First Night Monterey 2022 - Celebrating 29 Years!

Call For Artists First Night Monterey 2022

First Night Monterey, Monterey County's premier New Year's Eve celebration of the arts is back LIVE for its 29th year, and the event on New Year's Eve 2021 promises to be the best one yet! This year's theme is "New Beginnings!", celebrating our re-emergence from pandemic life, and First Night is inviting visual and performing artists to submit their applications to be part of a family friendly, alcohol-free celebration ringing in 2022!

Summer Art Camps in Monterey and Greenfield

Children of all ages love the chance to be creative, and First Night Monterey's Art Day Camps use arts as a catalyst to nurture creativity and enhance skills in a non-competitive, safe, fun environment. No prior experience or talent needed. There is a lot of fun and learning with age-appropriate mentoring as your children create in a real studio environment and have the opportunity to paint, draw and make with a variety of materials. Each Camp features a gallery exhibit of their work completed during the camp. We sponsored six weeks of camps in June and July, in both Monterey and Greenfield!

Read More & See Their Art

CAC Grant Received for First Night's ArtWorks!

Thank you, CAC, for supporting First Night ArtWorks! Art is essential! Today the CAC announced their 2021 grant recipients, awarded with a focus on healing our communities; keeping the doors of our arts & cultural institutions open; protecting jobs in the creative field; and preserving our cultural heritage. "The California Arts Council is proud to support the work of each of these organizations within their communities, and to recognize the resilience and dedication of every applicant during this unprecedented time," said California Arts Council Executive Director Anne Bown-Crawford.

Read More about the grants

First Night 2022 Poster Competition

Since 2003, First Night Monterey staff has collaborated with CSUMB professor Bobbi Long and the Service Learning class for Graphic Design students, engaging the students into a creative competition to design the annual First Night Monterey Poster and Buttons. FNM artists work with the design students from theme concept to design for five weeks in class until selection of the final poster design. The winner will go on to design advertising for print and web graphics.

See the Posters