Mission, Vision, Goals and Planning


To enrich the cultural life of the state through leadership that preserves, supports, strengthens, and makes excellence in the arts accessible to all Nevadans.


A Nevada in which the arts enrich the lives of all residents, enhance the livability of communities and contribute to the state’s economic revitalization.


• Increase public access, participation and investment in Nevada’s arts and culture
• Incorporate the arts as an essential element in the educational experience of all Nevadans
• Strengthen the environment in which they work and contributions of our artists are valued and supported
• Encourage and support a diversity of organizations that produce, present and promote excellence in the arts


A culturally vibrant state – from the most isolated and small rural communities to the urban centers of Reno/Sparks and Las Vegas.

Nevada Arts Council Planning

The Nevada Arts Council (NAC) engages in a formal planning process every three years to gather feedback about the agency’s programs and policies, assess the needs of Nevada’s arts industry, and investigate the state of the arts in Nevada’s communities. Through a combination of Arts Town Meetings, Community Conversations, focus groups, and individual conversations, NAC staff and board engage in a dynamic “Statewide Conversation on the Arts.”  NAC also distributes a survey to the public, both online and in print. The information gathered during the planning process informs the agency’s strategic plan, Values, and Vision results in new programs and streamlined services from the NAC, and forges new relationships. NAC planning meetings and activities are co-sponsored and hosted by arts and community-based organizations, municipalities, service groups, and public institutions. The Values and Vision strategic plan guides the work of the agency and is shared with the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Nevada.

Values and Vision: 2019 — 2021 NAC Strategic Plan (In Progress)
Schedule of Arts Town Meeting in 2016-2017
Art Town Meeting Summaries in 2016-2017
Public Survey Results from 2016-2017 (Work in Progress)

Values and Vision: 2016 — 2018 Values and Vision 2016-2018
Schedule of Arts Town Meetings in 2014-2015
Arts Town Meeting Summaries in 2014-2015
Public Survey Results from 2014-2015

Values and Vision: 2010 — 2015 Values and Vision 2010 -2015
Schedule of Community Conversations
Serving Nevada Artists
Vision for Arts Education in Nevada
What We’ve Achieved: Update of Values and Vision: 2010-2013

Values and Vision: 2004 — 2007 Values and Vision 2004-2007
Schedule of Arts Town Meetings
Public Survey Results
2008 Update of Action Steps