and we want to hear yours.
Welcome to Downtown Phoenix, home to an active community of people with numerous interests and one intention: To create a better downtown. Whether it’s lending a helping hand, group bike rides, business meet-ups or a neighborhood meeting — there are myriad ways to become an active member of the community.
Here’s how to get involved:
The Arizona Latino Arts aria Cultural Center illuminates, celebrates and promotes Latinos in Arizona through education, advocacy and collaboration.
Artlink Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and support a thriving arts community. Monthly events supported by Artlink include First and Third Friday art walks, in addition to a big yearly event, Art Detour.
Phoenix Center for the Arts provides opportunities to participate in the visual and performing arts through quality classes, programming and events. Classes are available for youth, adults and families.
Business & Economic Development
RadiatePHX provides a forum about Downtown Phoenix opportunities, issues and solutions on the third Tuesday of every month.
PCA is the premiere business membership organization for downtown leaders, fulfilling the mission to activate, advocate and build a better community.
The CO+HOOTS Foundation is a nonprofit supporting community growth by empowering coworkers, independent contractors and small businesses.
Bicycles & Public Transit
Critical Mass meets on the last Friday of each month at 7 p.m. at Steele Indian School Park. It is a celebratory bicycle ride, raising awareness about bicycles and cars sharing the road.
GARP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration of a historic streetcar line on lower Grand Avenue, intended to promote economic revitalization and a walkable urban lifestyle.
Phoenix Spokes People is a group of urban bicyclists dedicated to making Phoenix a friendlier, more welcoming place to ride.
Located in the Warehouse District, BikeLab is a nonprofit umbrella organization, housing Rusty Spoke bike collective, in addition to promoting and advocating bike-centric culture.
Reinvent PHX is a collaborative partnership between the City of Phoenix, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and numerous other organizations committed to developing walkable, opportunity-rich communities connected to METRO light rail.
An advocacy and watchdog group striving to make central Phoenix a destination for people who want a car-free lifestyle.
A passionate group of residents, business and property owners meeting monthly to discuss downtown planning efforts and its effect on surrounding neighborhoods, the community and overall quality of life.
In honor of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walk is a free neighborhood walking tour, putting people in touch with their environment and each other.
Local First Arizona is a statewide nonprofit organization working to strengthen communities and local economies through growing, supporting and celebrating locally-owned businesses throughout the state.
Roosevelt Row is a nonprofit community development corporation established to further the unique cultural character and creative assets of the Roosevelt Row Arts District, in addition to fostering a dense, diverse and walkable urban community.
This Could Be PHX helps raise awareness about urban living and sustainability in Downtown Phoenix through monthly envisioning projects, educational blogs and inspirational showcases.
Since 1979, the Arizona Preservation Foundation has worked with local, state and national partners to promote and protect Arizona’s historic resources.
The square dates back to the late 1800s, with the restored Rosson House Museum as its crowning jewel. The Heritage Square Foundation and Guild promotes preservation of the city’s architectural heritage, education and cultural events.
The Modern Phoenix Neighborhood Network features photographic documentation, articles, maps and discussions of classic midcentury design, art and architecture in Phoenix.
By seeking to preserve historic buildings, places and neighborhoods, the Phoenix Historic Neighborhoods Coalition aims to build a stronger, thriving and unique metropolis.
Preserve Phoenix is a volunteer-led, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Phoenix’s historic places citywide through education and advocacy.
EPNA provides a forum for ideas, information about historic preservation and aims to enhance the quality and livability of the neighborhood.
A nonprofit formed to raise awareness, promote, improve and protect the neighborhood. Open monthly meetings cover a wide range of informative topics including urban revitalization, blight reduction and crime prevention.
The purpose of GAMA is to preserve the unique historic character of lower Grand Avenue, eliminate blight, support revitalization and encourage sustainable social and economic practices.
A residential group formed to preserve, protect and promote the urban lifestyle. The area encompasses all resident housing south of Fillmore Street north of Lincoln Street, stretching from Seventh Street to Seventh Avenue.
Focusing on the revitalization of Central City South, a community located immediately south of the Downtown Core, PRC is a nonprofit dedicated to facilitating community improvement projects, as well as the maintenance and creation of low-income and workforce housing.
Conservation & Environment
Dedicated to activating and uniting the community by promoting the creative use of public space and a vibrant arts and cultural experience.
Growhouse is a community-based public art experiment on a quarter-acre property in Downtown Phoenix, dedicated to the local food and handmade movement.
The mission of the Rio Salado Audubon Center is to connect urban people with nature through hands-on, science based education and conservation programs.
An environmental education nonprofit, working to inspire sustainable urban living in the desert southwest.
The mission of PHX Renews is to find temporary uses for empty lots that will beautify the city while promoting sustainability and a sense of community.
PARK(ing) Day is an annual global event promoting the importance of green and urban public spaces.
Individuals, neighborhood groups and corporate organizations are encouraged to join the city in keeping it blight free.
Tech, Media & Innovation
Phoenix Urban Design Week convenes and engages people making the future of Phoenix — from urban planners, designers, landscape architects and policy makers to entrepreneurs, artists and placemaking specialists.
Startup Week is a free, five-day celebration rooted in the community that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship.
Feature-length documentaries, narratives and experimental shorts are the main focus of the series, which is featured at venues across downtown and the Valley.
Radio Phoenix is central Arizona’s community radio station using radio, media literacy, social media and community outreach initiatives as tools for building harmonious human relationships among disenfranchised populations within greater Phoenix.
HandsOn Greater Phoenix is a nonprofit volunteer management organization addressing critical community needs in Downtown Phoenix and across the Valley.
Linking up hundreds of exciting service opportunities throughout the City of Phoenix.