Gearing up for the 8th Annual Grand Avenue Festival

Grand Avenue Arts & Preservation (GAP) is gearing up for the all day 8th Annual Grand Avenue Festival on November 12th, 2016. GAP advocates for the arts and preservation of Phoenix's Historic Grand Avenue and connects like­minded individuals, organizations and businesses.

Designated as Best Arts Festival by New Times in 2015, this eclectic, non-traditional walking Festival highlights the arts, small businesses, adaptive re­use, recycling, community and the unique history of Grand Avenue. The Festival is an all­volunteer effort, including the staff.

We will once again be partnering with the Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts (PAPA) with their colorful grassroots community art parade. And will continue the tradition of fostering local bands; art installations in trees, on fences and other unexpected locations; historic building tours; fantasy flowers exhibited in the planters along the street created by students; mural projects; pop­up galleries; kid's activities; painted dumpsters; artist-designed “selfie stands”; wandering performers; food trucks and more.

The "Trashy Hat Promenade" and "Recycled Fashion Show" remain colorful highlights of the day's activities (along with a fashion show curated by Arizona’s “Hip Historian” Marshall Shore) with participants showing off fashions created from all kinds of recycled materials. Tours of Grand Avenue history & adaptive reuse projects remain a centerpiece, with an expanded display of exotic artist-designed Arizona “art cars” this year ­ all free to the public!

For more info on how you, your family members, or your students can participate in Festival projects this year ­ like the Hanging Gardens and Woven Fences; the Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts (PAPA); the Untrashed Recycled Rubbish Fashion Show and Trashy Hat Promenade; or the Fantasy Flower project contact Beatrice at muppetsrealmom@gmail.com.

All the Best,

Beatrice Moore, Grand Avenue Festival, Director

Nancy Hill, Grand Avenue Festival, Assistant Director