Phoenix opens its arms to art lovers during the first Friday of each month. During the evening the local organization Artlink hosts an art walk in the art district of the downtown area. Galleries and other art spaces open their doors to the public during this free event. People can wander around the area and take a tour of the various studios and spaces.
The art district is centered around the Roosevelt area of downtown and was introduced in the late 1980s as a way to accommodate artists who had been displaced by urban development in the area. An annual event, the Art Detour, started in 1988 and was immediately popular with artists and the general public. This event grew in size and other locations such as music and food oriented venues joined in the fun. More and more art spaces were opened and so it was decided that a First Friday event would be a great addition to the city’s attractions.
Currently there are more than 70 locations involved in First Friday. The area of the walk has grown making it very difficult to visit all in one evening. Thankfully there is a free trolley service that now covers most of the area. Maps of the locations can be obtained from the centrally located Phoenix Art Museum.
Nowadays First Fridays are not only about art but also music, food, street entertainment and more. This is a downtown urban environment and so there is no need to dress up to experience this event. This is especially true during the summer months when it can be hot in the evenings!
The Phoenix First Friday Art Walk runs from 6-10pm on the first Friday of each month.
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