First Friday Las Vegas Goes Nonprofit

Thirteen years ago the First Friday event in Las Vegas started  as an effort to bring more visitors to the 18b Art District by introducing an art walk. Since then between 20,000 – 30,000 visitors come to the Downtown Area to participate in the monthly event.

The First Friday event was supported by investment group First Friday LLC led by Tony Hsieh of Zappos. Now, it’s transitioning into a 501(c)3 non profit. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal First Friday LLC has donated “its assets, intellectual property and $100,000 to the First Friday Foundation and its newly revamped 17-member board.”

The site is currently under construction:

First Friday is officially transitioning everything over to the 501(c)3 non-profit entity! This means great things for the future, and a lot of extra organizational work in the present

The most recent First Friday event on July 3 was themed Summer Art Festival, drawing more visitors into its galleries and restaurants. Details are pending for August’s First Friday theme. With a smaller draw during the hot summer months, organizers have an opportunity to focus on the restructuring

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal:

A group of artists, including Harney and Justin Lepper of Eden Gallery, a member of the new First Friday Foundation Board, have banded together to create, which they hope will be the one-stop place to find out about all of the galleries in the 18b and the rest of the valley. is currently under construction with an anticipated launch date in 37 days.

Locals interested in volunteering their time to the First Friday Foundation should keep an eye out for opportunities on Volunteer Match.