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Grace Davis joined NAC in 2019 as the Community Arts Development Specialist. She is excited to join the NAC’s team, bringing unique experiences while collaborating with a dynamic staff to continue the accessibility of arts and culture throughout Nevada.

Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Davis was inevitably enchanted by the west. She received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA in Art and Design Education from Rhode Island School of Design. Grace has designed and implemented innovative arts programs for all ages and educators for the last 10 years. This programming spans museums, community organizations, and health care including Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island, and Renown Health in Reno. She is also a practicing artist working primarily in acrylic and gouache as an abstract painter. She has exhibited across the country and held residencies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jackson, Wyoming, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.



NAC’s Legislative eXhibition Series (LXS) Gallery featured in recent Arteffects appearing on KNPB’S Season 4 Episode 32 | 26m 47s. Watch Tony Manfredi, NAC Executive Director introduce the program, Stephen Reid, NTI Installer hang the artwork and LXS Exhibition Artist, Melissa Melero-Moose discuss the importance of having her work on display during the legislative session.


One of the main objectives of The Nevada Basin to Range Exchange Program is to foster and develop relationships between Nevada’s rural and urban communities. NAC is creating a space with various opportunities for participants to network and present collaborative partnership ideas in an informal but inviting setting. The pilot was launched in Tonopah because it offered its rich mining history but also limited the number of distractions generally found in larger urban areas.

Currently, there are 52 individuals who will identify their measure of impact within their respective communities. One of the requirements of the program is to create a partnership and produce an arts-based initiative within one year. We can’t wait to see what they come up with! The initiatives will be created and implemented by each partnership. The needs vary from each community, but most of the commonalities identified in both rural and urban areas include access to arts, infrastructure, audience engagement and of course, limited funding. All of their initiatives will be centered around community development and creative impact.

Based on the feedback from the first meeting, […]


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 Jackpot Grants were awarded for projects scheduled to occur between April 1 and June 30, 2019. This quarter’s recipients, amount received, and projects are:

Ivan Ivanov, Las Vegas: $1,000 to support the publishing, manufacturing, production and distribution his CD, “The Clarinet Music of Leonardo Balada.”
Nye Communities Coalition, Pahrump: $893 to support “The Feelings Play,” a two-part project designed to make children more aware of their feelings and how those feelings can lead to both positive and negative actions. The project will take place at the 4 elementary schools in Pahrump.
Caitlin McCarty, Reno: $910 to support the performance of “Dust Horizon: Dance, Film and Landscape Inspired by the Poetry of Gailmarie Pahmeier,” a multi-media dance work exploring three Nevada State Parks. This ninety-minute dance performance is scheduled to take place on April 25, 2019 and April 27, 2019 at the Nevada Museum of Art.
Emily Barnes, Henderson: $943 to commission composer Shawn Schwerdtfeger to […]


Register to attend a Road Maps workshop, “Board Tune-UP—Becoming a High Performing Board” with Steven Weiss on Thursday, May 30th.

Move your board beyond compliance and oversight so they’re active partners in brand-building, fundraising, governance, strategic planning and ensuring the long-term success of your nonprofit. Learn practical, actionable strategies and tools for:

Recruiting dedicated volunteers
Creating a constructive partnership between your board and executive leadership
Increasing board engagement
Transforming passionate board members into compelling fundraisers

About the Instructor:
Steven Weiss, President of The Weiss Group, is a business strategist with more than 25 years of experience at some of Northern California’s most prominent public, private and nonprofit organizations. Prior to establishing his consulting practice, Weiss was vice president of Marketing & Public Affairs for The Sacramento Bee. He previously served as director of University Cultural Programs at UC Davis, chaired the building committee, and served on the leadership team that generated philanthropic support for the $60 million Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Weiss is a Capital Public Radio board member and serves on Sacramento’s Creative Edge Steering Committee to develop a regional arts, culture, […]


Meet NAC’s fantastic Operating Support Grant panelists (Candace Kita, Ray Gargano, Melvin Henley, Kellen Braddock, and Alexis Hill), thank you for for sharing your knowledge and expertise with us at the grant panels! Click here for panelist’s bios 


Reno artist Patricia Wallis has a background in plein air and aerial painting, having spent much of her 30-year career in Marin County, California. Moving to Reno, she found a completely new palette of color in the landscape. Another change she made in in the past decade was a decision to work exclusively on copper, which gives the image a unique luminescence not found when working on canvas or board. Oil painting on copper goes back to the 15thcentury although it is rarely used by contemporary artists.

Wallis’ exhibition, “Bits and Pieces of the Silver State,” are the latest works from Nevada artists to go on display at the Nevada Arts Council’s Legislative Exhibition Series (LXS) inside the Nevada Legislature building and will be featured through the end of the session. She is the last of six Nevadans whose artwork is being displayed during this legislative session.

Wallis described her approach to painting like this: “I express my reaction to what is before me,” she said. “I usually focus on some detail that has captured my attention, such as an unusual […]


FY19 Fellowship Project Grantee: Las Vegas jazz musician and composer, Eugene Shapiro created a recording of his original jazz compositions, followed by a concert at The Smith Center in Las Vegas.

Click on the image to listen to the recording.


More than 3,500 high school-aged students from Nevada’s public, private, charter, parochial and alternative schools, and home school associations participated in the 2019 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program. Focusing on our rich literary heritage through memorization and performance of classic and contemporary poetry, Nevada Poetry Out Loud is a program of the Nevada Arts Council, presented in partnership with The National Endowment for the Arts, The Poetry Foundation,  NV Energy, Nevada Department of Education, Nevada School Districts, and KNPB. 

After participating at the school and/or district level, semi-finalists traveled to Reno on March 16 for the 2019 Nevada Poetry Out Loud State Finals at KNPB Channel 5 studios in Reno.

If you missed attending the 2019 Poetry Out Loud State Finals in Reno, or if you’d just like to see it again, click on the image.

Vanessa Aponte, a senior at Legacy High School in North Las Vegas, is the 2019 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Champion.

Aponte receives a $600 scholarship and will now move on to represent Nevada in the National Poetry Out Loud competition April 30 to May 1 in Washington, D.C.  The National Champion receives $20,000, with a total of $50,000 in […]


It took Las Vegas artist Lolita Develay three years to complete the paintings for her exhibit, “The Beauty Within,” but the visions of them began much, much earlier. She grew up on a small farm in the Mojave Desert, making mud pies and chasing lizards. When her older sister would visit from Los Angeles, it exposed her to a different world.

“She smelled amazing, not like dust, and her clothes were always so fashionable,” Develay said. “I came to be fascinated with the way clothes define us, the politics behind them, how we choose to dress to influence the world’s perception of us. The clothes in these paintings represent the ultimate desire. For me, they are status symbols of success.”

Develay’s paintings are the latest works from Nevada artists to go on display at the Nevada Arts Council’s Legislative Exhibition Series (LXS) inside the Nevada Legislature building and will be featured from April 29 through May 17. She is the fifth of six Nevadans whose artwork is being displayed during this legislative session.

Develay has a Masters of Fine Arts from UNLV […]

ON DISPLAY IN OXS GALLERY: A Celebration of the Arts

NAC presents artwork from the agency’s permanent collection that was commissioned to be part of Nevada’s Governor’s Arts Awards Program and part of the agency’s permanent collection. “A Celebration of The Arts” featuring artwork from the Governor’s Arts Awards Program 1989-2011 will be on display in the OXS Gallery, March 11, 2019—January 31, 2020.

Inaugurated in 1979 as the Decade Awards, the Governor’s Arts Awards (GAA) became an annual event for the agency. Through this program, the Nevada Arts Council (NAC) and the Office of the Governor recognize outstanding contributions to Nevada through artistic achievement and service to the arts by artists, educators, arts organizations, corporate and individual patrons, public figures, and dedicated volunteers. To spotlight the work of the visual artists in 1986, the NAC board decided to commission a Nevada artist to create an original piece of art for each of GAA recipients.

The OXS Gallery is located at 716 North Carson Street, Suite A, Carson City and is open 8 am to 5 pm. Read more.


Las Vegas author Amanda Skenandore, an honorable mention artist fellowship recipient of the Nevada Arts Council, is holding writing workshop on Sunday, May 11 at the Clark County Library on East Flamingo Road.

Participants can learn fundamental elements of great fiction that will help turn that in-progress work into a page-turning, fully developed novel. Participants can bring a chapter of their work or a favorite book to the workshop for discussion.

The event is from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the large conference room of the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas 89119. Click here for more information

Skenandore is an author and registered nurse living in Las Vegas. Her debut novel, “Between Earth and Sky,” won the American Library Association’s Readers List Award for Best Historical Fiction. Her second novel, “The Undertaker’s Assistant,” comes out in July 2019.

This free workshop is funded, in part, by an Artist Fellowship award from the Nevada Arts Council


Serving all regions of the state, the Community Arts Development (CAD) Program provides networking, training and funding to local arts agencies, community organizations, public institutions and businesses to advance partnerships, grow local cultural programming and increase participation in the arts for residents and visitors. This position will be located in northern Nevada in the Carson City office and will collaborate with the Community Arts Development Specialist located in Las Vegas. The position’s responsibilities include assisting with program development, assessment and budget management; providing individualized technical assistance and skills training to local arts agencies, communities and community arts organizations on a wide variety of topics; planning and facilitation of public meetings, workshops and conferences, grants and funding proposals, articles and publications; and collaborations with other Nevada Arts Council (NAC) program areas on agency-wide activities, such as board meetings, surveys and strategic planning.

For more information and to apply visit:


FY18 FELLOWSHIP PROJECT GRANTEE, Gailmarie Pahmeier’s poetry inspires dance performances

Multi-media dance performances inspired by the poetry of Reno’s Gailmarie Pahmeier will be held on Thursday, April 25 @ 6:30 – 9 pm, and on Saturday, April 27 @ 2 – 4:30 pm at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.

The performance, titled “Dust Horizon: Dance, Film and Landscape” is presented by Collateral & Company Contemporary Dance Company and it explores the landscape of Nevada through choreography, photography and film.

Pahmeier, a teacher and former poet laureate for the City of Reno, is a recipient of Nevada’s Arts Council’s prestigious FY18 Fellowship Project Grant and has spent the past year in residency at a variety of Nevada State Parks composing narratives about the people and environments she encountered in the often remote places.

Performers from Collateral and Co., traveled to three state parks – Washoe Lake, Wild Horse Reservoir and Valley of Fire – to record and document movement in the landscapes, using Pahmeier’s words as their inspiration.

In the Nevada Museum of Art event, Pahmeier’s poetry combined with Collateral & Co.’s live and recorded movement to celebrate the vast and ever-changing beauty of Nevada’s landscape.

Caitlin McCarty […]


Author Annie Reed, an honorable mention artist fellowship recipient of the Nevada Arts Council, will be co-hosting an event with fellow authors and artists on May 18. The event, “Authors Among Us! Artists Too!” will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. at the North Valleys Library, 1075 North Hills Blvd., Suite 340, in Reno.

Reed, a freelance fiction writer and the managing editor of Lucky Bat Books, will be joined by local authors Jennifer Rachel Baumer and Louisa Swann, and local artist Brandon Swann for a fun-filled hour of fiction and art shared among friends.

The event is open to the public for free. It includes door prizes and refreshments.

Reed received an Artist Fellowship honorable mention grant from the Nevada Arts Council in 2019. She was an Artist Fellow in 2005.

The Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, was founded in 1967 as the state agency charged with ensuring that state and national funds support cultural activity and encourage participation in the arts throughout Nevada. The agency’s programs and services are designed to support […]

WATCH NEVADA STATE CHAMPION, Vanessa Aponte, compete in the National Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington D.C.

Enjoy this live, one-time only webcast of the Poetry Out Loud semifinals and finals. The state champions will compete at the Poetry Out Loud semifinals on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Nine finalists will advance to the national finals, also held at the Lisner Auditorium, on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from 7:00 to 9:15 p.m. ET. Both events will be webcast live.

Vanessa Aponte, a senior from Legacy High School in North Las Vegas, will present in the 3rd round on Tuesday beginning at 5pm ET (2pm PT).  Click here for the live webcast.


NAC has a new program aimed at bringing together urban and rural arts organizations. The Nevada Basin to Range Exchange, BRX, is a one-year program that includes in-person gatherings, intercommunity arts-based exchange activities and peer-to-peer mentorship, said Tony Manfredi, executive director of the Nevada Arts Council.

“It is critical for urban and rural communities in Nevada to communicate together and learn from each other,” Manfredi said. “Utilizing arts and culture as a convener to improve community interactions and quality of life indicators is a focal point of the Nevada Arts Council. We are thrilled with the response from arts leaders across the state who will be participating in this new initiative and look forward to growing from the outcomes.”

The program is designed to:

Foster relationships between Nevada’s rural and urban communities.
Connect resources, assets, traditions and histories between rural and urban communities.
Identify and encourage new funding streams, cross-sector partnerships and collaborative approaches for arts and culture programming.
Engage intercommunity arts initiatives as a way to enrich the lives of all residents, enhance the quality of life throughout the state […]

BOOK NOW! Home Means Nevada

The NTI-Traveling Exhibition, Home Means Nevada will start touring the state in June 2019. Themed around Nevada’s state song of the same title, Home Means Nevada features 15 photographers and highlights some of the unique treasures found on federally managed lands across the state, from bighorns to Burning Man, to the ancient rock art and petroglyphs in the Gold Butte area.

The exhibit artists include: Olin Feuerbacher, Pahrump;  Peter Goin, Reno; Kelly Carroll, Hagatna, Guam; Mike Hill, Las Vegas; Julian Kilker, Las Vegas; Kurt Kuznicki, Reno; Bruce Loeffler, Las Vegas; Alan O’Neill, Henderson; Robert Park, Las Vegas; Will Roger Petersen, Gerlach; Kimberly Reinhart, Henderson; Deon Reynolds, Eureka; Sharon K. Schafer, Henderson; Cristian Torres, Las Vegas; and Sam Davis, Cedar City Utah.  Interested in scheduling this exhibit, click here for more information. 


Native American artist Melissa Melero-Moose finds inspiration for her mixed media creations from the landscape and culture of the Northern Paiute of the Great Basin. “Willows, tules, cattails, and pine nuts are all very important staples to the Paiute people, being sources of food, shelter, and implements made with artistic intention,” she said. “I consider these works to be a perspective of my tribe and culture through the eyes of a Native woman, mother and artist.”

Melero-Moose’s work is featured in the exhibit, “Translating Paiute,” which goes on display Monday, April 8 at the Nevada Arts Council’s Legislative eXhibition Series (LXS) Gallery inside the Nevada Legislative Building. Throughout the 2019 Legislative session, the works of six Nevada artists is being featured. Melero-Moose, a member of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe who lives in Happy Valley, is the fourth of the six artists and her display will remain in place through April 26.

The process of Melero-Moose’s works evolves from painting abstract figures and landscapes to the experimental combining of mediums and objects to create her current mixed media work. Her ideas of […]


Las Vegas Jazz Quartet the Shapiro Project led by guitarist, composer and FY19 NAC Fellowship Project Grantee, Eugene Shapiro celebrates International Jazz Day with the official release of their new album “Planet X.” This concert will feature the band performing Contemporary Jazz Fusion compositions from the album. Come experience groovy, soulful, hip Jazz with the Shapiro Project and celebrate the Original American Art Form. Eugene Shapiro-guitar, Boris Shapiro-drums, Brian Triola-keyboards, Marc Solis-saxophone.

Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas, NV

This is a free event, but patrons must reserve seats!

“Eugene Shapiro and the Shapiro Project create very engaging compositions that are dynamic in creativity and musicianship. You are going to want to add their album to your listening experience and music collection.”    –

“Everyone has mastered the art of producing a beautiful sound, making the album every music lover will listen to over and over.” – Patrick Gaffey (JazzNotes)

This program/project was supported, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, which receives […]