• Donate today to become a Hop VIP member and support the arts in Louisville! Donations over $50 will receive a thank you Gift package!

  • As a thank you for your support Hop VIP members may post a message, web link and image here on this page. Add a memorial, feature an artist or tell us why your business supports the arts.

  • VIP members receive priority invitations to exclusive First Friday events and a chance to win a gift from our Feature Artist!

The VIP Lounge

Become a Hop VIP member and support the arts right here in Louisville! Every little bit helps us to put on great events each month promoting the arts but any gift over $50 will receive a thank you package including:

- Opportunity to post a message, link and image here on the VIP page or add an article on the News page.
- A First Friday Hop Bumper sticker, mug or other Louisville arts gift item.
- Exclusive invitations to private gallery openings and premier events.

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We can now accept donations and memberships online from VIPs, individuals, businesses and sponsors! Suggested donation of $50 for individuals, $150 for small business and $500 for corporate. Not only does your sponsorship support local artists and galleries it comes with great benefits! Read all about it on our Member Benefits page.
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  • Call for Young Artists in Louisville for Sister Cities!

    • Sister Cities of Louisville is calling for young Louisville Artists to join a National Artist and author Showcase!

      The Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS) encourages youth from around the globe to express the mission of Sister Cities International through original artwork, literature, film, and photography. Students from national and international sister city member communities interpret an annual theme and send their work to Washington, DC where a panel of judges selects Grand Prize Winners and Finalists based on originality, composition, and theme interpretation. After the finalists for art, literature, film, and photography are announced for the national competition, the works go on a yearlong tour hosted by local sister city programs on a monthly basis, and the grand prize winners receive $1000 each.

      2018 Theme: The Art of Diplomacy This year’s theme, “The Art of Diplomacy”

      highlights the importance of citizen diplomacy and the innovative ways citizen diplomats achieve peace through people-to-people interaction. Students are encouraged to draw inspiration from their experiences with sister cities, travel, exchange, international friendships, and the many ways that people cultivate relationships across cultures.

      Deadline to submit entries : April 10th Entries due to Sister Cities of Louisville (502-681-9764)

      Rules & Requirements:

      Art:
      Student must be 13 – 18 years old Art must be 2D, unframed, and no larger than 24 in x 36 in (61 cm x 91.5 cm) One submission per student.
      LOCAL WINNERS – One (1) Winner will be chosen to represent Louisville in the national competition. The national winners will be announced in June.

      Literature:
      Student must be 13 – 18 years old Essays: 500 words or less | Poems: 200 words or less Multiple entries allowed
      WINNERS – Three (3) LOCAL Winners in each category will be chosen to represent Louisville in the national competition. The national winners will be announced in June.

      Photo:
      Student must be 13 – 22 years old Submit photos via Instagram with the following: @SisterCitiesLouisville, #SCL_YAAS2018, and photographer City/State/Country Multiple entries allowed
      WINNERS – Three (3) LOCAL Winners will be chosen to represent Louisville in the national competition. The national winners will be announced in June.

      Film:
      Student must be 13 – 22 years old Film must be 1-10 minutes in length Film must be submitted to Cinequest
      Film must be submitted to Cinequest WINNERS – All Local entries will be judged in Washington DC. One (1) Grand Prize Winner and One (1) Finalist will be announced in June.

       

      Art & Literature entries should be submitted to Sister Cities of Louisville (502-681-9764) Local Winners and finalists will be announced on Sunday, April 15th at the Sister Cities’ Spring Bash – National Winners will be announced in June All art, photography, and writing entries will be published online with Sister Cities of Louisville and Sister Cities International All winners and finalists will be displayed at the 2018 Annual Conference in Aurora, Colorado and go on a tour to select cities across the U.S. There is NO FEE for art, writing, or photography entries. There is a $25 fee for film entries. There is a $25 return fee per art piece for the Young Artists Showcase if the program/artist wants the art returned.

      Download the official PDF: https://firstfridayhop.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/SCL-Young-Artists-Authors-Showcase.pdf

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  • Do you support the arts in Louisville?

    • First time supporters and long time art lovers are all welcome to join us as we promote all things creative in Downtown Louisville.  Become a VIP member and sponsor an article about your favorite local artist. Do you have a space in Downtown Louisville? We are always looking for new locations to feature our next emerging artist. Host your very own art opening on First Friday and join us on the Hop tour!

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  • Republic Bank First Friday Hop Stickers

    • Look for the Republic Bank First Friday Hop stickers all over Downtown Louisville to find the best locations to visit every First Friday. First Friday members always have something going on on First Friday from discounts, to extended hours, gallery openings and all sorts of great events. You can also check out our events page for all the most current announced events and where you can go to RSVP! Don’t forget that Republic bank First Friday Hop members get advanced invitation to all our events and free tickets when ever they are made available! See you on the Hop!

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  • March VIP Members

    • The New Hop Mugs are here! Become a VIP Hop members for just $25 or more and receive your very own Republic Bank First Friday Hop Mug (while they last) as a thank you gift! Your membership fee to the Hop goes towards promoting the arts in Downtown Louisville from hosting gallery openings to promoting local artists.

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