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What You Need to Know: Art Detour 32 and Art d'Core Gala Update

by Taylor Bishop
Arts & Culture Community Taylor Bishop March 16, 2020

Art Detour became the heartbeat of the local arts scene when it started as Phoenix’s original art walk 31 years ago. From exploring artists’ studio spaces to watching live painting, it continues to be a weekend full of incredible things to see, do and experience.

Like so many in our community, Artlink has been carefully monitoring the news and impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) while actively gathering information and input from Artlink Articipants and members of the Artlink Artist Council and Board of Directors. The following modifications to the Art Detour 32 schedule reflects this collective feedback.

Exercise caution when considering a visit to any venue and follow CDC guidelines.

What’s open (as of March 13)

Most Detour Destinations will be open for business 3/20-3/22
The majority of “Articipating” Art Detour destinations are locally-owned, small businesses that are currently planning to maintain their regular hours of operation, while also taking additional safety precautions. Please exercise your own best judgement at all times when venturing out in support of these businesses, who also want to keep our community safe and healthy. Find the current list of destinations and cancellations here and feel free to contact the businesses directly.

What’s modified or cancelled

Art d’Core Gala: the art will go on without the gala
The opening night gala celebration is cancelled. However, in honor of their months of preparation and artistic collaborations, the exhibition will still be open for viewing. For those who do not want  to come on-site for any reason, Artlink will establish a virtual gallery for people to see the exhibition online from the comfort of their own homes. Refunds to those who have purchased Gala tickets will be offered.

Viewing does not require close contact with fellow patrons. The open hours will span several days so that visitors can view the artwork while avoiding large crowds.

Art d’Core exhibition hours: 3/19 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., 3/20 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., 3/21 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., 3/22 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 3/25-3/28 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Detour Selects Exhibition in “mood room” @ Artlink HQ
This show invited Artlink Articipant venues to select one artwork that represents their exhibitions. Due to the restricted capacity for patrons to view the exhibition, this show at the mood room has been postponed until further notice.

The following have been removed from the Art Detour schedule:
Creative City Symposium, Modern Phoenix Expo and Home Tour, Grand Avenue trolley, and studio tours. These and other modifications/cancellations will be reflected on the online schedule of events.

Artlink will continue to monitor the government and health authorities, take necessary action for public safety without hesitation, and keep you updated of any further changes. Follow Artlink on Facebook for continued updates.

Other ways to support local artists

Many Arizona artists have online shops where you can browse their work and purchase pieces. If you can’t make it to a gallery, there are plenty of opportunities to support local artists from your home!