Smaller, more direct routes to downtown-area art spaces begin Feb. 3, will also be available during Art Detour 29
To give visitors better access to the increasingly popular arts and culture offerings during First Fridays, Artlink Inc. redesigned the paths taken by free trolleys circling Phoenix’s central core into three routes.
The new routes will serve the Grand Avenue, Roosevelt Row/Central Arts and Warehouse/Downtown districts, and become effective on the next First Friday, Feb. 3. They will also be accessible during Art Detour 29, March 17-19.
All three will intersect at the Connector Hub at Arizona Center, 400 E. Van Buren St., where parking will be validated for the first two hours for First Friday patrons who ride the trolley. Four other hubs also familiar to First Friday patrons will continue to pick up and drop off passengers at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave.; Oasis on Grand, 15th and Grand Avenues; Unexpected Gallery, 734 W. Polk St.; and CityScape, 1 E. Washington St.
See a map of the new routes at www.artlinkphx.org/first-fridays.
Each trolley route offers a self-guided tour of the districts, allowing patrons to hop-on hop-off at the stops they choose. Volunteer docents staff the hub stops and the trolleys, providing information on the night’s arts and culture offerings.
The trolleys run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every First Friday, and each route will take about 20 minutes to travel it in its entirety. The trolleys, provided by Dunn Transportation, Artlink’s official transportation partner, have been serving First Fridays for several years.
“The new routes provide First Friday patrons a direct connection to each of the districts, allowing for more time in galleries and other art spaces,” said Artlink Board President Catrina Kahler. “The Connector Hub at Arizona Center allows for multiple experiences over the course of one night or multiple months. We appreciate the opportunity to support artist and art venues through the offer of discount parking on these busy nights in downtown Phoenix.”
Artlink volunteers will be present at the Connector Hub at Arizona Center to validate parking for up to two hours. The two-hour validation is valued at $6 and can be applied to standard parking rates for longer periods. Nearby metered parking is also available.
The routes are now permanent for all First Fridays and also will be accessible during Art Detour 29, Artlink’s annual multi-faceted exploration of the arts and culture of America’s sixth-largest city and its myriad art spaces. More details about Art Detour, March 16-19, will be announced at www.artdetour.com.
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.
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!