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Celebrate 22 years with a $22 gift! - Help us keep the arts in childrens' lives

This season, ART is the NEXT PEACE: Connecting Communities, First Night Monterey's arts education program, has been chosen to participate in the 2014 Monterey County Gives!, a project of the Monterey County Weekly Community Fund. For every dollar you contributed to the campaign, Art is the Next Peace will receive a pro-rated matching grant!

If you missed this opportunity, you can still donate using the link below.



First Night Monterey is a nonprofit charitable organization 501(c) and your donation is tax deductible. You will receive a letter acknowledging your donation for tax purposes.

Art is the Next Peace works collaboratively with K -12 schools, non-profits and communities to make meaningful art in a safe and affirming environment. This project successfully uses art to promote non-violent resolutions to problems, such as gangs, bullying, and domestic violence - with a goal of connecting communities and building positive healthy attitudes. The project includes site and internet exhibitions with many forms of art: mural painting, photography, silk painting, poetry, music, video, 3-D, and new media from students, community and professional artists.

Thanks for showing your support for our mission to build community and celebrate diversity through the arts. Your tax-deductible gift will contribute to our success in presenting the annual New Year's Eve First Night Festival of the Arts as well as year-round arts education programs offered to local children and teens through the First Night ArtWorks! program.

Gifts from individuals, businesses, and foundations help First Night Monterey to accomplish its unique work of building community and celebrating diversity through the arts. As a private, nonprofit cultural organization, we depend upon your generosity, not only to produce our citywide arts festival on New Year's Eve, but also to conduct related community-based arts education programs for Monterey County kids all year long. First Night Monterey's Art is the Next Peace: Connecting Communities was featured in the California Arts Council news.

Your Company Can Be a Sponsor!

Contact Executive Director Ellen Martin for details by emailing or calling the FNM office. Levels of Sponsorship and corresponding marketing opportunities vary. Let us find an opportunity that complements your company image and fits within your budget!

First Night ArtWorks!

Join us as we unite our community through music, movement, and art!

Your donation is the key to keeping our award-winning programming affordable for all children and families.

First Night Monterey brings together people of all ages, races and backgrounds. Last year, nearly 30,000 people sampled jazz, folk and classical music. There were venues that introduced our community to a variety of dance styles, supplied opportunities to design and build masks, hats, and puppets. Each year participants see themselves, each other, and our community in a brand new way ... In an atmosphere electric with joy and hope.

Your support is needed now more than ever as we expand our outreach workshops, extend our celebration 'footprint', and plan for the next First Night celebration.

Thanks to the leadership and generosity of our past donors and sponsors, First Night Monterey has become a treasured family tradition. The New Year's Eve arts celebration showcases hundreds of talented visual and performing artists. Through our Outreach workshop programs, hundreds of young people work together under the guidance of professional artists to produce larger-than-life puppets, murals, original poetry, and more.

First Night Monterey has been honored by the following associations:

  • The Arts Council for Monterey County
  • The California Arts Council
  • First Night International
  • The Monterey County Herald
  • The Coast Weekly ('Best Community Event 2011')
  • The Salinas Californian


Help us in our mission to bring the arts to underserved communities in Monterey County. First Night Monterey is a 503(c)(3) organization and your donations are fully tax-deductible.


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First Night Monterey

Office: 542 Archer Street, Monterey, CA
Mail: P.O. Box 185, Monterey, CA 93942
Phone: 831.373.4778
Fax: 831.642.9860
email: info[at]firstnightmonterey[dot]org

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