send the following information to Beatrice Moore at Kooky Krafts Shop; 1500 Grand Ave,; Phoenix, AZ; 85007 or email@example.com
• Individual or Group Name
• Phone number
• E-mail address
• Request for stipend if desired (only eligible for high school age and under groups)
• Basic concept
We need your application as early as possible so you can be assigned the best spot for your project!
Event Volunteers Needed!
Volunteers are needed throughout the day to assist with event management as well as assistance in the days prior to the festival, helping to hand out promotional material and doing the final touches to help make our street “festival ready!” Any amount of time is appreciated. Please contact Dani Logan, festival volunteer coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate your willingness to help. Community volunteer groups are welcome to participate! Festival hours are 11 am to 8 pm, with the Historic Tours starting at 8 am on October 20, 2012.
About the Grand Avenue Festival
The Grand Avenue Merchants’ Association (GAMA) will be hosting the free 4th Annual Grand Avenue Festival on October 20th, from 11 am – 8 pm, with an After Hours event from 8 – 10pm. The festival will be a celebration of the vibrant culture, music, fashion, art, history and adaptive re-use of the Lower Grand Avenue Arts and Small Business District and adjoining neighborhoods. Free tours Historic Commercial Building and Adaptive Reuse Tours, begin at 8 am and continue hourly until 11 am, courtesy of the Phoenix Revitalization Corporation (PRC). Free screenings of “The Greenest Building,” shown at the conclusion of the tour are courtesy of Steve Weiss and No Festival Required. For more information about the 2012 Festival and GAMA, please visit: www.grandavephoenix.com
The Grand Avenue Festival is being sponsored in part by the Grand Avenue Merchants’ Assoc.; Phoenix Revitalization Corp.; Oasis on Grand; Glass Lab Metal Lab; Abromovitz Grand Avenue Partners, LLC; Arizona Pedal Cabs; Phoenix New Times; Dunlap & Magee Property Management.
Pedal Craft Volume 2 rolled into Kitchen Sink Studios on Friday night to celebrate the growing urban bike scene.
Jonce Walker, Co-Founder of the Phoenix event, extended his thanks on the Pedal Craft Facebook page.
Wow! What an incredible night last night! Awesome design, hundreds of bikes, and over 1,200 people having fun. Pedal Craft exists to induce smiles, build community, and help a cause. We are certain what happened last night achieved all three.
Check out the spirited scene in the gallery below, as captured by photographer Jack London.
Tonight there are four can’t-miss Phoenix Design Week exhibitions that encapsulate pretty much everything we love about the downtown arts/design/creative community: Pedal Craft PHX, PHXDW Poster Show, Exquisite Phoenix and Rewind Phoenix.
The Phoenix Design Week poster show at Combine Studios has 20 posters with the PHXDW theme “Here & Now.”
Exquisite Phoenix is a giant 14-foot long drawing made by 20+ designers, one at a time.
PLUS, Rewind Phoenix, a celebration of the Arizona Centennial, features 11 designers creating pieces for each decade from 1900-2012.
Consider the calendar marked.
Featured image by Jack London
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Parking spaces around the globe to be temporarily reclaimed for people!
In cities around the globe, this Friday, September 21st, artists, activists and citizens will temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces, as part of an annual event called “PARK(ing) Day” during morning rush hour at two locations in downtown Phoenix.
Originally invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure. “In urban centers around the world, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution,” says Rebar’s Matthew Passmore. “The planning strategies that generated these conditions are not sustainable, nor do they promote a healthy, vibrant human habitat. PARK(ing) Day is about re-imagining the possibilities of the urban landscape.”
This will be the 4th annual Park(ing) Day event in downtown Phoenix. The Phoenix event is organized by Stacey Champion, Founder of the local sustainability group, Rogue Green. “When Yuri Artibise helped launch our 1st Phoenix Park(ing) Day four years ago, we had a group of maybe a dozen people participating. Now we have closer to 100! This is not a day to protest, but a day to rethink how we use our public space to feel a sense of connection and community engagement within a large city. If Phoenix is to thrive, walkability and connectivity need to be important factors moving forward. Small, green, public spaces feed the soul.” says Champion.
The event will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
There will be two organized downtown morning locations:
Main PHX Park(ing) Day Location – Washington St. between 1st Ave. & 2nd Ave. ASU Downtown Campus Location – Along First Street between Taylor and Fillmore, in front of Taylor Place
Confirmed Main Location Phoenix 2012 PARKS include: Yoga PARK by Sutra Midtown, Dixieland PARK with the Dixie Devils, Chalkboard PARK by Rogue Green, Percussion PARK with members of the Rhythm is Life Steel Band, Seed PARK with Doreen Pollack the Garden Goddess, Karaoke PARK by Mobile Karaoke Unit, Art PARK by Hugo’s Art, Performance PARK by Downtown Phoenix Mothership’s Pete Petrisko and many more…
Since 2005, the project has blossomed into a worldwide grassroots movement: PARK(ing) Day 2011 included 975 “PARK” installations in more than 160 cities in 35 countries on six continents. This year, the project continues to expand to urban centers across the globe.
PARK(ing) Day is an “open-source” user-generated invention created by independent groups around the globe who adapt the project to champion creative, social or political causes that are relevant to their local urban conditions. More information regarding local PARK(ing) Day activities can be found on Facebook. and a global map of all participating cities are available on the PARK(ing) Day website, parkingday.org.
Featured image provided by PARK(ing) Day.