Roosevelt Row Selected for National ArtPlace Grant that Will Fund a New Streetscape, an Artist Village, and More

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This morning, the hardworking folks behind First Fridays, Third Fridays, Adaptive Re-Use of Temporary Space (A.R.T.S) Program, and a majority of the activity on Roosevelt Street in downtown Phoenix received some very good, six-digit news.

Late last year, Roosevelt Row's Greg Esser, Kenny Barrett, and Braden Kay wrote and submitted the application for a grant through Artplace, an organization formed and funded by eight federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts and six of the nation's largest banks.

This morning, they were awarded a $150,000 grant, categorized as "Using Art to Accelerate Transit Oriented Development," that will go toward funding three major programs on Roosevelt Row, including a streetscape project in collaboration with the city of Phoenix, a "Feast on the Street," and an evolving artist village.

Cindy Dach, acting director of the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation, says the artist village will be similar to Dekalb Market in New York City, where shipping containers have been retrofitted into retail spots, but she notes the Roosevelt Row focus will be heavier on artist studios, performance spaces, and pop-up shops, with space for a new urban market garden.

Dach says the grant money will be accessible immediately and that the neighborhood can expect to see the beginning of the projects within the next few months and the artist village up and running within a year. The project also includes hiring a design team to create an overall vision for the development of the area and streetscape guidelines to unify the district.

Roosevelt Street has been at the center of what's now downtown since the 1940s. In the '70s, the area was re-zoned as a high-rise incentive district, which stunted growth of the neighborhood, and as residents and businesses moved out, the value of the area plummeted.

Boarded-up buildings and vacant houses became attractive to artists, and thanks to a small number who have stuck around and "rolled up their sleeves," as Dach says, the area has thrived as an arts district with galleries, studios, and retail spots throughout the neighborhood.

Forty-seven projects around the country were awarded grants totaling $15.4 million from ArtPlace specifically "to support their use of the arts to improve quality of place and transform their communities."

ArtPlace members gauge progress and impact of the grant in September.

Stay tuned for developments ...

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Jackashart
Jackashart

How on earth can I be a part of this??? Been looking to open a art supply store along with some studios that will be available for rent...someone please put me in touch with the people I need to do this! I'd love to be a part of this revitalization project! -Cell Jack Ash Art Jackashart@aol.com

3 little birds
3 little birds

Trying to change the subject? Because I don't see anything you say that refutes that some insiders are feeding at the public trough yet again. If the New Times suck so much why are you reading it?

crazybaldhead
crazybaldhead

Establishment types? You are either the most uninformed person surfing the internet today or a new times employee attempting to stir up debate by making a ridiculous statement, score comment "hits" to your article, thereby faking some sort of relevance to your boss. I suspect the latter. New Times was a lot more fun when when it was a stinky newspaper you found in the bathroom at the coffee shop circa 1998. You guys really suck now.

Get Up Stand Up
Get Up Stand Up

This is typical of what has gone wrong in this country. Some establishment types used their bureaucratic skills and connections to get ahold of taxpayer cash to fund their special interests. Wonder who the private property owners are who are going to benefit from this? This project is tainted with cronyism.

Randy Kinkel
Randy Kinkel

"This morning, the hardworking folks behind First Fridays, Third Fridays, Adaptive Re-Use of Temporary Space (A.R.T.S) Program, and a majority of the activity on Roosevelt Street in downtown Phoenix" ... This would be incorrect. "...received some very good, six-digit news." this is correct.

Pete Petrisko
Pete Petrisko

Re: "This morning, the hardworking folks behind First Fridays, Third Fridays, Adaptive Re-Use of Temporary Space (A.R.T.S) Program, and a majority of the activity on Roosevelt Street in downtown Phoenix..." Not to piss on the Roosevelt Row CDC parade, but do the hardworking folks of Artlink Inc. know they're not the hardworking folks behind First Fridays & Third Fridays anymore?

Candace
Candace

Congratulations, great news.  Roosevelt Row is already cool, this will be awesome.

Kara Roschi
Kara Roschi

Fantastic news! Congratulations on recognition for your hard work and vision! I live in the neighborhood and I'm excited for better lighting, walk and bike ways, navigationals, and other pedestrian amenities. Thank you, Roosevelt Row CDC, for representing and working hard for the change the local creatives wish to see!  

crazybaldhead
crazybaldhead

talk to Kenny barret at the grow house (the house on the corner of 6th St and McKinley with the gardens front and back). he's one of the "establishment types" Claire was talking about in the ridiculous post above, he's getting his hands dirty to make downtown a better place. better yet, volunteer Saturday to help harvest the sunflowers at valley of the sunflowers. you'll meet alot of the people that are making a difference in phoenix.

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