Monthly Archives: February 2014

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 (

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.

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Agenda: February 8, 2014

The following is our Meeting Agenda for our 8 February 2014 meeting. We are underway at 9:30am at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N 6th Avenue in downtown Phoenix:


II. GUEST SPEAKERS no more than 20 minutes each, please
• Updates on Warehouse District buildings – Bob Graham

• Approval of the Minutes from 11 January 2014
• Treasurer’s Report and Revised Check Signing Protocol


V. DOWNTOWN ISSUE UPDATESfor information only, no more than 7 minutes per item
• Hance Park updates
• Downtown Phoenix Inc update and Annual Meeting
• Grand Avenue news and updates

• DVC T-Shirts for Sale ($25, cash or check payable to Downtown Voices Coalition)

• Social Media Guidelines and Conflict of Interest Policy

VIII. OPEN FLOOR 2 minutes each, please!

IX. ADJOURNMENTLet’s Celebrate!

NEXT MEETING: Saturday 8 March 2014, 9:30am, Roosevelt Commons