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2006 First Night Raleigh

About First Night Raleigh

This is our 15th year!

In the summer of 1990, Artsplosure’s Board of Directors committed to creating a special community New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown. First Night Raleigh was born, joining 100 other cities worldwide in a joyful, family-oriented, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts. Admission buttons, worn proudly by participants, make First Night Raleigh the most accessible, inexpensive and safe way to celebrate the New Year. Attendance was estimated for First Night Raleigh ‘92 at 15,000-20,000 on December 31, 1991. This amazing public response paved the way for plans to produce a bigger, more spectacular First Night Raleigh. The event has grown to be the largest New Year’s Eve event held in Eastern North Carolina. Recent First Night celebrations have exceeded all expectations with attendance at over 40,000 people. The city’s Millennium Celebration culminated with First Night Raleigh 2000, and attracted 75,000 people from all over the state.

First Night came into existence in Boston in 1976 at the end of the country’s Bicentennial Celebration to bring the neighboring communities of the city together in a joint celebration, while providing the public with an alternative way of ushering in the New Year. Since 1980 the concept has inspired many communities to start their own First Night Celebrations in the United States from Cape Cod to Honolulu, plus Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. The International Alliance of First Night Celebrations connects the First Night Celebrations throughout the world.

David Sullivan, Executive Director of First Night International, said, “Congratulations to First Night Raleigh for 15 years of presenting great art to large and enthusiastic audiences. Everybody feels welcome at First Night Raleigh , which is a testament to its creative programming, outreach efforts, and marketing initiatives. The Raleigh program is consistently recognized at the national level and is a model to be emulated by other First Nights.”

First Night Raleigh 2006 Production Team

Executive Director, Michael Lowder
Program Director, Terri Dollar
Marketing & Promotions Manager, Crista Misenheimer
Festival Operations Assistant, Dylan Morris
Bookkeeper, Glynda Westerbeek
Technical Supervisor, Jeff Linker
Children’s Celebration Coordinator, Jamie Butler
Volunteer Coordinator, William Zweigart
Honorary Chairs, Ann and Wade Smith
Signage, The Sign Shop

First Night Raleigh 2005-2006 Board of Directors

Lee Kirby, President
Helen White, Vice President
Steve Bryan, Secretary
Diane Gupton Becton, Treasurer
Ken Barnes, Immediate Past President
Ann-Cabell Baum Andersen
Mary-Ann Baldwin
Marion Bolz
Bob Bonds
Clymer Cease
Woody Dicus
Benji Jones
Lany McDonald
John McKinney
Camille Patterson
Andy Reyes
Crystal Sadler
Barbara Stephens
Julie Wood
Philip Isley, Raleigh City Council Liaison

Artsplosure, The Raleigh Arts Festival
336 Fayetteville Street, Suite 405
Raleigh, NC 27601
tel: 919-832-8699
fax: 919-832-0890

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