Phoenix Transforms Retired Well Sites into Public Art Spaceshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/2328Arts and Culture5/2/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2328/PHXNewsroom_Neighborhood_Vista050222.jpgPhoenix Transforms Retired Well Sites into Public Art Spaces<div class="ExternalClassD4248C0E27584AC7B987DEC563DE5DFA"><html> <p> As part of an ongoing effort to repurpose retired well sites, the City of Phoenix Water Services and Office of Arts + Culture have collaborated to transform a previously inaccessible lot into an engaging sculpture garden at <a href="https://goo.gl/maps/PuxSUAHa8TzCQWgX6" target="_blank">63rd Ave. and Osborn Rd.</a><br></p>The “Neighborhood Vista" project enhances the former Well Site 156, a decommissioned well that provided water to the surrounding neighborhood as far back as the 1940s. With the well site no longer active, the lot housing the well offered little continued benefit to the surrounding community. In 2019, this site was selected as the fourth location to be developed as part of the Community Well Enhancement Program.<br><br>Local artist Jeff Zischke saw the space as an opportunity to create a sculptural garden that tells the story of the past, present, future, and diversity of the community that has grown around, partly because of, the historical well. This space integrates large steel sculptures with indigenous flora, connected by a walking path that provides in of the sculptural elements.<br><br>To further enhance the experience, an <a href="https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/966cc54a73ca4c93a9a653b236aea02f" target="_blank">interactive story map</a> is available, providing historic context for the site, details about the design process, and insights from the artist.<br><br>On Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at 4 p.m., we invite the community to share in the dedication of Neighborhood Vista and to experience the space firsthand.<br><br> <p style="text-align:center;"> <br> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <span style="color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;background-color:window;"> <a target="_blank" href="/artssite/MediaAssets/WS156InviteEng.png" title=""><img src="/artssite/MediaAssets/WS156InviteEng.png" alt="Neighborhood Vista Dedication Invitation" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:397px;" />​</a> <br> </span> </p> <p> <span style="color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;background-color:window;"> <br> </span> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C
New Online Art Map Now Availablehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/2109Arts and Culture10/18/2021 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2109/Newsroom_Arts_101.pngNew Online Art Map Now Available<div class="ExternalClass06124B5CC9624C1BB9077FA6294DA5B4"><html> <div>​The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s new online <a href="/arts/publicartmap" target="_blank">Public Art Map​</a> is up and ready for self-guided tours. It features more than 200 major public art projects created throughout Phoenix by the city’s award-winning Public Art Program. <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Each point on the map contains a description highlighting key information about the artist and project. The works range from pedestrian bridges, underpasses, streetscapes, community water facilities and canal projects to monumental indoor and outdoor sculptures, and artist-designed terrazzo floors and installations at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“Art is everywhere, and now Phoenix residents and visitors have the opportunity to explore the city’s public art collection,” said Mitch Menchaca, director of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. “They can visit these iconic pieces or learn about them without having to leave home. These pieces belong to the community, and we are thrilled to provide this kind of access and information to the public.”</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The map is available on the web, and via your mobile device. Find the public art near you at <a href="/arts/publicartmap" target="_blank">www.phoenix.gov/arts/publicartmap</a>.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture was established in 1985 to champion and sustain the City's arts and culture community to make Phoenix a great place to live, work, and visit. The Public Art Program was created to build a more beautiful and vibrant city.  Since its inception, it has created more than 200 major projects and become a national leader by involving artists with other design professionals to create a wide range of public buildings, spaces and infrastructure.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C
88 Arts & Culture Organizations Receive $2.6M ARPA Fundinghttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/2063Arts and Culture9/15/2021 8:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2063/Newsroom_ARPA_Theatre.jpg 88 Arts & Culture Organizations Receive $2.6M ARPA Funding<div class="ExternalClass25D69ADBDA8144C9AF0A2E84A6753BB5"><html>​​The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture announced emergency relief grants to 88 nonprofit arts and culture organizations as part of the city's American Rescue Plan Act funding. The Phoenix City Council approved using federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds on June 8, 2021, for the Office of Arts and Culture to support nonprofit arts and culture organizations and artists still hurting financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also fund a mix of workforce and economic development initiatives and community programs.<br> <br>As part of the ARPA funding, $2.65 million has been allocated to the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Stabilization Grants program. These funds will provide one-time emergency recovery grants to Phoenix's arts and culture organizations of all sizes. Funding can be used to manage their operations, personnel, and programming as they welcome back audiences, guests, and patrons to their services to demonstrate intent, commitment, and strategies to sustain well beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.<br><br>"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to support the arts and culture sector in such a meaningful way during the pandemic," said Mitch Menchaca, executive director of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. "These funds will impact not just the organizations receiving grants, by the artists and workforce they employ, as well as our residents to ensure they have access to cultural services throughout the entire city."<br><br>The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture has an equity strategy that aims to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented marginalized groups' full participation from the agency's programs and strengthen equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts and culture sector for all Phoenix residents. The 88 funded organizations represent all artistic disciplines, budget sizes, and City Council districts.<br><br><a href="/artssite/Documents/ArtsCultureNonprofitStabilizationGrantsRecipients2021.pdf" target="_blank">Full List of Organizational Grantees</a> (PDF)<br><br>The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture also announced another ARPA grant program, the Arts Career Advancement Grants. This funding will help support artists and arts workers who have experienced income and opportunity lost because of COVID-19 and are in the process of rebuilding their arts practice. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Learn more at <a href="http://www.phoenix.gov/arts/grants" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/arts/grants</a>.<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C
Phoenix Arts and Culture Recovery Programhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/1966Arts and Culture6/24/2021 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1966/ARPA 2021 Newsroom Header.PNGPhoenix Arts and Culture Recovery Program<div class="ExternalClassFA838C9599D04F91A12DF89878CB46EB"><html> <p>The local arts community is receiving some much-needed support from the Phoenix City Council, which approved $5 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) federal funding for the Phoenix Arts and Culture Recovery Program. The program will support nonprofit arts and culture organizations and artists still hurting financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also fund a mix of workforce and economic development initiatives and community programs.<br></p> <p>Grants to arts and culture nonprofits will help these organizations recover lost revenues due to the pandemic to reopen stronger to offer cultural services to residents. Prior to the global health crisis, Phoenix arts and culture nonprofits generated nearly 13,000 full-time jobs and delivered $45 million in local and state government revenues. Relief support for individual artists and arts workers will help these micro-businesses and entrepreneurs recover income from lost gigs, commissions and employment to retain their creativity and help their careers flourish in Phoenix.</p> <p>“Businesses are still hurting from the effects of the COVID recession, including our arts community that has been at a standstill," said Mayor Kate Gallego. “Investing in this industry's recovery will bolster our economy and reinvigorate the vibrant culture, activities, and experiences that make Phoenix unique."</p> <p>ARPA funds also will go to other initiatives, including an artist to work program to contract artists to develop projects, installations and performances that will activate a wide range of public spaces, including parks, trails, community centers and neighborhood areas not usually defined or programmed as cultural spaces.  Funding also will be used to help college undergraduates or recent grads obtain full-time internships with arts and culture organizations to receive meaningful on-the-job training and experience working in the cultural sector. Finally, ARPA money will be used for the Office of Arts and Culture to continue its work with trainings, workshops, professional development opportunities and providing resources for financial sustainability, business practices and reopening strategies for local artists and organizations.  </p> <p>“I want to thank Mayor Gallego and City Council for their support of the arts and culture sector," said Mitch Menchaca, director of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. “Arts and culture create a high quality of life, which is beneficial in attracting and retaining businesses and their workers, creating experiences for visitors to Phoenix and making residents want to live here with their families."</p> <p>Details on the Phoenix Arts and Culture Recovery Program will be available online at phoenix.gov/arts in July 2021.​<br></p><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C
Phoenix Seeks Artists to Create 3-D Gateway Monuments in Eastlake Park Neighborhood https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/1953Arts and Culture6/16/2021 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1953/Photos - Eastlake Park Bldg and Memorial - 749 x 421.jpgPhoenix Seeks Artists to Create 3-D Gateway Monuments in Eastlake Park Neighborhood <div class="ExternalClass74B40C40B4B54C0995C316A0E6AC54BD"><html> <p>​PHOENIX— The city of Phoenix is seeking an artist or artist team specializing in three-dimensional works to design two sculptural monuments to celebrate the unique spirit and diversity of the Eastlake Park community's rich history and continuing evolution as a thriving downtown Phoenix neighborhood. The gateway monuments will be located on the southwest corner of 16th and Washington streets and on the southwest corner of 16th and Jefferson streets in the Eastlake Park neighborhood.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p> <strong>Arizona artists are strongly encouraged to apply</strong>. This RFQ process is open to professional artists with a background in three-dimensional artwork in durable media who have collaborative design and project experience. <strong>There is an Information Session on June 17</strong> to provide prospective applicants more information about this Request for Qualifications (RFQ). <strong>Final RFQ submissions are due on July 9</strong>.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p>The selected artist(s) will work closely with the community and the city to create designs for the street sculptures that capture the unique spirit of the community. In addition to a design review by the community, the designs will be reviewed by the Phoenix Housing Department and the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p>For additional details on the application process along with the project budget and scope of work, visit <a target="_blank" href="http://www.phoenix.gov/arts">phoenix.gov/arts</a>.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C
Community Input Sought to Update City of Phoenix Civil Rights Memorial https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/1896Arts and Culture5/12/2021 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1896/Civil Rights Memorial view from the north.JPGCommunity Input Sought to Update City of Phoenix Civil Rights Memorial <div class="ExternalClass4DA3F2A717FC4913B5CAB1B72A09B585"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>The city of Phoenix is seeking community input to update the Civil Rights Memorial located in Eastlake Park, near 16th and Jefferson streets. The memorial, which was completed in January 1997, includes a timeline that denotes honorees and significant historical events that have impacted the civil rights movement over the past 100 years. The city of Phoenix created a Civil Rights Memorial Task Force to update the timeline to include notable accomplishments from 2000 to 2020. The task force seeks the community's input for the final panel of the monument. Recommendations can be of national and statewide events and people. To learn more or to share your ideas by June 30, please visit<a href="/arts/memorial-timeline" target="_blank"> <strong>phoenix.gov/arts/memorial-timeline</strong>.​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br>​</a><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C
Maryvale’s Newest Public Art Is A Time Machinehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/1863Arts and Culture4/21/2021 1:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1863/A Time Machine for Tinaja.JPGMaryvale’s Newest Public Art Is A Time Machine<div class="ExternalClass36E83DD0AC2146B6A565BC436CD927DF"><html> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"></span></div><div><p>Arizona artist Bobby Zokaites and landscape architects from Dig Studio have transformed a city of Phoenix water well site at North 73<sup>rd</sup> Avenue and Crittenden Lane into a new community greenspace. It's the latest in a series of projects that combine public art and landscaping to enhance the security and appearance of inactive city well sites.  </p><p>"This is a great example of how our artists and construction workers can partner with the city and community to enhance our neighborhoods," says District 5 Councilwoman Betty Guardado. "It turned a large vacant lot surrounded by chain link fence into a great new community space, with improved lighting at night."<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p><p>Developed through a partnership between the city's Water Services Department and Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program, the project includes walking paths, sculpture, fencing, lighting, and landscaping.  </p><p>Zokaites created two central sculptures at the site to symbolize the look and feel of water. The two steel and polyurethane arches, 16' and 19' tall, provide a bright, blue landmark and passage for students walking to and from the nearby middle school and high school. Dig Studio arranged the site's rows of native desert trees and other resilient botanicals in sections and rows to symbolize the area's agricultural history and help to reduce the impact of urban heat.  At night, the site's illuminated sculpture, paths and fences brighten a formerly dark stretch of North 73<sup>rd</sup> Avenue. </p><p>The design team drew inspiration for the enhancements from the history of the area and meetings with neighbors and school workshops with more than 100 students at nearby Trevor G. Browne High School. The students and neighbors encouraged the team to incorporate color, shade trees, artwork and night lighting in redesigning the site. <br></p><p>The team turned first to historic aerial photographs to see how the area evolved from desert and farmland, in the 1950s and 1960s, into the residential neighborhoods of today. The aerials also revealed how the site itself changed from a place with an active well supplying an above-ground water tank to a ​fenced empty gravel lot.  These changes led them to imagine the city landscape as a time machine, shifting its form in step with changing community uses and needs. </p><p>The project title, <em>A Time Machine Called</em> <em>Tinaja</em>, refers to just that.  <em>Tinaja </em>is the Spanish word for jar or water jar. It also refers to small natural pockets of water that sit atop the Sonoran desert floor, offering respites for desert travelers – an apt description for this newly beautified Maryvale well site.<br></p></div><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C
Phoenix IN FLUX Kicks Off with Film Screeninghttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/1711Arts and Culture1/19/2021 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1711/Newsroom_Arts_020.jpgPhoenix IN FLUX Kicks Off with Film Screening<div class="ExternalClass30CFB08C3C1947ABBE3502230E9F805B"><html>Phoenix IN FLUX kicks off with a January 22 film screening of The Story of Our Journey. The 51-minute video was created by clarinetist Csaba Jevtic-Somlai, composer Dylan Findley and Their Story is Our Story, an international refugee advocacy organization. The film combines an original musical score and electronic media with interviews of refugees detailing their journeys to America. <a href="/arts/influx" target="_blank">Premiering on the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture website</a>, the performance airs at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 and will be available through 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23.<br><br>The video is inspired by the accounts of refugees who fled life-threatening situations in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Honduras to find safety in Europe and the United States. Through interviews provided by Their Story Is Our Story, the refugees describe their travels across deserts, mountains, forests, and political borders.<br>​<br>Dylan Findley is a prolific, award-winning composer who describes his music as kaleidoscopic. He has a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Csaba Jevtic-Somlai has performed internationally, touring both as a soloist and with a full-scale orchestra. He has a Doctor of Musical Arts from ASU and currently directs band and string orchestras at two Phoenix public elementary schools. The Story of Our Journey was commissioned by the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program.<br><br>This is the first in a series of six IN FLUX performances by Arizona artists and teams. Other featured performers will include the Central AZ Chapter of Barbershop Harmony Society, the team of dancer Nicole L. Olson and ceramic artist Patricia Sannit, Katharine Leigh Simpson, Erin V. Sotak, and the artist collective Whistling Moon. To ensure public safety, most of the events will be presented online. The <a href="/arts/influx" target="_blank">city's In FLUX web page</a> will provide ongoing updates and information about the projects and their schedules.<br><br>IN FLUX is a collaboration with Artlink and five other Valley cities, including Peoria, Chandler, Scottsdale, Tempe and Glendale.<br><br>The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture manages an award-winning public art program, invests nearly $1 million annually in grants to nonprofit arts organizations, oversees eight cultural facilities, including the Gallery @ City Hall, promotes arts learning for youth and professional development opportunities for individual artists, and participates in national studies and research to make a strong case for the arts and demonstrate their economic, social, practical, and educational benefits.<br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C



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