Who We Are
Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established to further the unique cultural character and creative assets of the Roosevelt Row Artists’ District, to advocate for the continuing presence and role of the arts, particularly individual artists, and small businesses in downtown Phoenix, and to foster a dense, diverse, sustainable and walkable urban community.
The organization has been a fundamental advocate for the arts, community culture, and the artists who cultivate arts experiences for over a decade. With over 27 galleries and art studios, hundreds of local businesses who support the arts, and over 100,000 new visitors each year, the Roosevelt Row Artists’ District is a continuously evolving urban canvas that has become nationally recognized for arts, culture and small, locally-owned businesses. Roosevelt Row CDC works on behalf of the district to create opportunities for artists, current and prospective residents and visitors alike to enjoy and invest in the thriving arts culture emerging here in part by fostering artistic excellence and new audience development and new opportunities for arts engagement.
Explore Roosevelt Row!
Welcome to Roosevelt Row, the walkable arts district in downtown Phoenix, home of impressive murals, award-winning galleries with rotating exhibitions from renowned artists, incredible local restaurants, boutiques and more. The Roosevelt Row Arts District (RoRo) is a walkable, creative district in the urban core of downtown Phoenix that is nationally known for its arts and cultural events, fostering an urban renewal with rehabilitated bungalows and new infill projects.
The Artists’ District connects downtown Phoenix to historic neighborhoods including Garfield, Evans Churchill, F.Q. Story, Willo, Roosevelt, Historic Roosevelt and Grand Avenue. Roosevelt Row begins at 7th Avenue and extends east to 16th Street. On the north side it begins at Interstate 10 and extends south to Fillmore Street.
Roosevelt Row has been a vital mixed use area from the earliest days of the establishment of Phoenix. Many of the concrete sidewalks in the neighborhood were poured in 1909, three years before Arizona officially became the 48th State. In the early 1940s, when there were approximately 30,000 people living in Phoenix, numerous businesses were established along Roosevelt Street. The flower shop at Fifth Street and Roosevelt has been in continuous operation since 1948.
In the 1970s, parts of the area were re-zoned as a high-rise incentive district leading to land speculation and a decline of the neighborhood that lasted until the late 1990s.
The blighted area was attractive to artists because the boarded-up buildings and former crack houses were affordable for studio and gallery space. The arts were a major factor in the revitalization of the area and crime rates plummeted as more people began to venture into the area to experience the cultural vibrancy.
The corridor is re-emerging as one of the most dynamic areas in downtown Phoenix and a valued cultural resource in the metropolitan region and the state.
Whether you are in search for a unique gift, a delicious meal, a new outfit, you can find it in Roosevelt Row. Best of all, you will discover a creative pulse in this district unlike anywhere else, where arts thrive on restaurant walls, painted murals and gallery exhibits.
Connect To Culture
Many galleries and creative places that reside in downtown Phoenix. Use the resources below to discover them and support the arts district!
#PHXFridays – Learn about Fridays in Phoenix here.
Artlink – Artlink, Inc. seeks maintain and enhance downtown Phoenix’s current regular events, including the monthly First Fridays art walk, the annual Art Detour self-guided tour, a Juried Exhibition and an art-related fundraiser.
Fridays in Phoenix
Roosevelt Row serves as a central hub for art and culture in the downtown Phoenix area.
Whether you’re exploring Roosevelt Row on First Friday, Third Friday, or any other Friday in between, Roosevelt Row’s Arts District is the place to start. Tour galleries, venues and art-related spaces to see a variety of artwork and to enjoy the spirit and culture of the city as you mingle with other residents and visitors.
Downtown Phoenix hosts one of the nation’s largest, self guided art walks every First Friday from 6 to 11pm, with free event shuttles available through out downtown and are headquartered at the Phoenix Art Museum. Third Fridays showcase exhibition openings in dozens of galleries in the district. Other Fridays boast performances, artist spotlights and more. First Fridays in Roosevelt has recently been highlighted by USA Today as “The Top 10 Arts Districts in the US.” Experience the amazing art the Roosevelt Row Arts District has to offer! (Read other USA Today coverage here.)
Places to Start
Roosevelt Row Merchants | Both north and south of Roosevelt, the district is home to eateries and shops of all sorts. Books, coffee, wine and vintage clothing can be found here.
Hot Box Galleries | Phoenix Institute for Contemporary Art (phICA) curates Hot Box Galleries, 3 pop up containers exhibiting local, national and international artists every First and Third Fridays. The containers are located next to Eyelounge Gallery, Ben’s Bells and Modified Arts Gallery between 5th and 6th Street on Roosevelt.
Roosevelt Row Market | Our vendor market has a new location! Swing by for a curated selection of local, handmade goods and art, located on 2nd Street and 5th Street between Roosevelt and Garfield Streets. (Previously located on the vacant lot between Third and Fourth streets on the north side of Roosevelt) Read more about our arts market on First Friday.
Galleries | From west to east, galleries like monOrchid, ASU Project Space, Modified Arts, Eye Lounge, Babylon Gallery, First Studio, New City Studios, and other spaces in between offer Phoenix Friday visitors a chance to see famed local and foreign artists in a classic gallery environment.
Venture Beyond | Grand Avenue, Van Buren, the Warehouse District, Arts Central District and beyond will guide you through the creative crevices of this magical urban desert city. Get lost to discover more in the arts scene.
Use #PHXFridays and share your experience of art and culture in downtown Phoenix and Roosevelt Row!
The Roosevelt Row Merchant Association (RoRoMA) fosters a vibrant and sustainable business community and a destination for arts and culture in Roosevelt Row. RoRoMA annual membership fees support marketing, event coordination, advocacy, district amenities and small business education. RoRoMA is now accepting 2018 applications for new and returning members. Read more about becoming a merchant member.