1st Fridays Salinas • Event History

Started in 2005 by First Fridays Art Walk founder Trish Triumpho Sullivan, the Art Walk has grown from 15 to over 50 venues featuring art openings, exhibits, live music, poetry, dance, theater, children's art activies and more.

The Art Walk has become an institiution for people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures to gather, share their talents and build community. 1st Fridays draws attendees from Salinas, surrounding Monterey Bay communities, and visitors from around the world who wish to experience the local flavor of arts and culture. It is family-friendly with plenty of things for kids to do.

1st Fridays Art Walk grew out of a need for local artists, muscians and poets to showcase their talents and communucate with the larger community. It came about after the annual Día de los Muertos event, Bailando con la Muerte-Dancing with Death when a group of artists complained about the dearth of culture in Salinas. Sullivan, a local arts activist and artist, organized the group and established venues downtown to host art exhibits, live music, and perfomances one evening a month.

Salinas' 1st Fridays Art Walk
was modeled on successful events around the country and based on the premise that the arts bring ecomomic prosperity and overcome cultural barriers in the community.The first Art Walks were small with only 15 venues hosting artist receptions, live music, and poetry. and have now grown into wonderful montly arts festivals with more than 50 venues hosting a wide variety of arts experiences free to the public.

The Art Walk is organized and produced by an all-volunteer grass-roots group committed to providing a way for local talent to connect to the Salinas community. It is a holistic appoach involving artists, business, cultural groups, and residents in the process of building a strong, positive community in Salinas. 1st Fridays takes place the 1st Friday of every month year-round in downtown Salinas, no matter what the weather is like.
Everyone is welcome to pARTicipate!

Information please call 831.594.1799 or e-mail the director of AUAU.

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