December 31, 2019 in Historic Downtown Monterey

First Night Monterey, Monterey County's premier New Year's Eve celebration of the arts is in its 27th year, and the event on New Year's Eve 2019 promises to be the best one yet! This year's theme is "Light Up the Night!", 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 2020!


that will help create an exciting evening to Celebrate First Night Monterey's 27th Anniversary. We are seeking performances and art activities of all types!

First Night Monterey is an interdisciplinary celebration of the arts and invites proposals for the following event activities:

LARGE SCALE PUBLIC ART - Temporary site-specific installations of visual and/or environmental art that utilize the city landscape. For example, sculpture, projections, and large-scale installation art that encourages public participation. Works that incorporate the celebration's theme in some way are desirable.

PERFORMANCES - Short repeated performances of around 30-45 minutes each are sought for both afternoon and evening programs. Examples are: musical acts (musicians, bands, choral groups), theatrical presentations, dance, poetry and performance art. New and innovative works that are not technically complex are encouraged - First Night Monterey uses a range of traditional and non-traditional venues for its presentations.

RESOLUTION PIECES - These are interactive sculptures and installations that mark the passage of time, inspire a sense of renewal, incorporate and/or respond to the public hopes, wishes and resolutions for the New Year. These pieces usually involve First Night participants writing a New Year's wish or resolution, and attaching it to the sculpture or artwork. Works that employ ways to bridge the day and evening sections of our celebration are highly desirable.

WORKSHOPS and ACTIVITIES - Hands-on, fun events that get the First Night participants involved in making a hat or musical instrument, painting a picture, writing a poem or learning to dance, drum or juggle. The possibilities are endless for activities to bring people together on New Year's Eve.



The Afternoon Family Festival - Kids’ Night Out! :

The first act of FNM Celebration includes performances and hands-on activities that focus on children, children's participation and family entertainment. Examples of programs include face painting, juggling and acrobatics, music, storytelling, puppet performances, crafts and games.

Indoor/Outdoor Evening Performances:

Most programs are 30 - 45 minutes and will be repeated at least once. Technical support will be limited, and based upon the nature of the performance, site location, scheduling and cost. First Night indoor sites include theaters, churches, and public auditoriums that seat from 100 - 4,000 people. Outdoor venues include Alvarado and Pacific Streets, and Colton Lawn.

Visual Art

Site-specific, temporary installations that are presented outdoors on the Colton Lawn, Alvarado Street or other sites throughout historic Downtown Monterey. We are open to site suggestions from artists. Proposals that incorporate participation by audience members are encouraged. A limited number of indoor exhibition sites are also available particularly in the Conference Center and History and Art Museum.

Artists may propose projects that directly involve participation of community-based organizations through the First Night ArtWorks! Outreach program, our community outreach and education program. During the year, and the weeks and months leading up to the Celebration, young people and adults in communities in and around Monterey County work under the direction of an artist to plan and create pieces, exhibitions and performances that are showcased during First Night. Community organizations, churches and schools as well as individuals are welcome to apply. Artists and organizations may propose that their projects be considered as an ArtWorks! program. An ArtWorks! Program must involve community members in developing, fabricating, and displaying the artists' work.


A diverse panel of creative professionals will review and select proposals for visual and performing arts participants. Selection criteria will be based on artistic merit, feasibility, and the availability of funds. First Night Monterey awards artists whose proposals are accepted commissions and/or artist/performance fees.


First Night Monterey is an independent, California nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation working in partnership with the City of Monterey. It is supported by sponsorships, foundations and corporations, as well as by individual donors.First Night Monterey's mission is to foster public appreciation of visual and performing arts and celebrate families and community through workshops and the New Year's Eve celebration.

PLEASE SUBMIT PROPOSALS TO: PO Box 185, Monterey CA 93942 or DROP OFF: Archer Park Community Building, 542 Archer Street, Monterey, CA (can leave in mail box). Download your application now!

PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept proposals by e-mail or fax. Please print out your application forms and mail them in or drop them off. Thanks!

NOTIFICATION DATE: We will mail out confirmations for FNM 2020 beginning by October 1, 2019.

QUESTIONS? If you would like to discuss your proposal prior to submitting it, please email: info[at]firstnightmonterey[dot]org.