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First Night button a Don Drumm encore
First Night Akron is taking a look back at its 20-year history, starting with its admission button. Akron artist Don Drumm, who created the art for the first-ever First Night Akron in 1996, also created this year’s design, which was revealed Nov. 13. more >  


First Night Akron goes back to the beginning for 2016: Artist Don Drumm designed first button and 20th anniversary butto
When it came time to pick the artist to design the 20th-anniversary button for First Night Akron, the choice wasn’t difficult. Akron sculptor Don Drumm created the button for the first New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Akron on Dec. 31, 1996, so it made sense to have him tackle the 20th. more >  


Don Drumm returns to design the 20th annual First Night Akron admission button
For the 20th anniversary of First Night Akron, the team of past button artists decided to forego the nomination process and invite Don Drumm to create the button for this milestone year. Drumm also created the original First Night button 20 years ago. The button is worn by thousands of revelers for admission to 10 venues on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 from 6 p.m.-midnight. more >  

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Brian Lisik

A six-time First Night performer with four album releases. more>