Monthly Archives: September 2012

Roosevelt Row Street Design & Public Art Meeting, Sept. 20

Grand Avenue Festival, Oct. 20, adds more activities, amenities

Help plan Phoenix’s Art Detour 25; attend Sept. 15 community meeting

Among your First Friday options, consider The Great Paint Escape (Part Two), Sept. 7

Harder Development and Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona are proud to present an exhibition and silent auction to benefit Free Arts on Friday, September 7, at 335 W. McDowell Rd. Silent auction bidding will begin at 6 p.m. and end promptly at 9:30 p.m. Participating artists include: (Curator) Hugo Medina, Sebastien Millon, JB Snyder, Angel Diaz, Katie Beltran, Amanda Adkins, Colton Brock, Pablo Luna, Thomas Breeze Marcus, Gennaro Garcia, Lauren Lee, Isaac Nicholas Caruso, Kyllan Maney, and Aaron Johnson.

Background: Ashley Harder, President of Harder Development, hosted a community mural and painting project with a dozen local Phoenix artists and Free Arts youth on August 11, 2012. Kids worked side by side with artists to create a community mural on the building, as well as painted with artists on canvasses.

“From Architect to Community Developer” Brown Bag Lecture, Sept 6

Phoenix Biomedical Campus Health Sciences Education Building grand opening, Oct. 5

[Source: University of Arizona] – On Friday, October 5, 2012 from 8 a.m. to Noon, you are invited to attend the grand opening of the newest addition to the Phoenix Biomedical Campus – the Health Sciences Education Building. The 268,000 square-foot, copper-faced structure will play a critical role in the education of the next generation of science and health professionals. The 268,000 square-foot building is home to the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University health sciences programs.

Program: 8 to 9 a.m., Breakfast and Tours; 9 to 10 a.m., Program; and 10 to Noon, Tours. For further information, contact Sheila Maddox. To RSVP/register, click here.

Special guests: City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, The Arizona Board of Regents, University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart, and Northern Arizona University President John D. Haeger.

Arizona Capitol Museum accepting applications for Fall Volunteer session

The Arizona Capitol Museum is now accepting applications for the 2012 Fall Volunteer session. Volunteers provide assistance to visitors, staff, and other constituents by leading tours, answering guest questions, staffing the Museum Store, as well as working on special projects in the Education and Exhibit areas as needed. Positions are determined by your interest and aptitude, and our current needs.

The Museum is open Monday through Saturday, and Volunteers typically commit one day per week from 10 am to 2 pm. Accommodations for other commitments, schooling, internship requirements, and other exceptions are negotiable as needed. “This season, I’m hoping more Downtown Phoenix residents apply, folks who can recommend the sites, restaurants, and hidden gems that our commuter Volunteers don’t know about yet,” added the Capitol’s Volunteer Manager Jason Czerwinski.

The Arizona Capitol Museum accepts applicants age 18 years and older (some exceptions can be made for 17 year old students). You do not need to be trained in history. All training is provided free of charge. Enthusiasm, a desire to learn, simple computer skills, and the ability to stand for extended periods, walking, and climbing stairs are basic requirements. To download an application and learn more about the Museum, please visit this webpage.

“Not a Plastic Bag: Artist-Made Tote Bags” exhibit, Sept. 21 to Nov. 3

[Source: MADE Art Boutique] – Why should we be concerned with single-use non-biodegradable disposal plastic bags? A 1,000-mile wide collection of discarded plastics, mostly blown from land, currently floats in the ocean in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. This island of discarded plastics is estimately to weigh over 18 million tons.

Thirteen local artists are recycling used plastic bags and creating tote bags in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. None will end up in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.

  • Date: Opening Reception, Third Friday, September 21, 2012; exhibit to run through November 3
  • Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Place: MADE, 922 N. Fifth St., Phoenix AZ

Environmental Memories of South Central Phoenix exhibit, Sept. 6 to Dec. 7

[Source: Arizona State University] – Long ago, the Salt River flowed through southern Phoenix. Canals lined with shady cottonwood trees carried water to farms. Families picnicked on the riverbank, caught fish, and swam in the refreshing water.

These and other memories of south central Phoenix from the late 1800s to the present will be displayed in a new exhibit. “Environmental Memories of South Central Phoenix” pairs research on environmental change, urban vulnerability to climate change, and environmental justice with local stories, photographs, and timelines to provide fascinating insights into some of Phoenix’s oldest neighborhoods.

The exhibit was researched, produced, and designed by a collaborative, interdisciplinary team of graduate students and co-sponsored by ASU’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change and local community partners.

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The next Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee meeting is Sept. 8

The next Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee meeting is Saturday, September 8, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt Commons meeting room, 825 N. 6th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003. The main topics for discussion:

  • Nominating Committee Report
  • Review of Key 2012-13 Action Items (per Priority Issue)
  • Current Business
    • Proposed Golub and Colliers downtown projects
    • Proposed 7th Avenue & Roosevelt projects
    • General Plan Update
    • Change by Us PHX
  • New/Other Business
    • Downtown Voices website update
    • Downtown Devil Discussion partnership
    • Roosevelt Row visioning process