Category Archives: Diversity and Cultural Inclusion

The Holiness Project comes to the Ice House

The Holiness Project at the Ice House 05-03-14

Multimedia performance event The Holiness arrives at The Ice House on May 3, 2014.

The Holiness Project will be presented at The Icehouse Phoenix located at 429 W Jackson St., Phoenix, AZ, 85003 on Saturday, May 3rd from 7:00 to 9:30pm with reception immediately following. Featuring performances from local artists Taran Emmert, Patrick Michael Finn, Jake Friedman and Four Chambers Press, Heather Lee Harper, Keith Kelly, Jeanette LeBlanc, Akiva Yael, Ashley Oakley, John Elliott Oyzon, Erin Schaad, Chris Danowski, Melissa Tramuta, Jane Ysadora, and Cassandra Wallick; with visual art from Joshua T. Ruth, Jillian Sinclair, Chanelle Sinclair, and Indiana Nelson. Cuisine by 24 Carrots.

The Holiness Project is a multimedia performance event and art show exploring the intersection of the sacred and the mundane. What does holiness mean on the most personal level? What happens when the ordinary objects of our bodies, lives, minds and hearts cross paths with something greater? The Holiness Project explores these questions in an immersive/interactive evening of film, dance, performance art, poetry, music, and kirtan.

Doors at 6:30. Performance promptly at 7:00pm. Admission is $11, no one turned away. For more information, contact Jane Ysadora at jane.ysadora@gmail.com.

You can follow the Project’s event and even Join on Facebook. And yes, there’s even an informative website!

Statement on Arizona Senate Bill 1062

DVC new logo with wordsPHOENIX, ARIZONA (20 February 2014) — Downtown Voices Coalition issued this statement regarding Arizona Senate Bill 1062 and has relayed it to Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer:

“Downtown Voices Coalition, a grassroots group of downtown Phoenix stakeholders, is troubled by the Arizona State Senate passing SB 1062, a bill that promotes discrimination against the LGBTQ community in our state.  We urge the Arizona House of Representatives to vote against its passage and we urge Governor Jan Brewer to veto it should it get to her desk.  In 2013, the City of Phoenix passed an LGBTQ non-discrimination ordinance and the ill effects that were promised to befall Phoenix should equality be law did not happen.

For Arizona state legislators and elected officials who need added reason to vote in favor of human rights, stopping this legislation makes economic sense.  In the past few years, our state has paid a huge economic price by aligning itself with discriminatory sentiments.  A vote against fairness would send an economic message to companies large and small that Arizona continues to approve of discrimination.  In that case, most companies will opt for better, both for themselves and for their employees.

Finally, we should be skeptical of vague arguments that allow for discrimination will help small business.  The businesspeople we know oppose discrimination.  There has never been a step forward in human rights that has harmed those businesses.  Making available to everyone all of the bus seats, and all of the lunch counters, and all of the hotel rooms has always aided business.  Claims to the contrary are nothing but a disturbing nostalgia for a biased past.”

Media Contact: Tim Eigo, Chair / Steering Committee (tim.eigo@downtownvoices.org)

An evening of “Urban Is” with Vital Voices

Vital Voices Urban eventConsider coming to support Vital Voices as we explore “Urban is” with Bboy House at the Cyphers Center for Urban Arts, Thursday, August 15.  The Herberger Institute’s Socially Engaged Practice is teaming up with Project Humanities this year to help design these participatory, thought-provoking evenings of community dialogue.

Events are free and refreshments are provided.

The True Cost Of: Boycotting Arizona

Downtown Voices issues statement on Phoenix’s anti-discrimination policy

Pictured here is Downtown Voices Coalition’s statement on the proposed amendment to the City of Phoenix’s anti-discrimination policy. The organization’s position on this matter is in keeping with one of its nine guiding principles – diversity – outlined here:

“Downtown should reflect a sensitivity to the diverse ethnic, socio-economic, and educational backgrounds, along with the variation in age groups and sexual preferences that are an important characteristic of our downtown neighborhoods. Success of downtown redevelopment will embrace this diversity and incorporate it as a dynamic community asset.”

DVC AZ Republic letter re discrimination ordinance 02-16-13 final

How We Rebuild Neighborhoods After Foreclosures Explored by @ThePublicSquare

Zócalo Public Square foreclosure event PhoenixWhile the foreclosure crisis is starting to ease across Arizona and the country, neighborhoods still must reckon with the damage.

In what looks to be a great program, Zócalo Public Square and Arizona State University host an event on Monday, February 11, at the Heard Museum. The 6:30 pm event brings together a talented panel:

  • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis economist William R. Emmons
  • Arizona State University geographer Deirdre Pfeiffer
  • Mortgage Resolution Partners CEO Graham Williams

The moderator will be Fernanda Santos, Phoenix Bureau Chief for the New York Times.

More information is here.

Zocalo Public Square February 11 event Foreclosures LOGO

ASU Lifelong Learning Institute Launches

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute logoWant a sample of what the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will offer in the downtown Phoenix campus? Everyone is welcome on January 12, 2:00 to 4:00, to hear from three scholars.

More detail is here.

RSVP to this free event by January 9, 2013 to 602-543-6440.

Bill of Rights Monument Dedicated in Phoenix, Supported by DVC

9th Amendment monolith, one of 10 limestone carvings commemorating the Bill of Rights, located in Wesley Bolin Plaza, Phoenix, Ariz.  (photo: Jim McPherson)

9th Amendment monolith, one of 10 limestone carvings commemorating the Bill of Rights, located in Wesley Bolin Plaza, Phoenix, Ariz. (photo: Jim McPherson)

Here’s a great shot by Jim McPherson of one of the 10 monuments to the Bill of Rights, dedicated in December in the Wesley Bolin Plaza in Phoenix.

Downtown Voices Coalition is proud to have been an early supporter of this project, the first in the nation. Read more about this accomplishment (and see more photos) here.

NEW Lifelong Learning Program at @asudpc ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at ASU

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at ASU is pleased to announce the opening of a new Downtown Phoenix campus program. The “A Taste of OLLI” grand launch will take place on Jan. 12 at the Cronkite Theatre in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism Building. The OLLI program provides short courses and lectures for participants ages 50 + at a nominal cost. Courses will be held at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus with most courses running four sessions.

All spring courses or lectures are taught by ASU professors, or emeritus professors in the fields of history, science, public health and current events. This will be a wonderful opportunity for residents of the Phoenix inner city area to be a part of the ASU community with courses designed specifically for them.

Among the course titles for the spring are: “History Detectives,” “Children and Adolescents within U.S. Culture and the Legal System,” and titles of some of the lectures are “The First 100 Years of Quantum Physics,” and “Crime, Violence and Public Health.”

The Spring Schedule will be available online in mid-December and available in print form after Jan. 1, 2013. Call Shirley Talley at 602 496-1191 or go here for more information or to register for classes.

Central City South residents unveil “golden threads” to revitalize their neighborhood

Local residents of Central City South – young, old, and in-between – carefully thought through and developed a plan to revitalize their neighborhood. They unveiled their community engagement project, “Golden Threads,” this week. Here two young girls examine the map legend of desired buildings and amenities represented on the large-scale model before them.

Phoenix Revitalization Corp., with numerous civic and business partners, organized this project as part of the Central City South Quality of Life Plan.

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