PHOENIX, AZ (June 20, 2019) — Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation (CDC) will soon be programming 918 North 2nd Street, debuting new temporary activation in the heart of the Roosevelt Row Arts District. Roosevelt Row CDC will program the building previously operated by Revolver Records, who left the location earlier this year to launch Mojave Coffee + Records at 4747 East Thomas Road. Roosevelt Row CDC will utilize the now vacant building to provide new arts-driven activities in the downtown Phoenix neighborhood.
“Since 2007, Roosevelt Row CDC has provided creative activation in the neighborhood, offering opportunities for artists to share and sell their work,” said Vermon Pierre, Board President of Roosevelt Row CDC and pastor of Roosevelt Church on 1st Street and Roosevelt. “We’re excited to embark on continued programming in a venue where more artists can connect and share their work with our community.”
The opportunity is being made possible through Arizona Public Service (APS) who recently acquired the property and who has been a long-time advocate of the arts and local nonprofits in Arizona and has offered a short-term lease to operate the space.
“Roosevelt Row CDC plays a pivotal role in sustaining and expanding the presence of the arts in downtown Phoenix,” said Kendra Lee, Roosevelt Row advisory board member and Area Manager at APS. “We are proud to support this organization that supports artists and fosters a vibrant and creative community in which to live, work, visit and play.”
Along with many changes taking place in the Roosevelt Row area, this move provides a physical location for the organization to operate its on-going activities, annual events and offer new services including Roosevelt Row Academy, a program supported in part through the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.
“I am so excited for our organization to have this additional physical presence in the heart of Roosevelt Row,” said Amy Otto, Programs Manager at Roosevelt Row CDC. “This new location will allow us to offer more programs where more people can connect and create together.”
Roosevelt Row CDC currently offers space to over 100 artists every First Friday to promote their own artwork. Since its inception more than thirty years ago, the monthly First Fridays event has been a driving force to connect arts to community through many collaborators working in partnership with Artlink Phoenix, Inc. One such nonprofit, XICO inc., has recently been presenting in the Roosevelt Row pop-up shipping container galleries. XICO will continue to program the container galleries following relocation to their next temporary location at 2nd Street and Roosevelt.
“Having an on-going presence in Roosevelt Row has been invaluable for XICO and the artists we support,” said Donna Valdés, Executive Director of XICO inc. “The shipping container art gallery spaces have provided our Latinx and Indigenous artists access to new audiences, allowing them to further develop their creative practice. We are thrilled to continue to cultivate awareness and appreciation for the incredible creative work these artists produce and exhibit.”
To further support artists in the area, Roosevelt Row CDC will host their annual Solstice 2019 fundraiser tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the MonOrchid. The event is open to the public, with proceeds benefiting the Roosevelt Row Academy which pays artists to teach classes and workshops free to the public.
Tickets are available online at http://bitly.com/rrsolstice2019 or at the door.