PLANET X BY SHAPIRO PROJECT

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.

OPERATING SUPPORT GRANT PANELISTS

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’S WORK DROPS THE CURTAIN ON 2019 LEGISLATIVE GALLERY

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 […]

ROAD MAPS WORKSHOP: WITH STEVEN WEISS

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, […]

NAC AWARDS 4TH QUARTER JACKPOT GRANTS

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 […]

SHOWCASED AT LEGISLATIVE EXHIBITION GALLERY

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 […]

LAS VEGAS AUTHOR AMANDA SKENANDORE HOST WRITING WORKSHOP IN MAY

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

NAC HIRING FOR COMMUNITY ARTS SPECIALIST POSITION

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: https://nvapps.state.nv.us/NEATS/Recruiting/ViewAnnouncement.aep?recruitmentId=36882

*** THIS RECRUITMENT MAY CLOSE AT ANY TIME BASED ON THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED. QUALIFIED APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.***

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 […]

RENO AUTHOR ANNIE REED LEADS AUTHORS & ARTISTS MAY EVENT

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.

FY20 ANNUAL GRANT PANELS

Please join the Nevada Arts Council to hear panelists review the grant applications for the Fiscal Year 2020 grants listed below. This year some panels will be held in-person and some panels will be held online using a video conferencing platform. All panels will have online viewing and teleconference options available so constituents may view or listen to the meetings remotely. Specific panel times/locations and online meeting details will be available in the official Public Meeting Notice for each grant which will be posted HERE no later than one week before each panel.

MAY 2019

OPERATING SUPPORT GRANT & COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT 
DATE: 5/14-5/15
LOCATION: Laxalt Building (Carson City)

PROJECT GRANT FOR ORGANIZATIONS 
DATE: 5/22-5/23
LOCATION: Online Meeting

JUNE 2019

ARTS LEARNING PROJECT GRANT
DATE: 6/4-6/5
LOCATION: Online Meeting

ARTIST FELLOWSHIP GRANT – Folk and Traditional Arts
DATE: 6/11
LOCATION: Online Meeting

FELLOWSHIP PROJECT GRANT & PROJECT GRANT FOR ARTISTS (Cycle A)
DATE: 6/13 (Tentative)
LOCATION: Online Meeting

ARTIST FELLOWSHIP GRANT – Contemporary Arts
DATE: 6/20-6/21
LOCATION: Laxalt Building (Carson City)

PAIUTE ARTIST’S WORK DISPLAYED AT NEVADA LEGISLATURE

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 […]

FY19 FELLOWSHIP PROJECT GRANTEE CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY AT SMITH CENTER

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. www.shapiroproject.com.

MAY 16, 2019 | MYRON’S CABARET JAZZ
SHAPIRO PROJECT
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY CELEBRATION & “PLANET X” RELEASE PARTY
Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas, NV

This is a free event, but patrons must reserve seats! https://www.thesmithcenter.com/event/shapiro-project-international-jazz-day-celebration-planet-x-release-party/

“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.”    – Contemporaryjazz.com

“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 […]

LAS VEGAS ARTIST’S EXHIBIT ‘A LOVE LETTER’ TO MOTHER WITH ALZHEIMER’S

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 tribute to his mother, can be an […]

UNR PROFESSOR ANN KENISTON TO HOST A POETRY READING

Nevada poet Ann Keniston, a two-time Nevada Arts Council Fellow in Poetry, will be hosting a reading for the public on Wednesday, April 3, in Reno.

Keniston, a professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, will read from “Works on Paper: Poems about the Visual Arts, Forgeries and the Art Market.”

The free event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3 at the new John & Geraldine Lilly Museum of Art on the University of Nevada campus. Refreshments will be served after the reading. Attendees can park in the Brian Whalen Parking Complex on North Virginia Street, just to the north of the art building.

Keniston is the author of the poetry collection “The Caution of Human Gestures,” (Wordtech 2005), and a chapbook, “November Wasps: Elegies,” (Finishing Line 2013), as well as several scholarly books on recent American poetry.

She is the 2019 Nevada Arts Council Fellow in Poetry and also received the honor in 2017. She has recently published poems in “third coast,” “Water-Stone,” “Yale Review” and “Gettysburg Review.”

GRANTS FROM OTHER SOURCES: COMPLETE GUIDE TO 2019 ARTIST GRANTS

We encourage Nevada artists to take a look at this list of art opportunities, artist grants, and calls-for-entry for artists in 2019. The opportunities listed in the link below are all from external sources that are not affiliated with the Nevada Arts Council. These opportunities offer additional ways for artists to supplement their income to attain the freedom to make work in an unrestricted manner and dedicate their time to being fully creative.
COMPLETE GUIDE TO 2019 ARTIST GRANTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

FY19 4th QUARTER JACKPOT GRANT PANEL

Please join the Nevada Arts Council on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 10:00 am, to hear panelists review the grant applications for FY2019 4th Quarter Jackpot grants. The panel will be held as a Web Conference via GoToMeeting, please see details below.

WEB CONFERENCE INFORMATION
Dial in to the conference call using your phone:
1 (646) 749-3112
Access Code: 245-303-981
If you wish to view the web conference on your computer,
tablet or smartphone, click the link below:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/245303981

Click here to view public meeting notice with additional details.

*Please note, applicants attending the meeting as observers will not have an unfair advantage over those who are not in attendance.

CSN PROFESSOR AND AUTHOR ROSENTHAL TO HOST A COMMUNITY READING

Nevada author Sherry Rosenthal, the Nevada Arts Council’s Fellow in Fiction for fiscal year 2019, will moderate a community reading and read from her own works in a special program on Thursday, March 21.

“Springtime Stories 2019: An Evening of Faculty, Student and Community Reading,” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the K Building Auditorium on the campus of the College of Southern Nevada’s Charleston Campus, 6375 W. Charleston Ave., Las Vegas.

Rosenthal is a professor of English at CSN and a member of the Henderson Writers Group. Her latest fiction novel is “The River Horse Gods,” set in Ghana. Her publications also include two Holocaust memoirs – “My Brother’s Voice: How a Young Hungarian Boy Survived the Holocaust,” with Stephen Nasser; and “Run! Run! Hitler’s Coming: How a Young German Girl Escaped in the Holocaust,” with Irene Rosenthal.

In addition to reading from her works, Rosenthal will talk to the audience about the beneficial roles of the Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment For the Arts in the lives and works of Nevada artists.

The event is hosted by […]

NORTH LAS VEGAS SENIOR IS NEVADA POETRY OUT LOUD CHAMPION

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

The 14th annual 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 just […]