Linton’s collection of black-and-white photos of people living on the streets returns downtown in a February exhibition at monOrchid’s Bokeh Gallery, and “I Have A Name” has expanded with ambitious plans for a mural on the monOrchid building.
The gallery show opens on February 6, with additional events on February 13 — when the local support organization Pineapple Triangle hosts an artisan market benefiting the mural project — and on February 20 (the closing reception).
Meanwhile, Linton is running an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the monOrchid’s exterior artwork, with the goal of spurring conversation about homelessness. “The ‘I Have A Name’ Project has teamed with prominent artists Brian Boner and Wayne Rainey to create this powerful and important mural,” Linton states in his fundraising description. “A west wall of the building will carry a message in humanity and compassion while the north facing wall shall list names of those lost to the street. The overall scope of this work intends to create a dialogue beyond the boundaries of this city and help motivate action that might end the human suffering that is homelessness.” Of the $15,695 goal, $10,000 is designated to pay for artist labor over several months.
“During this past year,” says Linton, “the Project…has supplied or helped facilitate many donations in clothing or hygiene kits to local shelters, and enjoys working with Justa Center and Central Arizona Shelter Services.” He continues, “We have provided shoes, socks, meals and water to our neighbors in need on the street.”
Linton describes another aspect of his organization’s charitable activities. “Recently, we sold tee shirts printed by TumbleTees, a local Phoenix company that hires formerly homeless teens, and used the proceeds to provide a meal to 50 homeless veterans at Christmas at MANA House.”
Although “I Have A Name” is not a non-profit 501c3 organization, its association with monOrchid’s Shade Projects allows tax-deductible charitable contributions. Linton explains, “The…project is essentially a one-man army, and while receiving donations that have allowed the exhibition to travel, our efforts remain self-funded.”
“Over these past months, I have dedicated nearly 1800 hours in expanding this message of compassion,” he adds. “I continue to take photographs and gather narratives weekly. It’s tragically dehumanizing to be on the street — on many occasions the most valuable thing I can offer is an ear.”
- The “I Have A Name” project’s website and Facebook page
- Gallery show runs Feb. 6-20 at monOrchid’s Bokeh Gallery
- 214 E. Roosevelt St. in downtown Phoenix
- email@example.com or 602-253-0339
- The mural campaign for “I Have a Name” on Indiegogo
- Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS)
- 230 S. 12th Ave.; 602-256-6945
- Justa Center
- 1001 W. Jefferson; 602-254-6524
- MANA (Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force) House
- 755 E. Willetta; 602-254-6785
- Part of Madison Street Veterans Association — Veterans Outreach Center (VOC) at 233 S. 11th Ave.
- TumbleTees t-shirts
As an independent chronicler of all things downtown, DPJ takes a comprehensive approach to covering the urban living movement in Phoenix and, with this Conversation series, spotlighting the people who make it move.
“Of the million or so people who will come downtown, most of them will not be from out of state. ”
Mayor Greg Stanton sat down with us to reflect on the progress downtown stakeholders have made over the last year in helping to create the vibrant urban core that we all want. We covered so much ground with the Mayor that we are breaking our conversation into two parts. This first part focuses on the success we’ve had in our city with bringing a wide-range of downtown stakeholders together to increase events and opportunities for people to experience our city center. And, of course, we spoke about the opportunities that events such as the coming Pro Bowl and Super Bowl present for downtown.
Stanton is rooted in Phoenix, with lifelong ties to the urban core. He grew up on the northwest side of Phoenix, in a family that made sure to get downtown on a semi-regular basis. There were frequent outings, mostly by bus, to attend free Phoenix Symphony pops concerts, visit the library, or marvel at the miniatures in the Phoenix Art Museum. He moved away for college, but returned as a professional lawyer and worked in downtown. When he became the councilman for District 6, his district was the wide-ranging, but he was always considered a strong advocate for downtown.
As a downtown advocate, Mayor Stanton has been keenly aware that all of the stakeholders who are investing their time, passion and their treasure in our urban core are critical to building the downtown we want. He believes that Downtown Phoenix, Inc. has been key player in the last year in bringing these diverse stakeholders to the same table with an equal voice to plan our collective future:
It’s the age old dilemma of ‘who runs downtown?’ Is it the big companies with big headquarters or is it the smaller businesses, smaller entrepreneurs and locally-owned businesses, or the working artists?
A lot of people really felt that they were making it happen in downtown – Roosevelt Row, Grand, the restauranteurs – and they felt like, in some way, they weren’t being listened to in terms of the positive changes that should be happening in downtown. That was probably a false dichotomy previously, but with DPI we’ve made it a false dichotomy by putting all those groups in the same room at the same time, with the exact same decision-making capacity.
The main criticism of the old decision-making model for downtown was that it was too focused on building stuff and less focused on the street level activity and the life. As Mayor, I love both equally. DPI has come together with a focus not just on bringing life back to downtown, but making downtown the center of life in this valley and state. So far, that is the number one accomplishment of DPI: the success they’ve had in bringing new activities and new life to downtown.
In the midst of all the great downtown-based activities that exist from Zombie Walk to First Fridays, pub crawls, the Viva Phoenix music festival, family movie nights at the Downtown Civic Center Park and more, Downtown is about to host one million plus guests in the week between the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl.
We asked the Mayor to talk a little about what that means for the future of Downtown. Who are the audiences? What will they learn about Downtown?
One audience is the 100,000 + people who are coming to Phoenix because of football – fans or those associated with the team, etc. Some may not have tickets, but will be participating in all the game related events and activities. We want to make sure they have the very best experience, that we’re the very best hosts, that we’ve thrown out the welcome mat, the red carpet…. Being a great host begets other great hosting opportunities, so we are absolutely focused on being the very best host possible.
Many of these visitors will be involved in a decision-making capacities in their various companies, and can influence future decisions to come to Phoenix.It’s part of the ongoing brand of Phoenix. Having the world’s friendliest airport and being able to host events of the highest magnitude, not just have the facilities but the feel that people get when they come to Phoenix – a warm welcoming feel.
The next significant audience that Mayor Stanton pointed to are the downtown pioneers: the downtown businesses, entrepreneurs and restauranteurs who are already committed to downtown.
As we block off twelve blocks, we want to ensure that those who are inside are the first option for the million or so people that will come downtown. I want to make sure that those who are already here and have made that investment will feel like the Super Bowl was a worthwhile endeavor for them and not a drive-by that happened to them.
The third group that the Mayor identified was perhaps the most significant.
Of the million or so people who will come downtown, most of them will not be from out of state. Most of these visitors will be from here and many of them have not been to downtown before, or maybe for a Diamondbacks or Suns game. Most of them will not have had a significant downtown Phoenix experience. Many of them may think because of perceptions about urban downtowns around the country that it won’t be a positive experience.
This event can have a sustaining legacy by providing a unique opportunity on those four or five nights when people are coming down for Super Bowl Central and related events to have the very best experience and think:
Of the million or so people who will come downtown, most of them will not be from out of state. Most of these visitors will be from here and many of them have not been to downtown before, or maybe for a Diamondbacks or Suns game. Most of them will not have had a significant downtown Phoenix experience. Many of them may think because of perceptions about urban downtowns around the country that it won’t be a positive experience. This event can have a sustaining legacy by providing a unique opportunity on those four or five nights when people are coming down for Super Bowl Central and related events to have the very best experience and think:
- ‘That was pretty fun.’
- ‘That restaurant we tried was great, and we can go back for the great food and great service.’
- ‘I saw things that I wasn’t aware of that are in my downtown.’
That is going to be the great lasting impact of the Super Bowl: A whole new feeling of what downtown Phoenix is to the rest of the Valley.
Next week we’ll finish the conversation with the Mayor’s thoughts on the challenges and opportunities presented by other seismic changes that are in the process of transforming what Downtown Phoenix means to our collective future.
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Artlink Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that promotes the downtown Phoenix arts community. Artlink invites artists, arts entrepreneurs and businesses that contribute to our vibrant downtown culture to become Artlink Articipants. Articipants can take advantage of a variety of promotional opportunities throughout the year like First Friday, Art Detour and more.
As Artlink gears up for the Third Annual Art d’Core Gala (Feb 21, 2014) and the 27th Annual Art Detour (Mar 7-8, 2015), registration to become an Artlink Articipant is now open. Based on different categories (Artists; Galleries/Art Spaces; Restaurants/Bars/Retail), Articipants receive a wide range of year-round benefits designed to help promote their arts and culture endeavors (beginning February 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016).
“The programs promoted by Artlink are tied to the activity of this arts community,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink Board President. “Artlink supports the effort of artists and businesses in the creative sector to produce diverse and accessible arts experiences for the public throughout the year.”
Art d’Core Gala: In partnership with the Office of the Mayor, Downtown Phoenix, Inc., Artlink and other community partners host an exceptional celebration that spotlights the significant contribution of the arts in creating a dynamic urban core. The festivities include music and dancing; fabulous food and drink; a special address by Mayor Greg Stanton; and an eye-popping virtual tour of downtown art spaces.
Art Detour: Art Detour is the event that launched the First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon. The annual event provides the public with an opportunity to meet visual artists in their working environments, to invite questions about their work and their work processes, and to see into the creative spaces tucked throughout downtown Phoenix that are not generally open to the public.
First Fridays Trolley Tour: Over the past two decades, the First Fridays Art Walk has evolved into major monthly celebration that draws anywhere from 12-20,000 people every month. Artlink provides complimentary trolley service that enables the public to pick up a First Friday map, park and ride from four information hubs, and hop on/hop off at galleries all along the way. The trolley circulates throughout downtown connecting downtown arts venues and districts, from the Phoenix Art Museum, to the popular Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue arts districts, as well as CityScape, the Warehouse district, and the Arizona Center. Knowledgeable docents staff the trolleys and help guide new and returning visitors.
While Art Detour and the Art d’Core Gala remain signature events for Artlink, the organization’s programs have expanded to provide year-round promotional opportunities for downtown artists and arts spaces.
These opportunities include a Pop-Up Gallery program that features exhibitions of local artists in unique and nontraditional public spaces; guided Downtown Art Tours that shine a spotlight on artists and galleries; an annual Juried Exhibition; and a variety of calls for artists throughout the year.
In addition, restaurants, bars and other downtown retail spaces benefit from year-round promotion on the Artlink Art Detour maps, First Friday maps, and the Artlink website, as well as additional promotional opportunities that will be rolled out over the coming months.
The registration deadline is January 7, 205. Get full details on Articipant levels and benefits at http://artlinkphoenix.com/articipants/.
Early this morning Actors Theatre (ATOP) announced the sad news of its closure. “The simple truth is that the company is out of money,” says a letter sent to supporters.
Operations will cease and assets will be liquidated over the next couple of months. Planned productions of Annapurna, Stage Kiss and The Year of Magical Thinking are cancelled, and ATOP won’t be able to afford to refund tickets. “We’re hoping that our patrons and supporters will consider taking the expense as a tax deduction,” says the company.
Actor Theatre has teetered on the brink for the past few years, sending out several pleas for help and reorganizing. Despite drastic cost-cutting measures — ending its resident company status at the Herberger Theater Center, downsizing administration to two full-time employees, and operating on a shoestring budget — ATOP maintained its high production quality, offering powerful shows with minimal stage dressing.
Organizations including Arizona Opera, Phoenix Theatre and Black Theatre Troupe provided support and venue assistance, while a devoted audience base continued to offer encouragement to the struggling company.
In the end, it just wasn’t enough. ATOP’s board unanimously voted to close, and will work with Managing Director Erica Black and Producing Artistic Director Matthew Wiener to wrap up business.
Wiener spent nearly 20 years leading the troupe after coming from a four-year stint as Arizona Theatre Company’s associate artistic director in the early 1990s.
Actors Theatre’s legacy includes almost 29 years of great productions, which often emphasized the company’s dedication to working with talented local actors.
“Among our strongest guiding principles is to pay everyone — and that includes artists and arts workers — a living wage,” said ATOP’s announcement. “…But our donor base and individual and season ticket sales were not substantial enough to provide the financial resources to support the cost structure of professional artists….”
Never afraid to present work written by less-famous playwrights, ATOP took pride in kindling thoughtful conversation and inciting visceral reactions in audiences. The company will be missed.
Whether you prefer to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit or rebel against the trappings of the season, you’ll find your fun downtown with a few of Phoenix’s quirkier activities. Adults-only theater pushes the envelope with A Bloody Mary Christmas while unique Christmas light tours appeal to all ages, and puppetry and dance shows keep kids jolly.
Ballet Arizona offers the usual fairies and sugarplums at Symphony Hall with its spectacular, highly acclaimed production of The Nutcracker (through December 28), reinvented a few years ago by artistic director Ib Andersen. Tchaikovsky’s familiar music performed by The Phoenix Symphony can’t be beat, and a family four-pack includes parking, premium seats, a photo with the Sugarplum Fairy and hot cocoa.
If you prefer the music of a different Russian, try Snow Queen at Herberger Theater Center’s Stage West (through Dec. 21), choreographed by Frances Smith Cohen and presented by Center Dance Ensemble. Hans Christian Andersen’s tale comes to life with melodies by Sergei Prokofiev. Take a midday work break, buy or bring your lunch, and sample the Lunch Time Dance Theater option for only $6.
In addition to the occasional wickedly subversive 18+ puppet slam, Great Arizona Puppet Theater provides a steady stream of funny shows for children young and old. The Night Before Christmas (through December 28) features joyful music and stories.
For those who love cinema, FilmBar offers a glorious month full of movies in an intimate 70-seat venue with the added bonus of a beer and wine bar (alcohol with popcorn — what could be better?). December’s options include The Captive, The Babadook, Bad Santa and Free the Nipple (both on the Naughty & Nice Film Series), Awake: The Life of Yogananda, and the incomparable Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Foreign films include Luis Buñuel’s The Exterminating Angel (El ángel exterminador) and Louis Malle’s Zazie dans le metro as a double feature. And don’t miss Opera at FilmBar — December 19 brings Gioachino Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella) from the Gran Teatre del Liceu, starring a sparkling Joyce DiDonato and the yummy Juan Diego Flórez.
The calendar’s packed at Crescent Ballroom, where Cocina 10’s food and drink are complemented by the stories of Chow Bella’s Eating Christmas (December 16). For a canned food donation you’ll hear food-themed tales of holiday adventure (for ages 21 and older). Otherwise, try “Life’s a Drag. Party Like a Queen” (December 18) with interactive games, “Truth, Drag or Dare,” and drink specials all hosted by Olivia Gardens.
Phoenix Theatre serves a full plate of seasonal cheer with Holiday Classics From Screen to Stage (December 18-21), when Arizona Opera singers croon holiday favorites from films like Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, Love Actually, A Charlie Brown Christmas and more. Vocalist Dennis Rowland takes the stage with the Greg Warner Project and special guest Diana Lee for the Holiday Jazz Cabaret (December 22-24) and a range of Christmas classics. And you’re sure to have a jolly holiday with Mary Poppins (through December 28), an eye-popping fast-paced feast of color, song, dance, and special effects including Valley favorite Toby Yatso as a tap-dancing, levitating chimney sweep.
Back in the realm of adults-only entertainment, Space 55 pulls out all the stops for the fifth year of A Bloody Mary Christmas (through December 21), in which Sun City retirees sing, dance, and battle a heartless homeowners’ association. Set to original music by Dangerville and Samson Says, Bloody Mary showcases Toni Jourdan, Lee Quarrie, Paula McKenny and Bob Peters. 7 Minutes Under the Mistletoe (December 20) gives local performers their seven minutes in the sun with an opportunity to do whatever they want — interpretive dance, dinosaur burlesque, competitive doughnut eating, action figure battles…even naked stage magic. Who knows what you’ll see?
Other Space 55 shows include Storyline: A Winter’s Tale (December 19), part of a monthly storytelling showcase, and Resolutions! A new show for an old year (December 31), a good warm-up for your New Year’s Eve party or downtown’s Flannel Ball.
“Hip Historian” Marshall Shore brings a big yellow school bus to The Clarendon Hotel as the launch point for his Christmas Lights Tours (December 16, 18 & 23). “We cruise through Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa,” says Shore. “I curate for the most jaw-dropping displays that I can locate.” Join in the caroling and live music with your very own kazoo (provided), or sit back and enjoy Shore’s talents as a storyteller while you see commercial, private home and religious displays.
If you go:
- Ballet Arizona: The Nutcracker (through December 28)
- Center Dance Ensemble: Snow Queen (through December 21)
- at Herberger Theater Center’s Stage West, 222 E. Monroe
- visit centerdance.com or call 602-252-8497
- Great Arizona Puppet Theater: The Night Before Christmas (through December 28)
- in the GAPT’s lovely renovated historic 1929 LDS 2nd Ward Church, 302 W. Latham
- visit azpuppets.org or call 602-262-2050
- 815 N. 2nd St.
- visit thefilmbarphx.com or call 602-595-9187
- Crescent Ballroom and Cocina 10
- 308 N. 2nd Ave.
- visit crescentphx.com or call 602-716-2222
- Phoenix Theatre
- 100 E. McDowell Rd.
- visit phoenixtheatre.com or call 602-254-2151
- Space 55
- 636 E. Pierce St.
- visit space55.org
- “Hip Historian” Marshall Shore: Christmas Lights Tours (December 16, 18 & 23)
Schedules are subject to change. For more holiday diversions visit DowntownPhoenix.com: