Participant guidelines

MISSION STATEMENT
To provide for artists (representing all forms of the arts) an opportunity for public awareness in a community that celebrates the arts. Also to provide an atmosphere that promotes the vitality of our downtown shopping district as a whole.

TIME AND DATE
The First Fridays Florence event is held the first Friday of each month from March through December. The event begins at 5PM and ends at 8PM. Hours during the summer months are often extended. Early notification of changes to the hours is provided to all participants.

2013 EVENT FEES AND BENEFITS:

Annual Artist Booth Fee – $90.
This is a savings of $60 when artists pay for the year in advance.

Benefits to paying for the year in advance include:

  • Placement on the Featured Exhibitors page on the First Fridays Florence website with a photo and description of your work or business, and a link to your website or email.
  • First choice of booth location. All efforts will be made to assign an exhibitor to his/her first, second, or third choice of booth spaces. Booths will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Booth spaces will be held/guaranteed and not reassigned.
  • Plus coverage of artists in other marketing and public relations efforts as opportunities become available.

Monthly Artist Booth Fee – $15 in advance OR $20 day of Event. Monthly subscribers have no guarantee of consistent booth location. ONLY ARTISTS WHO PAY ANNUALLY ARE GUARENTEED SAME BOOTH LOCATIONS

Artists provide their own table, chairs, display materials. While power does exist on Court Street, not all booths have access and there is no guarantee of power at a booth. All display materials should be battery operated (e.g. lighting, fans, etc…). Artists who pay monthly have no guarantee of their booth location.

Booth fees are required to be paid two weeks prior to the event. Send a check for booth payment to: First Fridays Florence • P.O. Box 431 • Florence, AL 35631.

REMEMBER: Regardless of your payment choice, artist approval, advance notice of your attendance, and a booth assignment by the First Fridays committee is required. Any artist, musician, performer or group arriving at a First Fridays event without having been approved by the review committee will be asked to leave.

AVAILABILITY OF SPACE/BOOTH ASSIGNMENTS
The First Fridays Florence committee assigns booth spaces to approved artists on the street side of the sidewalks of North Court Street (between Tennessee and Tuscaloosa streets) and any side streets being utilized for the First Fridays event. Booths spaces are approximately 10ft wide (e.g. space between a parking meter and a light pole) x 6-8ft deep (extending into the sidewalk area, not to impede foot traffic). If more space is needed please make us aware of the need. Public and business entrance access routes cannot be blocked.

Booth space assignments are at the discretion of the First Fridays committee and artists will need to be flexible if adjustments are necessary. FINAL BOOTH LOCATIONS, ADJUSTMENTS AND CHANGES ARE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE FIRST FRIDAYS COMMITTEE.

It is necessary to call/email and reserve your booth space two weeks in advance of each event, and final booth number assignments will be issued the Monday prior to the event. A courtesy call is required if you are unable to attend so your booth space may be reassigned for that particular event.

Any artist who misses two consecutive First Fridays events that are not weather related or First Fridays committee-related, may forfeit his/her regular booth space and be assigned to another location. This does not apply for artists who have paid for the year in advance.