This year marks the fourth annual PHX Zine Fest, and four years running that we are proud to be sponsored by The Downtown Phoenix Partnership. We are incredibly grateful for all their support since the beginnings of this event, and as happy as we are for everything they do to spread the word about zines in Phoenix, we are also excited to share their story with you...
The Downtown Phoenix Partnership was established in 1991 to combat the deep decline downtown experienced in the 60s-80s. It was a very different place in the early ‘90s and the organization started with a small, private security team and a handful of staff members, mostly focusing on keeping downtown clean and safe. As it evolved, DTPHX, became a city building and advocacy organization that supports the people, places and events happening around downtown (between the 7s, McDowell Road to Lincoln Street – including parts of Grand Avenue).
The organization partners with city, business and community leaders to change the way our skyline looks and, more importantly, how our sidewalks feel. From planting trees and supporting the arts to hosting events and telling the stories affecting our city, their team is committed to making Downtown Phoenix a place you love. They are involved with more than 50 events per year, including the Phoenix Zine Fest, PJs in the Park, Wine Walk and Ale Trail, and the 8123 Fest earlier this year at Civic Space Park.
In the years to come, they intend to focus on diversity and inclusivity. As downtown changes and welcomes in lots of new development and infill projects, they are working to celebrate the people and places that made downtown cool in the first place and ensure that it remains accessible to everybody.