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Phoenix Center for the Arts has partnered with The Breadfruit & Rum Bar, Roosevelt Row CDC, and State Representative Ken Clark to present Spirit of the Arts, a truly unique fundraiser that seeks to repair and beautify one of the most visible buildings in Downtown Phoenix, Phoenix Center for the Arts. Spirit of the Arts will be held Saturday, August 15, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Phoenix Center for the Arts.
Local and nationally acclaimed artists from all mediums have been commissioned to convert discarded rum bottles from The Breadfruit & Rum Bar into works of art. Proceeds from the auction of these art works will be used towards the improvement of the building. Participating artists include Oliverio Balcells, Curt Condrat, Ingrid Donaldson, Greg Esser, Cynthia Flores de Zarza, Kay Grams, Lauren Henschen, Kristine Kollasch, Bob Martin, Hugo Medina, Rick Naimark, Kat Perez, Fred Ullrich Jr., and Denise Yaghmaourian. Event tickets cost $75 each and can be purchased by visitingphoenixcenterforthearts.org/spirit. VIP tickets are available for $125. All tickets include complimentary beverage tickets.
The evening’s festivities include rum samples, live music, art, silent auction, raffle, delicious food from Paz Cantina and Fair Trade Cafe, beer and wine, and theArizona Storytellers Project, emceed by Rachel Egboro with storytellers Dwayne Allen, Mari Giddings, Dan Hull, and Pnina Levine.
Since 2011, the Arizona Storytellers Project has been dedicated to the idea that oral storytelling and journalism have the same goals: serving and reflecting a community while fostering empathy among those people. These nights blend the authenticity and hype-free discipline of storytelling as an art form, with the truthfulness, community-building and empowerment.
Over the past year, The Breadfruit & Rum Bar has collected hundreds of these rum bottles, which would have otherwise ended up as trash, to support this endeavor. “These bottles came from rum-producing regions all over the world, says The Breadfruit & Rum Bar Co-Owner, Dwayne Allen. “Each bottle has been carefully considered and crafted to embody the spirit its origin. These bottles have intrinsic value and can serve to inspire and delight just as they did when they were filled with rum. As they collect dust, their labels fade, they crack and chip from neglect. Similarly, the Phoenix Center for the Arts campus, though well-used and well-loved, is cracked, chipped, and faded. It deserves to be ‘dusted off’ and given a chance to shine as our front door to downtown Phoenix.”
Phoenix Center for the Arts is a non-profit operated City of Phoenix facility that borders Margaret T. Hance Park (also known as the Deck Park) on Third Street, just north of Roosevelt. The City acquired the campus – a former Baptist church – in 1975 when construction of Interstate 10 began. Since then, the facility has continued to serve thousands of Valley residents each and every year. The Center has truly blossomed in the past 4 years since “going nonprofit,” having grown by nearly 500% since 2011. Most recently, the buzz behind the new Hance Park Master Plan has increased the Center’s visibility and bolstered community awareness of Phoenix Center for the Arts’ role in shaping our local culture and arts community.
The southbound Third Street corridor has long been considered a major gateway to downtown Phoenix. It offers a magnificent view of the Downtown skyline that ushers motorist and pedestrians into the urban heart of the City of Phoenix, as well as the State of Arizona. One cannot help but notice the historic red brick building, which boasts a majestic staircase and monumental pillars. The mere sight of it conjures memories of downtown Phoenix in its formative years.
“Unfortunately, as it sits today, this great piece of our community’s history is in a state of relative disrepair, says State Representative, Ken Clark. “We are excited to work with community leaders to bring back the building’s original charm in support of arts in Arizona.” The building itself is 84 years old and has served the community as an Arts Center for nearly 40 years. In fact, the Spirit of the Arts event will serve as the first of many Anniversary events.
Joseph Benesh, Director of Phoenix Center for the Arts states: “This is about placemaking and historic preservation. Our objective is to return the Phoenix Center for the Arts facade to a state that accurately represents the value of its history, the importance it holds for our community today, and the potential it will possess in years to come.”
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Phoenix Festival of the Arts Announces Entertainment
Third annual event takes Downtown by storm December 12-14, 2014
Phoenix Center for the Arts presents the third annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts, sponsored in part by APS and Lou & Evelyn Grubb. Phoenix Festival of the Arts takes place in the heart of Downtown Phoenix at Margaret T. Hance Park, December 12-14, 2014.
Phoenix Festival of the Arts packs three full days with live arts and entertainment, plus over 125 vendor booths! Those wishing to express their inner artist can get their feet wet with The Phoenix Mural a hands-on community art project organized by acclaimed local muralist and Valley favorite, Hugo Medina.
One very unique aspect of this year’s Festival is the addition of several mini festivals, taking place within the Phoenix Center for the Arts Third Street Theater, adjacent to the Festival ground.
Dance, Dance Saturday – Saturday, December 14, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Description: Dance, Dance Saturday showcases several local dance companies as well as young performers from local schools. This performance unites up-and-coming dancers with professionals, together on one stage!
Phoenix Film Festival Presents “Netherbeast Incorporated” – Saturday, December 14, 5:00-8:00pm
Description: Netherbeast Incorporated is a locally made feature that was a big hit at the 2014 Phoenix Film Festival! It was developed based on a short film that will be shown before the film, meanwhile one of the producers/writers will be in attendance and possibly some of the cast.
Infuse – Open Mic – Sunday, December 15. Sign-up at 5:30pm. Showtime 6:00-9:00pm.
Description: Infuse – Open Mic is the Valley’s most diverse open mic. Love, respect, and encouraging community growth are experienced by all through the heartfelt expression of each artist’s performance.
Phoenix Festival of the Arts Poetry Slam – Sunday, December 15, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Description: For the third year in a row the Phoenix Festival of the Arts Poetry Slam will enlighten and entertain as Arizona’s best slam poets come to compete for cash prizes!
Festival attendees can grab a bite from one of several local food trucks, then sit back, relax, and catch some tunes at the Festival’s beer and wine garden presented by Hensley Beverage Company. Participating food vendors include: Waldo’s BBQ, Spice It Up, The Roasted Shallot, Paletas Betty, Mamma Toledo’s, Comfort Cravings Gourmet Food Truck, Cactus Corn, Cold Stone Creamery, Satay Hut, 2 Fat Guys Grilled Cheese, United Steaks of Cheese, and Short Leash Hot Dogs!
3:15pm – 4:00pm – Keli Rutledge
4:20pm – 5:20pm – Scott Baker
5:40pm – 6:40pm – Shaye Jennings
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Lee Perreira
10:00am – 12:00pm – AZ Music Project – Variety Show
12:10pm – 12:50pm – Phoenix Children’s Chorus
1:00pm – 2:00pm – Levi Waskom
2:10pm – 2:40pm – Flamenco del Sol – Spanish Ole’
3:00pm – 4:00pm – The Blue Goats
4:20pm – 5:20pm – Adam Smith
5:40pm – 6:40pm – Banana Gun
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Captain Squeegee
10:00am – 11:00am – Rock n’ Roll High School
11:10am – 11:50am – Desert Sounds Mariachi
12:00am – 1:00pm – India Showcase
1:20pm – 2:20pm – Donald Harrington
2:40pm – 3:40pm – Carol Pacey & The Honey Shakers
4:00pm – 5:00pm – Japhy’s Descent
Five main components of the event:
• Art vendors, who will be selling locally made original art.
• Participation of Valley arts and cultural organizations, small and large.
• Performances from poetry, choirs, dance, hip-hop, symphony, and folk.
• Family Zone, which will be a hands-on area for the youth to discover and play with art.
• Delicious food from local food trucks and beverages provided by Hensley.
If you go:
Event: The Third Annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts
Dates: December 12-14, 2014
Hours: Friday, December 12 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, December 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Anticipated Attendance: 10,000
Where: Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix AZ 85004
Parking/Transportation: Limited public parking available in the Phoenix Center for the Arts parking lot (enter from 3rd Street, just North of Moreland). Street parking is also available on 1st and 2nd streets, as well as Moreland. Avoid the hassle and take METRO Light Rail to the McDowell/Central Ave or Roosevelt/Central Ave. Bike racks are also available.
Don’t miss the once-a-year opportunity to peer into the studios of working artists and wander through galleries during Artlink’s Art Detour 26 this weekend. Along with the top art venues of downtown Phoenix and countless pop-up exhibits, dozens of painters, sculptors, photographers, glassblowers, and other creative minds open the doors of their private space to curious visitors.
With the event map in hand, art lovers can explore more than 100 stops on a two-day self-guided tour, many within convenient walking distance of the free Art Detour shuttle route. Docents ride along on two London-style double-decker buses circulating continuously at 20-minute intervals between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, while four information hubs at Phoenix Art Museum, Oasis on Grand, CityScape, and the Arizona Center provide volunteers ready to answer questions.
The adventure begins this evening with a greater-than-usual array of First Friday opportunities, including an open rehearsal by the Phoenix Chorale at Trinity Cathedral. While you’re there, check out Olney Gallery’s Color Color Color! exhibition, featuring work by Kaori Takamura, Sarah Kriehn, and Christopher Jagmin.
Elsewhere, the weekend is filled with live music — along with a multitude of casual performances like Bones of Folk’s Danyul Kostin at Oasis on Grand and the Moonlight Howlers at The Lost Leaf, tonight’s ambitious Viva Phx festival brings 70 groups — including Sir Mix-A-Lot, The Neighbourhood, Black Carl, Tobie Milford, and Pinback — to 14 venues ranging from Crescent Ballroom to the Hotel San Carlos to the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center. The next day, Phoenix Blues Society’s Blues Blast ’14 fills Saturday with tunes from Hans Olson, Leon J’s JukeJoint, the Mike Eldred Trio, and other Rhythm Room stars at Margaret T. Hance Park — show an Art Detour map for a ticket discount.
Once your ears are satiated, fill your eyes with images from Artlink board member Hugo Medina, curator of the Phoenix Phabulous History Mural showing at Walter Studios. “I think it’s important that artists keep creating, pulling forward, which I try to do with my own work as well,” he says. “Phoenix is a phenomenal destination…. We’ve just got to start getting the collectors to start coming out, and that’s the challenge.”
For the month of March, R. Pela Contemporary Art will display Banned at the Herberger, including part of a controversial canceled show originally scheduled last fall at the Herberger Theater Center Art Gallery. The exhibit includes work by Mike Ford, Ronnie Ray Mendez, and Lisa Albinger. “Mike Ford’s photographs, about his relationship with his mother who has Alzheimer’s disease, have such depth,” says curator Robrt Pela. “There’s sadness, and camp, and real emotion. I had to share them.”
He continues, “I think that the art that I’m showing…I want there to be craftsmanship and beauty, but there has to be another element too…some commentary, some politics, some pain. It can’t just be something that’s lovely to look at because that isn’t quite enough.”
Other popular, highly-regarded mainstays anchoring First Friday and Art Detour include Practical Art and monOrchid. Great Arizona Puppet Theater offers edgy, quirky, adults-only Puppet Slams both Friday and Saturday nights.
All weekend, kids can find plenty of fun with finger-paint murals, demonstrations, workshops, and other family-friendly activities at Kids’ Detour, various galleries and studios, and the Blues Blast. Retailers and restaurateurs also add to the experience with extended weekend hours and specials.
If you go:
- Artlink First Friday on March 7
- Viva Phx music festival on March 7
- Phoenix Blues Society’s Blues Blast ’14 on March 8
- Artlink’s Art Detour 26 on March 8-9
If you want to feel a sense of pride and connection to the place you come from, just listen to the stories of the people who live there. This feeling was palpable last Thursday at the storytelling showcase hosted by Phoenix Phabulous Experience, the Phoenix Center for the Arts and The Arizona Republic’s Arizona Storytellers Project.
Those who gathered at the Phoenix Center for the Arts heard stories from every point of Phoenix’s history: from the earliest days of ancient desert life, through each period that led to Phoenix becoming the modern city it is today and even stories predicting what our future might hold.
This event was a critical part of the larger place-making initiative called the Phoenix Phabulous Experience, a project conceptualized by Dr. Carol Poore, who serves as its president and executive producer. The goal is to tell the big story of nine time periods of Phoenix’s history in a widely accessible way.
As a Phoenix native and prominent leader, Poore is deeply engrained in the Phoenix community and felt it needed a unifying piece to create a stronger sense of place.
“How do you tell a big story? It’s through small storytelling,” says Poore.
It’s through stories like the one told by Frank Barrios about Phoenix’s Mexican community in the late 1800’s and by Henry Ong, Jr. about the Chinese community in the early 1900’s.
Or the one told by Ivan Makil about growing up on the Salt-River Pima Maricopa Indian reservation, where Phoenix was seen as the “place over the hill.
Or the one Dr. George Brooks, Jr. told about his father’s connections to the creation of the Head Start program and its introduction in Phoenix.
And Tim O’Neil’s story about why he believes that our rich native legacy, abundant sunshine, education, arts and culture make today’s Arizona the greatest place on earth.
The Phoenix Phabulous Experience will take the threads of these powerful individual stories and weave them into a single tapestry that represents the city’s history.
The first iteration of that tapestry comes in the form of a mural created this past weekend at the Phoenix Festival of the Arts. The piece was created by a team of local artists and led by artist Hugo Medina and will be unveiled during Art Detour in the spring.
“Murals are part of civilization and society since the beginning of time. It’s the first thing we learn how to do, the first thing we learn how to communicate as kids is through art,” says Medina. “It not only adds color and beauty into an environment, but at the same time tells a story.”
The next step is to transform the mural into a large-scale digital installation using 3D projection mapping. This technology has been used in other cities to project cutting-edge 3D videos onto the sides of buildings for promotional events and concerts.
This would create a major visual attraction for downtown Phoenix, one that Poore hopes will become a centerpiece for both locals and visitors to appreciate.
Ideally the installation will make its debut when the Super Bowl returns to Phoenix in 2015.
Poore believes that sharing our stories allows us to understand our neighbors better, and appreciate them as people with ideas, dreams and traditions.
“The small storytelling part of it is just as powerful as the big production.”
Options for living in downtown Phoenix just keep getting better. This week, The Marquee Apartments at 620 North 2nd Avenue staged its Grand Opening in the heart of the Historic Roosevelt District. The Marquee is a smartly realized midcentury apartment complex developed by Community Development Partners, a development team dedicated to providing high quality, affordable housing to income-restricted seniors.
If you are 62 and over and living with a limited income, this renovated complex offers easy access to light rail, Hance Park, the main library, the post office, the Public Market and a host of cafes and coffee shops, all within an easy walk.
Built in 1958, the Marquee suffered years of neglect before being chosen by Community Development Partners (CDP) as the perfect place to put their feet down in Phoenix. In describing their focus as developers, Eric Paine, CEO of CDP said, “We are passionate about sustainability, about improving lives, and about helping to build the strong, diverse community that is coming to life along the light rail.”
The building is a good example of midcentury architecture that CDP took great care in preserving by restoring many of the original architectural details. In addition, they integrated sustainable elements designed to make the residents more comfortable while conserving energy, including new solid surface flooring, energy efficient appliances, water conserving plumbing fixtures, Energy Star lighting packages, new electrical infrastructure, new cabinets and countertops, fresh paint and in-unit washers and dryers.
Paine also paid tribute to the impact the arts community has had in helping bring vibrant life to downtown. Local artist Hugo Medina, who spoke at the opening, reiterated the crucial role artists play in building communities when he said, “artists give cities their souls, their character and their color.” The Marquee will honor this impact by working with local artists to curate and display regularly changing exhibitions in the complex’s community center.
Colin Tetreault, Mayor Stanton’s Senior Policy Advisory for Sustainability, emphasized the connection to the building’s “sustainable” history. He pointed out that in 1958 when the building was new, many people had their own vegetable gardens, dried their clothes on clotheslines, darned their socks instead of tossing them, and engaged in a host of other “sustainable” energy-saving activities “before being sustainable was cool.…”
He added, “Projects like the Marquee cultivate the growth of a diverse future for downtown. The people who live here bring their experience, their backgrounds and their energy to the community. Adaptive reuse of properties like the Marquee and the integration of sustainable elements provides benefits to business, and has a direct impact on the quality of life for residents.”
Resident Richard Fox was one of the first tenants to move into the Marquee. He came to Arizona to study at Arcosanti in 1972 and never left. Fox loves his home at the Marquee. “When I was growing up we had a beach house in Florida, and yet, this is still the best place I’ve ever lived,” said Fox. “I moved in over Easter weekend and as night fell I looked out of the bedroom window and could see the full moon shining over the Sheraton. It was beautiful.”
Michael Trailor, from the Arizona Department of Housing pointed out that the main difference between developing affordable housing and market rate housing is the complexity of the financing. In the Marquee, CDP found a way to navigate the process and deliver a smart, efficient and welcome new option for living downtown.
Apartments in the complex are still available, so if you are at least 62 and living with a fixed income, you need to check them out.
Select photography provided by The Marquee, courtesy of Tony Felice PR & Marketing