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Fremont East Entertainment District

520 Fremont St.

Las Vegas, NV 89101

702-409-5563

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AT A GLANCE

What is it?

An arts collective in Downtown Las Vegas featuring one-of-a-kind artwork, jewelry, clothing, and more.

Where is it?

In the Fremont East Entertainment District in Downtown Las Vegas.

What do they sell?

You'll mostly find art works of varying types (and quality) but they have a little bit of everything.

What are the prices like?

Browsing is free and the costs of the art on display is surprisingly affordable.

What should I be sure to check out?

On the first floor next to the café is a used record store. You remember records, don't you?.

Why should I shop here?

Because instead of support national chain stores, you prefer to support local artists with your shopping dollars. It's also a great place to find unique souvenirs.

What else do I need to know?

There's a small café and the temporary home to the Burlesque Hall of Fame.

What's the bottom line?

Absolutey worth a visit, especially for fans of eclectic arts scenes.

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FULL REVIEW

Las Vegas has a complicated history with art. For awhile there several major galleries and museums but most of those have shut down. This means if you want to seek out great works of art in the city you have to depend on local artists. The good news is that the Emergency Arts Collective is one of the best examples of how local talent can often eclipse that of the masters.

Located in a converted medical center in Downtown Las Vegas, just a block away from the Fremont Street Experience and right across the street from El Cortez, the Emergency Arts Collective is a two story building packed to the rafters with all types of art and handmade merchandise. You'll find paintings, sculpture, jewelry, clothing, and much more all done by locals. As you might expect the quality varies from artist to artist but some of the stuff I saw was good enough to be hung in the Guggenheim as far as I was concerned. It's a great place to go for finding one-of-a-kind artwork and maybe even a really cool Las Vegas souvenir that doesn't involve a bobble head.

The building also features a funky cafe/coffee house with a few tables that seem like the perfect place to discuss world events, Sartre, or the meaning of life. Adjacent to that is a vintage record store stuffed with all sorts of classic vinyl. You remember records, don't you?

Last, but not least, is the temporary home to the Burlesque Hall of Fame. It's basically a couple of small rooms with lots of photos and memorabilia about the peekaboo art form that represents a small fraction of the full collection that is looking for a permanent home. Stop by and pick up a souvenir from here to help them along, why don't you? It would be a great attraction to add to the city in its full form.

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