First Friday ARTSChattanooga Grows Into Citywide Monthly Event

Friday, August 22, 2014

During an AVA Gallery Hop planning meeting, it was suggested that all galleries in Chattanooga collaborate and do what so many other cities do nationwide – hold a First Friday art event. The idea is that by holding “Art Walks,” galleries and artists’ studios will attract people to the downtown and enrich the art community by pooling their openings together into one monthly evening.

Since art venues are scattered throughout the city and events are held on different Fridays of the month, Friends of Local Artists and Galleries called a meeting at Chattanooga WorkSpace to see if all galleries and studios would be willing to open the "First Friday, joining that ever-growing list of cities. 

Setting monthly openings and events during the First Friday of each month builds community awareness and motivates city's residents to make it a tradition to get out monthly and support the arts by visiting multiple art galleries/studios around the city, said officials. 

This year’s citywide Gallery Hop, coordinated by AVA, falls on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 2-8 p.m. First Friday ARTSChattanooga will begin in October from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and continue monthly year round.

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