1 October Memorial Committee to Promote `Call for Creative Expressions' at First Friday

The 1 October Memorial Committee is doing outreach at First Friday in downtown Las Vegas on Sept. 2 to encourage local artists, residents and visitors to submit ideas and other forms of creative expressions for a 1 October Memorial.

First Friday is held on the first Friday of each month from 5 to 11 p.m. in downtown Las Vegas to support local arts and culture. The committee will have an outreach table in the Free Arts Tent located at the Arts Factory at Charleston Boulevard and Casino Center Drive. Committee members Rebecca Holden, public art project manager for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs, and Harold Bradford, a local artist, as well as a staff member from Clark County’s Parks and Recreation Department will attend the event to answer questions about the committee’s work and the processes under way to gather ideas for a memorial.

“First Friday is a great opportunity to meet with the public and encourage participation in our efforts to create a permanent 1 October memorial in our community,” said Committee Chairwoman Tennille Pereira. “From the earliest days following this tragedy, people have used creativity to express love, hope, sorrow and support in a multitude of ways, and we welcome as many forms of those expressions as possible because they will help shape the eventual memorial that gets built.”

The committee’s Call for Creative Expressions encourages anyone with an idea for the memorial or any form of artistic expression that may help inspire design teams to submit their work through the committee’s website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/1OctoberMemorial or its app at https://bit.ly/3ntZE66. Submissions can be drawings, poems, songs, essays, short videos and other artwork. Individual artists interested in contributing to the creation of a memorial project also are invited to share their resumes or portfolios. Many submissions can be viewed in an online gallery at https://tinyurl.com/38snr674. Clark County also has created YouTube videos to encourage submissions at  https://youtu.be/dfcrm5RGqz4 and  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOztWW4743M.

The Call for Creative Expressions is open through Oct. 31. The committee’s Request for Qualifications (RFQ) also is under way through Oct. 31 for professional design teams. Up to five teams will be selected to participate in the next phase of the process to develop proposals for a memorial. The teams will be comprised of professional designers and engineers and include a Nevada-licensed architect. Their work will include reviewing Creative Expressions submissions, meeting with focus groups and creating models to showcase their design concepts. RFQ applications can be submitted via the committee’s website. A seven-person panel will review and evaluate the qualifications of the teams. The panel will consist of stakeholders that include a family member of a victim, a survivor, a first responder and industry experts. Teams will be developing concepts for projects during the winter and spring of next year.      

The Clark County Commission established the 1 October Memorial Committee to gather input from the public to build a lasting memorial that remembers those who perished in the attack at the Route 91 festival on Oct. 1, 2017, and honors the survivors, first responders and all those affected by the incident, and celebrates the resiliency of our community.                                


Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability.  With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.