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 thrilled to announce the month-long celebration of Art Detour, which celebrates its 36th year from March 1st – March 31st.
Art Detour invites the public to enjoy impromptu excursions or plan a customized “Artinerary” of cultural discovery that defines their life’s style in Arizona through visual, performing, and culinary arts, fashion design, public art, and more. Patrons can choose from hundreds of experiences produced by Arizona’s creative community and explore and appreciate all that is beautiful, energizing, compelling, stylish and flavorful.
The event schedule offers art patrons, collectors and art lovers a broad range of ways in which to engage with artists and destinations throughout the state, in partnership with Arizona Commission on the Arts, City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Valley Metro, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Park Central, Phoenix Art Museum, FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel, Greater Phoenix Economic Council and more to come.
Artdetour.com is where patrons can find an event schedule of engaging activities and diverse communities that showcase the very best arts and culture that Arizona has to offer. The site is powered by Artlink’s new Artinerary platform, providing customizable and shareable “Artineraries” complete with maps, and directories of participating artists, arts organizations and venues.
A highlight of Art Detour’s month-long celebration is the 11th annual Art d’Core Gala to be held at a new location, the Phoenix Art Museum on Saturday, March 16th, 2024. The theme for 2024 is: P A N O R A M A, celebrating the 360 view that Arizona’s creative community brings to a colorful life. From the stunning visual displays to the exhilarating performances and the culinary delights, guests will be immersed in the expanse of art in motion and celebrate those who contribute to Arizona’s creative community and economy.
The evening will honor Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Owner of Bentley Gallery Bentley Calverley, Associate Vice President at Arizona State University Rick Naimark and Honorary Commander Doris Ong.
Featured artists include Artlink Artist Council members Kenaim Al-Shatti, Laura Spalding Best, Ruby Farias, Magda Gluszek, Liliana Gomez, Abbey Messmer, Nicole Lyn Olson, Rembrandt Quiballo, Patricia Sannit and Tricee Thomas with additional collaborating artists to be selected via an open call to artists.
Chris Camacho, the President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, serves as the event’s honorary chair.
“The arts in Arizona are integral in shaping the identity of our state, telling the unique stories of local communities and driving economic growth. The industry added $11.6 billion to Arizona’s economy in 2021, representing 2.8% of the state’s GDP while employing more than 80,000 individuals,” said Camacho. “By supporting the arts, you support the prosperity of Arizona and our dynamic communities. I want to thank Artlink for this honorary chair position and for decades of highlighting the foundational role the arts play in our state.”
“As we embark on the 2024 Art Detour and the Art d’Core Gala, we are thrilled to witness the convergence of artistic brilliance and community spirit,” said Catrina Kahler, president and CEO of Artlink. “Together, we are not only celebrating art; we are crafting an immersive narrative that echoes the voices of our state and paints the future for artistic inspiration.”
The suggested Art d’Core attire is for a progressive arts experience where shimmering cocktails meet hip & chic. Tickets start at $150 (with special pricing for Artlink Articipants) and are now on sale and can be purchased here: artlinkphx.org/gala2024.
For more information on Art Detour, please visit artdetour.com. To sign up for updates and more information about Artlink, please visit artlinkphx.org, or connect via social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.