About The Arts District in Las Vegas
The Arts District was formed in 1998 as a non-profit initiative to develop what it calls “the hippest district in Southern Nevada” by promoting art, business, and residential growth. This initiative was vital in helping to convert old warehouse and loft space into galleries and studios in the area.
The center of the district is marked by the cross streets of Charleston Boulevard and Main Street, which is less than a mile south of Fremont Street. 18b is home to a pair of high-rise apartment buildings that stand out among the relatively low skyline. Visitors will also notice that several buildings are adorned with elaborate graffiti art. Rather than ruin the buildings, this graffiti reflects the culture of the neighborhood.
The area has been historically home to several old businesses and factories. For example, the old Holsum Bread bakery is located in the heart of the district. This building is now home to lofts, studios, and a restaurant. Those looking for casinos and big hotels will be disappointed. The Arts District is a place for local Las Vegas culture.
Things To Do in the Arts District
Naturally, the arts district is the best place in Nevada to check out the work of local artists. Located on Charleston Boulevard, The Arts Factory is perhaps the most visible gallery space in the area. The building was formerly a warehouse before being converted into studios for a wide range of artists. There are over 20 commercial art-related tenants in the Arts Factory, including a roller derby skate shop, hair salon, yoga studio and various galleries. There are also visiting artists, a main common gallery as well as a space for musical concerts, poetry readings and theatrical performances. Check the Arts Factory listings for studio business hours.
Art seekers will find more galleries in Art Square, which is right behind the Arts Factory. Art Square consists of three remodeled buildings originally constructed in the 1950s as well as an outdoor art garden that was converted from a barren tarmac lot. The facility features more than 15 creative, retail and professional tenants, including the popular Art Square Theater, which is home to the Cockroach Theatre. This local theater troupe performs intimate/independent productions at Art Square regularly.
For those who want to check out freestanding galleries with works by various artists, visit the Contemporary Arts Center and Blackbird Studios. Both are located near the southern end of the Arts District (less than a mile from the north end of the Strip). Check back often at these galleries as new exhibits and artists are featured.
Living in the Arts District
The Arts District is conveniently located a mile or less from the Fremont Street Experience, Smith Center, Las Vegas North Premium Outlets and the Stratosphere. While walking is undoubtedly an option during the day, it is generally recommended to drive or get a ride at night. Free parking is available in a large, yet somewhat disorganized, lot behind the Arts Factory. Smaller free lots are located at many of the bars and antique shops in the district.
Just north of Charleston-Main Street intersection, one will find the “18b” neon sign standing at the conveniently located transit station. This stop provides access to the Strip & Downtown Express and is perfect for those opting for a bus pass.
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