The Nevada Arts Council (NAC), a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, was created as a state agency in 1967. With offices in Carson City and Las Vegas, NAC’s mission is “to enrich the cultural life of the state through leadership that preserves, supports, strengthens and makes accessible excellence in the arts for all Nevadans.” NAC programs serve as a catalyst to stimulate artistic, cultural and economic activity across the state, animate its breadth of communities, ensure lifelong learning in the arts for all Nevadans, and to encourage public and private support for the arts.
The agency has a staff of 12 full-time program and administrative staff, several part-time contractors, and a nine-member board whose members are appointed by the Governor. NAC is divided into five programs as accessible portals for our constituents and members of the public alike, Artist Services, Arts Learning, Community Arts Development, Folklife and Grants. Through these program areas, NAC provides grant funding; offers professional assistance to the state’s creative industry (artists, educators cultural organizations and schools); and coordinates statewide outreach programming, initiatives and activities for Nevada’s residents and visitors. NAC grants, programs and services are guided by a statewide planning process and a strategic plan, Values and Vision.