Each January, residents from the cities and towns of Chandler, Gilbert, Guadalupe, Mesa, Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale gather at Tempe Town Lake to celebrate diversity and culture during the annual Regional Unity Walk. While it’s still not safe to gather in large groups, the need for unity is greater than ever.
In honor of the 18th year of the Regional Unity event, these Valley cities are coming together to host a “Unity ArtWalk: A Visual Journey of Diversity, Culture and Equity” from Jan. 5-31, 2021. Each city has compiled a list of signature art pieces, including murals, photos, performances and sculptures for the community to experience. The majority of the featured art is accessible without going indoors, so it’s a safe activity to enjoy as a family outing, date night or even to escape your neighborhood to explore a nearby city.
In early January, a link will be available to view a map of the selected ArtWalk destinations. The map will feature information about each piece, including the artists.
While residents are out on the town enjoying the ArtWalk, each city’s Diversity Office has compiled a list of recommended restaurants (with carryout services available) nearby that are owned by People of Color. During this time, it’s important to support local businesses. Be sure to try a different eatery and explore a new experience for your taste buds, too.
To learn more about diversity initiatives in each of the participating cities and towns, or additional information on the upcoming Unity ArtWalk (including the link to the map), visit the following websites: Chandler, Gilbert, Guadalupe, Mesa, Phoenix, Tempe or Tempe Diversity and Scottsdale.
Note: The Unity “ArtWalk” logo includes the images from the following art:
A – “Out of Shine” by Sentrock, City of Phoenix
R – “Faith Family Food” by Noe “Such Styles” Baez and his son Champ, City of Chandler
T – “Gema”, by Edgar Fernandez, Town of Gilbert
W – “A Celebration of Diversity: The Lines that Connect”, 1998 by Sam Mindrum Logan, City of Scottsdale
A – “Friends helping Friends”, by Hugo Medina, City of Mesa
L – Various elementary and middle school submissions, City of Tempe
K – “Día de los Muertos,” by Lalo Cota, City of Chandler
City of Phoenix
City of Mesa