The "term strength in numbers" isn't just for the numbers folks. Just ask creative alliances that are the Roosevelt Row Arts District, the Grand Avenue Arts District, and, as of this month, the Central Arts District. The newly formed District, which runs between Sevent Avenue and Seventh Street in central Phoenix and between Roosevelt Street and Virginia Avenue, announced its launch on Wednesday, May 7.
The Central Arts District comprises 11 central Phoenix arts and culture organizations including Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Heard Museum, Arizona Opera, Phoenix Community Alliance, Arizona School for the Arts, Hance Park Conservancy, Metro Arts High School, Playhouse on the Park, and the Viad Corporate Center (soon to be renamed the Central Arts Plaza).
By joining forces, the cultural entities that make up the Central Art District plan to establish a greater presence in the Valley as well promote the continued growth of arts and culture in Phoenix.
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"We are infinitely excited to embrace this artistic core and more cohesively promote our neighborhood as the new Central Arts District to Phoenix's citizens and patrons, tourists, and indeed the world," says Phoenix Theatre managing director Vincent VanVleet in a press release issued on behalf of the Central Arts District. "Great people reside in and visit great cultural cities. Phoenix is a thriving cultural city with an arts community in the midst of a rebirth. The Central Arts District collective represents an estimated 2,000 annual events and exhibits contributing to this arts renaissance in Phoenix."
The Central Arts District has yet to announce future collaborative projects.