Artsline: creativity, culture, community

Valley Metro’s investment in the arts and culture community through the Artsline program enhances the quality of life in our city centers while producing economic growth throughout the diverse communities that we serve. Artsline creates a sense of place through a variety of artwork and enhances connections through art and transit.  

Valley Metro Artsline is defined as placemaking, people and community that exists in the physical space at stations, on board light rail, art programs and partnerships with community destinations and organizations. Artsline is connecting communities through culture and creativity. Artsline connects you with over 55 arts and culture destinations and be immersed in art at every light rail station. Your Artsline adventure starts on Valley Metro Rail. Check out the Artsline Arts and Culture brochure.

The objective of Artsline is to enrich our spaces of shared transit and to make traveling on the Artsline an inviting part of the city by contributing to the development of cultural destinations along the rail line. The Artsline program continues to grow and strengthen through ongoing collaborations with the arts and culture community and cultural organizations throughout the cities that it serves. 
 

Virtual Paint with Heather Freitas

Lunch and learn to paint with our Spotlight Artist Heather Freitas. Join us on Friday, May 14 from 12-1 p.m. Early bird sign-ups will receive a free tote designed by Heather and other Artsline swag. Registration link coming soon. 

Call for Artists: Tempe Streetcar Opening Celebration

The following call for artists is presented by Valley Metro with support provided by Artlink Inc. The deadline to submit is Friday, June 11, 2021 by 5 p.m. (local Arizona time).

Background and Overview

Valley Metro is inviting artists to create artwork for a poster to celebrate the opening of Valley Metro’s streetcar in Tempe. 
Project: Tempe Streetcar Opening Celebration Poster  
Request: Original work(s) that will be featured on a poster and promotional materials for Valley Metro streetcar in downtown Tempe. Selected artist is responsible for providing professionally scanned or digitized original artwork. 
Stipend: $1500 honorarium

This call will provide local artists an opportunity to create artwork for a poster which will celebrate the opening of Valley Metro’s newest mode of transit, the Streetcar. In addition to promoting transit, the poster should highlight Tempe culture and/or identity. The work should be original and as innovative and unique as the city itself. 

Project Honoraria/Artist Rights

One artist (or team) will be selected and paid a $1500 honorarium. Artist will provide licensing and reproduction rights, and permit photography of artworks, including use in promotional materials. All reasonable effort will be made to credit the artist in promotions and when communicating with media. Artist will be asked to sign a contract that outlines terms and conditions. 

Timeline:*

  • Call Issued: Monday, May 3, 2021
  • Submissions Due: Friday, June 11, 2021 by 5 p.m. (local AZ time)
  • Selected Artists Notified: By end of day Friday, July 2, 2021
  • Artwork production by artist: July 5-August 6, 2021
  • Artwork files delivered to Valley Metro: September 2021

*Timeline subject to change.

For more information and to submit your artwork for this call bit.ly/3eQz1Dx.

Artists must be registered as an Artlink Articipant. Find the registration form at artlinkphx.org

Spring Artsline Spotlight Artist

Valley Metro announces that artist Heather Freitas is the Artsline Spotlight Artist for the 2021 spring/summer season. Freitas’s colorful artwork highlights women trailblazers throughout history. Discover more about her vibrant artwork and what inspires her at valleymetro.org/about/artsline#spotlight-artists.

Interactive art maps

Explore Artsline virtually with our interactive maps. See art at every station and check out over 55 arts and culture destinations Artsline can take you. Start your next adevnture on Artsline!

Artsline is Social

Share your Artsline experience on social media by tagging @valleymetro and using #Artsline.

Arts and culture are immersed in your daily life; just take a look around. Valley Metro wants to connect you to amazing arts and cultural experiences throughout the Valley and across Artsline.

With over 55 cultural destinations along the light rail corridor, you can explore your community and others. Some of these cultural destinations are displayed below, all of them can be found in the Arts & Culture Desination Guide.

When you visit these destinations, don’t forget to document your experience on social media. Share your Artsline experience by tagging @valleymetro and using #artsline to connect with us and fellow riders.

Artsline not only connects you to arts and culture destinations across the Valley; each station is a work of art too. Local and national artists have created unique art installations for each Valley Metro light rail station. The community-inspired art pieces are a perfect first impression to the neighborhood when you exit a light rail vehicle.

    From massive sculptures to small tiles, the artwork at every station shows a connection to the community. You can check out the art at every station by visiting our interactive station and public art map (coming soon). This map gives you a great overview of our station and public art before heading out to experience it for yourself.

    Station and public art not only add to the beauty of the urban landscape, but also enhances the transit experience for all of our riders; visitors, students and local Valley residents.

    Please be respectful of all art at the stations as you enjoy a journey across ArtsLine. Remember to Respect the Ride any time you are on Valley Metro light rail or station platforms.

    Art Books

    Discover more about the art installations and their artists by checking out our Art Books.

    Community of Art

    Artsline Spotlight Artists are a collection of local and national artists who have created artwork to display throughout Valley Metro Rail, including a large-scale mural at Roosevelt/Central Ave station. Spotlight Artists enhance the rider experience through expressive artwork and powerful storytelling. We have a variety of Spotlight Artists that work in paint, sculpture, two- and three-dimensional art and more. This combination of different art styles shows diversity to appeal to all riders.

    The next call for 2022 Spotlight Artists will open in July 2021. 

    Women historical figures on the Roosevelt/Central Ave wall

    Spring Artsline Spotlight Artist

    We are pleased to announce that Heather Freitas is our spring Artsline Spotlight Artist! 

    Freitas arrived in the Valley to attend ASU’s Herberger Institute of Art where she began her journey to becoming a full-time artist. After selling hundreds of private pieces, she wanted to infuse communities with color and inspiration through her public art. 

    Freitas’s colorful artwork highlights women trailblazers throughout history. Each female leader is adorned with a flower crown complementing her achievement. There are 19 women featured across several art pieces on light rail and the large-scale mural wall at the Roosevelt/Central Ave light rail station. 

    This display of influential women aligns with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. “Women are so powerful and I really want to uplift their voices. There’s Rosa Parks, Judy Garland…all of them offer something unique because we’re all unique individuals,” Freitas said about the inspiration behind her work. 

    Learn more about the women featured in Freitas' artwork at valleymetro.org/news/2021/03/new-artsline-spotlight-artist-celebrates-women.

    Check out her artwork on light rail and connect with Heather Freitas on Instagram, @heather_freitas.

    Check out some of the previous Spotlight Artists work. 

    Valley Metro is always looking for ways to enhance the rider experience and that includes through art! Our art collection is always growing and new opportunities are coming to beautify our communities.

    Check back frequently for art opportunities with Valley Metro.

    • Call for Artsline Spotlight Artists

    While Valley Metro has several opportunities for artists to flourish, there are additional chances to display your art around the Valley.

    Other art opportunities in our communities:

    Valley Metro member city art opportunities:

    Artsline: creativity, culture, community

    Valley Metro’s investment in the arts and culture community through the Artsline program enhances the quality of life in our city centers while producing economic growth throughout the diverse communities that we serve. Artsline creates a sense of place through a variety of artwork and enhances connections through art and transit.  

    Valley Metro Artsline is defined as placemaking, people and community that exists in the physical space at stations, on board light rail, art programs and partnerships with community destinations and organizations. Artsline is connecting communities through culture and creativity. Artsline connects you with over 55 arts and culture destinations and be immersed in art at every light rail station. Your Artsline adventure starts on Valley Metro Rail. Check out the Artsline Arts and Culture brochure.

    The objective of Artsline is to enrich our spaces of shared transit and to make traveling on the Artsline an inviting part of the city by contributing to the development of cultural destinations along the rail line. The Artsline program continues to grow and strengthen through ongoing collaborations with the arts and culture community and cultural organizations throughout the cities that it serves. 
     

    Virtual Paint with Heather Freitas

    Lunch and learn to paint with our Spotlight Artist Heather Freitas. Join us on Friday, May 14 from 12-1 p.m. Early bird sign-ups will receive a free tote designed by Heather and other Artsline swag. Registration link coming soon. 

    Call for Artists: Tempe Streetcar Opening Celebration

    The following call for artists is presented by Valley Metro with support provided by Artlink Inc. The deadline to submit is Friday, June 11, 2021 by 5 p.m. (local Arizona time).

    Background and Overview

    Valley Metro is inviting artists to create artwork for a poster to celebrate the opening of Valley Metro’s streetcar in Tempe. 
    Project: Tempe Streetcar Opening Celebration Poster  
    Request: Original work(s) that will be featured on a poster and promotional materials for Valley Metro streetcar in downtown Tempe. Selected artist is responsible for providing professionally scanned or digitized original artwork. 
    Stipend: $1500 honorarium

    This call will provide local artists an opportunity to create artwork for a poster which will celebrate the opening of Valley Metro’s newest mode of transit, the Streetcar. In addition to promoting transit, the poster should highlight Tempe culture and/or identity. The work should be original and as innovative and unique as the city itself. 

    Project Honoraria/Artist Rights

    One artist (or team) will be selected and paid a $1500 honorarium. Artist will provide licensing and reproduction rights, and permit photography of artworks, including use in promotional materials. All reasonable effort will be made to credit the artist in promotions and when communicating with media. Artist will be asked to sign a contract that outlines terms and conditions. 

    Timeline:*

    • Call Issued: Monday, May 3, 2021
    • Submissions Due: Friday, June 11, 2021 by 5 p.m. (local AZ time)
    • Selected Artists Notified: By end of day Friday, July 2, 2021
    • Artwork production by artist: July 5-August 6, 2021
    • Artwork files delivered to Valley Metro: September 2021

    *Timeline subject to change.

    For more information and to submit your artwork for this call bit.ly/3eQz1Dx.

    Artists must be registered as an Artlink Articipant. Find the registration form at artlinkphx.org

    Spring Artsline Spotlight Artist

    Valley Metro announces that artist Heather Freitas is the Artsline Spotlight Artist for the 2021 spring/summer season. Freitas’s colorful artwork highlights women trailblazers throughout history. Discover more about her vibrant artwork and what inspires her at valleymetro.org/about/artsline#spotlight-artists.

    Interactive art maps

    Explore Artsline virtually with our interactive maps. See art at every station and check out over 55 arts and culture destinations Artsline can take you. Start your next adevnture on Artsline!

    Artsline is Social

    Share your Artsline experience on social media by tagging @valleymetro and using #Artsline.

    Arts and culture are immersed in your daily life; just take a look around. Valley Metro wants to connect you to amazing arts and cultural experiences throughout the Valley and across Artsline.

    With over 55 cultural destinations along the light rail corridor, you can explore your community and others. Some of these cultural destinations are displayed below, all of them can be found in the Arts & Culture Desination Guide.

    When you visit these destinations, don’t forget to document your experience on social media. Share your Artsline experience by tagging @valleymetro and using #artsline to connect with us and fellow riders.

    Artsline not only connects you to arts and culture destinations across the Valley; each station is a work of art too. Local and national artists have created unique art installations for each Valley Metro light rail station. The community-inspired art pieces are a perfect first impression to the neighborhood when you exit a light rail vehicle.

      From massive sculptures to small tiles, the artwork at every station shows a connection to the community. You can check out the art at every station by visiting our interactive station and public art map (coming soon). This map gives you a great overview of our station and public art before heading out to experience it for yourself.

      Station and public art not only add to the beauty of the urban landscape, but also enhances the transit experience for all of our riders; visitors, students and local Valley residents.

      Please be respectful of all art at the stations as you enjoy a journey across ArtsLine. Remember to Respect the Ride any time you are on Valley Metro light rail or station platforms.

      Art Books

      Discover more about the art installations and their artists by checking out our Art Books.

      Community of Art

      Artsline Spotlight Artists are a collection of local and national artists who have created artwork to display throughout Valley Metro Rail, including a large-scale mural at Roosevelt/Central Ave station. Spotlight Artists enhance the rider experience through expressive artwork and powerful storytelling. We have a variety of Spotlight Artists that work in paint, sculpture, two- and three-dimensional art and more. This combination of different art styles shows diversity to appeal to all riders.

      The next call for 2022 Spotlight Artists will open in July 2021. 

      Women historical figures on the Roosevelt/Central Ave wall

      Spring Artsline Spotlight Artist

      We are pleased to announce that Heather Freitas is our spring Artsline Spotlight Artist! 

      Freitas arrived in the Valley to attend ASU’s Herberger Institute of Art where she began her journey to becoming a full-time artist. After selling hundreds of private pieces, she wanted to infuse communities with color and inspiration through her public art. 

      Freitas’s colorful artwork highlights women trailblazers throughout history. Each female leader is adorned with a flower crown complementing her achievement. There are 19 women featured across several art pieces on light rail and the large-scale mural wall at the Roosevelt/Central Ave light rail station. 

      This display of influential women aligns with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. “Women are so powerful and I really want to uplift their voices. There’s Rosa Parks, Judy Garland…all of them offer something unique because we’re all unique individuals,” Freitas said about the inspiration behind her work. 

      Learn more about the women featured in Freitas' artwork at valleymetro.org/news/2021/03/new-artsline-spotlight-artist-celebrates-women.

      Check out her artwork on light rail and connect with Heather Freitas on Instagram, @heather_freitas.

      Check out some of the previous Spotlight Artists work. 

      Valley Metro is always looking for ways to enhance the rider experience and that includes through art! Our art collection is always growing and new opportunities are coming to beautify our communities.

      Check back frequently for art opportunities with Valley Metro.

      • Call for Artsline Spotlight Artists

      While Valley Metro has several opportunities for artists to flourish, there are additional chances to display your art around the Valley.

      Other art opportunities in our communities:

      Valley Metro member city art opportunities: