The Group that Sparked The Arts Renaissance in Downtown Phoenix Announces the Return of Art Detour – A Month-Long March

Celebration of the Visual, Performing and Culinary Arts, Including Fashion Design, Public Art and

The Arts and Culture Party of the Year –
Art d’Core Gala
Hosted at Park Central on
Saturday, March 11th

Attention art lovers!  Artlink, the non-profit credited with establishing Downtown Phoenix’s amazing First Fridays and the organization responsible for connecting artists and businesses to the community is proud to announce the month-long celebration of Art Detour, which celebrates its 35th year March 1st – March 31st.

As Phoenix’s original art walk, Art Detour is an all-inclusive celebration of art, creativity and culture that features events and exhibitions throughout the state.

2Attendees will enjoy a broad spectrum of art forms and integrated themes including the visual, performing and culinary arts, as well as fashion design, public art and more.  The event schedule offers art patrons, collectors and art lovers a broader range of ways in which to engage with artists and destinations throughout the state, including “Detour Daytrips” that will highlight destinations throughout Arizona, in partnership with Arizona Commission on the Arts.

A highlight of the month-long celebration is the Art d’Core Gala which is held at Park Central on Saturday, March 11th starting at 6:00pm.

The “Rays of Light” theme for the milestone 10th Annual Art d’Core Gala celebrates the energy of the moment and is in recognition of artists, donors, businesses, collectors, advocates and civic leaders who energize a creative culture that significantly contributes to our community and economy.

Guests can enjoy a sparkling showcase of artistry that spotlights those who contribute to Arizona’s creativity and community.

Honorary Chair Oscar De las salas will host the evening that honors Former Arizona Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers, Arizona Representatives Marcelino Quiñonez and Justin Wilmeth, Gallery Owner Lisa Sette and The Carmody Foundation.

“This is a milestone year as Art Detour turns 35 and as we mark the 10th year of the Art d’Core Gala with a distinguished slate of honorees and exhibiting artists,” said Catrina Kahler, president and CEO of Artlink. “Art Detour is expanding its reach to include more of Arizona, and Art d’Core is reaching new heights with an eye-popping exhibition produced by creators of visual, performing, and culinary works. This is the time to experience art at every turn, and bask in the glow of Arizona talent.”

Kahler and Artlink promises the night is anything but another rubber chicken charity event and they invite those who contribute to and support the arts – including artists, collectors, philanthropists and community partners – to come together in celebration of the massive growth of Arizona’s arts community in recent years.

In addition to the Gala, highlights include the artist workshops in partnership with the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Creative City Symposium with Phoenix Community Alliance, a celebration of the 10 years of IN FLUX Public Art Program, The 65th Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, On Central Fashion + Art, Sculpture Tucson’s Festival Show & Sale, and many more special exhibitions and activities hosted by arts and culture destinations such as Phoenix Art Museum, Heard Museum, SMoCA, Mesa Arts Center, West Valley Arts Council and more.

Artlink invites artists, venues, businesses and organizations to register as an Artlink Articipant and join the celebration. Register here

Art Detour is made possible through the year-round support and participation of Artlink partners: Arizona Commission on the Arts, City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Flinn Foundation, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Park Central, Valley Metro, FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel, Website Butlers, CLYint, Ivio Agency, Artlink Articipants and volunteers.

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Suggested Art D’Core attire is for a progressive, elevated, semi-industrial arts experience where shimmering cocktail meets hip & chic.  Tickets are just $125 and are currently on sale for Art D’Core and can be purchased here

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About Artlink

Artlink keeps the arts integral to our development by connecting artists, businesses and the community. Founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by artists in 1989, the Artlink name is a guiding principle for the organization, as it supports stakeholders of the arts and culture community, amplifying its collective strength. For more information about Artlink, please visit Connect socially with Artlink on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.