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.

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:

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.


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.”


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 […]


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 […]


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.


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 […]


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 nature.

“A Kate O’Hara […]


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 effort.”

Grant recipients from […]


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 quality of life throughout […]


The deadline for the FY20 OPERATING SUPPORT GRANT for non-profit arts organizations is FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2019 AT 5:00 PM.

Operating Support Grants (OSG) 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. OSG funds support general operating expenses including administrative salaries and benefits, payroll expenses, insurance, facility space rental, utilities, and contracted and professional services. Operating Support Grants are awarded on a two-year cycle. Organizations will submit a full application in even fiscal years, and an Interim Report in the following odd fiscal year. Please note, the Operating Support Grant replaces the Partners in Excellence Grant.

For more information about the Operating Support Grant click here, or click the button below to submit an application.

CARSON CITY ARTIST CYNTHIA BRENNEMAN on display at Legislative Building

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, and will be on displayed through Feb. 4-22. Read more

Managed by Nevada Arts Council’s Artist Services Program, the Legislative eXhibition Series (LXS) Gallery space is located on the first floor across from the Caucus Deli in the Legislative Building, 401 South Carson Street, Carson City. Since 1985, LXS has displayed artwork by 140 Nevada’s visual artists during the biennial legislative session.

Throughout the 2019 Legislative session, the works of six Nevada artists will be featured in LXS. The exhibition artists were recommended by a committee that include:  Mark Salinas, Arts & Culture Coordinator, […]


The Nevada Arts Council conducted a series of Grant Workshops throughout the state in January 2019. For those constituents that were unable to attend a workshop, this webinar video covers all of the material presented in the workshops and focuses on the Nevada Arts Council’s new grant programs for Fiscal Year 2020, applying for a grant using our new online grant management system, as well as preparing competitive and compelling grant applications. As we have a number of updates and new grant programs this year, we strongly encourage both new applicants and current grantees to review this webinar before applying for a FY20 grant.

LINK TO FY20 GRANT WORKSHOP WEBINAR: https://youtu.be/09YxL_yspUY

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out the Grants Team at the Nevada Arts Council at grants@nevadaculture.org.

ROAD MAPS WORKSHOP: Equity and Engagement in the Arts with Theresa Hwang

Learn how equitable outcomes can be incorporated into arts and culture projects through a series of case studies and hands-on activities. We will discuss shared definitions of equity and engagement, positionality and privilege, and how these concepts can be leveraged and applied in the field of arts, design, and creative placemaking. Participants will think through existing projects that they are currently working on and look for opportunities to incorporate new engagement strategies.
Thursday, February 7th, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Sierra View Library, Reno Town Mall, 4001 S Virginia St, Reno, NV

Theresa Hwang is a community-engaged architect, educator, and facilitator. She is the founder of Department of Places, a participatory design and community engagement practice based in Los Angeles, CA. Hwang has spent over 13 years focused on equitable cultural and community development with multiple groups and campaigns. Her work has been featured in Architectural Record, The New York Times, Atlantic Cities, Al-Jazeera America and other media outlets. She was recognized as one of Next City’s Urban Vanguards 2015, and holds a Master in Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. Download […]


The following Fiscal Year 2020 Grants for Organizations/Public Institutions are now open for applications. Click on the name of the grant to view the guidelines.

Operating Support Grant (due March 1, 2019)
Staff Contact: Grants Program
Sierra Scott: 775-687-7104
Project Grant For Organizations (due March 15, 2019)
Staff Contact: Grants Program
Sierra Scott: 775-687-7104
Arts Learning Project (due April 5, 2019)
Staff Contact: Arts Learning Program
Maryjane Dorofachuk: 702-486-3738
Community Impact Grant (due April 12, 2019)
Staff Contact: Community Arts Development
Shoshana Zeldner (N. NV): 775-687-7119
Michelle Patrick (S. NV): 702-486-3732

*Please note, non-profit organizations can receive an Operating Support Grant and an Arts Learning Project Grant in the same fiscal year, but Project Grant for Organizations and Community Impact Grant recipients cannot receive any other competitive grants in the same fiscal year.

All applications can be submitted using the new online grant system: https://nevadaartscouncil.submittable.com/submit
Please see the resources below to help guide you through the basics of using the new system.

Webinar: How to Use the New Online Grant System
Application Submission Guide


FELLOWSHIP OUTREACH WORKSHOP: Helps prospective magazine writers get published

Brittany Bronson, a 2019 Artist Fellowship Honorable Mention 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: https://www.facebook.com/events/2318307445081342/.

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.  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 a print/web-based model, there are more opportunities than ever for writers of all skill levels to share their work with the world.

Bronson’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, The Times of London, and many other print and Web-based publications. She has received awards and recognitions from TalkPoverty.Org, Vegas Seven Magazine, […]


Nevada Arts Council awards 3rd quarter Jackpot Grants

The Nevada Arts Council has awarded $8,316 in Jackpot Grants for the third 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 Jan. 1 and Mar. 31, 2019. The grants were first reviewed by a grants review panel on Dec. 12 and received final approval from the Nevada Arts Council Board of Directors on Dec. 14.

This quarter’s recipients, amount received, and projects are:

Big Four Educational Theatre Foundation (Las Vegas): awarded $1,000 to support artist fees for live musical accompaniment for their upcoming musical, “Assassins” running January 18, 2019 through February 3, 2019 at the Las Vegas Little Theatre.

Bonnie Kelso (Las Vegas): awarded $867 to support the creation of the story and artwork for a 24-page, full color picture book for children ages 3-8.

Cameron Crain (Reno): awarded $840 to support the creation of a new screenplay concept titled “We are Family” which is a family comedy […]


The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program has announced the recipients of its 2018 grants. Ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 in four categories—articles, blogs, books and short-form writing—these grants support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from scholarly studies to critical reviews, and self-published blogs.

Andreana Donahue and Tim Ortiz’s blog Disparate Minds is a comprehensive platform for criticism on the works currently produced by self­-taught artists with disabilities and their convergence with an increasingly pluralistic contemporary art world.

Joel Wachs, President of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, explains, “The Foundation’s commitment to arts writing is a natural extension of the grants the Foundation makes to artist-centered organizations and museums, which often include funds for the publication of exhibition catalogues, brochures, and other outlets for scholarly perspectives. Critical writing on contemporary art connects artists to audiences, increases dialogue around their work, and is vital to a dynamic and engaged visual art community in this country.”  [Creative Capital]


Nevada Heritage and NEA National Heritage Fellow Ralph Burns gave the opening blessing at the dinner at the Governor’s Global Tourism Summit in Reno recently. Burns has been honored for his work in Paiute Language preservation and reintroduction as well as his storytelling expertise in both Paiute and English. To view an example, see “Telling Place: The Stone Mother,” a Nevada Stories film by Teri Brewer, produced by the NAC Folklife Program, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR9v9EAskmU&feature=youtu.be

(Photo by Sydney Martinez, Travel Nevada)




Three quarters of Nevada adults attended a cultural event in the past year and an equal percentage believe the arts improves the quality of life in their communities, according to the poll “Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018.”

The poll also found near unanimous support for arts education in K-12 schools as more than 90 percent of those surveyed saying it’s important at all levels – elementary, middle school and high school.

Seven in ten Nevadans said that creativity enhances success in the workplace, while 60 percent said their job requires them to be creative, either individually or as part of a team.

The nationwide online poll of 3,023 adults ages 18 and older was conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Americans for the Arts. The national sample was supplemented by a “boost sample” from eight states (about 300 people per state), including Nevada.  The poll has a credibility interval of ±2.0 percentage points, and ±6.5 percentage points for the state specific surveys.

“What makes the results of this study so compelling and significant is that it measures Nevada’s perspective on […]