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Release: Artlink Introduces New Artist Access

ARTIST AccessArtlink Introduces New Opportunities for Artists to Engage in the Arts Community

‘Articipation’ Options to Lower Economic Barriers, Further Develop an Artist Directory and More  

Artlink Inc., a Phoenix-based nonprofit whose mission is to keep the arts integral to the development of our city, announces new “Articipation” opportunities to fully embrace the Phoenix artist community and further support their pursuit of successful careers in Phoenix.

Coinciding with the upcoming 30th anniversary of Art Detour March 15-20, 2018, Artlink’s new offerings seek to both lower the economic barriers of engagement and to expand definitions of participation to better serve the artist community.

All working artists are invited to register and may choose to engage at one of the following Articipation levels:

  • All Access: This turnkey option for visual and performing artists includes complimentary Artlink artist call submissions, a listing in the Artlink Artist Directory powered by Phoenix Urban Guide, tickets to Artlink’s Art d’Core Gala on March 15, 2018, and other opportunities as they arise. ($60 annual registration fee. Students with a school ID receive a discounted $24 rate.)
  • Artist Studio: A new option specifically designed for those artists who open their studios located within the central Phoenix area, depicted by a dot on the official First Friday map, Art Detour map and on PhoenixUrbanGuide.com. These artists also receive the benefits provided in the All Access level above. ($60 annual registration fee.)
  • À la Carte: A new option for artists who want to be included in the Artlink Artist Directory, a showcase of all artists that will be actively promoted to businesses and the public. (No annual registration fee. Fees for optional calls, Gala tickets and other opportunities apply.)

ARTIST ARTICIPANT button“We are dedicated to the development of the arts in our changing city,” says Catrina Kahler, Artlink Board President. “With the upcoming 30-year landmark Art Detour event, it is a priority to ensure that we are meeting the needs of artists and continue to connect them with business opportunities and promote their work to entire community.”

Since 1989, Artlink has supported 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 Artlink Juried Exhibition, Art Detour, and Phoenix Urban Guide.

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; The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF); a pop-up gallery program; the Infusion arts initiative; and the Artlink 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, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 


PUG Introduction + Mixed Media Happy Hour

Join us for a kick-off to the 2017-2018 arts season!

Mixed Media PUG RSVPInvitation to Phoenix Nonprofit Arts & Culture Organizations:

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture has partnered with Artlink in the development of a a centralized arts and culture events calendar. We’re offering a hands-on orientation of this new marketing tool powered by Phoenix Urban Guide (PUG). If you are a nonprofit representative working with the City of Phoenix, please RSVP here.

 

Time for Mixed Media Happy Hour!

We’re heading to FOUND:RE Phoenix for an evening of mixing & mingling while enjoying featured bar & bites specials. Artists, art venues, business and community members who support the Phoenix arts scene are all invited! RSVP here.

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From the 2017 Artlink Annual Meeting

Artlink’s 2017 Annual meeting was held on Wednesday, June 14, at Phoenix Art Museum. The Artlink board welcomed 110 attendees, including artists, arts advocates, and representatives of the City of Phoenix, galleries, performing arts, and other arts organizations.

Present Board Members: Catrina Kahler (President), Sally Russell (Vice President), Dan Clevenger (Secretary), Rick Naimark (Treasurer), Constance McBride (Arts Committee Chair), Hillary Foose, Bentley Calverley, Nicole Underwood, Margaree Bigler (PR Committee Chair), and Rembrandt Quiballo. Not present: Jerry Harper and Brittany Butler.

Welcome

The meeting opened with a video introduction of Artlink, followed by a welcome from Artlink board member Margaree Bigler, representative of Phoenix Art Museum. Margaree introduced honored guest, Amada Cruz, Sybil Harrington Director and CEO of Phoenix Art Museum.

Amada congratulated Artlink on the pending 30-year anniversary Art Detour and lauded the hard work of community investment in the urban core over that time. Upon coming to Phoenix, she asked who “owned hip” in the Valley and it was very clear that it was downtown. The reason Phoenix Art Museum is thriving is because of all the hard work invested by those here; it takes this ecosystem of people to make a city great. The Museum is thrilled to be partners and looks forward to the next 30 years.

2017 Annual Meeting

Photo by Kyle Field.

Board Elections

Artlink President Catrina Kahler proceeded with the meeting, beginning with the election of the 2017-2018 Board of Directors. Thanks were given to past board members Jill Bernstein, Sarah Levi and Mark Scarp who stepped down from the board earlier this year. Bernstein had served on the board since 2011. The board thanks them for their significant contributions.

By unanimous vote, the Artlink board renewed the terms of three directors:

  • Constance McBride: Artist
  • Jerry Harper: Phoenix Convention Center, deputy director
  • Brittany Butler: Artist/Oasis on Grand, marketing director

This rounds out the current roster of the Artlink board:

  • Catrina Kahler, President: Urban Affair president and founder
  • Sarah “Sally” Russell: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Associate Product Manager-Licensing
  • Dan Clevenger, Secretary: Westlake Reed Leskosky project designer/architect
  • Rick Naimark: ASU, associate vice president for program development planning
  • Hillary Foose: Valley Metro, communication and marketing director
  • Bentley Calverley: Bentley Gallery, owner
  • Nicole Underwood: Javelina, senior associate
  • Margaree Bigler: Phoenix Art Museum, marketing and communications manager
  • Rembrandt Quiballo: Artist

Annual Report

Catrina provided an overview to the organization statistics included in a “by the numbers” annual report that reflected the past year’s work of Artlink, an organization whose operations are managed by a volunteer board of directors. The report includes the number of Art d’Core Gala attendees (600+); the Juried Exhibition sales ($16K) and awards given to artists from Artlink ($7750); the growing number of Mixed Media attendees (150+); and the number of submissions to artist calls (471).

2017_Artlink_Infographics Annual Meeting

Click to enlarge.

The next Mixed Media Happy Hour will be scheduled in July.

The board expressed its gratitude to Downtown Phoenix Inc., for its partnership in printing First Friday maps.

Catrina introduced Artlink Treasurer Rick Naimark who reported on Artlink’s 2016-2017 finances. The emphasis on this year’s budget was on one-time investments that included Phoenix Urban Guide development and an updated brand and logo for the organization. The annual budget is approximately $75,000 to $80,000, much of which composed of sponsorships, grants and in-kind contributions. Articipant fees account for one percent of the budget. Artlink will be looking at ways to connect with organizations who are interested in connecting with artists.

The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF)

Catrina introduced the new TAFF program. Artlink allocated $500 to the initial grant and is looking to make a long term commitment to the fund and its growth.

As a step in this direction, it was announced that For the People owners, Shawn Silberblatt and Chad Campbell, agreed to sponsor the new program by matching this initial grant, bringing the total grant funds to $1000.

Catrina introduced Vice President Sally Russell and Arts Committee Chair Constance McBride. Sally spoke to the importance of TAFF as a means of supporting artists. Constance emphasized the need for the arts community to grow along with the city. TAFF represents a new way to support, and mentor, artists.

The Artlink Artist Council (AAC) was formed from a diverse group of established professional artists: Julie Anand, Joan Baron, Christine Cassano, Bill Dambrova, Peter Deise, Isaac Fortoul, Gabriel Fortoul, Frank Gonzales, Annie Lopez, William LeGoullon, Ann Morton, Joe Ray, Patricia Sannit, Randy Slack, Marilyn Szabo.

Constance introduced AAC member Joan Baron to announce the recipient of the first TAFF grant, Ashley Czajkowski. Ashley expressed her thanks and looks forward to the mentorship opportunity.

Annual Meeting Ashley

Left to right: Rembrandt Quiballo, Constance McBride, Shawn Silberblatt, Chad Campbell, Ashley Czajkowski, Joan Baron, Sally Russell, Christine Cassano. Photo: Kyle Field.

Phoenix Urban Guide (PUG)

Approximately 75% of the attendees were familiar with PUG. Catrina spoke briefly to the functionality of the site and the opportunity for both artists and arts destinations to upload their exhibition information. Artlink is partnering with the Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture on the development of the new calendar function, which will represent a single connected voice for the arts and culture community. Nicole Pasteur, representative of the Office of the Mayor, was in attendance and recognized for the City’s support of Artlink.

Art Detour 30

Artlink originated from the Art Detour event, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2018. It’s not just an event for the public; it creates connectivity and community within the arts and culture community.

The dates for Art Detour 30 will be on the Third Friday weekend in March 2018: The Art d’Core Gala will once again be an opening night event on Thursday, March 15; Friday through Sunday will be the “Detour”; and Monday/Tuesday will be a series of symposiums that will focus on artist career development and the intersection between the arts and the community at large.

Planning for the weekend Detour may evolve so that the event activity and promotion can be more focused. Each day presents an opportunity to focus on a specific district.

The 30 year logo was unveiled with an invitation to everyone to suggest topics for the symposiums planned for the event.

30th logo

A question was asked about trolley service during the weekend. The trolleys will likely run Friday through Sunday but the programming plan needs to further develop.

The goal of Art Detour 30 is to further establish Phoenix on the national arts and culture map. To do this, there is a need to focus on the quality of art, as well as the number of artists and the quantity of arts experiences.

A question was asked about the timing of Art Detour on the same weekend as Mesa’s Spark Festival. Artlink was pressed in recent years to maintain a consistent Art Detour weekend and committed to the Third Friday weekend. Artlink is interested in connecting Phoenix and Mesa, and finding a regional connection. Other comments referenced events such as Art Basel and Vivid that build energy and create geographical cohesiveness by connecting arts events happening in multiple areas of a city. Dorina Bustamante, representing Downtown Phoenix Inc., spoke to the opportunity to connect and become more of a national draw. Catrina confirmed that Artlink is open to collaboration.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to West Elm, a national retailer that supports local artists and is opening at Uptown Plaza, at Central and Camelback, on June 29. On June 28, there will be a pre-grand opening event and a portion of the proceeds with benefit Artlink.

Special recognition was given to Leslie Criger, who serves as operations support for Artlink, acting as Articipant liaison, and volunteer coordinator.

Artlink is making a commitment to pursue grants so that it may grow with energetic and skilled staff that will support the growth of the organization moving forward.


Release: Artlink Announces Inaugural TAFF Recipient

Artlink Announces Inaugural Grant Recipient of ‘The Artist Forward Fund’

Exhibition, Mentorship and $1000 Awarded to Ashley Czajkowski

‘For the People’ Partners with Artlink to Double Grant Amount

PHOENIX – Artlink Inc., in collaboration with the recently-formed Artlink Artist Council (AAC), is pleased to announce Ashley Czajkowski as the first grant recipient of The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF). The announcement was made at Artlink’s 2017 Annual Meeting on June 14 at Phoenix Art Museum. Czajkowski will receive financial support, a space to hold an exhibition, and mentoring from AAC members.

Annual Meeting Ashley

Left to right: Rembrandt Quiballo, Constance McBride, Shawn Silberblatt, Chad Campbell, Ashley Czajkowski, Joan Baron, Sally Russell, Christine Cassano. Photo: Kyle Field.

Formed in February of 2017, the AAC has identified key areas where the Council, which is comprised of professional artists, can provide support to emerging artists: mentoring, exhibition planning, sharing connections/networking support, portfolio review and practical advice on mounting exhibitions. AAC sought an artist recipient demonstrating potential in their practice through risk-taking and pushing their work in dynamic ways, who is at a critical juncture in their career when this support would be most impactful.

“TAFF is not just important for the growth of individual artists that win the prize, it is a critical step towards moving the downtown arts scene to the next level,” said artist Bill Dambrova, member of the AAC. “One of many priorities of the Artlink Artist Council is to encourage and support Artlink to find and identify an exhibition venue that matches the level of sophistication and quality of work made by the winner to show in.”

“Our first winner, Ashley Czajkowski epitomizes the type of artist that will most benefit from this award. As an incredibly innovative installation artist, the space she shows in is crucial to the presentation of her work,” said Dambrova.

A total of 44 artists responded to the inaugural call, submitting a number of original works and a statement of need for AAC panel review.

“The AAC members were challenged to select just one artist to receive the fund,” said Constance McBride, Artlink Arts Committee Chair. “We were encouraged by the large amount of quality work submitted for the first TAFF call, and even more enthusiastic about where this collaboration can lead.”

Members of the AAC are: Julie Anand, Joan Baron, Christine Cassano, Bill Dambrova, Peter Deise, Isaac Fortoul, Gabriel Fortoul, Frank Gonzales, Annie Lopez, William LeGoullon, Ann Morton, Joe Ray, Patricia Sannit, Randy Slack, Marilyn Szabo. These established professional artists have worked 10 years or more in exhibiting and/or producing exhibitions that shine a spotlight on Phoenix; represent the diverse cultural identity of our city; and have contributed significant time/energy to either Art Detour/Artlink and/or partner initiatives that strive to elevate the profile of Phoenix’s creative community.

The initial call posted a $500 award provided by Artlink. In a show of support for the program, local retailer For the People, which specializes in functional modern design from local and global makers, agreed to match the funds, bringing the inaugural award amount up to $1000.

“The inaugural TAFF call is bringing about a number of collaborations that demonstrate Artlink’s mission of connecting artists, business and community,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink Board President. “We thank everyone who contributed to the fund, including For the People owners Shawn Silberblatt and Chad Campbell. We congratulate Ashley and look forward to working with her and the AAC in developing a fall exhibition of her work.”

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; The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF); 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, Phoenix Warehouse District, Central Arts District and Historic Grand Avenue. Visit www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Artlink Annual Meeting

Artlink Annual Meeting GraphicYou’re Invited!

Artlink Inc. will host its 2017 Annual Meeting, Wednesday, June 14, at Phoenix Art Museum.

The Artlink Board of Directors invites Phoenix arts community stakeholders to join Artlink Articipants and volunteers to learn about the organization’s plans for the coming year.

The agenda includes:

  • Welcome Remarks by the Sybil Harrington Director and CEO of Phoenix Art Museum, Amada Cruz
  • The announcement of Artlink’s inaugural TAFF award recipient as selected by the Artlink Artist Council
  • Dates and information for the 30th Annual Art Detour in March 2018
  • Update on the 19th Annual Juried Exhibition
  • Update on Artlink’s trolley program

Be a part of the discussion and contribute the future of Phoenix arts community.

Event: Artlink Annual Meeting
When: Wednesday, June 14, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Art Museum – Singer Hall (Administration Bldg.), 1625 N. Central
Register Here (this will help expedite the check-in process):


Artlink Announces Call for ‘Artist Forward’ Grant Applications

TAFFArtlink Inc. is now accepting applications from Arizona-based artists for its inaugural grant program: The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF). The deadline for applications is midnight May 31, 2017 Mountain Standard Time (MST).

The program, originally announced at the 2017 Art d’Core Gala during Art Detour 29, is produced by Artlink in collaboration with a group of prominent professional artists who are serving on the newly formed Artlink Artist Council (AAC): Julie Anand, Joan Baron, Christine Cassano, Bill Dambrova, Peter Deise, Jeff Falk, Isaac Fortoul, Gabriel Fortoul, Frank Gonzales, Annie Lopez, William LeGoullon, Ann Morton, Joe Ray, Patricia Sannit, Randy Slack, Marilyn Szabo. These established professional artists have worked 10 years or more in exhibiting and/or producing exhibitions that shine a spotlight on Phoenix; represent the diverse cultural identity of our city; and have contributed significant time/energy to either Art Detour/Artlink and/or partner initiatives that strive to elevate the profile of Phoenix’s creative community.

Submitted grant applications will be reviewed by the AAC along with members of Artlink’s Board of Directors.

The selected grant recipient will receive a $500 grant and/or the opportunity for an exhibition facilitated by Artlink. Additionally, members of the AAC will provide mentorship to selected artist(s).

The artist recipient will be someone who demonstrates potential in their practice through risk-taking and pushing their work in dynamic ways. It will be someone who is at a critical juncture in their career when this support would be most impactful.

“We’re excited about helping artists in such a direct way,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink Board President. “This is not only financial support, but mentorship from professional artists who have been living and working in the area for years. They are excited to share what they have learned and we are looking forward to seeing the results of this innovative collaboration.”

SUBMISSION DETAILS

The following media will be accepted for submission: oil, watercolor, acrylic, graphite, charcoal, pastels, photography, ceramics, printmaking, textile, mixed media, video, installation, and sculpture/three dimensional pieces. Additional criteria:

  • Artist must be at least 18 years old.
  • Artist must based in Arizona and working and/or contributing to the Downtown Phoenix Art Scene.
  • Artists who have been selected in past Artlink calls to artists are permitted to submit.
  • A collective of multiple artists is eligible to apply, but must be creating work as a singular artist identity.

The online submission deadline is May 31, by midnight (MST).

Artlink Articipants may enter free of charge. Articipants click here to submit.

Artists who aren’t registered as Articipants will pay a $15 submission fee. Non-Articipants click here to submit.

Want to skip the fees for this and future calls? Learn more about becoming a year-round Articipant here.

Email with any questions to submissions@artlinkphx.org. Please reference “TAFF Call” in your email subject line when submitting questions.

FAQ

Why is there a fee to submit?
The fees helps to support the administration of all Artlink efforts in supporting local artists. This includes a variety of year-round opportunities to promote, exhibit and sell your work. And as we grow, we will continue to look for more opportunities.

How can the fee be waived?
There is NO FEE for artists who have signed up to be an Artlink Articipant. If you are not yet signed up as an Articipant, click here to sign up now.

Can I submit to multiple calls promoted by Artlink?
Yes. Once you’ve set up your artist profile on Submittable.com, you can easily submit for this and other calls.

Can I submit the same art to multiple calls?
You can, but we encourage you to submit a variety of works and to pay close attention to deadlines, purchase dates, etc. so that the submitted works remain eligible for selection.

Is there an age minimum to apply?
Yes, you must be at least 18 years of age.

If I live outside of Phoenix or only spend some time in Arizona can I submit?
You are welcome to apply even if you live outside of Phoenix or split your time between Arizona and elsewhere. As long as you can assure that you will be available to drop off your work in Phoenix if you are selected to create an exhibition.

How do I prove I am an Artlink Articipant in my application?
The Artlink team will check our Articipant list on file to verify we have you in our records.

How old is the work you are willing to accept?
We would prefer that all artwork submitted be new or from the last 3 years at the oldest.

If I am selected to create an exhibition when will it be?
Artlink will schedule the exhibition based on discussions and calendars of both the artist and the venue providing the space.

What type of video can I submit?
All videos should be suitable for a wide audience and have no strong language, illegal activity, or overt nudity. Please send links on YouTube or Vimeo or submit the videos in .mov, .avi, or .mpg formats.

If I’ve been selected for past Artlink exhibitions or opportunities can I submit again?
Definitely! We would like to see new work, so please submit pieces that are different from what you’ve submitted in the past.

How will my work be evaluated?
The criteria is up to the Artlink Artist Council in determining which artist “demonstrates potential in their practice through risk-taking and pushing their work in dynamic ways.”

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 www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Artlink Presents an ‘Artist Forward’ Art Detour 29 Weekend

Artists, Galleries, & Unique Venues Open Their Doors for Workshops, Demonstrations, Exhibitions

Art d’Core Gala kicks off the celebration March 16 with Mayor Greg Stanton’s Annual ‘Toast to Downtown’

Art Detour, Phoenix’s signature celebration of arts and culture returns March 16-19, 2017, with a four-day slate of diverse activities created by local artists and art venues as a reflection of the growing, vibrant Phoenix arts scene.

The 29th year kicks off with the 5th annual Art d’Core Gala, followed by a special Third Friday Gallery Night of exhibitions and artist receptions, and a Saturday and Sunday schedule of demonstrations, workshops, 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 invites visitors to witness the vital Phoenix arts community in many varied forms.

Visitors can meet with emerging and established artists, some in their own studios, some in the galleries; to experience demonstrations, engage in lively discussions; and find original works from a talented pool of Phoenix artists who are exporting their expressions to cities around the world.

Art Detour ARTIST FORWARD web

“Artist Forward” See artist names below. Images provided by artists. Design by Erik Karvonen. Click to enlarge.

A Weekend Schedule of Events (details on artdetour.com)
Nearly 90 artist studios, galleries, cultural institutions, pop-up spaces, retailers and dining and nightlife establishments who support Phoenix’s thriving creative culture will open their doors inviting visitors to enjoy a four-day arts and culture experience.

Valley residents and visitors accustomed to a typical First Friday experience will find a decidedly different offering during Detour weekend:

Artists welcome visitors into their studios to learn about their process. Some collaborate with other artists to present a fresh relationship to their work.

For a detailed event schedule including these and other events, visit artdetour.com.

(The event calendar is powered by Phoenix Urban Guide (“PUG”) a project of Artlink in partnership with the City Of Phoenix).

Getting Around – Extended Shuttle Service
For the first time, Artlink will provide complimentary shuttle service on the Third Friday Gallery Night in addition to the Saturday and Sunday daytime hours. The shuttles enable the public to park the car or bike and hop on or off in downtown districts including Historic Grand Avenue, Roosevelt Row, Central Arts District and Phoenix Warehouse District. Knowledgeable volunteer docents staff the trolleys which will run 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19. Get the trolley route map and more information here.

A Party to Kick off the Weekend
The annual celebration begins Thursday, March 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the 5th annual Art d’Core Gala. Held at Warehouse 215 @ Bentley Projects, 215 E. Grant St. in the heart of the emerging and dynamic Warehouse District, the gala will feature a one-night-only exhibition of works in a variety of media, created by well-established Phoenix-area artists Christine Cassano, Bill Dambrova, Pete Deise, Jeff Falk, Fortoul Brothers, William LeGoullon, Annie Lopez, Ann Morton, Rembrandt Quiballo, Joe Ray, Randy Slack, and Marilyn Szabo. Don’t miss a “Toast to Downtown’” by Mayor Greg Stanton to commence the event. Proceeds from the gala support Artlink, a portion of which will contribute to a new artist development fund designed to help provide direct financial support to local artists. Buy tickets here.

Art Detour 29 Weekend Schedule (details here)

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.

Third Friday. A special gallery night of exhibition openings and receptions.

March 18-19, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Art Detour! Phoenix’s original art walk includes studio visits, art space tours, pop-ups,  solo and group exhibitions, performances and installations. A map and shuttles will guide visitors throughout the weekend. FREE

Art Detour is hosted in partnership with the Office of the Mayor, City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, and Downtown Phoenix Inc. and supported by Valley Metro, Phoenix Convention Center, Arizona Commission on the Arts, CityScape, Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona Center, Dunn Transportation, Warehouse215, Ivio Web Development, Urban Affair, Historic Grand Avenue, Roosevelt Row, Central Arts District and Phoenix Warehouse District.

Artists featured in “Artist Forward” collage above.
Top Row: Fushicho Daiko Dojo, Heather Meheut, Alex Banuelos, Megan Martis, Danielle Wood, Rick Naimark, Tracey Jenkins
Second Row: Sam Guevara, Andrew Lee, Travis Ivey, Barbara Cowlin, Constance McBride, Ellen Nemetz, Halldor Hjalmarson, Michelle Pugh (Smash Girl Studios)
Third Row: Carrie Beth McGarry (FunWow), Roisin McDermott, Laina McWhorter, April Howland, Bill Dambrova (Goat Heart Studio), Nikka Brooks-Cullum, Kristine Kollasch
Fourth Row: Mary Meyer Studio, Joan Waters, Rocco Menaguale, Ann Osgood, Jennifer B. Hoffman (44 Superfly Art Studio), Katharine Leigh Simpson, Jey Moore
Fifth Row: Lisa MacNamara, Stacey Gordon (Puppet Pie), Erik Karvonen, Idakatherine Graver, Jill Friedberg, Laura Cohen-Hogan, Ann Morton
Bottom Row: Patricia Sannit, Spillers, Tess Mosko, Marilyn Szabo, Matti Baine, Melissa Schleuger

#artdetour29

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 www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


5th Annual Art d’Core Gala to Feature Showcase of Acclaimed Phoenix Area Artists

Tickets available to yearly celebration of and for artists, businesses, community members who make Phoenix’s arts, culture thrive

Mayor Greg Stanton to give annual Toast to Downtown

Tickets are available for the 5th annual Art d’Core Gala, a celebration of the Phoenix arts and culture community from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at Warehouse 215 at Bentley Projects, 215 E. Grant St.

Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

Art D'Core Gala ExhibitionThe Art d’Core Gala will feature a one-night-only exhibition of works presented by an inaugural collaboration of a group of Arizona-based artists who have committed participation and support to a new Artlink initiative. Works by Christine Cassano, Bill Dambrova, Pete Deise, Jeff Falk, Fortoul Brothers, William LeGoullon, Annie Lopez, Ann Morton, Rembrandt Quiballo, Joe Ray, Randy Slack, and Marilyn Szabo will be on display during the event. These established professional artists have worked 10 years or more in exhibiting and/or producing exhibitions that shine a spotlight on Phoenix; represent the diverse cultural identity of our city; and have contributed significant time/energy to either Art Detour/Artlink and/or partner initiatives that strive to elevate the profile of Phoenix’s creative community.

A brief program celebrating the arts and culture community’s contribution to the development of a dynamic downtown Phoenix will be capped by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton’s annual “Toast to Downtown.”

Art d’Core serves as the kickoff to an “Artist Forward” Art Detour 29 weekend, March 16-19, a four-day, multi-faceted exploration of the arts and culture of America’s sixth-largest city. All are invited to celebrate, support and enjoy the festivities, including music and dancing, and a no host bar.

2016D'CoreGala_5x7“We are honored and very happy to showcase the expressions of so many gifted and established Phoenix artists in one place at one time as we kick off the 29th year of Art Detour,” said Artlink Board President Catrina Kahler. “These talented artists are among so many who are making a significant contribution to creating a dynamic urban core and we are grateful to have a mayor who shares this appreciation.”

This creative spin on a traditional gala is hosted by Artlink in partnership with the City of Phoenix and Downtown Phoenix Inc. at Warehouse 215 at Bentley Projects, in the heart of the emerging and dynamic Warehouse District.

Tickets at $10 per person, $15 per couple are available until 6 p.m. March 15 at artdetour.com. Tickets will then be available at the door for $15 per person, $20 per couple. Come as you are; creative cocktail attire encouraged.

The event is a fundraiser for Artlink, an active all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with a portion of the proceeds dedicated to a new artist development fund designed to help provide direct financial support to local artists.

Eventbrite - Art d’Core Gala 2017

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 supported by the 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 www.artlinkphx.org to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Create Art Detour 29 at Mixed Media Happy Hours

mixed-media-flyer-januaryMix and Create a Detour Together

Two events are scheduled to bring together participating artists and arts businesses to create a bigger and better Detour experience for patrons.

Artlink invites its “Articipants” — area artists, art venues, business and community members who regularly participate in the Phoenix arts scene — to attend one of two happy hour events in January to celebrate and collaborate on ideas for the upcoming Art Detour 29.

Mixed Media Happy Hour Schedule

Jan. 19, 6 to 8 p.m.

“Mixed Media” Happy Hour at ThirdSpace, 1028 N.W. Grand Ave., Phoenix (map)

Click here RSVP to the JAN 19 event at ThirdSpace

Jan. 25, 6 to 8 p.m.

“Mixed Media” Happy Hour at Bliss + ReBar, 905 N. Fourth St., Phoenix (map)

Click here to RSVP to the JAN 25 event at Bliss/ReBAR

 

 


Artists, Organizations and Businesses Invited to Become Year-Round Artlink ‘Articipants’

Artlink Adds Performing Artists, Arts and Culture Organizations to List of Those Eligible for Becoming Year-Round Articipants

Improves services to include upgrades to Phoenix Urban Guidethat now features Artist Activity Page, Happening Now,and Directory

articipant-graphic-2017PHOENIX Reflecting Artlink’s expanded reach into the greater Phoenix arts community, for the first time performing artists and arts and culture organizations can become “Articipants” along with other types of artists and arts venues.

Find the registration form here

At the same time, Artlink has upgraded its emerging Phoenix Urban Guide to include an interactive Articipants directory, a “Happening Now” feature that entitles Articipants to promote their exhibitions and performances, and an Artists Activity Page will allow Articipant artists to upload their most recent activities to be seen by the larger community.

The new categories of Articipants join visual artists, visual and performing arts venues and businesses that contribute to the arts experience in greater Phoenix as being featured during Art Detour, on First Friday maps and more.

“Artlink’s core mission is ‘keeping the arts integral to the development of our city by connecting artists, business and community’,” said Artlink Board President Catrina Kahler. “We’re very pleased to offer these amenities to Articipants to help better connect those who contribute to and support the arts in Phoenix.”

Those who sign up for Articipation are included in the promotion of Art Detour, First and Third Fridays and more throughout 2017. Plus, they may list their activities, exhibitions, performances, etc., on the new online map that everyone who follows the Phoenix arts scene will be using as it expands in 2017: Phoenix Urban Guide, or “PUG,” http://www.phoenixurbanguide.com.

A significant change to the upcoming Art Detour experience is that Artlink’s 5th Annual Art d’Core Gala (March 16 at Warehouse215, 215 E. Grant St.) and 29th Annual Art Detour (March 17-19) will be held during the same week in 2017.

With both events approaching soon, now is the best opportunity for Articipants to sign up and make the most of their year-round Artlink benefits. Articipants receive a wide range of benefits based on different categories (Artists; Galleries/Art Spaces; Arts & Culture Organizations; Restaurants/Bars/Retail).

Designed to help promote the artistic and cultural endeavors of participating Articipants, year-round benefits begin February 1, 2017 and continue through January 31, 2018. The Articipant registration deadline is January 27, 2017.

“Artlink continues to tailor its services to the growing greater Phoenix arts community,” said Artlink Board President Catrina Kahler. “We are excited to further promote a full spectrum of arts and culture experiences accessible in downtown Phoenix.”

Artists, venues and businesses may register to become Articipants here.

Here’s the schedule of annual Articipant registration fees:

Visual or performing artist: Established (10 years or more) or Emerging (fewer than 10 years) $60. Student visual or performing artists pay a discounted rate of $24. Students must email a copy of their student ID to info@artlinkphx.org.

Arts venues: Art Space/Cultural Venue/Collective/Performing Arts Venue ($250,000 or more annual operating budget), $144. Less than $250,000, $84.

Arts-supporting businesses: Dining/Nightlife/Retail/Other: $144.

Register here

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.


Mixed Media Happy Hour 11/15

mixed-media-inviteJoin us at the first “Mixed Media” Happy Hour!

Who’s invited?

All Artists, arts entrepreneurs, businesses and advocates who contribute to the arts and culture experience in greater downtown Phoenix.

Mix, mingle and get the details about the 2017 Articipant Program, Art Detour, Third Fridays and more!

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Location: The Grand Central Coffee Co.

Address: 718 North Central Ave. (Map)

Cost: FREE admission, no host bar

Eventbrite - Mixed Media Happy Hour

Hosted by Artlink, City of Phoenix Arts & Culture Office, Downtown Phoenix Inc.

 

 


From the 2016 Annual Meeting

Artlink’s 2016 Annual meeting was held on Wednesday, June 1, and hosted nearly 100 attendees, including artists and arts advocates, and many representatives of galleries, performing arts, and other arts organizations.

Board Update

The Artlink board bid farewell to board members Stephanie Lieb and Phil Jones. Jones, the former executive director of the City of Phoenix Arts & Culture office, had served on the board since 2011, playing a critical role in Artlink’s recent growth. The board thanks them both for their significant contributions.

The Artlink board elected three new directors:

  • Mark Scarp: Heard Museum, communications manager
  • Margaree Bigler: Phoenix Art Museum, communications manager
  • Rick Naimark: ASU, associate vice president for program development planning

Four directors returned for a new term:

  • Jill Bernstein, Treasurer: Keep Arizona Beautiful, executive director
  • Dan Clevenger, Secretary: Westlake Reed Leskosky project designer/architect
  • Sarah “Sally” Russell: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, staff
  • Hillary Foose: Valley Metro, communication and marketing director

This rounds out the current roster of the Artlink board:

  • Catrina Kahler, President: Urban Affair president and founder
  • Sarah Levi, Vice President: David & Gladys Wright House Foundation, board member/scholar in residence
  • Jerry Harper: Phoenix Convention Center, deputy director
  • Constance McBride: artist
  • Brittany Butler: Artist/Oasis on Grand, marketing director
  • Bentley Calverley: Bentley Gallery, owner
  • Nicole Underwood: Javelina, senior associate

Featured Speaker

Gail Browne, the executive director of the City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, addressed the group, highlighting three areas of focus:

  1. Grants Program – Funding from NEA for “Neighborhood Arts,” small ($5k) grants for artists to work in specific communities, addressing a specific problem or need. The focus is on outlying areas, beyond the downtown core, working with urban villages.
  2. Public Art Program – Fry’s Food Store Murals. Call for proposals with an August deadline.  Visit the city’s website and Facebook for calls. Two more calls are pending for Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.
  3. Professional Development – SAVVY workshops for artists and small organizations

Browne hosts a regular meeting of arts districts and representatives of city departments to discuss a number of items to improve First Fridays coordination and elevating the profile of arts and culture, including the idea of a marketing campaign, and the development of a centralized events calendar. The city is distributing an events calendar survey in partnership with Artlink. The city will also aid in the expansion of Art Detour, expanding its leadership role in partnership with Artlink.

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PROGRAM UPDATES

Art Detour

Planning for Art Detour 29 and Art Detour 30 begins immediately. The format for the next two years of the event will change, beginning in 2017 with a four-day schedule kicked off by the Art d’Core Gala:

  • Thursday, March 16: Art d’Core Gala
  • Friday, March 17: Third Friday
  • Saturday, March 18: Art Detour 29 (Day 1)
  • Sunday, March 19: Art Detour 29 (Day 2)

Art Detour will evolve from a self-guided, unstructured format to a more scheduled program that will encourage even more participation from artists, arts venues and patrons. There will be a particular focus on working with artists to bring more patrons to their studios.

There will be an emphasis on producing a more interactive arts experience for patrons, focusing demonstrations and workshops. Artlink will continue working with Articipants to promote their destinations and respective activities. A cohesive marketing strategy will include an upgraded web presence and a map that reflects a scheduled program. An early start to the planning process will also allow for a more effective public relations plan.

A robust Art Detour 29 will set the stage for a special WEEK-LONG celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Art Detour in 2018. We will collectively work to develop this event as a showcase for Phoenix’s arts and culture, promoting Phoenix to a broader – national – audience. Every step taken over the next two years will be done with this ambitious goal in mind. What can Art Detour become?

Notes and next steps from Art Detour discussion:

  • Schedule a summer planning meeting for all Artlink Articipants.
  • Present studio tours as a unique part of Art Detour, and create scheduled tours to bring more visitors to the studios.
  • Examine the hours of Art Detour weekend and identify how to best program lunchtime and nighttime.
  • Promote the artist category of Articipation more consistently, so artists from outside downtown know they can participate.
  • Identify spaces where out-of-area artists can exhibit during Detour, including Parsons Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS and Gould Evans. Work with the business community to identify other spaces.
  • Work with Eco Cab on transportation and promotion opportunities.
  • Further promote PhoenixUrbanGuide.com

18th Juried Exhibition

The 18th Annual Juried Exhibition will take place on Thursday, September 15, 2016, at Heard Museum. The jury panel will be Nancy Hill, owner of Chartreuse Gallery, artist Fred Tieken, and Ann Marshall, Ph.D., the Heard Museum’s director of curation and education.

The Juried Exhibition will mark the first time Artlink will use Submittable, an online application platform. This will be used to build an on-going artist database, which will help Artlink help organizations and businesses looking for artists/artwork.

The schedule of the Juried Exhibition will likely change in the coming years, so that the 20th annual exhibition aligns with the 30th annual Art Detour.

First Friday Trolley Tours

Artlink currently runs three trolleys on a circulator route on First Fridays. The route was installed so that Artlink could better manage the hub stops and communicate a clear message to the public, so visitors know where to find stops consistently.

There have been recent requests to divide the route between a north and south route, and the attendees’ response to an informal survey was mixed. Artlink will hold further discussions about the route in the coming weeks. Thanks went out to David Krietor, Downtown Phoenix Inc. President/CEO, and his team for their support of First Fridays.

Phoenix Urban Guide (PUG)

Thanks to all Articipants who have been consistently updating their information on PUG. This has helped Artlink promote Articipant exhibitions and activities much more effectively on social media. Please contact Leslie Criger at info@artlinkphoenix.org with any PUG related questions.

Volunteers

A big thank you goes out to all who volunteer to support Artlink! The trolley guides, the hub stop information tables, set-up for events are all done by volunteers. These programs couldn’t happen without volunteer support. If you know someone who wants to volunteer for Artlink, visit artlinkphoenix.org/volunteer.

Wrap-up

That’s a wrap! Thank you and stay tuned for an exciting year ahead!

Photo by Lauren Potter


Artlink Annual Meeting

Artlink-homepage featuredYou’re Invited!

Artlink Inc. hosts its 2016 Annual Meeting, Wednesday, June 1, at Phoenix Art Museum’s Singer Hall.

The event links stakeholders of the Phoenix arts community to learn about Artlink’s plans for the coming year, and beyond.

Join Artlink board members, volunteers, and Articipants at this event to discuss the 18th Annual Juried Exhibition, the expansion of Art Detour, new partnerships, and more.

Be a part of planning the future of Artlink!

Event: Artlink Annual Meeting
When: Wednesday, June 1, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Art Museum – Singer Hall (Administration Bldg.), 1625 N. Central
RSVP: Facebook


RELEASE: Artlink Invites Phoenix Artists, Arts Organizations and Businesses to Become Year-Round ‘Articipants’

Artists, organizations and businesses that contribute to the arts experience in greater downtown Phoenix will be featured during Art Detour, on First Friday maps and more.

Artlink Inc., the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes the downtown Phoenix arts community, invites artists, arts organizations and businesses that contribute to Phoenix’s vibrant downtown culture to become Articipants. Those who sign up for Articipation are included in the promotion of Art Detour, First and Third Fridays and more throughout 2016.

Articipant-DefinitionWith Artlink’s Fourth Annual Art d’Core Gala (March 10, 2016) and 28th Annual Art Detour (March 19-20, 2016) approaching soon, now is the best opportunity for Articipants to sign up and make the most of their year-round Artlink benefits. Articipants receive a wide range of benefits based on different categories (Artists; Galleries/Art Spaces; Restaurants/Bars/Retail). Designed to help promote the artistic and cultural endeavors of participating Articipants, year-round benefits begin February 1, 2016 and continue through January 31, 2017.

NEW Performing Arts Categories of Articipation

Recognizing the value of downtown’s range of arts organizations, Artlink has expanded eligible categories of Articipation. Previously open only to the visual arts community, Artlink—for the first time in its near 30-year history—now invites performing arts organizations that contribute to downtown’s vibrancy to also become Articipants and benefit from year-round promotion.

“As downtown Phoenix evolves, so does Artlink,” said Artlink Board President Catrina Kahler. “We are excited to promote the full spectrum of arts and culture experiences accessible in downtown Phoenix.”

Articipants are Invited to Participate in Signature Events

Art d’Core Gala – NEW Co-Host and Venue! Held under the stars in Margaret T. Hance Park, this fourth annual celebration spotlights the significant contribution of the arts in creating a dynamic urban core. The Art d’Core Gala is held in partnership with the Office of the Mayor, City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation Department, Downtown Phoenix Inc., and the Hance Park Conservancy.

Art Detour 28: The event that helped launch the First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon, Art Detour provides the public with an opportunity to meet visual artists in their working environments. By encouraging conversation and inquiry, Art Detour helps educate and connect the public with the artists in their community. The annual event also provides the public the opportunity to see inside many of downtown Phoenix’s hidden and otherwise private creative spaces. It is named as “one of the most important events in Phoenix’s calendar” by City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton,

First Friday Trolley Tour: Over the past two decades, the First Fridays Art Walk has evolved into a major monthly celebration that draws anywhere from 12-20,000 people every month. Artlink publishes the official map of First and Third Fridays.

Artlink provides complimentary trolley service enabling the public to park and ride from four information hubs, and hop on or off at galleries along the way. As it circulates through downtown Phoenix, the trolley connects arts venues and districts including Phoenix Art Museum, Heard Museum, the popular Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue arts districts, as well as CityScape and Arizona Center. Knowledgeable docents staff the trolleys helping to guide new and returning visitors.

Expanded Benefits

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, arts organizations and arts spaces.

These opportunities include a Pop-Up Gallery program featuring exhibitions by 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 to be announced in coming months.

Artlink Ariticipant registration deadline is January 18, 2016. Full details on Articipant levels and benefits are available at http://artlinkphoenix.org/articipants/.

About Artlink Inc.

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.org or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Release: Art Detour 27: An Invitation to Connect the Dots in Downtown Phoenix

Art d’Core Gala Hosted by Mayor Greg Stanton, Downtown Phoenix Inc. and Artlink Inc.
Kicks Off a Slate of Community Events

Art Detour, the first event to link the downtown Phoenix arts community, returns for its 27th year on March 7 and 8, 2015. The two-day celebration invites Valley residents and visitors to meet the artists, arts entrepreneurs and businesses that contribute to a thriving downtown Phoenix. Artlink, Inc. produces the event in partnership with its “Articipants”—downtown Phoenix arts districts and destinations that participate in and contribute to the arts community.

More than 100 of these Articipants are expected to make this the largest, two-day, all-access, downtown Phoenix arts event in Art Detour’s 27-year history. It will be kicked off by the second annual Art d’Core Gala on February 21, coincide with the March First Friday, and will be highlighted by neighborhood celebrations and activities, resulting in a full schedule of downtown Phoenix discovery.

Kick-Off Celebration

The City of Phoenix’s Office of the Mayor, Downtown Phoenix, Inc. and Artlink, Inc. will kick off the festive season with the second annual Art d’Core Gala at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 21 at Crescent Ballroom. Mayor Greg Stanton will give his “Celebrate Downtown Address,” where he will toast business leaders, small business entrepreneurs, neighborhood groups and the flourishing arts community in an expression of shared pride in Phoenix. This free, fun and formal affair features a live performance by Phoenix Theatre, music, dancing and an eye-popping virtual tour of downtown Phoenix. Guests are encouraged to dress colorfully in creative formal attire.

Connect the Dots

With a map in hand, the public is invited take to the streets of downtown Phoenix on March 7 and 8 to explore working artists’ private studios, standing galleries, “pop-ups”, unique art spaces and colorful murals. There will also be special neighborhood-specific celebrations on both Saturday and Sunday to add to the fun. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days Artlink will provide free tours with Ollie the Trolley. On-board docents will guide visitors to destinations, highlighted as dots on the map, as the trolley makes stops in Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue and other locations, providing a unique opportunity to enjoy the fun, festival environment. Restaurants and bars will provide special offers to those who wear Art Detour 27 stickers picked up at the arts destinations.

There will be four park-and-ride hubs where visitors can park, pick up a map, ask questions, and hop on a trolley to explore the full spectrum of arts activities and events along the route. These hubs will be located at the Burton Barr Public Library, Oasis on Grand, CityScape and Arizona Center. Art Detour is transit-friendly with many locations within walking distance of METRO Light Rail stations. GRID Bike Share also has locations along the trolley route and throughout the central corridor. The trolley route also conveniently intersects with METRO light rail.

EVENT SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

In addition to the exhibitions and activities hosted by the over 100 Articipants, the following are events and celebrations that culminate in an artful early 2015.

Art d’Core Gala

  • 6 to 10 p.m. on February 21, 2015.
  • Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003
  • There is no charge for this event. For additional information and to RSVP please visit artlinkphoenix.org/art-detour/gala/
  • Creative formal attire encouraged for this event hosted by the City of Phoenix’s Office of the Mayor, Downtown Phoenix, Inc. and Artlink, Inc.

March First Friday

  • 6 to 10 p.m. on March 6, 2015
  • Throughout downtown and central Phoenix
  • Typically one of the most popular First Fridays of the year. The Artlink First Friday Trolley Tour will take place as normally scheduled.

Art Detour 27

  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 7 and 8, 2015
  • This free weekend event offers programming appropriate for all ages, including the family-friendly “Kids’ Detour” activities at select venues.

PaintPHX – 5th St. Block Party

  • 2 to 10 p.m. on March 7, 2015
  • 5th Street in Roosevelt Row
  • Paint Phx is locally organized, mural painting event and celebration of outdoor mural arts in the city of Phoenix happening in conjunction with Art Detour 27. Local community artists and muralists will be creating multiple new mural projects throughout the city over the Art Detour weekend. The 5th St. Block Party will take place in the epicenter for Phoenix’s mural art scene. The street will be closed to traffic from Roosevelt to Garfield and activities will include new murals being painted, live music, DJs, skateboard demos, a live art battle and live painting on a vintage bus.

Outdoor Screening of Stop Making Sense

  • 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on March 7, 2015 (weather permitting)
  • What Should Go Here Pop-Up Park, 1005 N. 2nd Street
  • Artlink Inc., No Festival Required Independent Cinema and Palm Pictures Present Stop Making Sense: Talking Heads, hosted by monOrchid and The Lot: What Should Go Here Pop-Up Park. 1980s attire, spontaneous singing and dancing will be encouraged. Please bring blankets or low-back beach chairs for seating.

Detour de Grand

  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 8, 2015 (Group bike ride begins at 10 a.m.)
  • Grand Avenue, 1028 NW Grand Ave. (between 10th and 12th Avenues)
  • The Grand Avenue Members Association (“GAMA”) will celebrate one of Phoenix’s most iconic and authentic streets. Activities include a group bike ride at 10 a.m. before Art Detour 27 that will follow the route of the Artlink trolley: from Grand Ave., to the Warehouse District, through the core to Roosevelt Row, through historic downtown neighborhoods, and back to Grand Ave.
  • Detour de Grand visitors will be able to visit galleries, shops, local vendors, artist’s tents and food trucks. The main event will be a beer garden and stage with local beers and bands open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Bring your own bike or grab a GRID bike on Grand Avenue. Attendees can use Grand Ave as their park and ride hub to enjoy Detour de Grand and to catch a trolley to explore the rest of Art Detour 27.

OTHER KEY EVENTS HOSTED BY ARTLINK ARTICIPANTS

Devoured Culinary Classic

  • 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 7 and 8
  • Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave.
  • This culinary arts event hosted by Phoenix Art Museum, Local First Arizona and Devour Phoenix is the perfect pairing for arts patrons. Devour – then Detour!

57th Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market

  •  9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 7 and 8
  • Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave.
  • The iconic cultural event will celebrate the tradition of basket making and other arts.

LINK UP AND GET INVOLVED

About Artlink  

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, 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, and the Grand Avenue Members Association.

 


Release: Artlink Invites Phoenix Artists and Businesses to Become Year-Round Articipants

Artists, arts entrepreneurs and businesses that contribute to the arts experience in greater downtown Phoenix will be featured during Art Detour, on First Friday maps and more.

FINAL_LOGO ICON 2012PHOENIX (December 12, 2014) – 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.”

Signature Events

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.

Year-Round Benefits

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 December 31, 2014. Get full details on Articipant levels and benefits at http://artlinkphoenix.org/articipants/.

About Artlink

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, 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, and the Grand Avenue Merchants Association. For more information, visit artlinkphoenix.org.

 


Release: Artlink Seeks 2-D Work for Art Detour 27

your-art-here-homepageARTLINK SEEKS 2-D WORK FOR ART DETOUR 27

Artlink Inc. seeks to commission an artwork for Art Detour 27.  The work will be used in a designed format as the basis for the Art Detour 27 poster, postcard and other marketing materials. Local artists are encouraged to apply for this juried award that carries a $300 prize.

ABOUT ART DETOUR

Art Detour 27 will take place on March 7 & 8, 2015, throughout downtown Phoenix and beyond. Art Detour is the event that helped launch the First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon. The annual daytime event provides visitors the opportunity to meet visual artists in their working environments and to see into the creative spaces tucked throughout downtown that are generally not open to the public. The event gives the artists the opportunity to invite questions about their work and work processes.

GENERAL THEME/GUIDELINES

Art Detour invites the public to discover the downtown Phoenix arts community by offering premiere access to downtown artists and art experiences.

The submitted artwork should create excitement and embody this sense of discovery and intimacy that the public experiences visiting private working studios and art spaces.

Specifications:

  • The artwork (s) must be a flat work in any size and medium – but versatile enough to be represented digitally in a variety of paper and electronic collateral. These include the poster (11” x 17”), postcards (4” x 6”) and online communications (varied dimensions).
  • The original piece will be displayed during Art Detour 27 and/or during the Gala on February 21, 2015.
  • Artlink will retain all rights to use work in any manner chosen.
  • The artist may be asked to work with designers to help format the poster, etc.  The original artwork will remain the property of the artist.

Eligibility: Any artist currently living and working in Arizona.

Deadline for submissionsMonday, October 20, 2014 (midnight)

Digital representations must reach the Artlink board via email or flash drive. The work will be chosen and the announcement made on October 27, 2014.

The Artlink board reserves the right to change the project timeline.

HOW TO APPLY

Artists interested in this project must prepare and submit the following:

  • A high quality digital representation of the piece. Minimum 300dpi. This should be a JPG, TIFF. PDF or PNG file. Submission files will not be returned.
  • A note with current contact info.
  • A maximum of three works.
  • Titles, dates of completion, materials used in the original work, any other background information deemed necessary.

Please submit all materials to submissions@artlinkphoenix.org.

About Artlink

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. Ongoing community projects include support of the First Fridays Art Walk, the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; Downtown Arts Tours, specially selected guided gallery tours; the year-round Pop Up Gallery Program; an 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, 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, and the Grand Avenue Merchants Association.


Release: Three Artists Selected for Reinvent PHX Wayfinding

Artlink Announces Artist Selections for

Reinvent PHX Wayfinding Project:

Lucretia Torva, Jeff Jones, and Robert Jackson

PHOENIX – Artlink Inc. is pleased to announce the selection of three Arizona artists for a Reinvent PHX wayfinding project involving three Valley Metro light rail stations:

  • Lucretia Torva was chosen as the artist for the McDowell and Central Ave. station (Midtown);
  • Jeff Jones was chosen for the Roosevelt St. and Central Ave. station (Roosevelt/Evans Churchill);
  • Robert Jackson was chosen for the 12th Street and Jefferson (Eastlake/Garfield).

Through the Reinvent PHX grant, in partnership with the City of Phoenix, Artlink collaborated with Valley Metro in identifying three light rail stations for the display of artwork that will depict adjacent neighborhood’s critical cultural experiences.

A panel of stakeholders from each community met on Friday, July 25, at Phoenix Art Museum to review 28 Arizona artist portfolios that were submitted for the RFQ. Each group chose the artist that they felt would best capture the spirit and energy of their neighborhoods. Panelists included Jennifer Boucek, Dorina Bustamante, Ide Flores, Calvin Goode, Art Mobley, Kim Moody, Diane Miller and Tel Tucker.

The stakeholders will meet with the artists over the next week to begin the process. Concepts will be approved in mid-August, and finished pieces of art will be completed by early September. The finished pieces will be digitally reproduced as 94”H X 106”W mesh banners that will be affixed to the station platforms. In addition to the platform banners, the final images will be reproduced as posters and distributed to cultural organizations and businesses in the neighborhoods surrounding each station. All three stations are scheduled to have banners installed by the end of September.

About Reinvent PHX

Reinvent PHX is a collaborative partnership between the City of Phoenix, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Arizona State University, St. Luke’s Health Initiatives and numerous other organizations committed to developing walkable, opportunity-rich communities connected to light rail. Reinvent PHX will create action plans for districts along the light rail system. The plans will establish a community-based vision for the future and identify investment strategies to improve the quality of life for all residents. This process will establish a new, transit-oriented model for urban planning and development along the city’s light rail system. For more visit http://reinventphx.org.

About Artlink Inc.

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 Downtown Phoenix Art Tours; an annual Juried Exhibition; a year-round Pop Up Gallery Program, and the annual Art Detour self-guided tour, featuring open studios, pop-up galleries, family-friendly art experiences and more. Artlink is 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, 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, and the Grand Avenue Merchants Association. For more visit http://artlinkphoenix.org.

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Media Contacts:
Jill Bernstein, jillbcreative@gmail.com, 602-358-9292
Catrina Kahler, catrina@artlinkphoenix.org 602-579-2988

Light rail photo by Jack London


Artlink Annual Meeting News

The board of Artlink Inc., the 501(c)(3) nonprofit behind the promotion of Phoenix’s monthly First Fridays Art Walk and the annual Art Detour, held its Annual Meeting on June 30, 2014.

The meeting was hosted by Phoenix Art Museum in Singer Hall. An estimated 80 people were in attendance, along with members of the Artlink Board and honored guests.

The Board Members present included: Catrina Kahler, Sarah Levi, Jill Bernstein, Phil Jones, Hugo Medina, Cole Reed, Kirby Hoyt, and Sally Russell. Board member Lisa Olsen was absent.

OPENING REMARKS

The meeting began with brief remarks by three guests: Jim Ballinger, Director of the Phoenix Art Museum, City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, and David Krietor, President & CEO of Downtown Phoenix, Inc.

Jim Ballinger, Mayor Greg Stanton and Dave Krietor.

  • Jim Ballinger spoke briefly on his 45-year tenure at the museum and the massive changes in the downtown art scene during that time. He graciously thanked Artlink for the long collaboration and establishing PAM as an essential trolley hub for First Friday visitors, and mentioned the Andy Warhol portrait exhibition coming to PAM next spring!
  • Mayor Greg Stanton thanked Jim Ballinger for his long and illustrious service to the arts in Phoenix; spoke to the importance of the arts being leaders in creating the increased vibrancy in downtown; briefly touched on some new city policies; and accepted the role of Honorary Chair for both the Art d’Core Gala (Feb 2015), and Art Detour 27 (Mar 2015).
  • David Krietor talked about Artlink, connectivity in downtown, and how both millennials and baby boomers are deciding to move downtown. On behalf of the Artlink board, and as a thank you for Downtown Phoenix Inc.’s support and partnership, Catrina Kahler and Sarah Levi presented to Krietor the original painting by Marina Rynning, entitled “Living in Color,” the inspiration for this year’s Art Detour poster art and theme.

BOARD ELECTIONS

Welcome a-board Hillary Foose and Stephanie Lieb!

The first order of business for the evening focused on the unanimous election of two Artlink board members:

PROGRAM/COMMITTEE UPDATES

What is an “Articipant?”

Artlink President Catrina Kahler defined the Articipant approach to how Artlink functions: artists, galleries, art spaces and retail spaces are invited to sign up as Articipants annually in conjunction with Art Detour.

When you become an Articipant, you get included on the Art Detour Map, along with EVERY First and Third Friday map throughout the year; and as an Articipant you are eligible to apply to participate in Artlink’s Pop-up program, ticketed tours, and other promotional opportunities that arise throughout the year.

Apply to be an Articipant. Click here to review the application.

First Friday Trolley Tour
Artlink Board Member Phil Jones updated attendees on the current route, which includes four Artlink park and ride information hubs:

In addition to thee Hubs, there are a number of other stops along the route where the public is encouraged to hop off and hop on to get the full range of downtown arts experiences available on a First Friday – or any Friday!

Future plans include additional trolley tour signage, and working with the Downtown Phoenix Partnership Ambassadors to create more engaging and interactive Hubs.

Downtown Phoenix Art Tours
Artlink Vice President Sarah Levi provided information on the transition of our ticketed tour program. Originally launched as the Artlink Collectors Tour in Fall of 2012, the program has evolved. As we are developing our relationship with downtown hospitality venues, including the Phoenix Convention Center, the program has re-calibrated its scope to reach a broader audience of participants, beyond those who self-identify as “art collectors.” The new name of “Downtown Art Tour” broadens the scope of what we offer and to whom, but will retain the curated element, to insure an in-depth experience of the arts for participants.

Pop-up Gallery Program
Sarah reviewed the successes of the pop-up in the CityScape lobby during Art Detour and the current call to artists for “Refresh” the second pop-up exhibition in that location. She also shared the success of our pop-up in conjunction with the Eight’s Check Please! Arizona Festival, and Artlink’s plan to get art into many different downtown venues.

Juried Exhibition
Board Member Sally Russell announced this year will be Artlink’s 16th Annual Juried Exhibition. Sally provided background on the past exhibitions and the strategy behind changing the date from spring to fall this year. She let attendees know that the Call to Artists for the show would be going out soon, and that the opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, September 4. Location at the time of the meeting was TBD. There are small cash awards for the winner(s).

Reinvent Phoenix Grant
Board Member Kirby Hoyt provided a quick overview of the three main activities covered under Artlink’s grant for this program, which is focused on areas along the light rail, beyond the downtown core.

Activity One – Introduced by Board Member Hugo Medina. This is a series of mural projects being done in conjunction with schools. Final decisions on all of the sites is still in process, however, one school – Crockett Elementary – has already taken part in the process and has a fabulous new mural done by the students in conjunction with the artist Hugo Medina.

Activity Two – Introduced by Artlink Secretary Jill Bernstein. This activity involves the creation of community specific art banners at three different light rail stations: McDowell & Central, Roosevelt & Central, and 12th & Jefferson. A Call to Artists has gone out (with a deadline of July 21) and the project will be completed in September. This is part of a way-finding strategy that will brand each neighborhood that surrounds the station, and invites people to explore.

Activity Three – Introduced by Catrina. This is another element of way-finding that has two distinct elements:

  • The addition of arts and culture destinations to the new maps at light rail stations. Artlink was a major contributor to this content.
  • The creation of additional site-specific web content pages on the Metro Light Rail site that will enable people visiting that station/neighborhood to go deeper and learn more about surrounding neighborhoods at approximately 10-12 stations between 19th Ave and Glendale and 12th Street and Jefferson.

Art Detour/Art d’Core Gala
Catrina shared the Artlink calendar for the year (available on the Artlink website), which includes planning committee dates beginning in September, known dates for calls to artists, and all Detour, Gala-related, and general Artlink deadlines through next June.

We will be presenting the Art d’Core Gala once again in February and the City of Phoenix and Downtown Phoenix Inc will partner with Artlink once again on this great event. Stay tuned for the confirmed date and location.

  • Kids’ Detour – we are looking for someone to spearhead this element of next year’s event to make it better and more visible.

Volunteers
Catrina introduced our new Artlink Volunteer Coordinator – Brooks Werner. He will be recruiting and organizing the volunteers that Artlink needs throughout the year:

  • Information table staffing on First Fridays
  • Tour Docents on First Friday Trolleys
  • Assisting marketing efforts for special events: flyering, etc.

OPENING REMARKS – AND THANKS!

Artlink Board Member Cole Reed, spoke to the importance of communication. There are so many strong programs, and we as a community need to spread the word to make them successful.

Thank you to everyone who turned out for our Annual Meeting! We appreciate your support and look forward to another great year linking downtown through the arts.

The 2014-2015 Artlink Board: (l-r) Cole Reed, Kirby Hoyt, Sarah Levi, Sally Russell, Jill Bernstein, Hugo Medina, Hillary Foose, Phil Jones, Catrina Kahler, Stephanie Lieb. Not pictured: Lisa Olson.

Special thanks to Andrew Pielage Photography!


Artlink Annual Meeting

Join Artlink board members, volunteers, and Articipants at the 2014 Annual Meeting.

We are honored to welcome special guests:

  • Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (Honorary Chair of Art Detour 26)
  • Jim Ballinger, Director of Phoenix Art Museum
  • David Krietor, CEO of Downtown Phoenix Inc.

We will be electing new board members, and sharing both the accomplishments of the last year and plans for the coming year, including updates on:

  • Articipants
  • First Friday Trolley Tours
  • Artlink Pop-up Program
  • 16th Annual Juried Exhibition
  • Collector’s Tour Program
  • Artlink’s partnership with Reinvent Phoenix
  • Art Detour 27, Articipant opportunities, and more!

Be a part of planning the future of Artlink!

Event: Artlink Annual Meeting
When: Monday, June 30, 5:30 – 7:00
Where: Phoenix Art Museum – Singer Hall (Administration Bldg.), 1625 N. Central
RSVP: Facebook


Art Detour 26 Map

The 26th Annual Art Detour, March 8-9, 2014, will be an exceptional celebration of artists and their important contribution to the vibrancy of downtown Phoenix.

More than 100 spaces, including working artist studios, unique art spaces, galleries, cultural venues, restaurants and retailers will open their doors to make this the best two-day, all-access pass to the downtown arts scene in Detour’s 26-year history.

“Detour-ists” are invited to visit artists’ private working studios not typically open for viewing, explore Pop-Up Gallery exhibits exclusively planned for Art Detour, and to discover the colorful mural scene on walls, buildings and fences throughout downtown.

A free double-decker London bus will circulate, making stops at neighborhood “park-and-ride hubs” in Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue, CityScape, Arizona Center, and more, providing the public with a unique opportunity to explore Phoenix’s art scene in a fun, festival environment. The event coincides with First Friday, March 7, 2014, resulting in a weekend chock-full of arts-related experiences, exhibitions and activities.

Review the map here, download it or pick it up a the weekend of March 7-9 at our Articipant locations.

View the map below or download a PDF of the the map here: MAP DOWNLOAD FILE


Artlink Annual Meeting News

 

Mayor Greg Stanton to Serve as Honorary Chair of Art Detour Host Committee

PHOENIX – The board of Artlink Inc., the 501(c)(3) nonprofit behind the promotion of Phoenix’s monthly First Fridays Art Walk and the annual Art Detour, held its Annual Meeting last night at Phoenix Center for the Arts.

The Artlink Board is currently led by Interim Co-Presidents Nancy Hill and Catrina Kahler. The audience in attendance, comprised of artists and gallery representatives, heard brief remarks by invited guest Dave Krietor, CEO of the newly formed Downtown Phoenix Inc. Krietor lauded the efforts of the downtown arts community, acknowledging that “the entrepreneurial energy of small business and the arts community creates a heartbeat in downtown.”

Following an approval of minutes and a financial report, Kahler invited the community to consider joining Artlink’s Board of Directors. The annual election is scheduled for the next Board Meeting, on Wednesday, July 24. Those interested in serving were asked to submit a completed board application for consideration. The newly elected will serve a two-year term.

First Fridays. Board member Phil Jones reviewed Artlink’s free First Fridays Trolley Tour. Artlink provides two trolleys for First Friday visitors, which depart from Phoenix Art Museum and circulate through downtown, with a special focus on serving the Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue Arts Districts.

The City of Phoenix Arts & Culture Commission earlier this year piloted a program where they provided a trolley route that served galleries in the downtown core. That program may return again in the Fall, and that possibility, along with other trolley service requests, will be taken into consideration as new routes are identified for Fall.

Third Fridays. Artlink’s Third Friday Collectors Tour returns in the Fall and, as explained by board member Robert Diehl, will help extend the arts focus of Third Fridays into Saturday after. Starting in September, the bi-monthly, guided and ticketed tour will take place on Saturday afternoon of Third Friday weekends, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tour dates for Fall are Saturday, September 21 and Saturday, November 16.

The Artlink Collectors Tour program brings established and emerging collectors into downtown Phoenix galleries and nurtures opportunities for artists and galleries to connect with new buyers. The tours promote the range and quality of work being created and shown in downtown, and help define Phoenix as a vibrant arts market.

For the Fall season, the galleries featured on the tours will be selected by guest curators from Phoenix Art Museum: Sara Cochran, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Phoenix Art Museum, and Gabriela Munoz, Curatorial Assistant, Modern and Contemporary Art. Click here for more information.

Art Detour. The 26th Annual Art Detour will return on March 8-9, 2014. Art Detour Chair Nancy Hill announced that this year a Host Committee will be formed to actively shape the event to reflect this arts community and what makes it great.

With that announcement, Special guest City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton arrived at the meeting and formally agreed to serve as Honorary Chair of the Host Committee. In addressing the audience, he invited all artist entrepreneurs into the “DPI decision-making tent” to help bring more life to downtown. Since he became Mayor, the City’s support of the arts has tripled, and he is committed to bringing that level of support to $1.00 per capita.

Nancy Hill closed her report by inviting the community to join Mayor Stanton as members of the Host Committee. Beatrice Moore, one of the founders of the original Art Detour, cited this year’s Art Detour as the best in many years. Hill acknowledged the “bones” of the event will remain, but with input from an active Host Committee the event can become even stronger.

Financial Outlook. The Artlink board is continually striving to serve the community while developing sustainable revenue. Board Secretary Jill Bernstein stated Art Detour is once again receiving financial support through a grant from the City of Phoenix’s Office of Arts and Culture. A grant application was also submitted to Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Kahler spoke to Artlink’s plans to announce a new structure of support, highlighting a new Articipant category for members of the arts community, including both artists and galleries. For a one-time fee, Articipants will be promoted as a part of the annual Art Detour and be highlighted in other Artlink promotion outlets, which currently includes social media, artlinkphoenix.org and newsletters.

Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to email info@artlinkphoenix.org.

Moving Forward. Board member Laura Dragon spoke to the development of the Phoenix Gallery Coalition, a group designed to develop collaborative marketing efforts for downtown galleries. Artlink has agreed to act as fiscal agent for the group.

Artlink is exploring opportunities to develop a video library of mini-documentaries on downtown artists, reported board member Hugo Medina. Valley Hype has expressed a desire to partner with Artlink on the project.

The A.E. England Gallery at Civic Space Park is operated by Artlink and recently hosted the 15th Annual Juried Exhibition. The pieces shown in this exhibition were selected by a panel of three jurors from the Arizona arts community: Arizona State University Art Museum Curator, Gordon Knox; Phoenix artist, Angela Ellsworth; and critic and curator of R. Pela Gallery, Robrt Pela. The three winners were Elizabeth Katz, Maggie Keane and Rossitza Todorova. The effort was led by Artlink volunteer Sally Russell, with support from Artlink board member and Past President Mike Oleskow.

About Artlink. 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 happening throughout the year and also operates the A.E. England Gallery, which is committed to showcasing the talents of new and emerging local artists. Ongoing community projects include, support of the First Fridays Art Walk, the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; Third Fridays Collectors Tour; 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’s year-round activities are supported by Phoenix Art Museum, Dunn Transportation, Snell & Wilmer, City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Community Alliance, The Torosian Foundation, Downtown Voices Coalition, Grand Avenue Merchants Association, Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Obliq Art, 6th Avenue Gallery, Urban Affair and Invexi Web Development. For more information, visit artlinkphoenix.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2013

Media Contacts:
Catrina Kahler, catrina@artlinkphoenix.org, 602-579-2988
Jill Bernstein, jillbcreative@gmail.com, 602-358-9292

 


Artlink Annual Meeting

You are invited to attend Artlink’s Annual Meeting on June 26. The agenda will include updates on Art Detour 26, the Fall season of the Collectors Tour and the First Fridays Trolley Tours. The meeting will take place at Phoenix Center for the Arts. Please RSVP on Facebook. See you there!

 

 


Be a Silver Star!

Hello Art Friends and Friends of Artlink,

AZ Gives Day is a day for Arizonans to come together to make donations to as many nonprofits as possible in 24 hours, and we ask that Artlink to be at the top of your list.

From 12:00 am to 11:59 pm, March 20, 2013, supporters of Arizona nonprofits will go online, connect with causes they care about, and make tax-deductible donations to their favorite nonprofits.

To show your support for the Arts and to support Artlink, simply click here to make a donation.

It is through your generous contributions that our all-volunteer Artlink board can fulfill its mission and support and enhance events such as First Friday and Third Friday Art Walks, and Art Detour, our annual self-guided weekend of the arts which recently marked its 25-year anniversary by celebrating the Phoenix Arts Community and the artists who make it possible.

If you love the Arts, then please love Artlink. Every donation, whether it be $10, $100 – or a Silver Star! – makes an incredible difference in keeping us in operation.

Help spread the word about supporting the Arts and Artlink!

Please forward this email to your family, friends and co-workers and let them know you support what we do at Artlink – and why they should consider giving their support too.

And remember to follow Artlink on Facebook and Twitter and help us build the excitement throughout our anniversary year!

Thank you so much!

Artlink Board of Directors

P.S. Interested in sponsoring Artlink’s programs?  Please contact us for more information.

Artlink Inc., founded in 1988, is an all-volunteer run 501(c)3 arts organization based in downtown Phoenix. Our mission is to link visual artists, businesses, and the public to better understand, appreciate, and promote the arts, and to further develop a strong, vital arts community.