The event that helped launch the First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon is expanding from two to four days in 2017. Art Detour 29 on March 16-19 will feature a diverse slate of activities created by local artists and art venues to celebrate the growing, vibrant Phoenix arts scene.
The 29th year of this signature arts and culture event includes the 5th annual Art d’Core Gala, a special Third Friday Gallery Night, and an Art Detour weekend schedule of demonstrations, installations and more. The event is produced by Artlink Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, in partnership with the City of Phoenix and Downtown Phoenix Inc.
Named as “one of the most important events in Phoenix’s calendar” by City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Art Detour encourages conversation and inquiry, and directly connects the public with the artists in our community. The event is a result of a collaboration between artists, galleries, cultural venues and businesses offering their spaces for one-time exhibitions. Visitors are invited to witness the vital Phoenix arts community in many varied forms.
“We consider Art Detour 29 the penultimate event of a significant 30-year history of Artlink and for the Phoenix arts scene as a whole,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink board president. “Artists have created much more than their own work in this time. They have contributed to our environment, built businesses, developed districts, and created a textured downtown for the sixth largest city in the nation. Art Detour tells this story and invites Phoenicians and springtime visitors to buy art for their home or tickets to a performance, all in support and celebration of our city’s creative economy and culture.”
A Party to Kick off the Weekend
The annual celebration begins Thursday evening, March 16, at the 5th annual Art d’Core Gala. Held at Warehouse215 @ Bentley Projects in the heart of the emerging and dynamic Warehouse District. This fun spin on a traditional “gala” annually spotlights the significant contribution of the arts in creating a dynamic city.
The Art d’Core Gala is hosted in partnership with the Office of the Mayor, City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, and Downtown Phoenix Inc. This is a ticketed event and proceeds benefit Artlink Inc. Buy your tickets here.
Take a Detour Beyond Phoenix’s First Fridays
Did you know artists don’t open their studios to the public on the popular First Fridays? Or that galleries don’t always schedule their exhibition openings on these nights? First Friday only skims the surface of what makes Phoenix’s arts community special.
Art Detour 29 is an invitation to take a deeper dive, by meeting with established and emerging artists, some as special engagements in their own studios; experiencing demonstrations and discussions; and finding original works from a talented pool of Phoenix artists who are exporting their work to cities around the world.
In addition to these daytime activities, Art Detour 29 will feature an expanded and varied schedule, with some events taking place outdoors, capitalizing on Phoenix’s pleasant March weather. This includes a morning walk and nighttime events and openings, coinciding with March Third Friday “Gallery Night.”
March 16, 6 to 9 p.m.
Art D’Core Gala. The arts party of the year! Buy your tickets here.
March 17, 6 to 10 p.m.
Pre-Detour Third Friday. A special gallery night of exhibition openings and receptions.
The Art Detour! Phoenix’s original art walk includes studio visits, art space tours and one-time exhibits and installations. A map and shuttles will guide visitors throughout the weekend.
Artlink will once again provide shuttle service enabling the public to park the car or bike and hop on or off at galleries throughout downtown. Knowledgeable docents staff the trolleys helping to guide new and returning visitors. Scheduled times for the trolley are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19.
About Artlink Inc.
Artlink keeps the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events, including complimentary Trolley Tours during the monthly First Friday Art Walk, one of the nation’s largest self-guided art walks; a pop-up gallery program; the Infusion arts initiative; and the annual Juried Exhibition, Art Detour, and Art d’Core Gala. Artlink is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Republic, Dunn Transportation, Roosevelt Row CDC, Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.