Author Sandra Vanin reads her childrens book to five First Friday attendees.
Two attendees view the Davis Gallery at the Monongalia Art Center. The wall is covered with realistic images depicting items like a large white bird, porches of beloved homes, and nature scenes.

What is First Friday for the Arts?

First Friday for the Arts was created to sustain an inclusive community-centered series of art events that recur every first Friday of the month intending to bring together creatives and businesses to present a night to immerse in the arts.

First Friday for the Arts is made possible through the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts Ripple Program (TFA), with a 10% match from Visit Mountaineer Country Conventions and Visitors Bureau (VMCCVB).

First Friday for the Arts is an affiliate program through Main Street Morgantown. 

2024 Dates/Times

Participating Locations

Photo Gallery


  1. I want my business to be involved, what does that entail?

For starters- yes, it is a lot of work. Many hours and much collaboration go into making this program a success and to ultimately be sustainable. To be an official stop on First Friday, you will need to make an initial 6 month commitment to being a host space/venue to First Friday For the Arts. Each first Friday, you will commit to being open from 5-9pm and have arts-related programming in your space. Programming can include, but is not limited to, a gallery show or opening, an artists make and take, a poetry reading or slam, artist lecture, book readings, artist pop-ups, artist demos, music performances- the list goes on and on. This is not just a  commitment to being open. Being a host stop means being a part of a team. There is a lot of collaboration, meetings and work involved to make this program a success and ultimately, sustainable. We meet monthly after the event to discuss how it went and plan for the next event. Our team can help place artists in venues/stops (pick one and change throughout)  if someone on the team is having trouble securing arts programming. We expect host venues to share all of our socials, thank our funders and sponsors and to help get the word out. Our core mission is to make Downtown Morgantown a thriving arts community and Arts Destination! We need all hands on deck and buy-in from our local businesses and community members. 

2. Cool, I am ready to do the work, but What do I get for being a host stop and what does this do for my business?

When you join, you will get an official First Friday sandwich board and sign to put in front of your business during the event. You will also receive a stencil and spray chalk to spray the sidewalk at your stop on the day of the event. Your stop will be featured on all socials and will be listed as a stop with your arts-related programming and times attached. We are hoping this program starts to bring people back downtown to shop, dine, play and stay. We believe that increasing foot traffic and creating fun, cultural opportunities for downtown patrons and community members will drive more economic support for local businesses.

3.I am not interested in that kind of commitment, but I do want to support the cause and have my business logo on the advertising.

Yes, be a sponsor! We know this is a lot of work. It involves a lot of community and business leader volunteer time and money. To be sustainable, we need your help! We have several sponsorship levels and we would really appreciate your financial support. 

4. Wow, all of this sounds great, but I don’t think I am looking to add more to my plate. Can I just be open?

If this all sounds like a lot, it is because it is. There is a ton of work, volunteer time and hustle that goes into making a project like this a success.  If you just want to be open, there is nothing to do. Just be open! As we grow, we would like every business to be open for First Friday, because it is in their economic best interest to do so. Please share our events and let people know you will be open. Let people know cool things will be going on downtown and they need to not miss it!

I like this idea, but I want to see how it all starts to shake out; can I add my business later?

Yes, you can! If a few months from now, you are wishing you were on board and you can commit to all of the above, reach out- we would love to have you! 

Thanks to our Supporters!

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