Category Archives: Community

Radiate PHX, Nov. 18


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.

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

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

Volunteer for 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance

From September 5-11, 2012 HandsOn Greater Phoenix will participate in Tribute Projects throughout the Valley focusing on assisting and recognizing our current military personnel and veterans. For more information on how you can get involved, visit the HandsOn Days of Service webpage.

State of Sustainability Forum

Flyer for DVC's State of Sustainability forum

PHOENIX, Arizona – A panel of local experts and Andrew Ross, author of “Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City,” will discuss the current state of sustainability in metropolitan Phoenix at a public forum on Tuesday, January 17, 2012.  The event, free to the public, will be held at the George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center at 415 E. Grant Street. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., panel discussion 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., audience Q&A 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and reception with complimentary refreshments 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Panel moderator will be Charles Redman, Arizona State University (ASU) Virginia M. Ullmann professor of Natural History and the Environment and founding director of the ASU School of Sustainability. The current slate of panelists (with two to be added soon) includes:

  • Steve Betts, former president/CEO of SunCor Development and current Arizona District Council Chair of the Urban Land Institute;
  • George Brooks, NxT Horizon Group and sustainability consultant
  • Terry Goddard, former Phoenix mayor and former Arizona attorney general who now teaches a course at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus: “Phoenix and the Art of Public Decision Making;”
  • Taz Loomans, architect and writer/blogger on sustainability issues;
  • Eva Olivas, executive director, Phoenix Revitalization Core
  • Andrew Ross, professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University.
  • Silvia Urrutia, director of Housing and Healthcare Finance, Raza Development Fund

According to Susan Copeland, steering committee chair of Downtown Voices Coalition, “Issues of sustainability are paramount to the future of Phoenix. Ross’ book is a great springboard from which to begin, or continue, discussion.”

The Downtown Voices Coalition is sponsoring the event with in-kind support from the Lexington Hotel in downtown Phoenix, Four Peaks Brewery of Tempe and the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center.

Bird on Fire” is available at Made Art Boutique, 922 North 5th Street in downtown Phoenix and at Changing Hands Bookstore at 6428 South McClintock Drive in Tempe. It is also available at Burton Barr, Cesar Chavez and Mesquite Branch libraries in Phoenix.

Downtown Voices Coalition is a coalition of stakeholder organizations that embrace growth in downtown Phoenix, but is mindful that healthy growth should be based upon existing downtown resources — the vibrancy of neighborhoods, the strength of the arts community, the uniqueness of historic properties, and the wonderful small businesses that dot downtown. For more information, visit

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Film screening to explore history, benefits of park development

A documentary on the urban park development movement titled “Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks” will be the subject of a free, public screening at Civic Space Park’s A.E. England Building, 424 N. Central Ave., on January 12, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30. The documentary explores the park architecture of Frederick Law Olmsted and the evolution and history of urban park development in the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries. The event will also feature the TED talk short video by artist Janet Echelman about her work, including Civic Space Park’s signature art piece, “Her Secret Is Patience.”

Viewers also will be able to meet one of the filmmakers of the Olmsted documentary, Rebecca Messner, and participate in a short presentation and discussion on local and national Red Field to Green Fields initiative to convert economically depressed “red” private property (residential, commercial and industrial) into public park property “green.”

The screening is a presentation of No Festival Required’s Building Community Cinema series with the support of the Speedwell Foundation, the City Parks Alliance, Arizona State University, Butler Housing Company, Phoenix Community Alliance, Phoenix Parks Foundation and the City of Phoenix.

Building Community: From Empty Spaces to Meeting Places

[editor’s note: A new feature that we’ll have here on the DVC blog are posts from Steering Committee members. The viewpoints presented in these points are those of the individual and not necessarily those of the Downtown Voices Coalition or the Steering Committee.]

With all the discussion groups, symposiums and conferences given on the subject, it seems the best places to create a strong community might just be the coffee house, dog park or potluck table. My own “Building Community Cinema” series is rooted in seeing a movie, but with a location conducive to an after-film chat and chew.

This column explores the roots of place, and how place can separate or enhance a community.

“Building Community: From Empty Spaces to Meeting Places” by Julian Dobson

How will community be built in the 21st century? If you want to know the lie of the land, sometimes you must literally see how the land lies and what human beings have done to it.

Ancient settlements were connected by trade routes and divided by fault lines: valleys, rivers and hills were means meeting or contested territory. This week I was in Luton, where the barriers and bridges, physical and psychological, were obvious – sometimes painfully so.

But just as physical places can create psychological barriers, they can also help bring them down.

Looking around Luton and listening to the stories of two men whose work is to build bridges between faiths and cultures, I was reminded of the kaleidoscopic complexities of building communities. But sitting with them and chatting and observing the trust between them, I came away optimistic that we can devise meetings of body and mind that can move beyond an ubiquitous blandness into a serious engagement with people’s real selves.

Read the entire article here.

Steve Weiss
Executive Director, No Festival Required
Steering Committee, Downtown Voices Coalition

Civic Space Park brings feel of small neighborhood park to heart of downtown Phoenix

Yuri Artibise alerted us of this article that appeared in the Next American City blog on the Civic Space Park:

What did Civic Space Park bring to downtown Phoenix that wasn’t there before?
Civic Space Park brought the feel of a small neighborhood park to the heart of downtown Phoenix in a space that was formerly a collection of old buildings and parking lots. It gives emerging artists and performers a venue to showcase their talents and abilities.  It is a place that families can come to enjoy free events while keeping kids occupied with the splash pad and green grass to run and play in.  The newly renovated A.E. England Building houses the Fair Trade Cafe and offers space for meetings, banquets, classes, offices and art events. One of the goals of the park was to keep every event that takes place to remain free and open to the public.

Read more here.

And congratulations to the Civic Space Park Collaborative for being a Silver Medalist for the Rudy Bruner Award!