The following is a message from Sloane Burwell, President of Artlink Inc., the nonprofit organization behind the First Fridays, Third Fridays and the upcoming 23rd annual Art Detour.

In a few short weeks it will be time for Artlink’s Art Detour 23.  We’ve been working hard and you’ll begin to see the marketing for Art Detour starting with the banner ad on the corner of Central Avenue and McDowell Road.

You’ll also start seeing marketing collateral around town, ads going in Java Magazine, Echo Magazine and of course, the New Times. We’re trying some new ideas for promotion and marketing this year and it would be great if everyone would consider joining us.

We’re also working hard on new funding resources and forging strong partnerships with Downtown Phoenix Journal, the Downtown Phoenix Partnership and the Phoenix Community Alliance.

We’re working on ways that keep you more involved and at the same time, bring more awareness to participating spaces.

In this regard, we are extending Art Detour’s signup to help make that happen. Please consider signing up by First Friday. [download id=”7″]

I’d be happy to meet people again at the Phoenix Public Market during lunch, or feel free to drop it off at either Just Breathe (828 N. 2nd St.) or After Hours Gallery (116 W. McDowell Rd.). Additionally, if you email me personally, I’d be happy to make arrangements to pick up applications during First Friday.

We’re having Artlink Art Detour meetings weekly now, for neighborhood representatives, participating galleries and key volunteers. I’ll be emailing with details for spaces that are participating.

We hope everyone has a great First Friday,