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The Nash on Roosevelt issues call for artists, due Nov. 19

the nash call for artist submissionsThe Nash invites emerging and established artists to submit artwork for a juried group show titled “Echoes of Art.” How do you visualize a musical journey? As you listen to your favorite piece, your mind sees…

Accepted artwork includes 2-dimensional works and may not exceed 36” in width. The artwork will meet the guidelines and compliment the mission of The Nash. This is an educational place and we ask for no nudity/controversial material.

Submission details are available here.

Volunteers Needed for Arts Advocacy Day in downtown Phoenix

[Source: Boy Meets Blog]

Arts Congress 2011: Monday, February 7th

The Arts Congress is coordinated by the Arizona Action for the Arts and is the official advocacy day for the arts here in Arizona. The event draws attendees from across the state representing large arts organizations, arts administrators, artists and community leaders. The event consists of training sessions, face-to-face meetings with state legislators, networking, caucuses, and representation in the House and Senate galleries. (If you don’t want to volunteer but would prefer to go as an attendee, click here to sign up.)

The Arts Congress is this Monday, February 7, 2011 at the State Capitol on the Senate Lawn and is is an all day event beginning at 7:30 am and ending at 3:30, but volunteers can sign up for 4 different shifts.

The Arts Congress organizers are looking for volunteers to work at the registration booth, volunteers to set up the coffee and muffin table and coordinate with the catering company for the lunch order, volunteers for the event check out, and volunteers to work as ambassadors. The ambassadors will be staged throughout the State Capitol and will be pointed out to the event attendees to answer questions, etc. The ambassadors are asked to work from 9 am to 3, but the organizers can be flexible. And if you can give a minimum of 3.5 hours, you’ll get lunch.

To sign up or if you have questions, contact Michelle Peralta at or call 602-253-6535


Downtown Phoenix’s Icehouse to close at end of 2011

[Source: New Times]

Source: New Times

New Times has confirmed that the Icehouse, the longtime downtown art gallery and performance space, is planning to close at the end of 2011.

“We are being taxed out by the county,” says Icehouse owner Helen Hestenes. “We are one of the largest alternative arts projects in the U.S., but Phoenix has been crazy.”

In 1990, Hestenes and her at-the-time husband David Therrien converted the circa 1910 building — which originally housed operations for Constable Ice Storage — into an edgy contemporary art space that has helped launch the careers of countless artists, such as Angela Ellsworth and the late Rose Johnson.  However, due to its relative off-the-beaten-path location at 429 West Jackson Street, the 20-year-old venue has struggled to survive for the past decade.

It wasn’t always that way, especially when the space was located in the creative epicenter of the downtown arts scene in the early 1990s. But following the displacement of many DIY spaces and artists due to the construction of US Airways Center (the downtown sports venue, formerly known as America West Arena, opened in 1992) as well as current First Friday artgoers’ concentration on Roosevelt Street and Grand Avenue, the Icehouse, despite its longevity and quality of exhibitions, has, in some ways, become a forgotten venue.

Future exhibits planned for the space include a solo show by photographerJoe Jankovsky in January and a 20-year retrospective during March’s Art Detour.

10 Downtown Phoenix holiday events

[Source: Downtown Phoenix Partnerships]


Valley Youth Theatre Presents A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail

The holidays are getting bigger Downtown. Just a few years ago, it would have been tough to name more than five big events for the holidays. This year, it was tough to narrow it down to 10 (download the entire holiday calendar here).

So, in semi-chronological order, here are 10 ideas to amp up your holiday cheer:

  1. Ice Skating in the Park – Wow. Our very own Lincoln Center. From now through Jan. 15, the plaza at CityScape will transform into an ice rink. The cost is $10 per person, including skate rentals and the rink is open daily 3-11 p.m.
  2. Valley Youth Theatre Presents A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail – Speaking as a lifelong Eeyore, get some tix for this holiday classic or that pesky raincloud might hang over your head. Dec. 3-23.
  3. Center Dance Ensemble Presents The Snow Queen – If you’ve got family from out of town, warm them up with this gorgeous retelling of a Hans Christian Andersen tale, set to music by Prokofiev. Herberger Theater, Dec. 4-19. Discounts available for students and seniors.
  4. Actors Theatre Company Presents A Christmas Carol Danger, Will Robinson: After 19 years, ATC is retiring this terrific musical. Herberger Theater, Dec. 4-24.
  5. Candlelight Messiah – Played in a candlelit setting (which is a pretty cool idea) the Phoenix Symphony Chorus performs Handel’s “Messiah.” St. Mary’s Basilica, Friday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
  6. Ballet Arizona Presents Ib Andersen’s The Nutcracker – This one goes without saying. Ballet Arizona is a local treasure, so go and get swept away by this spectacular production. Symphony Hall, Dec. 10-26.
  7. Christmas Mariachi Festival – The world’s top mariachis and the amazing Ballet Folklorico come together for this annual event. US Airways Center, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.
  8. Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding – For us locals, Alice is a bit of a hero; he’s done great things to boost his hometown. On Dec. 18, you can join Alice and his original band, along with Rob Zombie, Cheech Marin and more for a night of comedy and music to benefit Valley youth. 7 p.m., Comerica Theater (that’s the new name for the Dodge).
  9. Snow Day at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix – On Dec. 19, ten tons of snow will fall on the front lawn, with a visit from Frosty the Snowman. You know you want to go. Tickets are $9 each and include museum admission.
  10. The Salvation Army Christmas Dinner – A nice reminder about one of the best meanings of the season. These good folks can always use donations, food and volunteers. Dec. 25 at the Phoenix Convention Center. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
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The Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts Returns to Downtown on Saturday

[Source: Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts]

Be a part of the Phoenix’s only come as you wish you were, everyone welcomed, all-ages, pedestrian powered parade!!

March with us! Dance with us! Sing and celebrate Phoenix with us! Make a float! Don a costume! Bring your high school marching band. The Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts is free and open to everyone! Come have fun with us!

Join the Office of the Mayor Phil Gordon, the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, and PAPA, LLC as The Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts celebrates it 5th season on November 13, 2010. Come celebrate the advent of fall with this signature, award wining event. This year, PAPA festivities take on the theme “Let it Grow, Let it Grow, Let it Grow,” both a ‘shout out’ to the environmental consciousness of Downtown Phoenix and a nod to the recent expansion of the city’s infrastructure.

Let it Grow! Let it Grow! Let it Grow!

Lead this year by Bad Cactus Brass Band and Tucson’s Flam Chen performance troupe, PAPA inspires members of the community to march together in unique costumes and man powered floats that represent themselves, their family, their organization or their business. The night will close with a High energy performance by the valley’s own Dejentrification.

One of the parade coordinators, Dr. Rev Stephen Strange explains “The parade gets bigger every year. We just want to say thank you to everyone who comes out to allow PAPA to continue to grow. People talk about how the parade gives them a sense of pride in downtown Phoenix. We want everyone to be as creative as possible in showing ownership for this city.“

Headquartered at Fifth Street, between Roosevelt and Garfield Streets (parking is best just north of Roosevelt), PAPA kicks off with pre-procession events by professional artists and creative activities for kids and adults alike. New this year is the Roosevelt Row sponsored Pie Social, providing sweets and fun just prior to the procession.

At sundown, the community based, open to the public, free pedestrian and bike arts procession will begin, making a loop through the streets of Downtown Phoenix. To compete for awards in the costume, bike, group, “cute” and float contests. So bring the kids, some noise makers, pets on a leash and your neighbor who sews those fabulous dresses to enjoy a day of live music, dance, theatre, fine arts and a view of Downtown Phoenix from outside your car.

The Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts celebrates the arts and culture that are a vital part of a metropolitan downtown. PAPA unites the arts with the greater community by providing an open to the public, mobile expression of downtown Phoenix life. The free, family friendly event is presented by Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, The Downtown Phoenix Partnership and the Production Agency for Participatory Arts, LLC. PAPA is a New Times Best of Phoenix winner.


Time: Saturday, November 13 · 4:00pm – 10:00pm

Location: 5th Street between Roosevelt and Garfield with procession through downtown Phoenix

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Carnegie Lunchtime Speaker: October 14

The Origins and Development of Chicana/o Literature

Presented by Charles Tatum

Beginning with Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vacá’s fascinating 16th century account of a difficult journey across the Southwest, this presentation will   explore important secular and religious poetry, drama, narrative and other literary forms and trends that developed during the centuries in the Spanish-speaking Southwest. There will be a particular focus on Chicana/o literature from 1965 through the early 21st century. Audiences will discover the rich tradition and diversity of contemporary Chicana/o literature that has become an important area of American literary expression.

Dr. Charles Tatum is Professor of Spanish at the University of Arizona. He was raised in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico, and his mother was Mexican American. Tatum is the author of several books on Chicana/o literature and culture and has also edited several anthologies of Chicana/o.


Thursday, October 14, 2010, 12-1 pm

Carnegie Center
1101 W. Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Free and open to the public

Bring your lunch! Light refreshments served

Free parking


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Downtown Voices Coalition Minutes for August 14, 2010

Meeting held at Roosevelt Commons, 825 N. 6th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003

Attending: Kim Kasper, Tim Sprague, Suad Mahmuljin, Louisa Stark, Matt Tomb, Elise Griffin, John Saccoman, Beatrice Moore, Susan Copeland, Steve Weiss, Carol Poore, Erick Baer, Karla Grijalva, Margaret Dietrich, Jim McPherson, Reid Butler, Kate Benjamin, Sean Sweat, Bill Blauc, Tim Eigo

9:35 AM

Introductions and approval of minutes: Motion to approve Reid Butler, Second Tim Eigo, voice vote carried unanimously.


GRAND AVENUE FESTIVAL– Kate Benjamin, chair Grand Avenue Festival

September 25, 2010-All day and evening

Events include-5 stops on Historic Tour-15th Avenue/Grand area

$10.00 ticket for tour-fundraiser for Grand Avenue Merchants Association

Open Artist Studios-Trashy Sculpture Show

Evening Fashion Show Braggs Pie Factory

Oasis Motel renovation will be part of tour-hoping to start renovation in October 2010

Request for $250.00 donation by Downtown Voices Coalition to Grand Avenue Merchant Association for Grand Avenue Festival.

  • Motion to donate John Saccoman, 2nd Suad Mahmuljin, voice vote approved unanimously
  • Reid Butler will match DVC donation.


Initial stages developing nicely and she’ll be handing over preliminary soon

Carol discussed her dissertation on how Phoenix Community Alliance and Downtown Phoenix Partnership interact with other organizations in downtown-DVC is a player!

3 profound issues:

  1. Leadership changes
  2. With big projects done, street level activity and development needed
  3. Affordable and attainable housing

Erick Baer-Public funding initiatives=empty lots, Private no public funds=Grand Avenue


City asked for continuance of rezoning for parking lot. “Done Deal” says City Mgr.  David Cavazos.

10:15 am


Update Private Non-Profit Intervention Fund-Reid Butler

  • Example was given for creating new organization with capital seed money ($20 mil)
  • Phoenix-based organization intervenes and purchases older threatened buildings
  • Save money with more than advocacy, save with money!
  • Funding sources-Angles, non-profits, corporations
  • Use tax credits to finance end goal-Organization stabilizes structure, sells to preservation-     friendly developers-Or –Bank—gift building to non-profit.
  • Version of how not to do it-Grace Court


Motion to Publish DVC Minutes General Monthly Meetings to DVC website

  • Motion made by Suad Mahmuljin, Seconded by Tim Eigo, voice vote carries motion unanimously.

11:30 AM


John Saccoman, seconded by Tim Eigo, voice vote carries motion unanimously.


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Downtown Phoenix’s Dodge Theatre becomes Comerica Theatre

[Source: Phoenix Business Journal]

The Dodge Theatre is boasting a new name as a result of a deal with Comerica Bank.

The newly named Comerica Theatre is a 5,500-seat venue hosting a range of events, from concerts to plays and comedians.

The renaming marks a five-year sponsorship deal between the bank and Live Nation, the firm that books acts inside the property at 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Comerica spokeswoman Susan Siravo said the Dallas-based bank has identified Arizona and California as growth markets. Comerica has 17 branches across Arizona with two more scheduled to open in 2011.

Jerry Seinfeld will be the first performer in the renamed theater Oct. 9.

Other upcoming performances include Kenny Rogers on Oct. 14, Celtic Thunder on Nov. 10 and Vince Vaughn and Kevin James on Nov. 17.

Requests for comment from Comerica and Live Nation officials were not immediately returned.


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Festival of the Arts celebrates re-opening of downtown Phoenix’s Herberger Theater

The Herberger Festival of the Arts celebrates the grand re-opening of the Herberger Theater Center featuring performances, food, art, live music, film festival shorts by the Phoenix Film Foundation, children’s activity area and more.

Saturday, October 2, 2010
10am – 6pm
Herberger Theater Center – indoors and out!

Click here for an invitation (.pdf).

FREE admission for kids 12 and under & $5.00 ages 13 and up. Tickets must be purchased at the gate the day of the festival.

The Performance Schedule can be found here.

A list Festival of the Arts Participants is here.


Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe in downtown Phoenix. The festival entrance is located off of 3rd Street between Van Buren & Monroe.  Monroe Street will be closed for the festival.

FREE parking at Arizona Center parking garage courtesy of Arizona Center!
Located at 5th Street & Fillmore.

For information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Laurene Austin, 602-254-7399 x105 or email.

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Grand Avenue Festival promises edgy fun in downtown Phoenix

[Source: Emily Gersema, Arizona Republic]

Photo credit: Diana Payan/The Arizona Republic

Alexis Ariana Hermosillo, 20, of El Mirage, is dressed in a pleated skirt of newspaper with a sweetheart top made of packaging paper. She crinkles whenever she takes a step, and as she tugs to pull the back together over her shirt, she asks her professor, “What am I going to do about the back?”

“Maybe it needs a bustle,” muses Melinda Bergman, an ASU West art faculty associate and artist with a studio in Citywide Studios, 701 N. 15th Ave. near Pierce Street, west of Grand Avenue.

Hermosillo, a senior at the Arizona State University West campus in Glendale, is one of Bergman’s 19 students who are turning trash into edgy fashion for the second annual Grand Avenue Festival on Saturday.

They, or friends who volunteer to model their trashy clothes, will take the runway for the “Untrashed Recycled Rubbish Fashion Show.”

The show is just one element of the all-day festival that celebrates artwork, music and businesses along Phoenix’s former diagonal streetcar route from Seventh Avenue and Van Buren Street to Linden Street and Laurel Avenue. The festivities kick off at 8 a.m. with a tour of old buildings made new by innovative developers. Tour tickets are $10 per person, and other tours are at 9 and 10 a.m.

Live music will kick off at 10 a.m. with the band Frequent Kings at the Paisley Violin Cafe, 1030 W. Grand Ave.

Kate Benjamin, a member of the Grand Avenue Merchants Association that hosts the festival, said business owners and artists started the festival last year to draw more people to the area, which is west of the more heavily frequented businesses that benefit from the light-rail ridership along Central Avenue.

Grand Avenue is used by many drivers to quickly escape rush-hour traffic downtown and head for the suburbs in the northwest.

“Our challenge with Grand Avenue is that’s such a thoroughfare,” said Benjamin, whose cat designer products shop, Moderncat, is one of the half-dozen studios housed in the Bragg’s Pie Factory, 1301 W. Grand Ave., near McKinley Street and 13th Avenue.

Grand Avenue has many surprises., 1229 W. Grand Ave., houses resale beauty items, including wigs, and a small-business center for computer repair. Soul Invictus Gallery & Cabaret, 1022 W. Grand Ave., is a combination theater and gallery.

The Trunk Space, 1506 W. Grand Ave., is full of art and handmade gifts. It also hosts performances.

The art studios and galleries along the avenue will be open to visitors throughout the festival.

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