Clark County Museum to Host October 1 Memorial Exhibits

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Beginning in September, the Clark County Museum will host exhibits that explore the community’s process of grieving and healing since the filming of the Route 91 Harvest Festival on October 1, 2017.

A retrospective titled “5 Years Later: Remembering October 1 and Growing Stronger in Vegas” will feature letters, posters, signs and other items from the museum’s 22,000-piece October 1 collection in the Hall Clark County Museum Exhibit Hall at 1830 S. Boulder Highway from September 23 through January 30. The public is invited to attend a free opening reception of the 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, September 23. Local musician and Oct. 1 survivor Pat Dalton Amico will perform his songs, “Forever Family” and “58 Angels,” at the start of the reception. Attendees will be able to tour the exhibit with the museum’s curator and tour the new storage area where its entire October 1st collection is stored. The Clark County Museum will also host a companion exhibit of From Wednesday September 28 to Thursday October 13 in the Rotunda Gallery located on the first floor of the Clark County Government Center in downtown Las Vegas at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway.

“It’s important for us to honor the lives lost and forever changed because of October 1,” said Clark County Commission Chairman Jim Gibson. “Our community can be proud of how we responded to the darkness of that day and remember the outpouring of love and support we received from each other and from across the country and around the world. It is also important to recognize the strength and resilience that we continue to show as a community in response to tragedy year after year.

The exhibit at the Government Center will include banners and other items from the museum’s collection as well as The Art of Healing Mural and Angels of Love exhibit created in remembrance of the first anniversary of October 1. The Art of Healing mural was created by local artists and high school students from the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. The mural contains nine large panels with images of teddy bears representing the 58 lives lost on October 1 and messages of condolences that the public was invited to write in the first year of its exhibition. The Angels of Love exhibit, created by a California-based nonprofit organization, contains stained-glass angels in remembrance of those who perished and hundreds injured, as well as keepsakes dedicated to first responders who stepped in to help the victims. It has remained on display at the Government Center since it was turned over to the county in 2018. The Government Center’s daily hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The rotunda will be open on Saturday October 1 until noon after the 7:30 a.m. Sunrise Remembrance Ceremony in the Government Center Outdoor Amphitheater.

Both exhibits will feature presentations highlighting the progress of the Clark County October 1 Memorial Committee. The Clark County Commission established the committee to seek public input on a permanent memorial that remembers those who perished in the attack, honors survivors, first responders and all affected by the incident, and celebrates the resilience and compassion of our community.

“We invite everyone to participate in the ongoing memorial development process, whether you live in Las Vegas, California or another state or country,” said Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick. “This project is near and dear to many hearts. We want to develop a memorial that will honor the lives that were lost and the lives that will never be the same. We also want to pay tribute to the resilience of our community in response to the devastating act of evil that has occurred.

A call for creative expressions is open until Monday, October 31, which invites the public to share ideas for the memorial or any form of creativity in response to the tragedy. From the first days after the October 1 attack, people have used creativity in myriad ways to express their love, hope, grief, and support. The committee’s goal is to capture as many forms of these expressions as possible to help shape the eventual memorial project that will be built. All types of expressions are welcome, including drawings, photos, poems, songs and other works of art. Submissions can be made through the committee’s website at ClarkCountyNV.gov/1OctoberMemorial and via this mobile application: https://apps.vdomobile.com/m/1octobermemorial/. Individual artists interested in contributing to the creation of the memorial are also invited to share their CVs or portfolios. Design teams selected to develop concepts for a memorial will be invited to review all Creative Expressions submissions to inform their proposals. Submissions received so far can be viewed in the committee’s online gallery at https://tinyurl.com/38snr674. The process of developing a memorial project is expected to result in a formal recommendation to the County Commission in the summer of 2023.

The Clark County Museum launched a major effort after the Oct. 1 shooting to collect, catalog, and preserve memorial items left at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign and other sites near the festival venue to help tell the story. the story of our community’s reaction. The collection includes many white wooden crosses that were part of “The Crosses for Losses” exhibit that was installed at the welcome sign by Illinois carpenter Greg Zanis. Some of the crosses were given to family members at their request. Museum volunteers spent 18 months and hundreds of hours cataloging the artifacts. Each item has been photographed and can be viewed on the museum’s website pages at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/museum. The museum offers appointments so that family members of victims and others can view specific items from the collection. The museum is also collecting stories behind memorial items to include in its efforts to preserve the memory of our community’s response to the October 1 tragedy. A form is posted on the museum’s website for anyone interested in sharing their story of what they left at one of the memorial sites. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children and seniors. The phone number is (702) 455-7955.

A calendar of community-related October 1st memorial events scheduled for September and October is available on the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center website at www.vegasstrongrc.org.

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

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