City of LynchburgFrom the James River Council for the Arts & Humanities: First Fridays, an event on which Downtown Galleries, Art Venues and Businesses of Downtown Lynchburg remain open late on the first Friday of each month, is changing stewardship. Hosted by Lynch’s Landing, First Fridays has grown from a few galleries being open late to an event including special exhibits throughout Downtown, restaurant participation and free trolley rides within the Arts and Cultural District, connecting venues. Effective December 1, 2015, the James River council will begin to manage First Fridays and the trolley.

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Linda Jones, president of Lynch’s Landing:
While Lynch’s Landing has certainly enjoyed hosting and sponsoring First Fridays, we have decided to pass that responsibility over to the James River Arts Council. Their organization’s focus on public art and cultural experiences makes them the expert for promoting such an event in downtown Lynchburg.  We have appreciated the honor of coordinating First Fridays, but we are confident that the James River Arts Council is the ideal host for this event.

Kim Soerensen, president of James River Council for the Arts& Humanities:
We appreciate the opportunity and trust provided by Lynch’s Landing. Hosting First Fridays is a natural fit for us. Our mission is to promote and facilitate public artistic projects and cultural experiences. In partnership with Galleries, Art Venues and businesses of the Downtown Arts and Cultural District we hope to foster continued growth of the event by promoting and providing the opportunity for visitors to experience First Fridays.