Silver State Sights: The Las Vegas Arts District

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (KOLO) - You’ll find people tend to know about downtown Las Vegas. And even more people know about the Strip. But there is an area of the city between those two places that is growing in notoriety.

The Las Vegas Arts District is an 18 block section of the city.

“We get a lot of tourists that are in town and looking to find that other part of Las Vegas that maybe aren’t the Strip,” said Bobbie Ann Howell of Nevada Humanities.

The Las Vegas Arts District is an 18-block section of the city directly between the Strip and downtown. It’s a cultural hub packed with indie art galleries and performance spaces in converted warehouses.

“We are not LA or New York, but people undermine the Las Vegas scene,” said art gallery owner Anja Whitemyer. “Vegas is booming, we have outstanding artists.”

“The 18 blocks has the arts factory, arts square, and the burlesque museum,” said Howell. “And there is a downtown festival every month called first Friday.”

First Friday is when the arts district will be the busiest. It is a collection of food, vendors, and entertainment held on the first Friday of every month.

“If you have the time, come on first Friday,” said Whitemyer. “It’s a little bit crazy town but it’s nice.”

On the corner of Charleston Boulevard and Casino Center Boulevard there is one of the art district's newest areas, coming as a result of the city’s darkest day. It is a community healing garden dedicated to the 58 victims of the shooting on October 1st, 2017. It features 58 newly planted trees – one for each of the people tragically killed that day.

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