Our community spirit is best exemplified by First Night ArtWorks!, our year-round arts outreach program that culminates on New Year's Eve. This year hundreds of young people and families from throughout Monterey County participated with professional artists in hands-on creative workshops in visual arts and music at community sites all around the county. Their creations will be everywhere you look at First Night, from the paintings depicting historic Monterey, to the murals created in Greenfield at the Summer Art Camp, to the Puzzle Art Collaboration. FNM has partnered with Sol Treasure in King City and with YOSAL string music students in a workshop of music composition: "Concerto with Strings and Junk!" Monterey County's youth are at the heart of First Night! Families coming together through art is one of the joys of FNM that exemplifies our hopes and dreams for 2013.
2012 - 2013 ARTWORKS! PROJECTS
Greenfield Summer Art Camp: our annual free art camps for teen aged students. Exhibits: Greenfield Library Centennial Celebration, Greenfield Harvest Festival, First Night Monterey SeaChanges Workshops
This summer the First Night ArtWorks! program offered a free six-week visual art camp in Greenfield. Campers worked with animation techniques and made videos to show what they learned about oceans and watersheds in our SeaChanges program. Click on the video link to see some of the videos made by the campers.
In the 2012 camps, artist Guilllermo Aranda taught youth using the grid to learn to draw and paint, using the images from the many cultures that comprise the community of Greenfield. These students achieved so much in 6 short weeks! Experience the art from the students living in the heart of our migrant farming community!
Castroville Mural Project In Castroville, we are
transforming a local parks building into a beautiful work of art! Renowned muralist Guillermo "Yermo" Aranda is working with Castroville youth to place images reflecting old myths and legends, juxtaposed against contemporary images, making a full circle to the present and the future of our young people through their heritage. Project funding provided by Driscoll's.
First Night ArtWorks! is made possible by the following organizations and foundations:
Arts Council for Monterey County The California Arts Council James Irvine Foundation Target Stores WESTAF National Endowment for the Arts Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation Harden Foundation Monterey Peninsula Foundation- AT&T Charities the Robert and Virginia Stanton Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County First Five Monterey County Driscoll's
You can help bring these outreach programs to underserved communities!
If you enjoy our annual celebration of the arts, why not consider becoming a Friend? Your tax-deductible gift to First Night® Monterey will have a lasting impact on our community. Call us and find out how you, your company or your service group can sponsor a venue!
JunkJam Workshops: King City- Sol Treasures and YOSAL students. Performance: First Night Monterey 2012, 2013; Participatory JunkJams were presented at Earth Day on Del Monte Beach 2013, Sand City's West End Celebration 2013
The commissioned artist for First Night Monterey 2013 was The Junkman, aka Donald Knaack, the classically trained percussionist who played with esteemed philharmonic orchestras before making his name by performing on instruments of his own construction made entirely from reclaimed materials and found objects. The Junkman travels to the beat of a different drummer. He now exclusively composes for and performs on junk and recycled materials.
It's called Junk Music and it's a unique collection of infectious grooves and musical styles that's gaining audiences from every spectrum of the music business from rock to jazz to world music. Impossible to categorize, worldwide audiences are recognizing Junk Music is eye-opening, provocative and entirely new.
First Night Monterey invited the tinkerers, music-makers and dreamers of all ages to come make instruments from junk. The Junkman hosted free workshops in Monterey, Greenfiield and Marina to build the instruments that were played at the Junk Jams on New Year's Eve in historic downtown Monterey. Under the guidance of the Junkman and with help from local artist and museum manager Addison Moore, the community built sound sculptures from recycled materials donated by Waste Management. At the Archer Park Community Center discarded plumbing parts, plastic buckets and scrap wood were transformed by members of the local community into the instruments at the center of the Junk Jams at First Night on December 31st. Watch the JunkJam video below!
These activities are supported, in part, with funds provided by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), the California Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Robert and Virginia Stanton Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County.
JUNKJAM AT FIRST NIGHT MONTEREY
Watch this video of highlights from the First Night Monterey festival on December 31st in Downtown Monterey. It was a day for the community to come together to celebrate all our cultures through the arts. The JunkJam was supported by grants from the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), the California Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Participants were encouragd to pick up an instrument and join in the fun!
Greenfield Harvest Festival: October 21, 2012 A FREE community event featuring six bands, seven dance troupes, a community parade, eight art activities for children and their families, pony rides, a petting zoo and a pumpkin patch. Watch the video below!
GREENFIELD HARVEST FESTIVAL WRAP-UP
Click Play and Full Screen to watch a great video of highlights and community leader comments from the Greenfield Harvest Festival produced by First Night in October. It was a day for the community to come together to celebrate all our cultures through the arts, supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation. Participants enjoyed a community parade, art activities, food and vendor booths, with bands and dance on three stages! Read more about this year's event.
Art Camp at Archer Park: Six Summer and Fall sessions annually; full description below. Exhibit: House of Four Winds (Monterey Civic club), First Night Monterey 2012 &2013 Celebrate Monterey! Fall Break Art Camp Students participated in a fall break art day camp at the First Night art studio at Monterey's Archer Park Community Center (home of First Night studio and office), where they created paintings on canvas depicting their interpretation of the historic adobes in Monterey. The paintings were exhibited in a show at the House of the Four Winds, home of the Monterey Civic Club.
Puzzle Art Collaborative Project Monterey, Greenfield, Gonzales, Soledad, King City, Marina Exhibit: First Night Monterey 2013
This is a county-wide project in which each individual has taken a 24" x 24" puzzle piece and created a work of art depicting their lives, hopes and dreams. All of the puzzle pieces fit together into one big jigsaw puzzle art structure. They have been assembled and are displayed as a group collaborative art installation. Seeing hundreds of individual puzzle pieces together and walking along and looking at each artist's story is a truly impressive experience.
Our Outreach Partners Include Greenfield Science Workshop, Greenfield/Soledad/Gonzales Public Libraries, Sol Treasures, Migrant Ed, South County YMCA, Future Farmers of America, CSUMB, Marina Teen Center, Castroville Recreation Center, CHISPA.
FIRST NIGHT ART DAY CAMPS
In 2010, First Night ArtWorks! introduced a fee-based
Summer Art Day Camp at the Archer Park Community Center, and followed up with a Fall Break Art Camp,
where drawing, painting,
puppetry, mixed media,
printmaking and performance
art happened! FNM Staff are
professional artists and teachers
and our goal is to nurture
creativity and enhance art skills
in a non-competitive, safe, fun
environment. Each Friday we
have a "performance or gallery
exhibit" of the work completed during the past week. Some
Learning the "ten key words" of drawing!
Puppets - Large Walkable Moving Puppets, using recycled
Introduced American artists to kids while offering hands-on art
experiences in the styles of Great American Masters!
If you are
interested in the Summer Art Day Camp or the Fall Break Art Camp for school children, see more details here. Registration forms are online and fees may be paid by credit/debit card or by PayPal.
ARTWORKS! PROGRAM AND MISSION
FNM’s Art Works! presents year-round, free arts workshops to introduce the visual and performing arts to children and adults throughout Monterey County and makes their work an integral part of the region’s largest New Year’s arts celebration. These workshops encourage an active involvement in and love of the arts. Young people and their families directly participate in hands-on workshops conducted by artists/educators in the months leading up to First Night. Often, these workshops offer important enrichment programs for community organizations with whom we partner to offer the workshops. The creative workshops culminate in exhibits and/or performances that become part of the First Night Celebration and are exhibited in other public venues throughout the region, such as the Monterey Peninsula Airport Gallery, Sunset Center, The National Steinbeck Center and Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco. These exhibits give voice to the viewpoints and philosophies of all our residents and illuminate the commonality of our world views.
Collaboration is woven into our philosophy of engaging both the artistic community and the greater community, bringing them together to enrich lives and promote understanding. We collaborate with approximately 50 artists, more than 20 schools and community and arts organizations, and hundreds of volunteers in order to be able to present our workshops and the Celebration. We collaborate with business partners such as MST to provide free transportation and with Del Monte Shopping Center to offer free parking and shuttles to our audience on December 31st, and with CSU Monterey Bay for design work for each year’s fresh new look. We also rely on many sponsors and donors in our community to be able to present these workshops and the celebration year after year.
The ArtWorks! Outreach Program is a wonderful example of our success
We are especially grateful to all of the donors and sponsors who so generously contributed to our success: Arts Council for Monterey County, The California Arts Council, James Irvine Foundation, Target Stores, WESTAF, National Endowment for the Arts, Nancy Buck Ramson Foundation, Harden Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation- AT&T Charities, the Robert and Virginia Stanton Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, First Five Monterey County, Driscoll's.
To become a sponsor or outreach partner, call the First Night Office at 831 373-4478.