Downtown is Throwing a Spectacular Party and YOU ARE INVITED!

We love a good party, and especially one that celebrates the unique qualities of our downtown. That means we can’t wait for this Saturday’s free Art d’Core Gala at Crescent Ballroom.

Join with Artlink, Downtown Phoenix, Inc., Mayor Greg Stanton, artists, business leaders, and lovers of all things downtown to celebrate the essential role that the arts play in making Phoenix special.

This event promises to be a feast for the eyes and ears with art installations, video projections, music, food and drink.

Mayor Greg Stanton will highlight the significant progress of downtown Phoenix during his first “Celebrate Downtown” address at the event, marking the collaborative contributions of businesses, entrepreneurs, artists and his own agenda to rebuild neighborhood identity, culture and business.

The event is Artlink’s kick-off to Art Detour 26, March 8-9, Artlink will be exhibiting artwork provided by artists who will be opening their studios for Detour weekend.

Another featured installation will be the Phoenix Phabulous History Mural, making its debut at the Gala. The mural, created by local artists with help from Phoenix historians, authors and storytellers, is the the initial collection of 12 murals portrays nine distinct Phoenix time periods.

The music and video experience will be provided by DJ Sean Watson and Matt Castleberry. Food and drink will be available for purchase from Crescent Ballroom, including three signature cocktails created specially for the event: the Phoenix Sunrise, Living in Color, and City Blue. The Paletas Betty food truck will have gourmet ices.

In addition to the art, music and food, and the Mayor’s address,  Walter the Bus and Big Red will bring lights and excitement to the street outside Crescent Ballroom. Residents of Walter Studios, Walter is a huge, oversized VW bus built on the frame of a Walter fire engine, and Big Red is an equally oversized VW Bug. Equipped with a sound system and a dazzling array of lights, both Walter and Big Red will provide a larger-than-life street experience for gala attendees.

For 26 years, Artlink, Inc. has been encouraging people to discover downtown through the arts. Over that time, the artists and arts entrepreneurs that make downtown their home have had a profoundly positive impact on our city. So…polish your dancing shoes and deck yourself out in your fanciest, most colorful attire and join the liveliest party of the spring!

If You Go

What: Art d’Core Gala (Dress colorfully in “fun formal” attire.)

When: Saturday, March 1, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Where: Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave.

Tickets: Admission is free. RSVP here. The event is open to all ages.