The 2018 Nevada Poetry Out Loud State Champion Gabrielle (Grey) Hunt, a senior at Yerington High School,  will head to the nation’s capital to represent Nevada at the national finals competition for the second year in a row.  Hunt took first place at the state competition held on March 3, winning a $500 cash prize and $500 for Yerington High School. Mikayla De Guzman, a junior at Elko High School won second place with a $300 cash award and $200 for her school. Sandra Luevano, a senior at East Career and Technical Academy (Las Vegas) took third place, receiving a $100 cash award. All three students also were awarded a hand blown glass globe created by Las Vegas artists Domsky Glass.

Hunt will be in Washington D.C. for the national finals competitions on April 24 and 25 competing against students from all over the country for $50,000 in scholarships and school prizes. The national competitions will be broadcast live at

Distinguished members of Nevada’s literary community participated in this year’s state finals. Reno’s Poet Laureate Gailmarie Pahmeier served as the master […]


The Nevada Arts Council invites members of the community to apply to serve as panelists for our grant panels. Serving on a peer-review panel is a powerful learning experience and a valuable contribution to the arts in Nevada. By providing your support to the arts and culture community throughout the state, you are participating in cultural policy in action and gaining insight about the grant making process. Peer review panels include artists, arts administrators, and community leaders who represent Nevada’s diversity in all forms including age, race, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, and heritage.


Must be a Nevada resident for at least 12 months prior to serving on a panel
Must have access to a computer to review applications and all work samples (photos, videos, etc.) through our online system prior to the virtual panel meeting
Must disclose any conflicts of interest (Panelists are asked to disclose any relationships they have with an applicant or applicant organizations. Having a conflict of interest does not make you ineligible to serve as a panelist; however, during the public panel meeting panelists are […]


The Artist Fellowship Grant is awarded to outstanding individual artists living in Nevada who demonstrate excellence in their work. Twelve-month fellowships can provide time, supplies and materials, and living expenses for artists working in the visual, literary and performing arts. By acknowledging outstanding artistic accomplishment, the program promotes public awareness and appreciation of the role of the artist in our society.

Applications are now open in GO Smart™

GO Smart™ Submission Deadline: April 12, 2018, 5 p.m. PST.

This year (for FY2019) applications for the Artist Fellowship are accepted in the following categories:
• Literary Arts – includes creative non-fiction, prose, fiction, playwriting, poetry, screenplays, web serials, and writing for young adults.
• Performing Arts – includes dance choreography/performance, music composition or performance, theatre direction or performance, set design, storytelling, and spoken word.
Fellowship – three grants in each category @ $5,000 each.
Honorable Mention – up to three grants in each category @ $500 each.


Nevada arts organizations can submit applications for Nevada Arts Council grants for fiscal year 2019. These annual awards include: Arts Learning Project Grants, Partners in Excellence Grants, and Project Grants.

Grant applications and award nominations for NAC grants must be submitted through “GO Smart™” the new online grants system.  This new system requires all applicants to begin the process by setting up a profile.

The Arts Learning Project Grant is a project-based grant designed to support imaginative arts education/learning activities and long-term artist residencies that establish, expand and/or enhance lifelong arts learning and increase cultural awareness. A demonstrated planning process and an ongoing evaluation process by teachers, administrators, staff, artists and the community are considered integral parts of a successful arts education/learning project. Read more

Partners in Excellence Grants strengthen Nevada’s arts infrastructure by supporting general operations of cultural organizations and institutions throughout the state. Read more

Project Grants support arts and cultural activities of non-arts organizations and public institutions that are integral to the applicant’s overall mission and goals, and achieved through community partnerships. In addition, individuals can submit nominations for the Nevada Heritage Award as well.

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Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5) is the most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted. In fiscal year 2015, the State of Nevada joined Americans for the Arts as an official study partner. Data from Nevada was gathered from 164 nonprofit arts and culture organizations and over 2,200 audience spending surveys. Nationally as well as in Nevada, the arts mean business. To read more about the results view click on links below:

Nevada One Page Summary
Nevada Full Report
National Report Highlights


Basques and Buckaroos is the theme of the 2018 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, a major program of the Western Folklife Center, an NAC grantee organization. During the early part of the NCPG week, the NAC Folklife Program will be documenting Basque cooking workshops (with DP Video Productions) for future Nevada Stories episodes. The Nevada Touring Initiative-Traveling Exhibition,  “Mountain Picassos: Basque Arborglyphs of the Great Basin” is featured in the Weigand Gallery at the WFC and, thanks to a grant from Nevada Humanities, exhibit artist Jean Earl will be on hand to talk about her decades of hunting and documenting Basque sheepherder tree-carvings.  To learn more about the arborglyphs or Basque culture in Nevada, watch Nevada Stories episodes “Hunting the Mountain Picassos” and “Euskal Jaiak: Celebrating Basque Culture.”


A free reception and artist talk by Reno photographer Paul Baker Prindle will be held Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Nevada Arts Council’s OXS Gallery in Carson City.

The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. and the artist talk at 6:15 p.m.

For nearly a decade, Baker Prindle has documented sites from California to New York that look extraordinarily ordinary, downright banal. Yet each of these places and their everyday landscapes has a horrific story to tell. Each photograph is of a location where gay men, lesbians and transgender individuals were murdered.

“Viewers won’t find the bloody remains of violence or clues to who was murdered or why within these photographs,” explained Baker Prindle, whose series “Mementi Mori” is the featured exhibit at the OXS Gallery through March 9. “Human lives were forever ended in ignominious, plain places and I’ve purposely recorded these locals after years of growth and development have obscured any traces that once scarred the land. Each site I visited was an unsettling disappointment, bearing few, if any, clues to the value of the life that ended there. The photograph […]


The Nevada Arts Council has awarded $9,740 in “Jackpot” grants to a dozen artists and arts organizations for the third quarter of the fiscal year.

The Jackpot grants 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.

The applications are reviewed by a panel of artists and were approved by the Nevada Arts Council Board.

This quarter’s recipients include:

Big Four Educational Theatre Foundation, Las Vegas: $927.50 to support musicians’ fees for accompaniment during its upcoming musical comedy “Company.”

Joe Bray, Reno: $942.50 to support an exhibit of two life-sized portraits of Nevada Basques at the Western Folklife Center’s Weigand Gallery and live portrait painting during the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Funds will help pay for painting materials and the cost of shipping the portraits to Elko.

Kathleen AKA “Kristy Love” Brooks, Las Vegas: $700 to support creation of a marketing and promotional campaign to include radio and social media for her new song “Keep Believing.”

Ronda Churchill, Las Vegas: $880 to support her show “96 Hours” at Clark County’s Whitney Library. […]


That was recently on the minds of about 130 artists and administrators from all over Nevada. They were part of a two-day “Arts at the Heart” conference hosted by the Nevada Arts Council and held last week at the Historic Fifth Street School in downtown Las Vegas. Listen to Nevada Public Radio’s Fred Wasser’s observations of the conference and his discussions with some of the attendees and presenters.
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