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First Friday! December 2019

December 6, 2019


CSUMB at Salinas City Center

CSUMB Salinas City Center 1 Main Street Salinas, CA 93901 (831) 772-7020


Film premiere, Live painting, Arts and Crafts Workshops, Live Music, Art and History Exhibitions, Cooking Demonstrations, Memoir Readings, Free Health Screenings and more CSUMB Student Research Presentations.

Featuring a special candelarias installation on our front steps created by the YWCA of Monterey County.

CSUMB Salinas City Center will host another free, fun and family-friendly First Friday Event in December 2019. This will mark the second anniversary of First Friday at the Center, and we are excited to celebrate with the Community. In 2017, only four people attended the First Friday event. Last month, 2800 people were in attendance.

First Fridays offer a unique, uplifting environment that celebrates the creativity of our communities and connections with California State University Monterey Bay Students, faculty and staff.

This month we will feature a diverse mix of programming including a film premiere, Live panting, Arts and Crafts Workshops, Live Music, Art and History Exhibitions, Cooking Demonstrations, Memoir Readings and more CSUMB Student Research Presentations.

Culinary Event and Conversation: The Alchemy of Flavor: 4:30 pm

Image with a bunch of different food dishes

A presentation and roundtable where we can all talk about our experiences with food flavors, techniques, and culture. Food will be enjoyed. Presented by Angel F. Gonźalez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Sustainable Hospitality Management, College of Business and his students.

Literary Reading: 5:30 - 7pm

Old image of a person in a hat

Professor Maria Villaseñor and her students present: Herencias. "Herencias" (a word which means both "heritages" and "inheritances." A reading of Professor Maria Villaseñors students' memoirs. This annual tradition is always profoundly moving and inspiring.

Film Premiere: 6 and 7pm                                                            Making a Life

Word printed on a blue background, words read "Making a Life Knowledge is Power"

A CSUMB Service Learning Institute project featuring a scene shot in Professor Pam Motoike's class "Making a Life" features 8 Salinas Valley families. The film calls attention to the need for immigrants to know their constitutional rights and utilize the community resources available. This will be the only screening of the film prior to its world premiere on Telemundo. The English Language Version will screen at 6 pm, followed by a discussion with filmmakers CSUMB students. The Spanish Language version will screen at 7pm also followed by a discussion with filmmakers CSUMB students. For more information about the film, please contact the Director Maren Elwood at or Pam Motoike

Free Health Screenings from the CSUMB Physicians Assistants 6pm

Have a free health check-up with our wonderful students!

A student giving a free health check up to guest.

Live Painting, Live Music and Art Workshops: throughout the evening

We will feature live music from Alisal Center for the Fine Arts, Arts Workshops and live art from CSUMB OC3 students; the famous Paul Richmond in collaboration with Terese Garcia; and Hijos del Sol Art Productions.

Exhibitions Open:

Agricultural Labels Exhibition

Agricultural Labels Exhibition

CSUMB Honors Veterans Exhibition

We will have all our exhibitions open including CSUMB Honors Veterans, Dias de Muertos and new beautiful display of Agricultural Labels curated from the Nationa Steinbeck Center Archive.

Learn about CSUMB!

Want to be part of the fun? There will be tables with friendly faces and information about CSUMB and our programs. We are excited to welcome you!

Thank you to the YWCA Monterey County for creating a special candelarias installation on our front steps.

Salinas Center for Arts & Culture