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The 2nd Annual “downtown urban imaginarium,” a weekend of public space-hacking and place gobsmacking in greater downtown Phoenix, takes place April 28 – 30.
This is an open call for adventurous street artists using a variety of techniques that include: stickers, posters, paste-ups, stencils, sculptures, installations, adbusting, woodblocking, yarn bombing, mosaic, chalk art, small-scale paintings, seed bombing, impromptu performance, or any other creative interaction taking place in the urban space.
Answer the call by making your mark in the greater downtown PHX area during this weekend-long Do-It-Yourself (D.I.Y.) tour de force of self-guided creativity, doing it any time between 6 p.m. on Friday night and Sunday at 6 p.m.
Downtown PHX is our working environment and its public visual surfaces our canvas. We have a deep identification and empathy with the city. Our work is implemented here, as a form of protest, critique, irony, humor, beauty, celebration, subversion, or clever prank.
Make it. Place it. Document it. Post a photo online. #DIYPHX2017
Street art coverage for this event extends to all of greater downtown PHX, but three areas are especially noteworthy:
Located in the urban core, downtown’s world-renowned Roosevelt Row Luxury Living & Good Eats District is known for its award-winning restaurants, boutiques, live music, and cultural amenities.
LOWER GRAND AVE
Running from the 7th Ave. & Van Buren intersection to just north of the 15th Ave. & Roosevelt St. intersection, Lower Grand Ave. retains a quirky urban commercial feel, and includes many examples of street art (from yarnbombing to planter mosaics) among the independently-owned and artist-run businesses located in the area.
Just south of the railroad tracks (between the 7s), downtown’s Phoenix Warehouse District draws creative ventures and tech start-ups alike. However, when it comes to street art, the area is a blank slate. Let’s change that!
Launched in 2016, by Pete Petrisko & Stacey Champion, the annual “downtown urban imaginarium” is a Do-It-Yourself (D.I.Y.) tour de force of self-guided street art creativity, held the last weekend in April each year.
For more information, helpful hints, and local street art examples, go to the Show It! Say It! Do It! Downtown Street Art Challenge Facebook event page.
Photos courtesy of Pete Petrisko.