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May 1 Virtual First Friday: A focus on the Dayton arts community

May 1 Virtual First Friday: A focus on the Dayton arts community
Past Event - Friday, May 01, 2020
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First Friday: Online art, food, shopping and more to experience in downtown Dayton.

May 1 Virtual First Friday: A focus on the Dayton arts community

May 1 Virtual First Friday: A focus on the Dayton arts community

As physical distancing remains key in keeping our communities safe, we’re committed to staying home, but downtown Dayton remains OPEN* with small businesses continuing to creatively operate through delivery and takeout services, and online sales and events. After a successful online version of First Friday in April, we’re moving forward with another virtual First Friday this week, May 1.

The May First Friday has a special focus on our friends in the arts community, who continue to create visual art projects, music, and more from their at-home spaces.

“The arts have always played an important role in the culture and entertainment of downtown Dayton,” said Sandy Gudorf, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership. “So over the past weeks we’ve brought together key art organizations and asked them to participate in our virtual First Friday.”

This month, videos were produced by local artists and galleries to highlight gallery openings that were planned before the stay-at-home order, to show off how artists have turned at-home spaces into their studios, and how physical distancing has not stopped the creative minds in our community. There will also be several live demonstrations and performances the night of May 1 streamed on artists’ Facebook pages.

Virtual First Friday again will include a “menu” of activities, experiences and opportunities that you can partake in from the comfort of your own home. We encourage our community to schedule a “virtual date” with friends or family to interact with the Virtual First Friday together, while apart.

  • Order a takeout or delivery meal from one of the dozens of downtown restaurants committed to serving our community and keeping employees paid during this time. Most restaurants are operating on special delivery and takeout operations. Find the full OPEN* list here.
  • Shop from a local retailer who might not be able to have you in their store, but has a full lineup of goods and gift cards for sale online. Find that list here.
  • Explore a local museum, art gallery or theater group through a virtual tour of their interactive online posts, current displays or past works. We’ve put together a downtown Dayton “Things to Do” list on our OPEN* page here.

The Downtown Dayton Partnership will have the full list of activities all in one place and available on its Facebook event page.

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