National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day is January 31st. It’s a day that’s meant to bring awareness to the importance of art in everyday life, even if it’s during your commute! Have you noticed the art at the light rail platforms and park and rides during your daily trip to the office or school? Valley Metro has partnered with our member cities to connect local artists with opportunities to beautify our communities and enhance our riders transit experience. It’s called Artsline. Artsline was started to enrich our spaces of shared transit. We encourage the public to participate in community events and contribute to the development of cultural destinations along the rail line. Here is the link if you would like to look for an opportunity to show off your artistic talents. https://www.valleymetro.org/about/artsline/public-art-opportunities.

The Artsline program continues to grow and strengthen through ongoing collaborations with the arts and culture community, as well as cultural organizations throughout the cities that it serves 

If you follow our Artsline page https://www.valleymetro.org/about/artsline you can find an interactive map https://gisportal.valleymetro.org/artsline/ . This shows art along the light rail starting with number 1 at 19th Ave/Dunlap station. It features 9 art “cones” that cast light and shadow on the plaza below. It ends with number 47 at the Gilbert Rd/Main St station,, which feature art that travels between other destinations and home. There is also a group of coloring pages you can print out for the kids to express their artistic talents.

Visit our Cultural Destinations page https://www.valleymetro.org/about/artsline#cultural-destinations where you can download the Arts & Cultural Destination Guide. You can visit the Phoenix Art Museum, the Heard Museum, Phoenix Theatre Company and many other galleries which are easily accessible by the light rail.

If you are Interested in some of the artists that have their work displayed along the light rail you can see their biographies here https://www.valleymetro.org/about/artsline#artsline-artists/

The next time you are on the light rail and running a little early jump off and check out some of the art at light rail stations and inspire your heart with art.

 

 

19th Ave/Dunlap Cones with different patterns cast light onto floor below
Casting patterns on the plaza below
Dennise Metzger
Dennise Metzger
Rail Operations Communications Specialist
Dennise is a Phoenix native, born at St. Joseph's Hospital and graduated from Paradise Valley High School. Her first career was with the Phoenix Police Department as a Communications Operator (Radio Dispatcher/911 Operator). During her career she received numerous commendations. She received one of the highest honors from the Police Chief: the Police Chiefs Certificate of Recognition. She called her time there “an amazing sometimes very stressful and fascinating career”. In November 2018 she retired from Phoenix PD and started a second career with Valley Metro.