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Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Humanities team for ‘Shaken and Stirred’

CARSON CITY, Nevada (October 8, 2019) – In celebration of National Arts & Humanities Month, the Nevada Arts Council and Nevada Humanities are teaming up for Shaken & Stirred – An Arts & Humanities Mixer.

“Shaken and Stirred” consists of two lectures – one in Reno and one in Las Vegas – where speakers work to find common ground while discussing two entirely unrelated topics. Each speaker gets 10 minutes to teach the audience something about their particular topic and the audience seeks to find the commonalities between the two and ask questions that join everything together.

“National Arts & Humanities Month offers time for reflection around the significant impact creativity and culture have on our state,” said Tony Manfredi, executive director of the Nevada Arts Council. “We are pleased to “mix” with Nevada Humanities around Shaken & Stirred and look forward to more partnerships together that highlight Nevada creativity.”

The Reno event, titled “Optical Illusions and Illegal Dancing,” is Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Plaza Maya, 1644 S. Wells Ave. It is scheduled to run from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Gideon Caplovitz, a […]

Governor proclaims October Arts & Humanities Month

CARSON CITY, Nevada – 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 impart 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 […]

Registration is open Nevada Poetry Out Loud competition

CARSON CITY, Nevada (September 16, 2019) – Registration is under way for the Nevada’s 2020 Poetry Out Loud competition and high school teachers and students throughout the state are invited to get involved.

Registration is open to all high-school-aged Nevada public, private, charter, parochial and alternative schools and home school associations. Structured similarly to the National Spelling Bee, Poetry Out Loud is focused on literary heritage through memorization and performance of classic and contemporary works.

“The talent and confidence we see in students, who get on stage and make these works their own, is just really remarkable,” said Maryjane Dorofachuk, arts learning specialist for the Nevada Arts Council, a sponsor of the program. “These students find their own voice and they learn that words matter.”

The Poetry Out Loud state champion earns $200, wins $500 for his or her school to support literary programs, and travels to Washington, D.C., to compete for $100,000 in scholarships and school prizes at the national finals.

Preparing for the competition, students get the chance to sharpen their analytical skills, discover new things and explore their creative side.

The […]

Arts Council announces 2019 Basin to Range Exchange projects

CARSON CITY, Nevada – The Nevada Arts Council’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 14 projects from the BRX Program:


BRX 2019 Projects Announcement

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 art works 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. […]

Amanda Horn appointed to Nevada Arts Council board

CARSON CITY, Nevada – 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 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 […]

Nevada Arts Council announces FY20 grant recipients

CARSON CITY, Nevada – (July 5, 2019) 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 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 […]

Reno artist’s work drops the curtain on 2019 Legislative Gallery

CARSON CITY, Nevada (May 16) – 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 […]

Reno author Annie Reed leads authors and artists event

CARSON CITY, Nevada (May 7) – 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.

Las Vegas author Amanda Skenandore hosts writing workshop

CARSON CITY, Nevada (May 7, 2019) – 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.

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.

Gailmarie Pahmeier’s poetry inspires dance performance

CARSON CITY, Nevada – A multi-media dance performance inspired by the poetry of Reno’s Gailmarie Pahmeier will be held Saturday, April 27 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.

The event is from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St., Reno. Doors open at 1 p.m.

Pahmeier, a teacher and former poet laureate for the City of Reno, is a recipient of the 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 […]

Nevada Arts Council awards 4th quarter Jackpot Grants

CARSON CITY, Nevada (April 1, 2019) – The Nevada Arts Council has awarded $8,429 in Jackpot Grants for the fourth 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 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 […]

Las Vegas senior is Nevada Poetry Out Loud champion

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Vanessa Aponte, a senior at Legacy High School in Las Vegas, is the 2019 Nevada State champion of Poetry Out Loud.

The statewide competition for high school students started in the fall with more than 3,500 participants and narrowed to nine regional finalists for Saturday’s championships at the studios of KNPB Channel 5 Public Broadcasting in Reno.

Sparks High School senior Noemi Valdez finished in second place, and Elko High School senior Mikalya de Guzman finished third.

The state championships consisted of three rounds with each poet reciting two poems and then the top three reciting a third poem for the final round. Aponte’s three poems were “The Enigma” by Anne Stevenson, “The Lost Land” by Eavan Boland and “Often rebuked, yet always back returning,” by Emile Bronte.

Aponte, an honors student who plans to attend UNLV and major in psychology and criminal justice before going on to law school, said winning the statewide competition was a dream.

“It means that all the hard work paid off,” she said. “It means all the time I spent with my English teacher […]

Las Vegas artist’s exhibit ‘a devastating love letter’ to mother with Alzheimer’s

CARSON CITY, Nevada (March 18, 2019) – Las Vegas mixed media artist Antonio Gomez knows all too well the devastating effects Alzheimer’s disease can have on a family.

He lost his father to it a decade ago and recently learned his mother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

It is with his mother’s blessing that Gomez is creating art to give a voice to those victimized by the disease. His exhibit, “Desambiguacion del Amor,” is on display at the Nevada Legislature building and the Nevada Arts Council’s LXS Gallery.

“My mother is still in the early stages of the disease and I have had numerous conversations with her about her terrible predicament and the uncertain, dark future that she has been forced to face,” Gomez said. “Through these conversations, my mother and I have undertaken the challenge of creating images that depict her current state: her inability to remember things, her persisting memories of her childhood, the way she feels she is being treated as an Alzheimer’s patient, and even the feelings of despair when forced confront her reality.”

Gomez hopes his art, a […]

Nine compete to be Nevada Poetry Out Loud champion

CARSON CITY, Nevada (March 1, 2019) – Nine high school poets from across the state will take center stage at the 14th annual Nevada Poetry Out Loud State Finals on Saturday, March 16 in Reno.

The State Finals start at noon to at KNPB Channel 5 Public Broadcasting’s studios, 1670 N. Virginia St., in Reno. The event is free, open to the public and media.

“Participating in Poetry Out Loud is a journey,” said Maryjane Dorofachuk, arts learning specialist for the Nevada Arts Council, a sponsor of the program.  “Many of these students begin in their freshman year and continue through their senior year. They grow, through this experience, to become the young adults they are meant to be.”

One winner from the nine finalists will be selected to represent Nevada at the National Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington, D.C., April 30 to May 1.

District Finalists competing for the state title include:

Carson City: Marion Haffey, Junior, Carson High School
Clark County: Vanessa Aponte, Senior, Legacy High School
Douglas County: Shannon Bunn, Senior, Douglas High School
Elko County: Mikayla De Guzman, […]

Reno artist’s work showcased at Legislative Exhibition Gallery

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Reno artist Kate O’Hara need only to open her door and look to the mountains to find inspiration for her creations.

“My work is highly influenced by nature,” she said. “I spend a lot of time hiking and camping around Reno and Tahoe, taking pictures of wildlife. These photos often serve as inspiration for my work.”

O’Hara’s exhibit, “Botanica Obscura,” can be seen for the next three weeks at the Nevada Arts Council’s Legislative eXhibition Series (LXS) inside the Nevada Legislative Building. Throughout the 2019 Legislative session, the works of six Nevada artists is being featured. O’Hara is the second of the six artists and her display will remain in place through March 15.

A freelance illustrator by profession, O’Hara graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. She has long been interested in art and illustration as a combination of fine and commercial art. She said her artwork in this exhibit is beautifully detailed, has conflicting undertones and mainly focuses on the interaction of plants and animals in […]

Arts Council’s Basin to Range Exchange to launch in April

CARSON CITY, Nevada – The Nevada Arts Council 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 […]

Nevada arts organizations receive $90K in federal grants

CARSON CITY, Nevada – The National Endowment for the Arts announced this week that it has awarded grants totaling $90,000 to seven arts organizations and agencies in Nevada for support in projects planned in fiscal year 2019.

The federal grants support projects in both Northern and Southern Nevada. The NEA works in partnership with the Nevada Arts Council to ensure the people of Nevada have access to the arts.

“We are thrilled that the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded direct grants to these Nevada arts institutions and municipalities,” said Tony Manfredi, executive director of the Nevada Arts Council. “These awards will allow thousands of Nevadans to experience the excellence in the arts that our cultural institutions have to offer. The National Endowment for the Arts works to ensure that people throughout the country have access to the arts, in their communities and as part of their educational and life experiences. Every grant that we award through The Nevada Arts Council reflects this same effort throughout the state. We are grateful and proud to collaborate with the NEA on that […]

Carson City artist kicks off bi-annual Legislative Exhibition Gallery

CARSON CITY, Nevada (February 1, 2019) – Carson City artist Cynthia Brenneman’s fascination with art started at a young age and has never wavered, even as she served her country in the U.S. Navy.

“My mother loved to sew,” Brenneman said. “One of my earliest memories was standing in my crib, holding an afghan of many colors that my mother had made. I don’t sew like my mother, but I love fabric. Fabrics creep into my paintings.”

This month, Brenneman’s exhibit, “The Fabric of Life,” will open the Nevada Arts Council’s Legislative eXhibition Series (LXS) inside the Nevada Legislative Building. Throughout the 2019 Legislative session, the works of six Nevada artists will be featured. Brenneman’s work will be displayed through Feb. 4-22.

Brenneman’s exhibit features encaustic paintings, a technique which involves the use of heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The resulting liquid or paste is then applied to the canvas to create the artwork.

“Encaustic painting has allowed me to complete my vision and capture my mother’s love of fabric and sewing,” she said. “I paint the everyday scenes of […]

‘Home Means Nevada’ photo exhibit to debut at Legislature

CARSON CITY, Nevada (January 29, 2019) – The Nevada Arts Council is unveiling a new traveling photo exhibition – “Home Means Nevada” which will start its journey in the hallways of the Nevada Legislature during the 2019 session.

The exhibition features the works of 15 contemporary photographers, but which echoes famous photographs and artwork from the late 1800s and early 1900s that helped spur protections for many of our nation’s national parks. The exhibit 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 exhibition will be displayed in the Senate hallway of the Nevada Legislature, 401 S. Carson St. in Carson City. The Legislature’s 120-day session begins on Monday, Feb. 4.

Themed around the Nevada state song, it is based on an exhibition that was installed in the rotunda of the U.S. Senate Russell Building in Washington, D.C. in 2016. That exhibit was organized by the National Parks Conservation Association and curated by University of Nevada, Las Vegas professor […]

Workshop helps prospective magazine writers get published

CARSON CITY, Nevada – The chasm between being a writer and being a published writer can seem daunting, but award-winning Nevada writer Brittany Bronson has navigated it well.

Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, The Times of London, and many other print and Web-based publications.

Bronson, a 2019 Artist Fellowship Grant recipient from the Nevada Arts Council, is offering a free workshop to help fellow writers get their works published.

Titled, “How to Get Published in a Magazine,” the workshop will take place on Sunday, Feb. 10 at noon at Imagine Studio, 3037 E. Warm Springs Rd., #200, Las Vegas. Those planning to attend should RSVP at:

The workshop is being conducted in coordination with the Nevada Arts Council and the Las Vegas Writers Lounge, a pop-up studio where writers of all levels can come together to enhance their craft.

Leading the workshop is Bronson and C. Moon Reed, a staff writer for the Las Vegas Weekly. They will discuss how to build a following and get noticed by literary agents and publishers.

As the industry has evolved from print-only to […]