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 the First Fridays Art Walk, the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; guided Art Tours; an annual Juried Exhibition; and the annual Art Detour self-guided tour, featuring open studios, pop-up galleries, family-friendly art experiences and more.
Artlink Inc. is supported by: Downtown Phoenix, Inc., City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Phoenix Art Museum, CityScape, APS, Arizona Commission on the Arts, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Convention Center, Dunn Transportation, The Torosian Foundation, Valley Metro, 12 News, City of Phoenix Aviation Department, Support Sky Harbor Coalition, Gammage & Burnham, Attorneys at Law, Arizona Center, Downtown Voices Coalition, Downtown Phoenix Journal , Invexi Web Development, Simply Adam Mann, Roosevelt Row CDC, Grand Avenue Members Association, Urban Affair, 6th Avenue Gallery and Invexi Web Development.
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.
Art Detour In 1994, Artlink began promoting the monthly First Fridays art walk, which has grown to become the largest monthly art walk in the United States. With over 100 arts 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.
First Fridays Join us on the First Friday of every month from 6-10 p.m. for the nation’s largest, self-guided art walk! Tour galleries, venues and art-related spaces to see a variety of artwork and to enjoy the spirit and culture of the city as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors.
Urban Affair, President & Founder
Downtown Phoenix Journal, Publisher
Tabula Rasa Collective at The Studio Gallery, Owner/Gallery Manager
Keep Arizona Beautiful, Executive Director
Retired Arts Administrator
Calle 16, Co-Founder
Sarah “Sally” Russell
Staff, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Vally Metro, Communication and Marketing Director
Phoenix Art Museum, Public Relations Manager
Dan Clevenger, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Westlake Reed Leskosky, Project Designer/Architect