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Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art Shipping Containers

One of the more exciting players in Downtown's art scene — now emerging from gangly adolescence into something akin to your cool cousin who makes her own clothes — is the non-profit Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art. phICA hosts artist residencies, promotes art incubation and community engagement and education, and the fruits of the organization's labor are borne out in its shipping containers on Roosevelt Row. These unconventional spaces host compelling, thematically challenging shows from local artists and allow emerging curators to carry out their budding visions. 408 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix,

phICA has been awarded a Community Investment Grant


Arizona Commission on the Arts, the state's cultural agency, has awarded phICA a Community Investment Grant in the amount of $5,000. This represents a significant increase from amounts awarded in previous years. As an institution with virtually no administrative overhead, phICA will utilize these funds to expand outreach and capacity in key educational areas including Critical Art Writing, Immersive Artist Residencies, and Artist Catalog publication. We appreciate the Commission's investment in and ongoing support of phICA.

Emerging Curator Initiative

phICA is both pleased and proud to announce that Elnaz Bokharachi has received a $1,000 grant from Axosoft and Lawdan Shojaee, Chief Executive Officer, in support of her exhibition of art work of Azi Amiri and related exhibition activities in her installment of the Emerging Curators Initiative.

Arizona Commission on the Arts

We are thrilled to announce that phICA has been awarded a Community Investment Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts in the 2016 grant cycle, our third from the state’s arts agency. The Arts Commission receives its funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Arizona. The grant will support phICA’s Onloaded 3 project of 13 exhibitions in repurposed shipping containers, October, 2015 – May, 2016.