RIO SALADO HABITAT
Making art is one way of listening to the world, walking is another.
90 - Minute
Join us Saturday March 17, 2018
1st Wave: 7:00 AM
2nd Wave: 8:00 AM
Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area
theWALK is the annual fundraising event for the Museum of Walking at the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, a former landfill now home to burrowing owls, beaver, over 200 bird species, and lush riparian vegetation in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Focusing on the everyday activity of walking and listening, this 90-minute silent walk presents an opportunity for the public to experience a culturally and historically significant site with one thousand other people moving together in an attentive way through public space.
WHY: theWALK promotes meaningful community engagement, public health, and sustainability awareness while enhancing creative and divergent thinking.
PROCEEDS: The proceeds generated by theWALK directly benefit the work of the Museum of Walking including museum exhibitions, artist honorariums, research, artist-led mindful walks, community partnerships, social engagement and outreach for the only museum in the United States of America solely dedicated to the practice of art and walking. Additionally, partial proceeds will go to support Native American Connections.
WHO: theWALK is open to everyone. The trail is paved and accessible and parents / children are welcome to join a child-friendly Wave group. Please, no animals.
The Museum of Walking (MoW) is an educational resource committed to people, land, action, and site through the everyday act of walking. Walking is a defining human activity with poetic and political resonance as well as mundane and ceremonial manifestations that play a central role in contemporary art, social and cultural history, health, and sustainable lifestyles. Whether alone or with a group, moving through space creates connections between people and the environment, as it promotes well-being and enhances creative divergent thinking.
Since its establishment in 2014, the Museum of Walking has been featured in publications including Landscape Architecture Magazine, National Public Radio, and The Phoenix New Times. MoW has been funded by Evelyn and Lou Grubb Charitable Fund/Nancy Grubb Sage, Arizona Community Foundation, ASU Institute for Humanities Research, and ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. To capture the true spirit of walking and discovery, MoW often becomes a nomadic entity characterized by exhibitions nationwide, silent treks under moonlight, and interpretive Sonoran desert walks led by park rangers. Past walks include Walk the Indian School, with Patty Talahongva, a former student of Phoenix Indian School, who led participants on a walk of the former school site, and MoW Walks Repellent Fence, a durational walk in support of the artist collaborative Postcommodity land installation Repellent Fence, where participants walked alongside portions of the iconic transborder installation.
The Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area is just south of downtown Phoenix. Once a landfill, this dried up riverbed is now a lush riparian corridor with paved and dirt trails accessible to anyone. This area of Phoenix is a rich convergence of history, culture, sustainable efforts, and community organizations such as Cultivate South Phoenix (CUSP) and Center for Neighborhood Leadership. Alongside industry and views of downtown Phoenix, visitors experience wetland ponds, mesquite bosque, a cottonwood/willow forest, and over 200 bird species.
EVENT DAY INFO
Register at the Registration tents in the parking lot at 2439 S Central Ave.
Each registered participant will receive a custom MoW gift and theWALK program at registration
After you have registered you will be directed to meet your Wave team
RESTROOMS & WATER
Restrooms are available at the starting point and multiple locations on theWALK route
Water refill stations are located at the start, finish, and along the route
WHAT TO BRING
- Please bring a reusable water bottle with you and remember to drink plenty of water before and while you are walking (MoW will provide drinking water to refill your water bottle). We hope you will “just say no” to buying plastic water bottles and that you will bring a reusable water bottle with you
- Parking is limited. Please consider joining your friends and carpooling
- theWALK is open to everyone. The trail is paved and accessible (except for one small portion, which can be traversed in a wheelchair or with a stroller. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details)
- You are welcome to bring children who would enjoy a mindful 90-minute walk. Please let us know if you will be bringing children and you will be placed in a child-friendly Wave group
- Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes
- It's sunny in Phoenix! Don't forget sun protection and a hat
Watkins Street - East of Central Avenue
120 E. Watkins St. - Trendwood
215 E Watkins St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 - Seal Co. (walk through fenced gate into park)
135 E. Watkins St. - Phoenix Window and Door
245 E. Watkins St. - Asphalt Technologies
246 E. Watkins St. (property currently empty)
West side of Central Avenue
2414 S. Central Ave - Cactus Bindery (SW corner of Watkins and Central)
2246 S. Central Ave - Iron Mountain (NW corner of Watkins and Central)
17 W Watkins Rd - Sav-on Plating
23 W Watkins Rd - Spirit of God Christian Church
2402 S Central Ave - Comunidad en Avance Church
Reserved for Accessible Parking
2439 S. Central Ave
With your help we are planning to raise over $100,000 that will go directly to supporting museum exhibitions, artist honorariums, research, artist-led mindful walks, community partnerships, social engagement and outreach.
Depending on the level selected, sponsors will be featured on theWALK event website, get their logo on collateral, and more.
Please join us in supporting the only museum in the United States of America solely dedicated to the act of walking.