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First Night

Mission

The mission of First Night Monterey, Inc. is to bring families together and unite our community in all its diversity through the visual and performing arts, to foster the public’s appreciation of visual and performing arts and to celebrate families and community through workshops, Greenfield Cultural Arts Center, Greenfield Harvest Festival and the New Year‘s Eve celebration. First Night Monterey, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization; programs are designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds and to broaden and deepen public appreciation of the arts. The centerpiece of First Night Monterey is our alcohol-free celebration on New Year's Eve in downtown Monterey.

The mission of First Night Monterey, Inc. is to bring families together and unite our community in all its diversity through the visual and performing arts, to foster the public’s appreciation of visual and performing arts and to celebrate families and community through workshops, Greenfield Cultural Arts Center, Greenfield Harvest Festival and the New Year‘s Eve celebration. First Night Monterey, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization; programs are designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds and to broaden and deepen public appreciation of the arts. The centerpiece of First Night Monterey is our alcohol-free celebration on New Year's Eve in downtown Monterey.

The Big Idea

Art influences society by changing opinions, instilling values and translating experiences across space and time. Research has shown that art affects one’s fundamental sense of self, and that exposure to the arts improves a child’s lifelong outcomes. Having access to art and cultural resources may also improve key aspects of social well-being in disadvantaged neighborhoods. First Night’s goal is to provide funding for arts programs in the heart of the Salinas Valley and the migrant farming community. That includes classes in visual art, dance, poetry and rap, and computers. First Night’s Greenfield Cultural Arts Center is an existing hub that offers free arts programming in the city of Greenfield.

The Greenfield Cultural Arts Center offers incredible opportunities for youth and adults alike to grow, explore and discover themselves as artists. The free programs provide a safe place for the citizens of Greenfield to be able to participate in community events, free art programs, dance, and music. Given the demographics of the community, most would not be able to enroll their children in classes and/or drive the distances for art classes. I can say that growing up in Greenfield, a dedicated creative center like this has really benefited the community and does have a positive impact on its participants. I have benefited not only as an artist but also as a professional art educator and high school teacher, and I continue to give back.

- Carlos Villagomez