Arts & Culture
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
David Krietor has served as CEO of the newly-formed Downtown Phoenix, Inc. (“DPI”) since April 8, 2013. In that time, he has begun work with community stakeholders to develop the downtown we want. “Your Downtown” shares his thoughts and DPI’s progress with the downtown community and beyond. Read the other chats here.
The winter holidays are behind us. You may have attended one of the numerous rollicking New Year’s Eve parties downtown, possibly even the inaugural Flannel Ball on Roosevelt Row. Now a new year is upon us, and it should be an amazing one for downtown Phoenix.
First of all, Downtown Phoenix Inc. has worked very hard over the last 18 months to be a collaborative junction between business, city government, and the community. As of January 1, the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Downtown Phoenix Community Development Corporation, and Phoenix Community Alliance officially became affiliates of DPI with all of our employees working under one administrative umbrella. This will involve some staff reassignments to maximize effectiveness, foster synergy, and expand our reach, services, and connectivity. You’ll be hearing more about these changes over the next several weeks.
I want to thank DPI’s financial supporters whose ongoing commitment to downtown and our organization allows us to do our work: Alliance Bank, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Public Service, City of Phoenix, Freeport-McMoRan, Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lewis Roca Rothgerber, Local Initiatives Support Corp., Phoenix Suns, RED Development, and UnitedHealthcare.
You may have heard something called the NFL Pro Bowl and Super Bowl are coming to the Valley very, very soon. These events will bring one million visitors to Downtown Phoenix for Super Bowl Central and make our city the epicenter of public events and media outreach.
- Organizers plan broad experience for Super Bowl in Arizona
- Valley Metro offers pass, extended hours for Super Bowl
- Going to Phoenix for the Super Bowl? Here are some great travel ideas
- Fez restaurant moves to downtown
- Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel to award local entrepreneur a free restaurant
- Devoured Culinary Classic returns to Phoenix Art Museum, March 7-8
- Officials contemplate extension for transportation tax
- Parking is just one piece of the larger downtown planning puzzle
- Once-bleak downtown poised to add even more apartments
- “Containers on Grand” to bring new residential option to downtown
- Tuft and Needle, online mattress retailer, opens downtown showroom
- How downtown’s Seeds for Autism epitomizes the rise of purpose-driven business
- McDowell Mountain Music Festival announces 2015 lineup
- Use bike-sharing app for quick, inexpensive ride around Phoenix
Appreciate Our Art & History
- Phoenix rediscovers historic face worth saving
- Retail makeover planned for historic downtown grocery
- Plans scrapped for Roosevelt Row historic renovation and housing project
- Petition seeks adaptive reuse of vintage Roosevelt Row building and mural preservation
- Artists and arts related businesses urged to become Artlink Articipants
Help the Less Fortunate
- County may close Phoenix homeless shelters
- Cold weather causes crowded homeless shelters in downtown Phoenix
- Phoenix police aim to deter, track bike theft
- Phoenix resuscitates four-year-old initiative to foster police-resident dialogue
- Fire rips through noted downtown restaurant, La Tolteca
More and more people are realizing downtown Phoenix is full of hidden gems. It was great to read about the recent experience of Christopher Muther, Boston Globe reporter, of first trying to catch his bearings in our spread-out city and then finding enjoyable, enlivening hidden gems in and around downtown, particularly the Roosevelt Row Arts District.
Thank you, as always, for your ongoing interest and support of downtown Phoenix. Let’s hit one of the top 10 most Instagramed restaurants in Phoenix (five of which are in downtown).
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“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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The 2nd Annual Phoenix Rock Lottery will be held on Saturday January 17th at the Crescent Ballroom in downtown Phoenix
On the morning of 1/17, 25 musicians from some of Arizona’s best bands will meet and a lottery will be held to create 5 new bands. Those bands will then have that day, and only that day, to write and rehearse a set to perform live in concert that night. None of the musicians will have any knowledge prior to that day who they will be paired up with. The format will have each band writing 3 original songs and learning one cover.
The list of musicians volunteering for the Phoenix Rock Lottery includes members of some of Phoenix’s most prominent bands; Black Carl, Jimmy Eat World, Lymbyc Systym, as well as from some of the best new set bands making a name for them selves today; Playboy Manbaby, Twin Ponies and Fairy Bones.
The first Phoenix Rock Lottery was held at Crescent Ballroom on February 9th, 2014. The show was named “BestClub Show Phoenix 2014” in the Phoenix New Times “Best Of Phoenix” issue, describing the event as “yielding goods that had Phoenix feeling pretty damn great about its music scene.”
That first edition featured 20 musicians creating 4 bands, the 2nd edition has expanded to 25 performers and will create one more band. The second edition has a few musicians who participated in the first while mostly being comprised of a new set of songwriters.
Proceeds of the Phoenix Rock Lottery benefit Rosie’s House and their mission to give the underserved youth of greater Phoenix the gift of music education.
Complete list of musicians performing in the 2015 Phoenix Rock Lottery:
- Jason Roedl (of Mergence)
- Josh Carlson (of IAMWE)
- Mike Bell (of Lymbyc Systym)
- David Marquez (of Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra / Sweetbleeders)
- Ian Metzger (of The Gentle Hits / Dear And The Headlights)
- Bob Hoag (of Samuel L Cool J / The Love Me Nots)
- Chan Schulman (of Harper and The Moths / Dead Eyes Of London)
- Illya Riske (of There Is Danger / The Whisperlights)
- David Cosme (of Playboy Manbaby)
- Wayne Jones (of Twin Ponies)
- Steff Koeppen (of Steff and The Articles)
- Matthew Foos (of Fairy Bones)
- Jim Adkins (of Jimmy Eat World)
- Gabe Williams (of Bears of Manitou)
- Mickey Pangburn (of The Prowling Kind)
- Alex Kling (of Slowpoke / Flying Scorpion)
- Justin Weir (of Celebration Guns)
- Micah Bentley (of Wild Earth)
- Trevor James Tillery (of Brotherun / Raining And Ok)
- Emma Pew (of Black Carl)
- Megyn Neff (North Brother Island/Jon Rauhouse Orchestra)
- Robin Vining (of Sweetbleeders / Jimmy Eat World)
- Aaron Went (of Source Victoria)
- Ehren Stonner (of Treasurefruit / Snaketown)
- Danny Torgersen (of Captain Squeegee)
Psyko Steve Presents The Second Annual
PHOENIX ROCK LOTTERY
25 Musicians Start The Day, 5 Bands End it!
Saturday January 17, 2015
Featured image Jason Roedl of Mergence. Images courtesy of Kachina Creative Studios.
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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/.