About the Festival
Grand Avenue Festival 2018
FACT SHEET Updated 9/19/18
WHEN?: November 10th, from 11am - 8pm; After Hours, 8pm - 10pm (check each location for late night hours beyond 10pm).
WHERE?: Historic Grand Avenue from the I-10 overpass south to Van Buren St.
WHAT?: The Grand Avenue Festival, produced by Grand Avenue Arts & Preservation (GAP), is a non-traditional "walking" and "discovery" arts and preservation Festival. Grand Avenue businesses, galleries, art studios, and organizations host events that highlight their business offerings, artwork, music, food, performances, and exhibits.
House of Cirque will be on hand throughout the day with their exotic costumes, to the delight of young and old alike. Their entourage includes strolling musicians, jugglers, dancing skeletons, 10 foot high stilt walkers, and interactive hula hoopers.
Artists, as well as community members, seniors, and students, create art from recycled materials for the “Hanging Gardens and Woven Fences”, which are installed in unexpected places on tree trunks, branches, light posts, fences, and the right-of-way. “Billy”, a glittery longhorn steer covered with hundreds of mosaic mirrors, a project of Walter Productions, will be hung from a crane at Grand and 15th Ave. Sisao Gallery at Oasis on Grand (1501) presents the 2nd Annual Carmody Foundation Grant Winners.
The “Untrashed Recycled Fashion Show and Trashy Hat Promenade” will walk the stage at Unexpected Gallery, 734 W. Polk Street, at 2:30 pm, then promenade to ThirdSpace (1028 Grand) for jurying and prizes at 3:30. Kicking off After Hours at 8pm, Marshall Shore (Arizona’s “Hip Historian”), WEARizona, and Hamati Designs, present “Decades of Decadence”, highlighting local designers, stylists and make-up artists. Show starts at Unexpected Gallery at 8pm; doors open at 7pm.
“Under the Vintage Roof” tours leave from the historic National Guard Armory, 1614 W. Roosevelt St., at Noon, 1 and 2pm (plenty of free parking on site). View historic architecture and interesting adaptive re-use projects, led by knowledgeable tour guides, including Jill Johnson, Phoenix Rising Tours, and Jim McPherson, Arizona Preservation Foundation. Visitors will learn about Grand Avenue history, and introduced to building owners who tell their own stories. Stops include the Armory (circa 1958); the Shaughnessy complex (Bikini Lounge et al); and the historic adobe Four Square Church (circa 1939). Tours are free; sun hats and comfortable shoes encouraged.
Free children’s activities include face painting, corner of Grand and Fillmore; creative hat-making, a puppet-making workshop (Puppet Pie), and a kid’s craft table (Lady Luck Tattoo), at the Bragg’s Pie Factory (1301 Grand); a coloring table at The Lodge Art Studio (1231 Grand); a place-making workshop with Laura Spalding-Best at the Community Gallery at the Marisol Credit Union (1515 W. Roosevelt St.); and a wandering balloon twister. Catch Paul Nosa, at Taylor and Grand, with his solar powered sewing machine, who will stitch a patch on request using visitor design ideas and the “Trolley Follies” at 4pm the Phoenix Trolley Museum (1117 Grand).
The community can join in the mural painting at Unexpected Gallery (734 W. Polk St.), and watch a robot wielding spray paint create a mural as well. Join AZDragoneers to decorate a beautiful 20 foot long cloth dragon with paint, feathers, stickers, and stencils at Fushicho Daiko Dojo, 925 Grand, where you can also make a rattle from a recycled can, decorate a mask, and join mini-drumming parades at 1, 3, 5 and 7pm. Taiko and African drumming, and Chinese dance, will activate the stage all day.
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?: Show up and grab a Festival Guide at any of the info tables along the street, plan your route, and go! Or just start at either end of the street, north or south, and start walking to discover the magic of Grand Avenue. Visit various free “make-and-take” stations along the street (zine making, poetry writing, ‘friendly flower’ making at the corner of the Desert Sun Plaza (1325 Grand). The free LED-lighted, musically infused, Jam Tram will run all day (and a pedal cab at night).
WHY?: 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.
WHO?: Grand Avenue Arts & Preservation (GAP) advocates for the arts and preservation of Phoenix’s Historic Grand Avenue and connects like-minded individuals and organizations.
FESTIVAL CONTACT: Beatrice Moore; email@example.com; 602.391.4016
RECYCLED FASHION Show/Hanging Gardens: Kristin Wesley; firstname.lastname@example.org
UNDER THE VINTAGE ROOF: Jim McPherson at email@example.com
WEB: GrandAvenueArtsandPreservation.org or FB: Grand Avenue Festival 2018
Twitter: @grandavefest. @historicgrandave. #grandavefest. #historicgrandave