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“We Are Listening” Grant Feedback Sessions

The Nevada Arts Council is conducting a review of all current grant programs and we want your input!

Please join us for one of our upcoming grant feedback sessions. Dates and times are below (both meetings will follow the same agenda). You will also have the option to teleconference.

Participants will receive conference details and information prior to each session so please make sure to REGISTER for your session online.


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2018 – 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

Reno City Hall – Council Chambers

One East First Street, Reno, NV 89501


TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018 – 4:00 PM-7:00 PM

Winchester Cultural Center – Room A

3130 McLeod Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89121

Traditional Japanese dancer Fumiko Duncan to receive Nevada Heritage Award

Fumiko Duncan, a traditional Japanese Tendo dance teacher from Henderson, has been selected as the recipient of the Nevada Arts Council’s Nevada Heritage Award for fiscal year 2019.

The award recognizes master folk and traditional artists of Nevada who, at the highest level of excellence and authenticity, carry forward the folk traditions of their families and communities through practice and teaching.

A certified master instructor, Duncan studied Tendo – a 20th Century style of Kabuki, in her native Japan with Miyoko Maruyama, who created Tendo dance in the 1950s.

For the past 12 years, Duncan has taught traditional Japanese Tendo dance to groups of Japanese American women at the West Flamingo Senior Center in Las Vegas. Students study and practice dance and the use of dance accessories including fans, umbrellas and flowers for two hours each week.

They meet between August 1 and March 30 to prepare for performances as the Tendo Baikoki group, which performs at Chinese New Year, the Aki Matsuri Festival, the Martin Luther King Day parade, the Henderson Heritage Parade and other community functions.

The Nevada Heritage Award comes with […]

Nevada Arts Council Board elects officers

The Nevada Arts Council Board of Directors elected members to new leadership roles at its most recent meeting.

Joe O’Neill was elected board chair, Gail Rappa as vice chair and Ryrie Valdez as treasurer for the board, which advocates on behalf of the arts and arts education in Nevada, and promotes policies and viewpoints to benefit members of the creative industry and residents throughout Nevada.

O’Neill, a member of the nine-member board since 2016, is a senior cultural specialist with the City of Las Vegas and is responsible for managing marketing, communication and grants for the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

O’Neill studied vocal performance and dance at the University of Alabama and began his career as a dancer and performer for Wald Disney World Entertainment. He is a member of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals Emerging Leadership Institute and a graduate of the city’s Sponsored Employee Advanced Leadership (S.E.A.L.) Program.

Rappa is a professional artist, who lives in Tuscarora in Elko County with her husband and fellow artist Ron Arthaud and their two children.

Rappa creates one-of-a-kind wearable art from precious metals, […]


Please join the Nevada Arts Council (NAC) for an artist talk featuring NAC Fellow and Las Vegas artist Matthew Couper. The reception and artist talk will take place in the OXS Gallery in Carson City on Tuesday, July 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m and it is sponsored by Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, Inc. The talk begins at 6:15 p.m. The event is open to the public and free.
Couper’s exhibition, “From Dust to Water” has been featured at the OXS Gallery since May 21, and will remain in place until July 20. The OXS Gallery is located at 716 N. Carson St., Suite A, in Carson City. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. For more information 


Panels scheduled to review the 53 Literary Arts applications, 33 Performing Arts applications and 2 Fellowship Project applications:

Wednesday, July 18, 2018: Artist Fellowship Literary Arts Grant Panel
Thursday, July 19, 2018: Artist Fellowship Performing Arts Grant Panel & Fellowship Project Grant Panel
9 am to until the Panel Concludes its Business.
Truckee Meadows Community College, Dandini Main Campus, 7000 Dandini Boulevard, Red MT #214, Reno

Click here for FY19 Artist Fellowship Panelists’ Bios


The Nevada Arts Council has awarded $10,000 in Jackpot Grants for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2019.

Designed to support first-time or sudden opportunity arts and arts learning/education projects initiated by artists, teaching artists, schools, nonprofit organizations and public institutions, the grants were awarded for projects scheduled to occur between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2018.

This quarter’s recipients, and the amount they received, are:

Eve Allen Garza (Reno), $925
Zoe Bray (Reno), $600
Keely Cobb (Reno), $731
Eureka Restoration Enterprise (Eureka), $700
Jeff Fulmer (Henderson), $908
Miya Hannan (Reno), $1,000
Alex Ryuta Hayashi (Las Vegas), $1,000
Scott Hinton (Reno), $915
Jeannie Hua (Las Vegas), $630
Ian Racoma (Las Vegas), $858
JK Russ (Las Vegas), $848
Elena Wherry (Las Vegas), $885.

The grants were first reviewed by a grants review panel on June 6 and received final approval from the Nevada Arts Council Board of Directors on June 11.


The Nevada Arts Council is planning to host professional development workshops for performing artists in the coming year. In order to better design these workshops, please take a few minutes to complete the following survey to help us learn what types of professional development opportunities will best support your work.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to share and strengthen the network of Nevada’s performing artists.

If you have questions, contact:

Michelle Patrick
Community Arts Development  (Southern Nevada)
Nevada Arts Council
702.486.3732 | email



Rolling grants are noncompetitive and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants throughout the year while funds are available. As applications arrive, each is reviewed for eligibility and completeness by NAC staff and processed.

The following rolling grants are now open for FY19:


To apply for any of the grants above, please visit GO Smart and select the corresponding FY19 application form.


A dozen Nevada artists and organizations were awarded Jackpot Grants from the Nevada Arts Council for the fourth quarter of the fiscal year.

The Jackpot Grants, which range up to $1,000, are designed to support first-time or sudden opportunity arts and arts learning/education projects initiated by artists, teaching artists, schools, nonprofit organizations and public institutions.

Grant recipients include:

Amanda Alvey, Sparks, $700: To create and hold an acting and music class for teens. The class is called “Audition Skills: Musical Theatre and Beyond!” and will culminate in a showcase for the students.

The Clark County Children’s Choir, Las Vegas, $1,000: To support the 5th annual choral festival for local charter and private schools. The event theme is “I Dream a World.”

Todd R. Green, Minden, $1,000: For a lecture and hands-on demonstration of string, flute and percussion instruments from many different parts of the world. This teaching project will be attended by approximately 150 students, grades 6-12, as well as local senior citizens.

Paula Jacoby-Garrett, Henderson, $784: To support creation of a catalog for artists and visitors of the upcoming exhibit MONUMENTS at The Studio at Sahara West Library […]