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First Night 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, festivals 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

At the time it was founded 28 years ago, First Night Monterey was a novelty locally: a family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration for New Year’s Eve featuring performances including live music and dance as an alternative to the bar scene. Over time, First Night has expanded its passion for families and the arts to be a year-round experience, with workshops, festivals and kids’ programming. Their new project, Artworks!, brings together young people to take part in performing and visual arts in a hands-on manner at community sites in Monterey and Greenfield. Through the year-long Artworks! program – culminating in a New Year’s celebration of visual and performing arts – First Night hopes to encourage involvement and love for the arts.

I have attended the First Night Monterey Art Camps for the last 8 years as a camper, volunteer, and now as a paid student intern. I have learned art skills and techniques, found solutions to creative design ideas, and camp has helped me focus on the opportunities in my future. I feel, and also hear from other campers, that this is the best summer camp! The program has helped me learn skills in art and in life! I look forward to going on to college and using these skills and ideas in school and work.

- Mikayla Sorenson

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