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January 29, 2015

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Joe Downtown: Ceremony to honor Arts District neighborhood pioneers


Leila Navidi

The 18b Arts District sign, made by YESCO for the RTC’s Gold Line, was installed at a transit shelter in downtown Las Vegas on Casino Center Drive Friday, November 20, 2009. 18b refers to the original number of city blocks that made up the Las Vegas Arts District.

Map of Downtown Arts District

Downtown Arts District

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Under the leadership of new president Marc Abelman, the Las Vegas Arts District Neighborhood Association will honor pioneers of the growing district at a ceremony Thursday.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Councilman Bob Coffin, who represents the area, will attend the ceremony, which begins at 6 p.m. in Boulder Plaza, 1046 S. Main St., and will be open to residents. A mixer will follow.

Among those being recognized are longtime downtown supporter and former Mayor Oscar Goodman, former Arts District neighborhood president Dick Geyer, Cindy Funkhouser, who was instrumental in starting First Friday in 2002, and Wes Myles, owner of the Arts Factory, Bar & Bistro and a mainstay at Main Street and Las Vegas Boulevard since 1988.

Others to receive recognition are Naomi Arin, Jim Stamford, Lynn Morris, Nancy Deaner, Richard Hooker, Yorgo Kagafas and, posthumously, Julie Brewer and Jack Solomon.

The city will formally declare Thursday as “18B Arts District Day.” Known as "18b," the Las Vegas Arts District is located immediately south of downtown Las Vegas in an area bounded by Commerce Street, Hoover Avenue, Fourth Street and Las Vegas Boulevard (at Charleston) and Colorado Avenue.

For more information, see the district’s website.

Joe Schoenmann doesn’t just cover downtown, he lives and works there. Schoenmann is Greenspun Media Group’s embedded downtown journalist, working from an office in the Emergency Arts building.

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