Downtown Phoenix art space Alwun House celebrates its 50th anniversary

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Table of Contents Moody has spent a lifetime in the arts‘I had to live here to make it work’How Johnson came to Phoenix and found Alwun HouseAlwun House has grown in 50 years How Alwun House has served the communityAlwun House has inspired lots of young artists ‘It’s Satisfaction’ Few people can […]

Few people can say they run an art gallery. Fewer can say they live in the one they run.

Kim Moody and Dana Johnson can.

It was fifty years ago that Moody noticed the white, shabby house at Roosevelt and 12 streets in Phoenix’s Garfield neighborhood and decided to transform it from the dull, artless place it used to be. That house became known as Alwun House and it was one of the first art galleries in the downtown area.

Johnson came on board 14 years later and for the past 37 years, the partners have run the Alwun House Foundation. Running the gallery and foundation have helped Moody and Johnson through good times and bad.

Moody has spent a lifetime in the arts

An old photo of Kim Moody from 1974.

Moody grew up in a world of arts. His Mormon upbringing and music walked hand in hand, he said. His mom started the Arizona Mormon Choir. On top of traveling with his eight siblings for operetta roadshows, Moody performed in high school theater shows and played the piano.

His mom has since passed, but her brown, out of tune, flower engraved upright piano lives in the Alwun house. Moody still plays. 

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