October First Friday Has Special Meaning

First Friday goes silent at 10:01 p.m. as Mayor Carolyn Goodman reads the each victim's name

By Toni Gonzales | Las Vegas, NV | DTLV

First Friday in DTLV has long been an event that showcases artists, musicians, and crafters, all of whom are local to Las Vegas. The next one, taking place on October 1 has an incredible amount of significance for two reasons. One of those reasons is an obvious one. 

Friday, October 1 will recognize “One World Through Art,” as the theme for both marking its 19th anniversary, and commemorating the victims of the One October tragedy. 

It’s a tall order to acknowledge two events on opposing sides of the emotional spectrum But, that is certainly a task that anything artful can take on. 

One October Remembrance

To honor the victims of One October, First Friday will go silent at 10:01 p.m. as Mayor Carolyn Goodman will read the names of each victim. While she will be reading the names from the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden, her audio will be piped into the Arts Square parking lot for attendees to hear. They will also be given glow sticks and electric candles for the moment of remembrance. After each of the names are read, a performance of “Rise Up,” will be carried out. 

First Friday

October’s First Friday marks the 19th year for the monthly community event. The theme is “One World Through Art.” This month, 30 communities will participate in First Friday with each community sharing their art, music, dance, and food to help us understand and learn more about their culture.

Las Vegas artist Black57 is First Friday’s featured artist. “I look at the painting process as a dance, or a conversation with canvas,” he says. Black57 is inspired by neoclassical compositions, graffiti color palettes and lettering styles. His graffiti background informs his work today. Black57 will be doing a live exhibit and guiding an interactive project in support of Safe Nest and their October initiative to end Domestic Violence. 

Event Details

Hours – 5:00 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Location – The Art Walk is on Boulder Ave. in front of the Arts Factory and on 1st Street. The food garden and bar are in the Art Square parking lot and on S. Art Way.

Live Entertainment – Starting at 5:00 p.m. OWTA kicks off with the Dragon and Lion Dance, Bali dancing, Sri Lankan performance and more.

Food & Drink – 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. First Friday culinary experience is back in full force with delicious options from the many food trucks, artisan food vendors and restaurants throughout the First Friday footprint and the entire arts district.

COVID-19 Requests – Guests are asked to be mindful of others. There are no mask requirements or social distancing requirements currently. First Friday will continue with its program of sanitation and asks guests to continue washing/sanitizing their hands.

For more information, visit First Friday’s website.

Next read “Local Poet’s Book Remembers Survivors and Victims of October 1 Tragedy.”

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