Artsline: creativity, culture, community

Valley Metro’s investment in the arts and culture community through the Valley Metro 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.

desert landscape in pink hues by Artsline Artist Lauren Lee

Stay cool with Artsline

Hurry before it’s gone! Check out the newest mural at out Roosevelt/Central Ave light rail station. Artsline Artist Lauren Lee is back with a beautiful desert landscape showing off our state’s gorgeous sunsets. Lauren and her art were selected to be the featured Arizona artist on LIFEWTR bottles for our state. 

Now here’s your chance to stay cool and see awesome art! Valley Metro Artsline is giving away free water bottles and other swag. Here’s how you can enter to win: 

  • Take a picture in front of the mural at Roosevelt/Central Ave. Post on social media (not in stories) with the hashtag #artsline and tag Valley Metro. 
  • Find Lauren Lee’s LIFEWTR bottle at a store near you and take a picture with the bottle. Post on social media (not in stories) with the hashtag #artsline and tag Valley Metro. 

You can also come down to the Roosevelt/Central Ave station on Friday, Sept. 3 from 5-7:30 p.m. where we will be giving out free water and Artsline swag until prizes run out.

Student artwork banners displayed on Central Ave

Student artwork decorates South Central Extension corridor

As construction on the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub project continues, Valley Metro is finding ways to enhance the area through art. 

Students from three different schools in south Phoenix created several pieces of art to be displayed on banners along construction fencing. This art shows off the work of many talented students and represents the people who live in the community. It also gives Central Avenue a pop of color besides the orange construction materials. 

To find out more about the student's artwork and locations to view them, visit valleymetro.org/news/capital-construction-projects-riders-environment/2021/07/student-artwork-decorates-south.

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 adventure 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 Destination 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 Valley Metro 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.

    desert landscape in pink hues by Artsline Artist Lauren Lee

    Stay cool with Artsline

    Hurry before it’s gone! Check out the newest mural at out Roosevelt/Central Ave light rail station. Artsline Artist Lauren Lee is back with a beautiful desert landscape showing off our state’s gorgeous sunsets. Lauren and her art were selected to be the featured Arizona artist on LIFEWTR bottles for our state. 

    Now here’s your chance to stay cool and see awesome art! Valley Metro Artsline is giving away free water bottles and other swag. Here’s how you can enter to win: 

    • Take a picture in front of the mural at Roosevelt/Central Ave. Post on social media (not in stories) with the hashtag #artsline and tag Valley Metro. 
    • Find Lauren Lee’s LIFEWTR bottle at a store near you and take a picture with the bottle. Post on social media (not in stories) with the hashtag #artsline and tag Valley Metro. 

    You can also come down to the Roosevelt/Central Ave station on Friday, Sept. 3 from 5-7:30 p.m. where we will be giving out free water and Artsline swag until prizes run out.

    Student artwork banners displayed on Central Ave

    Student artwork decorates South Central Extension corridor

    As construction on the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub project continues, Valley Metro is finding ways to enhance the area through art. 

    Students from three different schools in south Phoenix created several pieces of art to be displayed on banners along construction fencing. This art shows off the work of many talented students and represents the people who live in the community. It also gives Central Avenue a pop of color besides the orange construction materials. 

    To find out more about the student's artwork and locations to view them, visit valleymetro.org/news/capital-construction-projects-riders-environment/2021/07/student-artwork-decorates-south.

    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 adventure 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 Destination 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: