First Night Monterey, Monterey County's premier New Year's Eve celebration of the arts is in its 25th year, and the event on New Year's Eve 2017 promises to be the best one yet! This year's theme is "Celebrating 25 years of Magic!", and First Night is inviting visual and performing artists to submit their applications to be part of a family friendly, alcohol-free celebration ringing in 2018!
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Greenfield Cultural Arts Center is excited to be a part of the Arts Habitat South County Open Studio Tour! We open to the public September 30 to October 1. Local artists can
exhibit and sell their original artwork! Music, Dance and local foods will also be part of the
weekend. We seek artists who can also have artwork for the Día de Los Muertos exhibition November 1, 2017, celebrating the rich color and history of the holiday. We encourage families and artists to create works and altars.
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First Night Monterey is celebrating 25 years of community arts celebrations on New Year's Eve and arts outreach in Monterey County! This year's poster contest "Celebrating 25 Years of Magic!" - was won by CSUMB student Nathan Nakao. Nathan's poster was selected from 21 submissions designed by Publication Workshop students at CSUMB. Congratulations, Nathan!!
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We are beginning 2017 with new classes at the Greenfield Cultural Arts Center, established by First Night Monterey with the Arts Council for Monterey County. Hartnell College interns are providing computer training to locals, and FNM artists are presenting Thursday Night Arts - classes in the visual arts. The classes, outreach programs of First Night Monterey's ArtWorks! are free to Greenfield residents and open to adults and youth.
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First Night is Monterey's most exciting, imaginative and uplifting cultural event. FNM is an affordable, alcohol-free family celebration of the arts on New Year's Eve from the 3 pm Opening Ceremony to the Countdown to Midnight; our theme for FNM 2018 is "Celebrating 25 Years of Magic". The many performances range from Classical to Hip-Hop, Jazz to Reggae, dance ensembles and artwork created at our year-round outreach programs. Kids' Night Out (free for ages 5 and under) features music, art & activities for the little ones, culminating with the Twilight Procession at 5:30 pm.
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