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In downtown Phoenix, a new mural on the south wall of Valley Youth Theatre is bringing attention to water issues in Arizona and around the world. The mural is one of 10 in a global series called Water Writes.

I admit to being a little pleased when I spotted the most recent new mural in downtown Phoenix. Sited just off First Street and Fillmore, it recognizes the centrality of water to the success and prosperity of Arizona.

And only a few months after we put out the call for water-related topics in Arizona Attorney Magazine. How generous of the artists to erect a complementary mural that calls attention to our call for authors.

Unlikely, eh?

OK, maybe. But in any case, enjoy Change of Venue Friday with a few images of the remarkable artwork.

Valley Youth Theatre downtown Phoenix

The wall before artists arrived …

The mural (painted on the side of Arizona gem Valley Youth Theatre) is part of an initiative of the Downtown Phoenix Partnership called “The Space Between,” which urges residents to consider what they’d hope to see on the empty lots that dot downtown. More about the project is here and here.

Valley Youth Theatre downtown Phoenix with mural

… and the wall after they left.

The city of Phoenix was fortunate to get one of these murals, which is one of 10 collaborative mural projects” internationally.

Here are some close-up images of the building-long mural. Have a great—and well-hydrated—weekend.

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Artlink Phoenix logoToday, I share a classic Change of Venue Friday. That means it’s on a topic that may be far from the law, but that lawyers and law students are bound to enjoy it.

On Saturday and Sunday, get out and enjoy some art. The Phoenix Art Detour is a free two-day event that celebrates and shares the work of hundreds of artists throughout downtown. Artlink, which hosts the event, says that more than 90 galleries and “pop-up art spaces” will be open for viewing.

“The event that launched Phoenix’s First Fridays Art Walk phenomenon is returning to the streets of downtown Phoenix for its 25th year on March 2 and 3, 2013. The silver anniversary of Art Detour will take a historical look at the downtown arts scene, celebrate the many people who contributed to its success over the years, and recognize the artists, galleries, organizations and businesses contributing to the arts today.”

WHAT:   Art Detour 25 (25th Annual – Silver Anniversary)

WHEN:   Saturday, March 2, and Sunday, March 3, 11 am to 5 pm.

WHO:  Over 90 participating venues including artist studios, galleries, restaurants and temporary “pop-up” spaces.

WHERE:  Phoenix arts districts in and around Downtown Phoenix, including Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue, Jackson Street, and Calle 16 (16th Street).

The First Stop! is at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, (1202 N. Third Street), where visitors will find maps at the information tables and access to the shuttles.

Even more detail is here.

If 90 arts venues are not enough, you might enjoy the Phoenix Art Detour Mural Tour.

If 90 arts venues are not enough, you might enjoy the Phoenix Art Detour Mural Tour too.

And click here for a map of all the venues.

And if the spirit hits you, why don’t you Like Artlink on Facebook.

Have a great, arts-filled weekend.