En Hance Park, Phoenix Center for the Arts Partner for Community Mural

You can’t pass a building in downtown Phoenix without seeing a vibrant mural. Downtown Phoenix is bright with pride for its artistic culture, but it’s also a little drab with ongoing construction.

En Hance Park Rendering

A local developer wants to change that.

Alvaro Sande, COO of Sencorp and developer of en Hance Park Condominiums in downtown Phoenix, has been a long-time supporter of local art. Most recently, he donated $5,000 to the Phoenix Festival of the Arts, a free event hosted by Phoenix Center for the Arts (PCA), in December 2013.

In his continued support of local art, artists and neighborhood businesses – and to bring a little color into the neighborhood during construction – he will hang student art from PCA along the north-facing fence surrounding the property. The art-hanging event will take place on First Friday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m. at en Hance Park Condominiums (1130 N. 2nd St. in Phoenix).

“Over the past decade, residents and local businesses in downtown Phoenix have worked tirelessly to create a culture-rich environment that boasts renowned cuisine, art and entertainment,” says Sande. “We understand the importance of sustaining this effort as our city continues to grow, and we’re excited to be a part of it. Our new condominium project designed by local architects offers efficient, modern spaces for anyone who wants to be at the forefront of downtown living and in the center of our vibrant arts district. As a board member for Phoenix Center for the Arts and an active participant in the Evans Churchill Neighborhood Association, I relish the opportunity to contribute to the growth and prosperity of our city; and, our mural project with Phoenix Center for the Arts is a great way to showcase aspiring local artists while beautifying our neighborhood.”

Sande was appointed a board member of Phoenix Center for the Arts in March.

“The board takes pride in the jobs we provide to artists and in all of our programs from the classes, the Phoenix Festival of the Arts, and the Art Mobile – which brings free arts classes to low-income communities,” says Joseph Benesh, Phoenix Center for the Arts Director. “As such, it is imperative to have board members who understand the intersection of arts, community, economic development, and quality of life. Alvaro brings exactly this, as he leads the development of new housing that overlooks one of our hidden gems, Margaret T. Hance Park.”

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