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Just the facts...

FACT SHEET Updated 10/14/17
WHEN?: November 11th, from 11am - 8pm; After Hours, 8pm - 10pm (check each location for varying late night hours beyond 10pm).
WHERE?: Historic Grand Avenue from 15th & Grand Avenues to Van Buren St.
WHAT?: The Grand Avenue Festival, produced by Grand Avenue Arts & Preservation (GAP), was voted “Best Arts Festival” in 2015 by Phoenix New Times. It is a non-traditional "walking" and "discovery" community arts and preservation Festival.The Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts, produced by Production Agency for Participatory Arts (PAPA), will bring their community-friendly arts parade to the event again this year, traveling south at 6pm from McKinley and Grand, and ending at Unexpected Gallery at 734 W. Polk Street.
Free parade registration takes place a half hour in advance for those vying for prizes; look for the PAPA table at the starting point. Local Grand Avenue businesses, galleries, art studios, and organizations with special events, will highlight their specialties, artwork, food, performances, music, and services.

  • Locally and nationally recognized artists, as well as community members, seniors, and students, create art from recycled materials for the Hanging Gardens and Woven Fences, which are installed on tree trunks, branches, light posts, woven on fences, and placed in the right-of-way. The free Untrashed Recycled Fashion Show and Trashy Hat Promenade will walk the stage at Unexpected Gallery, 734 W. Polk Street, at 2:30 pm, then walk to ThirdSpace (1028 Grand) arriving at 3:00pm for jurying and prizes. Kicking off After Hours at 8pm, Marshall Shore, Arizona’s “Hip Historian”, and WEARizona, present “Grand Ave After Dark: Undersea Madness”, highlighting local designers, stylists and make-up artists. The fashion show will take place at the American Legion Post #1, 364 N. 7th Avenue (which is also a stop on the Under the Vintage Roof tour earlier in the day).
  • “Under the Vintage Roof” tours leave from Milum Textiles, 333 N. 7th Avenue, at 11 a.m., Noon, and 1 p.m. (park on Grand or streets west of 7th Avenue). View, not only historic architecture, but interesting restoration and adaptive re-use projects. Knowledgeable tour guides, including Jill Johnson of Phoenix Rising Tours and Jim McPherson of the Arizona Preservation Foundation, will share the history of Grand Avenue and introduce you to people associated with each building, who will tell their own stories.Stops include Milum Textile Services (circa 1935); American Legion Post #1 (circa 1919, plus later additions); Paper Heart Gallery (circa 1955, currently vacant, but originally Quebedeaux Chevrolet); Tuft & Needle (circa 1917, originally O.S. Stapley Hardware); and Unexpected Gallery (circa 1930, Miller Store Fixtures for many years). For more HP information, visit FB: http://bit.ly/2017GAFTour
  • "Grand History Mania" will take place from 2pm - 3:30 at Motley Design Group, 1114 Grand, and will include free, informative talks by historic experts. Learn more about the past, present, and possible future of three significant historic landmarks along Grand Avenue: the Luke Greenway American Legion Post #1, Phoenix Trolley Museum, and Arizona State Fair.• 2PM ~ The history of American Legion Post #1 by Bob Graham, American Legion Post #1 Community Advisory Committee member • 2:30PM ~ The future of the Phoenix Trolley Museum with Bob Graham, PTM board member • 3PM ~ The history of the Arizona State Fair chronicled in 210 rare photographs by author G.G. George
  • Another slice of history will be viewable at the Tuft & Needle Showroom at 735 Grand Avenue, with an exhibit of photographs documenting some of the history of Grand Avenue, curated by local historian Douglas Towne.
  • FIGMENT, at Unexpected Gallery, is a free, non-profit organization, that creates events open to the public of all ages. Offerings will feature interactive sculptures, workshops, live painting, dance, music, costumes, and more. The goal of the event is to bring a sense of playfulness, wonder, discovery, inclusion, and up-close-and-personal involvement with all kinds of art. To become a volunteer or to include your art in this all-ages participatory event, contact a Figment coordinator via phoenix.figmentproject.org.
  • Walter Production's repurposed military vehicle, Peace Train, consists of 3 WWII Radio Communication Trailers and a giant replica of a VW Kubelwagon, built on a Hummer Chassis. Each trailer's interior has been completely restored and inspired by the actions needed to create Peace: Love, Gratitude and Forgiveness. Visitors will discover the interactive elements inside the trailers, parked in front of Bragg’s Pies, 1301 Grand.
  • Music, spoken word, balloon twisters, jugglers, dancers, stilt walkers, and free children’s art activities will also delight visitors throughout the day.
  • HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?: There are multiple ways the community can participate including as a business in the Festival Guide; as a Sponsor; with a (non-motorized) float and/or costume for the PAPA procession (“Undersea Madness” is this year’s theme); with fashions and hats made from recycled materials for the “Untrashed Recycled Fashion Show” and “Trashy Hat Promenade”; recycled art projects for the “Hanging Gardens and Woven Fences”; as an arts/crafts vendor at various locations.

WHY?: GAP has a mission of bringing the arts and community together, as well as highlighting and preserving Historic Grand Avenue and the adjoining residential neighborhoods. The Festival is a celebration of the vibrant culture, art, small businesses, community, and history of Historic Grand Avenue.
Grand Avenue Arts & Preservation (GAP) advocates for the arts and preservation of Phoenix’s Historic Grand Avenue and connects like-minded individuals and organizations. As the Producer of the annual Grand Avenue Festival, GAP’s goal is to celebrate neighborhood sustainability, encourage creative recycling, highlight
the arts, promote the small business community, foster preservation and adaptive re-use of valuable neighborhood resources. Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts (PAPA) is a unique, award winning art parade that celebrates artistic expression in the landscape of Downtown Phoenix. As producers of the parade, Stephen and Sahar Strange, from the nationally recognized performing troupe Strange Family Circus, have created an audience
participatory procession that encourages the community to express their creativity and share the streets of Phoenix.

CONTACTS: Questions? Festival Director, Beatrice Moore at 602.391.4016 or
Assistant Director, Nancy Hill at 480.544.2162. Or for updates: GrandAvenueArtsandPreservation.org or Festival event FB page: Grand Avenue Festival 2017


Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts: Sahar at strangefamilycircus@gmail.com
Grand Avenue Festival Marketing: Beatrice at muppetsrealmom@gmail.com or 602.391.4016
Recycled Fashion Show/Trashy Hat Promenade: Message at “Untrashed Recycled Fashion Show 2017” FB event.
Hanging Gardens and Woven Fences: Beatrice at muppetsrealmom@gmail.com or (602) 391-4016
Under the Vintage Roof Tours: Jim McPherson at jmcphersoniii@cox.net; or Jill Johnson at jill@phxrisingtours.com