First Night ArtWorks!
Outreach Throughout Monterey County
our year-round arts outreach program culminating on New Year's Eve. We've engaged hundreds of young people and families who participated with professional artists in hands-on creative workshops in the visual, performing and multimedia arts at community sites all around the county. This year's theme "Sea Changes: The Seaquel" is First Night Monterey's second year of outreach programs designed to increase community awareness of ocean changes due to plastic pollution, over-fishing and climate change.
Greenfield Cultural Arts Center First Night Monterey established this center last November and we have been busy with the community to create an arts center for all to participate in the visual and performing arts. Classes and workshop include: drawing, and painting classes for youth, art camp, art exhibition, performing dance classes in line dancing, Folklorico, Flamenco, Salsa, Aztec. Local groups also presented traditional Oaxacan dance and drumming classes, as well as, sewing projects creating dance costumes.
AZOMALI AZTEC DANCE TEAM
Ramon Hernandez formed Azomali Aztec Dance group in 2009. The group started with only Ramon's family members. Today the group has 30 dancers. Ramon is teaching the dance classes at the GCAC Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The group currently has 30 members; classes are open to the public.
LA UNION INDIGENA GROUP
The Union Indigena Group was formed with the Triqui indigenous communities from the Mexican state of Oaxaca living in Greenfield. They formed their group in 2005 to pass on their cultural, language and family values to next generations. Presently they have meetings with dance, language and drumming at the GCAC on Fridays and Saturdays every other week. Meetings are open to the general public - must be willing to learn their native language.
ARCOIRIS CULTURAL DANCE TEAM
Arcoiris Cultural dance team was formed to reach out to the Greenfield community with the help of the Arts Council for Monterey County and First Night Monterey. Pilar Mendoza teaches folk, line and flamenco dancing for children The dance group has their practice at GCAC Wednesday and Friday evenings.
Greenfield Summer Art Camp: Eight weeks of free art camp for Middle School students, held at
the GCAC. Activities included digital art, drawing, watercolor and
painting using traditional mural techniques. Young artists designed and
painted street banners for display on El Camino Real in downtown Greenfield.
Exhibits: Art Show and reception at Greenfield Cultural Arts Center, Greenfield Harvest Festival, First Night Monterey 2015
Alisal High School Engineering Academy:
Students from Alisal High School Engineering Academy traveled to San
Francisco's Exploratorium for a day of inspiration and returned to their
class workroom to create "automata", whimsical mechanical moving
sculptures, made out of recycled materials.
Exhibit: You are sure to enjoy the Alisal Automata exhibit at First Night Monterey 2015!
CSUMB Design Students We engage the students into a creative competition to create the annual First Night Monterey Poster and Buttons. Working through concept to design with the students for five weeks in class to final poster design.
Interim, Inc. Participants from the local Interim organization created murals, sea puppets, and recycled plastic materials to create large sculptures and a plastic albatross.
Greenfield Harvest Festival: Held on October 19th, 2014 with over 5,000 attending, this free community arts festival celebrates the harvest and farming community. Activities included a 5K/1K fun run, community parade, 6 bands, 7 dance troupes, interactive art activities, pony rides, a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch and 55 vendors showcasing the many cultures and arts of Monterey County.
Scholze Park Senior Center Local artists and Center patrons created traditional folk paper flowers for the festivals and you will see them on display at various stages at First Night Monterey 2015.
THANKS to our SPONSORS!
First Night ArtWorks! is made possible by the following organizations and foundations:
Arts Council for Monterey County
The California Arts Council
James Irvine Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation
Monterey Peninsula Foundation- AT&T Charities
The Robert and Virginia Stanton Endowment
Community Foundation for Monterey County
Pebble Beach Foundation
First Five Monterey County
You can help bring these outreach programs to underserved communities!