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We value our community members and your feedback. Please take a quick moment to provide your experience and/or opinion for the new Nevada Arts Accessibility Initiative.

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About the NAAI- The Nevada Arts Council is committed to providing equal access to all artists across Nevada. The Community Arts Development program area will spearhead a statewide initiative aimed at designing strategies that prevent barriers for people and artists with disabilities at cultural institutions and organizations. The primary goal of NAAI is to identify areas of improvement in communication, venue design, and ADA friendly programming.


Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has issued has proclaimed October as Arts and Humanities Month in Nevada.

“The arts and humanities enhance and enrich the lives of every citizen of the Silver State,” the proclamation reads.

The proclamation goes hand-in-hand with National Arts and Humanities Month in which arts and cultural organizations throughout the country recognize the importance of the arts and humanities to the cultural and economic health of its citizens and communities.

“National Arts and Humanities Month gives us a chance to celebrate the often-overlooked economic, educational, and civic engagement values that the arts impact in our daily lives,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts and national coordinator of Arts and Humanities Month. “The arts allow us to explore ideas, express emotions, and better appreciate cultures from around the world, and I hope that everyone will take part to celebrate and recognize the creative and cultural value of the arts and humanities in our communities.”

National Arts and Humanities Month is coordinated by Americans for the Arts, the national organization working to empower communities with the […]


High School Students & Teachers – Register Now!

Celebrating 15 years of Nevada Poetry Out Loud! The 2020 Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest is kicking into high gear. Again, Nevada Poetry Out Loud (POL) will occur statewide, with Nevada’s high schools participating.  Structured similarly to the National Spelling Bee, POL begins in communities throughout the state as high school students in public, private, charter, home and virtual schools master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage through the memorization of classic and contemporary poetry.

After district competitions, semi-finalists travel to Reno on March 14 to compete in the Nevada State Final, held at the KNPB Studio.  The Nevada State Champion receives $200 and his/her school receives $500 for the purchase of poetry books and to support literary programs. The Nevada State Champion will travel to Washington D.C. to compete at the national finals. A total of $50,000 in scholarship and school prizes will be awarded, including $20,000 to the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.

Download the registration form or contact Maryjane Dorofachuk, Arts Learning & POL State Coordinator, at or call 702.486.3738.

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Join us and for the second annual Shaken & Stirred event – Oct 16  in Reno and Oct 23 in Las Vegas. Two entirely unrelated topics find common ground during this tag team lecture. Each speaker will give a 10-minute talk, followed by Q&A to synthesize the two. Anything can happen!


A new workshop series IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility) through Reconciliation is specifically designed for arts and cultural leaders in non-profits, municipalities, and public institutions. During this two-day workshop, participants will explore the intersection of arts and implicit biases in creative workspaces. Through round-table discussions, participants will assess cultural assumptions: how they are developed, sustained, reinforced in arts and cultural planning. The overall goal is to not only recognize and respect fellow creative community members but to also reflect and reconcile. This intensive is HIGHLY INTERACTIVE and rooted in deep personal sharing and reflection. Read more

When: November 6th & 7th, 2019
Where: Historic Fifth Street School, Las Vegas, NV
Registration: Begins September 16th, 2019

Early Bird $35* Admission thru September 16th– OCTOBER 15th, 2019
General admission begins: $45* beginning OCTOBER 15th, 2019
Registration closes: NOVEMBER 1st, 2019
The fee includes morning refreshments, lunch and a closing mixer on Thursday, November 7th.

To register, click HERE.



NAC’s Basin to Range Exchange (BRX) is unveiling its first list of projects designed to bring collaboration between urban and rural arts organizations. Each of the 13 projects received Nevada Arts Council grants for $1,200 — $15,600 total – to help move the projects forward. “The inaugural BRX program is off to a fantastic start said Tony Manfredi, executive director of the Nevada Arts Council.  “The Nevada Arts Council is impressed with these 14 partnerships and projects and excited to see their impact on their respective communities.”
Following are the inaugural 13 projects from the BRX Program:

Carson City, Tonopah: Mark Salinas (Carson City Department of Arts & Culture) & Kat Galli (Town of Tonopah)
Project abstract: Providing artists new audiences and exhibition spaces Visual artworks will travel between Tonopah and Carson City, with a long-term goal to establish an ongoing collaboration between the two entities. Additionally, the project includes cross-promoting artists and local art including mash-ups of murals, developed by graphic designer, Shelly Brown, and released on both entity’s social media channels monthly. This project not only benefits artists but also both […]


Gov. Steve Sisolak has appointed Amanda Horn of Reno to a four-year term on the Nevada Arts Council Board. Horn is senior vice president of communications for the Nevada Museum of Art, a position she has held since 2013. In her role, she has significantly increased the visibility of Nevada Museum of Art regionally, nationally and internationally through public relations and marketing campaigns. She has also been instrumental in managing major projects such as the Seven Magic Mountains, Tilting the Basin, and Orbital Reflector.

She has played a key role in Nevada Museum of Art’s statewide expansion, fostering deep relationships in the Las Vegas arts community, while also elevating the broader visual arts dialogue across the Silver State.

“We are thrilled to welcome Amanda to the Nevada Arts Council Board,” said chairman Joe O’Neill. “Her passion and enthusiasm for arts and culture will be a great addition as we strive toward our mission to make excellence in the arts accessible to all Nevadans.”

Horn is a member of the Public Relations Society of America Sierra Nevada Chapter and has previously served as […]


Still Here Now features the works of nine recipients of the Nevada Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship program. The pieces in this show often reference or portray landscape and place, but their stories do not reside there. Beyond the depiction of land and nature, the presence of people is paramount. Bodies, psyches, and emotional connections inhabit the forefront of examination for the artists. The experience of landscape is only as important as our own fixed experience in space; these eight artists reflect on notions of rootedness, permanence, anxiety, and survival in their work.

Exhibition artists include: Linda Alterwitz, Photography, Las Vegas; Chris Bauder, Sculpture, Las Vegas; Ahren Hertel, Painting, Reno; Darren Johnson, Painting, Las Vegas; Orlando Javier Montenegro-Cruz, Painting Las Vegas; Elaine Parks, Sculpture, Tuscarora/Los Angeles; Robin Stark, Ceramics, Las Vegas; and Brent Sommerhauser, Sculpture, Las Vegas. READ MORE


NAC is excited to announce a call for applicants to the 2020 Basin to Range Exchange (BRX)– Advisory Panel. BRX is a program of Community Arts Development with the Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. The Community Arts Development program supports long-term structural change in communities across Nevada through strategic planning, community engagement, and artistic design.

About the 2020 BRX Advisory Panel
The Nevada Basin to Range Exchange Advisory Panel, comprised of no more than 12 individuals, will support NAC staff and BRX participants through the following:

Participant Application and Selection: Panelists will be required to review all applications and assist in the scoring and selection process. This process is confidential until made public. Therefore, panelists should not share or discuss any applicants in the program prior to NAC announcement. Conflict of interests must be made prior to the selection meeting with Michelle or Grace.
Resources and fiscal support: Panelists are integral to the success of projects and are expected to provide and identify funding opportunities for projects and the overall BRX program.


On Aug. 5, Carson City’s Mark Salinas and Tonopah’s Kat Galli launched a 10-month collaborative project as part of the Nevada Art Council’s Basin to Range project, which pairs urban and rural entities to “support long-term structural change in communities across Nevada through strategic planning, community engagement, and artistic design.”

Each month during the project, both towns will come together to participate in monthly mash-ups of public art, online giveaways, and swapping art exhibits.

This month starting on Aug. 13 at 12 p.m., the online giveaway will be 150 limited edition stickers created by Empire 13 Design made specifically for the collaboration. To get a sticker, send an email with your name and mailing address while supplies last.

“The Collaboration is through the Nevada Arts Council’s Basin to Range Exchange,” said Galli, Tourism and Event Coordinator for Tonopah. “Carson and Tonopah were paired based on our similarities — and differences, as well. Our collaboration received a $1,200 grant to pay for some of our project expenses.”

There will be “cultural exchange giveaways” in partnership with the Mizpah Hotel, Shoetree Brewery, Tonopah Brewery, the Carson City […]


SEPTEMBER 8 – 14! National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education. Passed by Congress in 2010 through House Resolution 275, the celebration is designated to bring attention to this cause for elected officials and educational decision-makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all students. Celebrate National Arts in Education Week.


The Nevada Arts Council announced Friday the awarding of more than $1million in statewide grants to 172 recipients ranging from individual artists to nonprofit organizations and public institutions for the 2020 fiscal year.

Grants were awarded in the following competitive categories:  Operating Support; Community Impact; Project for Organizations; Arts Learning Project; Artist Fellowship (Contemporary Arts and Folk and Traditional Arts); Fellowship Project Grant and FY20 Project Grant for Artists – Cycle A. Grant panelists reviewed, deliberated and scored applications in public hearings and final recommendations were approved by the Nevada Arts Council Board at its June 27 meeting.

Following are each of the grant categories and grant recipients:

Operating Support Grant ($543,868.07)

Operating Support Grants strengthen Nevada’s arts infrastructure by supporting the general operations of non-profit arts organizations throughout the state. The most competitive applicants offer ongoing, sustained, high-quality outreach programs and arts services or artistic programming in their communities. This two-year grant supports funding for general operating expenses including administrative salaries and benefits, payroll expenses, insurance, facility space rental, utilities and contracted and professional services.

Grants panelists were: Kellen Braddock, Managing Director, Black […]


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