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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.



April Classes


Our first teaching artist workshop began in February, and March we had fun during Art Detour 31! Thank you to all our participants, teaching artists and supporters of the project!

Our FINAL event (for now) is Third Friday April.

NOTE: Limited space; registration is required. Please sign up via the Eventbrite link: https://rracademyapril.eventbrite.com


5:30-6:30pm Tejaswi Gowda | Robotics*
Learn to program an internet connected camera that can be set up as a security camera. Go home with a programmed camera for your home.

About Tejaswi Gowda: Tejaswi has taught courses at the university and high school level in art, media and engineering. He has participated in the Digital Culture Summer Institute and wants others to learn the art of programming. github.com/tejaswigowda

* This workshop is limited to only 10 participants; if you can no longer attend please notify us.

6:45-7:45pm Brandon Huigens | DIY Comics/Self-Publishing
Create your own 8-page mini comic and discover the art of improvisational comedy to create quick stories. Plus learn about self-publishing and its benefits as well as how to approach publishers with your work.

About Brandon Huigens: For nearly 20 years, Brandon has been writing, drawing and publishing authentically cute, ridiculous, occasionally poignant, often autobiographical comics in downtown Phoenix. He was a guest artist at the inaugural Phoenix Comicon and has traveled to several conventions and signings. Having made people laugh and share, Brandon has produced or contributed to more than 85 publications including comics, zines, chapbooks, graphic novels, and newspapers. An original manager of Samurai Comics, he curated Phoenix’s first sequential art show at The Trunk Space, had a comic strip in New Times. Brandon won an award from ASU even though he never attended and an award from the Associated Press for a comic strip from which he was fired. Currently, Brandon does graphic design and illustration, restaurant/food truck menus, flyers, record covers, stickers, greeting cards, murals, and shows work at gracious venues. @indibranajones

8:00-9:00pm Nik Ridley | Pottery Painting
Enjoy a fun and easy community pottery painting class and leave with a small pottery item or figurine to display at home.

About Nik Ridley: Nik has taught visual art, poetry and theater during his 20-year career as an artist. The founder of AZCRU, an Art+Apparel company and collective based in Phoenix, Nik provides visual art for both residential and business interiors and exhibits in galleries and art spaces across the United States. Nik also works as a consultant in social media branding, marketing and design. artbynikridley.com

Stop by PAZ Cafe 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.

Roosevelt Row Academy has partial funding provided by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture through appropriations from the Phoenix City Council and is in partnership with Phoenix Center for the Arts.