Art Detour celebrates 30th anniversary with six-day art walk
March 15, 2018
Phoenix’s original art walk, Art Detour celebrates its 30th anniversary as the city’s greatest opportunity to connect working artists with the community.
Downtown Phoenix’s art scene has become more loved by the community as they familiarize themselves with First Friday, Third Friday and other art and culture events. Restaurants and coffee shops engage with the artists as well, hanging their pieces on the walls, because without them there wouldn’t be much of a downtown scene.
“Art Detour was the first time artists banned together and decided to work together to promote themselves and invite phoenix residents to explore the city and discover a new part of town through the arts,” Publisher of Downtown Phoenix Journal Catrina Kahler says.
Art Detour gives the community a chance for a behind the scenes look as artists open their studios to the public for most likely the only time that year. Kahler says the impact of the artists contributions to the districts is immeasurable.
“This year with Art Detour 30, as we celebrate 30 years, what we’re doing is celebrating the development of the districts and obviously the destinations within districts and honoring the artist contribution,” Kahler says.
Art Detour is typically a weekend-only event, but this year it has expanded to a six day celebration. It kicks off with the 6th annual Art d’Core Gala on March 15 at Warehouse 215 @ Bentley Projects in which Mayor Greg Stanton will make an appearance to toast the event. The weekend will be dedicated to exploring the art districts and studios. It will end with two symposiums. The first on March 19 will be at Crescent Ballroom for azcentral’s Who’s Next series which will be promoting the conversation between arhitecture and art. The second symposium on March 20 will feature an open and honest discussion about contemporary art at the Phoenix Art Museum.
For more information on Art Detour, visit artdetour.com.