Downtown Digest: Week of 6/26-7/2


“Downtown Digest” is your new weekly preview from Downtown Devil. Here, we’ll share information about community meetings, arts and culture events, and more. If you have suggestions for upcoming Downtown Digests, please let us know by emailing

City Council Meeting

  • Wednesday, June 28
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • City Council Chambers, 200 West Jefferson St.

Related to: Derby Roosevelt Row, Government Property Lease Excise Tax, Clark Towers

There will be downtown businesses discussed at this week’s council meeting, with important updates on downtown developments. Council will be sending out Requests for Proposals for downtown developments for the year.This process allows developers to submit plans for downtown projects.  It was through this process that GPLET-aided projects such as the Clark Towers and Derby Roosevelt Row were chosen by the city.

Pride Day at the Phoenix Art Museum:

Related to: Pride Month, Phoenix Art Museum LGBTQ,  #FreeAfterThree, Free After Three Wednesdays

Phoenix artists, community members and the museum are celebrating Pride Month with music, activities and conversation. There will be a screening of Gregg Araki’s “The Living End,” an LGBTQ film. DJ Musa Mind will also be performing. As part of “Free after Three” Wednesdays, anyone can get into the museum after 3 p.m. for free on this day.

“Building Hope” at the Herberger Theater Center

  • Friday, June 30
  • 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Herberger Theater Center, 222 E Monroe St.
  • Free admission
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Related to: Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona, Herberger Theater

Free Arts is a nonprofit organization that helps children ages 3 to 21 who have endured abuse, neglect and homelessness. They offer the kids creative and therapeutic arts programs including theater classes. The Theater Camp in partnership with Herberger Theater invited the young performers to share their stories through acting techniques, music, dance, visual arts and spoken word poetry.

Celebrate Frida Kahlo at Phoenix Public Library

Related to: Phoenix Public Library, Burton Barr, Phoenix Art Museum, Frida Kahlo

In collaboration with Phoenix Art Museum’s Frida Kahlo exhibit, the Phoenix Public Library is throwing a birthday celebration to honor the artist. There will be a Frida-inspired backdrop for photos and the Mercado will be filled with unique merchandise, photo opportunities, crafts and storytelling. A flower crown station will also be set up, along with a bilingual word match game for the little ones. The first ten people to walk in dressed as Frida will snag a free prize bag with craft items donated by members of the Phoenix Fridas.

Update: In-state tuition for DACA students overturned

  • Raises tuition for DACA students
  • DACA students are no longer considered in-state

Related to: DACA, Dreamers, Maricopa County Community Colleges, Arizona State University, Arizona state schools

The Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board voted 4-3 to appeal the Arizona Court of Appeals ruling that overturned in-state tuition for DACA students at their meeting Tuesday. The governing board is asking the Arizona Supreme Court to review the case. The Arizona Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling that awarded in-state tuition to these students on June 13.  Now ASU Downtown students and other students in the state could be paying almost double the tuition. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was enacted in 2012 and allows undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to be protected from deportation and apply for work permits. In 2015 a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled that individuals with DACA status are lawfully present and therefore eligible for in-state tuition. The Arizona Board of Regents then began to offer in-state tuition to DACA students. The case dates back to 2013 when Arizona’s attorney general sued Maricopa County Community Colleges for offering in-state tuition to DACA students arguing that the decision violated a state law passed by Arizona voters in 2006 prohibiting in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.

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