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Art Detour returning to Phoenix for its 33rd year as a 33-day event

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PHOENIX — The annual Art Detour event in Phoenix is returning as a 33-day event running from Feb. 27 through March 31 in honor of its 33rd year, Artlink announced Friday.

Art Detour is an art walk comprised of a collection of events that people can pick and choose from, depending on their interests, to celebrate the creativity and culture of local artists.

It was originally launched as an art walk event by artists in 1989 and grew into a week long celebration with the help of nonprofit organization, Artlink.

This year, the organization says it expanded the length to allow guests more time to experience the event during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It will also include a mix of in-person and virtual art exhibitions.

“As advocates, Artlink remains committed to supporting artists and art stakeholders who continue to operate within public health and safety guidelines. A greater sense of flexibility is required as we navigate the ever-changing landscape related to growing the arts and culture community.” Catrina Kahler, president of Artlink, said in a press release.

“The arts sector has struggled but endured since March 2020, and now this 33-year tradition has an opportunity to adapt to the uncertainty, while supporting a creative community that significantly contributes to our region’s economy.”

According to the release, Art Detour will feature a variety of art forms including visual arts, performing arts, culinary arts, fashion design and public art installations.

Artlink plans to announce a full list of participants closer to the start of the event.

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