Community Arts Development Program

2016 Arts Town Meeting in Reno

Over 75 individuals gathered at the Reno Arts Town meeting to discuss the state of arts and culture in the biggest little city. (September 2016)

Community Arts Development Program (CAD) supports Nevada’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations, municipalities, public institutions and communities with a variety of programs and services aimed to build vibrant communities statewide. CAD works to:

  • Elevate the arts and culture infrastructure statewide
  • Expand the skill set of Nevada’s creative community
  • Cultivate organizational capacity
  • Facilitate professional networking and relationship building within and between communities
  • Increase access to the arts


Now accepting Letters of Intent for the Nevada Circuit Rider (NCR) grant program (FY19).  Contact the Community Arts Development program to further discuss your proposal. More information about the NCR grant can be found here.

NCR Grants support Nevada Circuit Rider consultancies that address specific issues and/or challenges including, but not limited to, advo­cacy, board or program development, fiscal management, fundraising, capacity building, marketing, planning, cultural diversity, and technology utilization. Read more


Arts and 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:

The Nevada Circuit Rider Program is designed to provide af­fordable technical assistance to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. The Nevada Circuit Rider (NCR) Roster includes experienced consultants selected by a panel of community arts specialists, who provide NCR consultancies at an affordable rate.  The NCR Grant supports the use of Circuit Rider consultants to address specific issues and/or challenges including, but not limited to, advo­cacy, board or program development, fiscal management, fundraising, capacity building, marketing, planning, cultural diversity, and technology utilization. Read more about NCR Roster or NCR Grant

Nevada Presenter’s Network (NPN) is a free informal association and listserv designed to connect performing arts presenters and artists in Nevada. NPN promotes professional development, outreach activities, block booking and best practices, and encourages a dynamic dialogue between presenters and artists that expands access to the arts for all Nevadans. To access the NPN directory, click here

Every three years, CAD staff coordinates the agency’s planning process by examining the state of the arts in Nevada and reviewing and refining its services to update the agency’s strategic plan. As part of the process, NAC holds focus group meetings, individual interviews and community meetings (Arts Town Meetings, Community Conversations, Arts Summits and Focus Groups) throughout the state.

Values and Vision: 2016 — 2019 NAC Strategic Plan (Work in Progress)
 Art Town Meeting Schedule 2016-2017
Art Town Meeting Summaries in 2016-2017
Public Survey Results from 2016-2017 (Work in Progress)


With Community Action Planning through the arts as its focus, the Arts @ the Heart Convening brings together teams of cultural, business and community leaders to address the attributes of vibrant communities, public/private partnerships, and local renewal and growth through community engagement. A@H combines formal sessions, informal discussions and local celebrations to build relationships, generate ideas-sharing, and inspire collaborations that result in enhanced community livability across the state.


From Intention to Action Strategic Planning with Impact with Steven Weiss
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, Reno, NV

Road Maps is an ongoing workshop series aimed at strengthening and elevating northern Nevada’s arts and culture sector. Through topic-specific workshops, arts and culture leaders will gain a comprehensive set of tools, skills, and guidelines to help maximize their community impact.

Questions? Contact the Nevada Arts Council’s Community Arts Development Program, Shoshana Zeldner, 775.687.7119 email


Much of CAD staff time is committed to assisting communities and community arts organizations. Staff may recommend or assist with the implementation of a community cultural assessment to identify local resources and develop a strategic plan, provide links to new resources or arrange for peer to peer networking opportunities to assist with the challenges of working toward long term sustainability.

  • Community Arts Director, Shoshana (Shosh) Zeldner, 775.687.7119 or email
  • Community Arts Specialist, Michelle Patrick, 702-486-3732 or  email