Artlink Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and support a thriving arts community in downtown Phoenix. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events, including complimentary Trolley Tours during the monthly First Friday Art Walk, one of the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; Downtown Arts Tours, specially selected guided gallery tours; a year-round Pop-Up Gallery Program featuring exhibitions in non-traditional spaces; the annual Juried Exhibition; the annual Art d’Core Gala, and the annual Art Detour self-guided tour, featuring open studios, pop-up galleries, family-friendly art experiences and more.
Artlink’s year-round activities are supported by Downtown Phoenix, Inc., City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, CityScape, APS, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Convention Center, Dunn Transportation, The Torosian Foundation, Valley Metro, City of Phoenix Aviation Department, Support Sky Harbor Coalition, Arizona Center, Downtown Voices Coalition, Downtown Phoenix Journal, Invexi Web Development, Simply Adam Mann, Roosevelt Row CDC, and the Grand Avenue Members Association. For more information, visit artlinkphoenix.com or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Since 1988, Artlink has organized Phoenix’s popular annual art walk, Art Detour, a two-day, self-guided tour of galleries, studios and businesses in various neighborhoods in and around downtown Phoenix, giving Valley residents and visitors an opportunity to see an array of local, national, and international talent. Artlink Inc. was officially formed in 1989.
In 1994, Artlink began promoting the monthly First Fridays art walk, which has grown to become one of the largest monthly art walks in the United States. With nearly venues open free to the public each month, Artlink’s First Fridays has succeeded in bringing people back to downtown Phoenix. The event sees anywhere from 14-20,000 visitors monthly and grows each year.
Third Fridays came years later, and is sometimes referred to as “Gallery Night,” due to the number of exhibition openings that take place.
Urban Affair, President & Founder
David & Gladys Wright House Foundation
Keep Arizona Beautiful, Executive Director
Dan Clevenger, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Westlake Reed Leskosky, Project Designer/Architect
Sarah “Sally” Russell
Curator/Staff, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Valley Metro, Communication and Marketing Director
Phoenix Convention Center, Deputy Director
Artist/Oasis on Grand, Marketing Director
Visual Artist/Co-President Eye Lounge
Bentley Gallery, Owner
Javelina, Senior Associate
Heard Museum, Communications Manager
Phoenix Art Museum, Communications Manager
ASU, Associate Vice President for Program Development Planning