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 […]


The deadline for the FY19 3rd Quarter Jackpot Grants is NOVEMBER 15, 2018. The quarterly Jackpot Grants support new or exemplary art projects by nonprofit arts and non-arts organizations, schools, public institutions or artists within a 3-month period. Third Quarter Jackpot Grants support projects or activities scheduled for January 1-March 31, 2019.

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to: art exhibitions, performances, readings and concerts, sponsoring of arts-related workshops and conferences, marketing and promotional activities and planning, implementation, and/or evaluation of arts education/learning programs for school-aged students or other targeted participants. Individual artists of all disciplines and teaching artists are encouraged to apply. Nevada nonprofit organizations and public institutions such as schools, colleges, community centers, youth organizations, museums, tribal entities, senior centers, park districts and libraries are also encouraged to apply.

For more information about the Jackpot Grant program click here.


The Nevada Arts Council is proposing changes to its grant offerings and guidelines.  A meeting has been set for 12:30 p.m., on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at the Nevada Arts Council Office, 716 N. Carson Street, Ste. A,  Carson City, NV 89701, with teleconferencing to the meeting available by calling  1 (646) 749-3122 and using the Access Code: 591-401-469 .  The purpose of the meeting is to solicit and review comments from interested persons on the proposed changes to grant offerings and grant guidelines. The Nevada Arts Council Board will vote on adoption of changes during a board meeting set for 1:30 p.m., on Thursday, November 8. Specific information of the November 8 meeting will be properly posted in accordance to Nevada Open Meeting Law.
A copy of all materials relating to the proposed changes may be obtained online (http://nvculture.org/nevadaartscouncil/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/10/FY20-NAC-GRANT-GUIDELINE-DRAFTS-FOR-PUBLIC-COMMENT.pdf) or by contacting Cathleen Wyatt at the Nevada Arts Council, 716 N. Carson Street, Ste. A. Carson City, NV 89701 or by phone at 775-687-6680.  A reasonable fee for copying may be charged.
You may provide written comments regarding the proposed changes by mailing […]


Nevada Arts Council awards 2nd quarter Jackpot Grants

The Nevada Arts Council has awarded $8,564 in Jackpot Grants for the second 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 Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018. The grants were first reviewed by a grants review panel on Sept. 25 and received final approval from the Nevada Arts Council Board of Directors on Sept. 28.

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

Andreana Donahue (Las Vegas): awarded $1,000 to support the creation of a new textile art piece, which will be a large-scale quilt that will be hand-pieced and hand-quilted in a re-interpretation of the traditional “Center Diamond” quilt pattern.

Arts for Children of Nevada (Genoa): awarded $897 to support the arts learning project “Mother Nature – Exploration into Nature’s Art and Music” which will provide children with an opportunity to explore nature through art and music.

For the Love of Jazz (Reno): awarded $850 to […]


The Nevada Arts Council is pleased to announce the official launch of our new online grant management system. All applications and Final Reports must be submitted using the new online system. Please see the resources below to help guide you through the basics of using the new system. Additional training workshops and webinars will also be planned throughout the year.
To create an account, log-in, or view current grant opportunities, click the Submit button below or go to:


Webinar: How to Use the New Online Grant System

Application Submission Guide

Final Report Submission Guide

CURRENT FY19 GRANTEES: All current FY19 grantee applications were imported into the new online grant management system. All current grantees should have received an e-mail with directions on how to log-in to your account on the new grant website. Once logged in, you will be able to view your application and complete your Final Report on the new grant website. 


Join Nevada Humanities and the Nevada Arts Council for a special program celebrating National Arts & Humanities Month. Two entirely unrelated topics find common ground during a tag team lecture. Each speaker gets 10 minutes to teach us something new about unrelated topics. Audience members do the deep thinking to find commonalities between the two, and ask questions to join everything together. Ideas start to mix and anything can happen!

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS & TEACHERS! Register Now for 2019 Nevada Poetry Out Loud

The fourteenth year of the 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-aged 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 16, 2019 to compete in the Nevada State Final. The Nevada State Champion receives $500 and his/her school receives $500 for the purchase of poetry books and to support literary programs/residencies. The Student placing second receives $200 and $200 for their school while the third place student receives $100.

The Nevada State Champion will compete for the top scholarship prize of $20,000 and the title of Poetry Out Loud National Champion  at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C., April 29 – May 1, 2019.  A total of $50,000 in scholarship and school prizes […]


 The Nevada Arts Council will host a free reception and artist talk with Las Vegas artist Donald Corpier Starr on Tuesday, Oct. 9. An exhibit of Starr’s artwork is on display at the Arts Council’s OXS gallery through Nov. 9. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. with the artist talk scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. at the Nevada Arts Council, 716 N. Carson St., Suite A, in Carson City.

Titled, “Color the Emotion,” Starr’s exhibit consists of people who have piqued his interest over the years. His loving, character-infused portraits provoke a variety of reactions from the viewer. Starr uses positive/negative space to portray emotions in his portraits.

His philosophy for connecting with his audience is a simple one: “If I can create a pleasing image that creates a mood or emotion in the viewer and causes them to wonder ‘Who is this person?’ then I have accomplished my goal,” said Starr, a Kansas native who now makes his home in Henderson.

Starr’s mother recognized his artistic abilities early on and his formal arts education began with a summer scholarship to […]