Category Archives: Urban Vitality

No July DVC Steering Committee Meeting; we’ll see you in August…

The Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee will not be meeting on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Summer vacations and travel plans are making an impact. But because you are downtowners through and through, we suggest the following alternatives to our normal second Saturday of every month extravaganza:

Help Plan Downtown Voices’ 10th Year Anniversary Events

This year is the 10th anniversary of Downtown Voices Coalition. The report, “Downtown Voices: Creating a Sustainable Downtown,” was published in August of 2004, and remains a good read to this day: Our Steering Committee is planning a series of art, education, and community events in the fall and winter to recognize the work and continuing mission of the organization. If you are interested in serving on a planning committee, send us an email and we will be in touch:

Drop by the DTPHX Engagement Lab

More and more, downtown Phoenix is all about collaboration and creative energy and one new place where that is evident is the new DTPHX Engagement Lab at Arizona Center. Downtown Phoenix, Inc.’s new storefront space activation, located at 455 N. 3rd St., #1210, is hard to miss with its bright colored chairs, craft paper, stencils, and downtowners hard at work building the city they want.

Open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., DTPHX Engagement Lab is a partnership between DPI and Arizona Center designed to connect a wide variety of city users – residents, employees, tourists, conventioneers, and students – to the downtown experience. From art and co-working to community building and idea-sharing, DTPHX Engagement Lab will be an important tool to help continue to shape our downtown. Stop by and say hello, or if you’d like to reserve the space as a venue for your meeting or workshop, email R.J. Price or call 602-697-9508.

Attend a City of Phoenix Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance Enhancement Meeting

City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department is hosting meetings to discuss enhancements to the Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance. You are encouraged to attend to learn more about your neighborhood preservation ordinance and provide input:

  • July 10, 2014 ~ Devonshire Senior Center, 2802 East Devonshire Avenue, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • July 15, 2014 ~ Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., 6 – 8 p.m. (SPANISH LANGUAGE SESSION)
  • July 17, 2014 ~ Maryvale Community Center, 4420 N. 51st Ave., 6 – 8 p.m.
  • July 24, 2014 ~ Travis L. Williams, 4732 S. Central Ave., 6 – 8 p.m.

For further information or reasonable accommodations, contact Lina Cruz, Neighborhood Preservation Management Assistant II, NSD at 602-495-7250 or

Take the Off-Street Bicycle Pathways Survey

The Phoenix Metro area has nearly 900 miles of off-street bicycle paths, including paved paths along the urban canal system and as part of stormwater facilities, as well as natural paths through the mountain preserves. People use this network everyday to connect with different areas of the Valley. The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is working with a nationally-recognized planning and branding consulting team, Alta/MERJE, to develop a system identity for the off-street bicycle network and provide directional information for bicyclists.

Over 160 people responded to our first survey with suggestions for a potential identity. This second survey is to identify the type of directional information people need before their trip and while on the off-street bicycle network. Click here to take a few minutes to share your thoughts. Survey deadline is July 31, 2014.

Are You Active with an Education, Youth Health, or Wellness Nonprofit?

If you are involved in a local nonprofit that focuses on education, youth health, or wellness, consider applying for a grant sponsored by the National Football League and Super Bowl XLIX. The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee announced its community campaign for Super Bowl XLIX in partnership with the NFL Foundation to distribute more than $2 million to Arizona nonprofits leading up to the February 1, 2015 game. With the launch of the “In the Community” web page, local nonprofits are encouraged to visit the site to learn about the Host Committee’s giving mission and focus areas. The application will be available online until July 11, 2014.

Infill & Adaptive Reuse in Phoenix, June 26


Phoenix Public Market Cafe One-Year Anniversary, June 18


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

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

Art Detour 26 + Art d’Core Gala Arts Celebrations


Media Contacts:
Jill Bernstein, jillbcreative, 602-358-9292
Catrina Kahler, catrina 602-579-2988

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Art Detour 26 is an All Access Pass
to More than 100 Downtown Art Venues
‘Living in Color’

Mayor Greg Stanton, Downtown Phoenix Inc. and Artlink Inc. Host
‘Art d’Core Gala’ Celebrating a ‘Downtown for Everyone’

PHOENIX –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. [See the full list of participants:

“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.

Celebrate at the Art d’Core Gala March 1, 2014
Join the Office of the Mayor, Downtown Phoenix, Inc., Artlink and other community partners on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Artd’CoreGala, a celebration of the significant role the arts have played in invigorating and adding color to our downtown.

Mayor Greg Stanton will be the featured speaker of the festive event at Crescent Ballroom, toasting business leaders, small business entrepreneurs, neighborhood groups, and the flourishing arts community in an expression of shared pride in Phoenix.

“It took everyone, including the City, business, neighborhood groups, entrepreneurs and artists to bring our city this far,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “We will continue working together to add the textures, flavors, and colors that strengthen our vibrant downtown and showcase this city we love. We are building a downtown that belongs to everyone.”

This free, “fun formal” affair will feature live music and dancing; fabulous food and drink; art installations featuring premiere local artists; and an eye-popping virtual tour of downtown art spaces. Guests are encouraged to dress colorfully with creative formal attire.

“Downtown artists and arts entrepreneurs are key players in the ongoing development of our vibrant downtown core,” said David Krietor, CEO of Downtown Phoenix Inc. “The Art d’Core Gala is a party where everyone can come together to celebrate the positive impact the arts have had in our remarkable city.”

WHEN: Saturday, March 1, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003
TICKETS: There is no charge for this event, however, please RSVP to Art d’Core Gala
ATTIRE: Dress colorfully! Creative formal attire encouraged.
HOSTED BY: The Office of the Mayor, Downtown Phoenix Inc. and Artlink Inc.

Art Detour 26 Schedule of Events:
3/1 – Art d’Core Gala at Crescent Ballroom – A festive, free, art-full celebration of our downtown hosted by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Downtown Phoenix, Inc. and benefiting Artlink Inc.
3/7 – Pre-Detour First Friday. March First Friday is one of the most popular of the year.
3/8-9 – Art Detour 26. A free, two-day immersive arts experience, featuring over 100 designated venues and free, circulating trolleys to help visitors enjoy self-guided studio, art space and gallery tours.
This free weekend event also offers programming for all ages, including family-friendly “Kids’ Detour” activities at participating venues.

“Artlink is excited to have partners like CityScape, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Downtown Phoenix Partnership and Phoenix Community Alliance who are helping connect Artlink to the broader downtown community,” said Catrina Kahler, President of Artlink’s Board of Directors.

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 the First Fridays Art Walk, the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; guided Collectors Tours; an annual Juried Exhibition; and the annual Art Detour self-guided tour, featuring open studios, pop-up galleries, family-friendly art experiences and more. Artlink Inc. is supported by: Downtown Phoenix Inc., Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Phoenix Art Museum, CityScape, Dunn Transportation, The Torosian Foundation, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Community Alliance, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Snell & Wilmer, Downtown Voices Coalition, Grand Avenue Members Association, Roosevelt Row CDC, Urban Affair, 6th Ave. Gallery and Invexi Web Development.

About Downtown Phoenix Inc.
Downtown Phoenix, Inc., is a community development group created to organize and galvanize Downtown Phoenix. DPI coordinates activities between the Downtown Phoenix Partnership and Phoenix Community Alliance while providing advocacy and support for the businesses, neighborhoods and community partners in greater Downtown Phoenix.

For more information, visit


Four Chambers Submission Deadline, Feb. 14

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Valley Bike Month is coming up in April

Details coming soon about Valley Bike Month. Bookmark this page for more information.

Details coming soon about Valley Bike Month. Bookmark this page for more information.

Hance Park Festival, March 27


Our letter of support for Grand Avenue Rail Project



Grant Park Meeting Moved to Feb. 12



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