About Art Walk

The art season in Laguna Beach flourishes year round with First Thursdays Art Walk. This educational monthly art event, held on the first Thursday of every month from 6 – 9pm, celebrates the diverse cultural art scene of Laguna Beach and is free to the public. First Thursdays Art Walk is funded by member galleries, local art institutions, lodging establishments, and the City of Laguna Beach.

First Thursdays Art Walk was founded as an independent, community-serving, non-profit with the mission to promote Laguna Beach as a leading destination and community of fine art galleries. The organization is committed to supporting local artists and galleries, serving the community by cultivating an appreciation for the arts.

Since its founding, FTAW member galleries, arts organizations, sponsors, and grantors create a unique fine arts experience for the Laguna Beach community and cultural visitors, and provide local lodging establishments with a monthly arts event to offer their guests.

First Thursdays Art Walk’s mission is to promote art education and appreciation in Laguna Beach, the leading year-round destination and community of fine art galleries.

We are a 501-c(3) non-profit organization committed to supporting our member galleries; serving the community by cultivating an appreciation for the arts; and providing a high quality educational experience for art students through the annual Mentoring Program with Laguna College of Art + Design.

Since 1998, First Thursdays Art Walk member galleries and sponsors have benefited from a co-operative effort in providing trolley service during First Thursdays Art Walk; by advertising in local and national media; and through creating a unique cultural experience for all First Thursdays Art Walk participants.