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Roosevelt Row Academy


Roosevelt Row CDC is proud to announce Roosevelt Row Academy 2019!

We recognize there is something magical about the power of three when it comes to collaboration among Artists, Business and Community. The launch of Roosevelt Row Academy will deepen these connections.

During Third Friday, over three months during Spring 2019, three (3) one-hour workshops will be facilitated by three different artists/disciplines per month. In partnership with Phoenix Center for the arts this outdoor arts and culture workshop series will take place at Shadow Play, the “triangle” on 3rd Street and Roosevelt. Classes are accessible for all levels, of all ages, and are free for the public to attend.


Partial funding for this grant is provided by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture through appropriations from the Phoenix City Council.



February Classes


Learn, connect and create when you join Roosevelt Row Academy for arts workshops during February through April!

Every 3rd Friday, 3 one-hour workshops (between 4:30 and 8pm) will be facilitated by 3 different artists at the 3rd Street & Roosevelt Triangle (featuring Shadow Play public art) in the downtown Phoenix Roosevelt Row Arts District.


4:30-5:30pm Iryna Glavnyk | Alcohol Ink Art Painting
“Turning Color Into Emotion” – Iryna believes everyone can be a painter. It just takes the right medium to discover your creativity. Learn to work with alcohol inks, a fun and easy process that will leave you inspired to create. Alcohol ink paintings are Iryna’s take on transferring and putting emotions on paper.

About Iryna Glavnyk:
Iryna is an Ukrainian artist who grew up in Kyiv and came to Phoenix in 2014 to get a bachelor’s in business management at Grand Canyon University. Moving to Phoenix and going to college inspired Iryna to start painting again. She picked up her brushes, paints and pencils once again and started the search for her own painting style.

She started to show interest in art from when she was 4 years old.  Iryna’s parents always supported her in all her beginnings and would always take her to different classes and activities such as art classes, foreign language classes (English, German), dance classes and swimming.

Iryna participated and won various dance competitions with her dance team. She also won Grand Prix at the art competition when she was 5. Later, with the help of her parents, she showcased her art at the Ukrainian House of Art. When Iryna turned 6, she fell in love with swimming and her competitive nature helped her to shine and succeed in that sport. By 13, she committed all her free time to swimming while at Ukrainian High School of Physical Culture and Education. At 16, she became the youngest member of the Ukrainian Olympic Team (2012 Olympic Games in London).

Iryna currently is combining her swimming career, school, internship and leadership position in College of Business, however, in the future she hopes to spend more time painting and creating new pieces.


5:45-6:45pm Isaac Caruso | Murals
“Painting Your World” is an instructional mural experience where you will receive basic knowledge on how to make a mural, from concept to completion by a professional muralist. The class will entail: conceptualizing a piece of art based on the theme of community; establishing what imagery conveys that idea; sketching possible compositions and color schemes; and discussing what drawings are best for the group mural. Learn how to make a grid system, allowing you to translate the sketch to a large scale; how to develop a paint-by-number system; and how to refine your work. Plus, have the opportunity to connect with the teaching artist beyond the workshop with any questions or for possible opportunities to paint in the Valley.


About Issac Caruso:
Isaac is a professional muralist, born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He has been active for the last 10 years, painting some of the largest pieces in the Valley. He has been awarded numerous grants on a local and international level, recently traveling to the Arctic Circle for an artist residency. Isaac love’s working with the youth and showing them how they can impact their communities through artistic expression.

7:00-8:00pm Ashley Naftule | Playwriting/Theater
Discover the theatrical process from a playwright’s point of view. Walk away with story ideas and outlines to further develop your work, as well as gain resources on how to disseminate your work. You will learn methods of generating story ideas based upon “chance operations” experimented by John Cage and Fluxus artists. Overcome writing blocks and creative inertia. The workshop will include information on how to give/take useful feedback; what to do with your draft when it’s finished; the role of the writer in theater rehearsals; and how to submit to national theaters and publications.

About Ashley Naftule:
Ashley is artistic director at Space 55 Theatre, where he’s worked as a playwright, actor and director for event year. He’s written and produced two full-length plays, Ear and The First Annual Bookburners Convention, seven one-acts and an hour-long one-man show.

He also has had nonfiction, poetry and action writing published in Vice, Pitchfork, Bandcamp, Phoenix New Times, Longreads, The Outline, Under The Radar, AZCentral, Echo Magazine, JAVA Magazine, Moonchild Magazine, Occulum, Cleveland Review of Books, Con Bell Journal, Ghost City Press, Nice Cage, Rinky Dink Press, GUEST, Four Chambers Press, Pretty Cool Poetry Thing, The Molotov Cocktail, Hypnopomp, Ellipsis, Amethyst Review, Bone & Ink Press, L’Ephemere Review, formercactus and YabYum Music + Arts.


Link to register: rracademy.eventbrite.com

• Limited space; registration is required. If the workshop is full, you may place yourself on the waitlist. We will notify you if an opening occurs.
• For questions, please contact Roosevelt Row at info@rooseveltrow.org.
• If you can no longer attend the workshop, you must notify us 48-72 hours prior to the workshop in order to allow another person to participate.

Also stop by PAZ Cafe, across the street, as you wait for your class to begin. Or join us before, during or after the workshops for food and drink, meet the artists and show off your work.

Check back for the times of the workshops during March and April.

Ashley Burns | Yoga
Amy Guerrero | Weaving
Dina Murphy | Acrylic Canvas Painting

Brittany Bowen | Printmaking
Tejaswi Gowda | Robotics
Brandon Huigens | DIY Comics/Self-Publishing

March Classes


Dina Murphy |Painter
Step-by-step acrylic painting class!  We will guide you step by step in replicating the featured painting- no experience necessary! So whether you are still working on a straight line, or a true Picasso, we will help you create your very own masterpiece, which you will take home! Or give it to Mom, cuz hey, she’s loves this stuff!
Amy Guerrero | Weaver
Paper Plate Weaving. Join us to create your own circular weave! Transform a paper plate into a circle loom and learn how to tabby weave in a circle. Each participant will walk away with their own unique piece to fiber art ready to be displayed on their wall!
Ashley Burns and Dana Arbel | Yogis
Community Partner Yoga
Participants will come together in a light-hearted partner yoga class led by the DiRTYOGA duo. In the class, students will support each other’s yoga poses in a way that enhances and deepens the postures. The class will offer a balance of partner-assisted stretching and shapes sharing mutual partner benefits. Through DiRTYOGA’s Partner Yoga Workshop our community will learn how to communicate with their bodies and breath, build trust through moving together, and experience the openness that spontaneously arises with this practice.

April Classes