First Friday Celebrates 13 Years of Cultivating Art, Music and Culture in Downtown LV

The First Friday Foundation has more to be thankful for than its recent acquirement of the highly popular arts and culture festival, First Friday, held monthly in the 18b Arts District downtown. Occurring the first Friday of the month, the eclectic community event featuring a variety of local artists and mediums, live musical performances, culinary temptations and more is celebrating its 13th anniversary today, Oct. 2.

Passing through many hands over the years, the event once again changed ownership in mid-June. It was donated by previous owner, First Friday Las Vegas, to the First Friday Foundation, a nonprofit headed by executive director Joey Vanas and run by a 17-member board—many of whom previously have been involved with the event.

FFFLV kicked off First Friday’s anniversary celebration 13 days ago by dedicating each day leading up to this milestone anniversary to one method, medium, movement or genre of the visual arts. Providing a description and example of the chosen art form of the day, the group then asked community members to participate by submitting topic-relevant fun facts and images of their favorite works.

And, for tonight’s festivities, the group says it’s been “planning a night to remember for the entire community.” As far as what that might entail, you’ll just have to venture out and see for yourself.

*On a separate but related note, The Smith Center will be down at First Friday tonight with a photo opportunity featuring The Book of Mormon. Come say hi!

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