Green Art Park: Sustainable Community Transformation
The 41 year non-profit arts organization is currently undertaking development of a visionary, sustainable “Green Art Park.” An urban oasis that is: Green with healing trees, vines and community garden; Art filled with sculpture and murals, and PARK designed to nurture community gatherings. After a two-year long design and planning process with neighbors and city planning department, Phoenix Council unanimously approved our plans to “build something so beautifully multi-purposed for our neighbors, community and House,” according to Kim Moody, founding director of Alwun House.
The unique nature of Alwun House as an arts center and gathering place for cultural and social events is that it brings together both the artistic communities and the community at large.
Alwun House provides a vital revitalization role within Historic Downtown Garfield Community, and has consistently evolved programming to deliver quality of life enrichment and improvement. Examples range from planting 1,100 trees, placement of a 26’ Phoenix Bird Sculpture as a point of pride, to showcasing youth art and performances, to community building neighborhood gatherings.
City of Phoenix “Lupe Sisneros CDBG Award” for “guiding and overseeing revitalization strategies in Garfield Neighborhood.” 2003
Recognized for its tenacity in nurturing downtown’s arts district, Alwun House was founded on the belief that art has the power to transform, strengthen and beautify our community. For decades as the cutting edge arts crucible, provided thousands of artists’ break-out opportunities to exhibit, perform, and contribute back to long-term community vibrancy.
“The current downtown arts community can easily be traced to 1971, when Alwun House was first established.” Kimber Lanning, founder, Local First, 2004
Sustainable Community Transformation
Today, on two adjacent blighted lots, we’re developing a first of its kind, multi-use “Green Art Park.” Our vision includes the broadest possible range of artistic and community inclusion in all one place. The two year design and planning process for this unique project, utilized the flexibility of the City’s new Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning, to fully maximize future opportunities to expanded sustainable activities. Future uses could include; coffeehouse/restaurant, public assembly, health fairs, food trucks, youth art making workshops and sales, and 41 additional uses.
“Alwun House will always be one of the most extraordinary art galleries, public interaction facilities that Phoenix has. It’s become a real cultural icon.”
Terry Goddard, former Phoenix Mayor, State Attorney General, 2006
HOW YOU CAN HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE:
Etch your name into Phoenix’s cultural storyline. Join fellow adventurers supporting this extraordinary grass-roots Green Art Park project. Your support transforms neighborhood blight into an aesthetic community asset. Various installed art elements will honor our donors; from pavers, benches, to entry monuments, each is etched with the names of people, businesses and foundations that make possible this model transformative art park
A simply pledge to buy one brick, a $100 brick (installments available), with your name etched on it, leaves a legacy showing support for your trailblazing art house. You can be original, consider memorializing one you love; a parent, artist, or pet. Start with a $100 brick on the Garden Path. Pledges may be upgraded over this two year capital campaign with such “signature” options as $500 leaf, $1,000 tree memorial. We’re open to in-kind contributions; make us a proposal – this park will be your sandbox too. Your investment in this sustainable expansion project, adds to your legacy as well.
It’s time for your voice to be heard.
Thanks also goes to Paul Miluski of Project Engineering Consultants who donated a technical land survey of the site.
Special thanks to the following professional designers who are donating their services pro bono.
Luis Salazar, Architect | Drew Aqulina, Landscape Architect | ____________ , Civil Engineer | Mark Greenawalt, Electrical Engineer