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NAC’s Basin to Range Exchange (BRX) is unveiling its first list of projects designed to bring collaboration between urban and rural arts organizations. Each of the 14 projects received Nevada Arts Council grants for $1,200 — $16,800 total – to help move the projects forward. “The inaugural BRX program is off to a fantastic start said Tony Manfredi, executive director of the Nevada Arts Council.  “The Nevada Arts Council is impressed with these 14 partnerships and projects and excited to see their impact on their respective communities.”
Following are the inaugural 14 projects from the BRX Program:

Carson City, Tonopah: Mark Salinas (Carson City Department of Arts & Culture) & Kat Galli (Town of Tonopah)
Project abstract: Providing artists new audiences and exhibition spaces Visual artworks will travel between Tonopah and Carson City, with a long-term goal to establish an ongoing collaboration between the two entities. Additionally, the project includes cross-promoting artists and local art including mash-ups of murals, developed by graphic designer, Shelly Brown, and released on both entity’s social media channels monthly. This project not only benefits artists but also both […]


High School Students & Teachers – Register Now!

Celebrating 15 years of Nevada Poetry Out Loud! The 2020 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 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 14 to compete in the Nevada State Final, held at the KNPB Studio.  The Nevada State Champion receives $200 and his/her school receives $500 for the purchase of poetry books and to support literary programs. The Nevada State Champion will travel to Washington D.C. to compete at the national finals. A total of $50,000 in scholarship and school prizes will be awarded, including $20,000 to the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.

Download the registration form or contact Maryjane Dorofachuk, Arts Learning & POL State Coordinator, at or call 702.486.3738.

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NAC is excited to announce a call for applicants to the 2020 Basin to Range Exchange (BRX)– Advisory Panel. BRX is a program of Community Arts Development with the Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. The Community Arts Development program supports long-term structural change in communities across Nevada through strategic planning, community engagement, and artistic design.

About the 2020 BRX Advisory Panel
The Nevada Basin to Range Exchange Advisory Panel, comprised of no more than 12 individuals, will support NAC staff and BRX participants through the following:

Participant Application and Selection: Panelists will be required to review all applications and assist in the scoring and selection process. This process is confidential until made public. Therefore, panelists should not share or discuss any applicants in the program prior to NAC announcement. Conflict of interests must be made prior to the selection meeting with Michelle or Grace.
Resources and fiscal support: Panelists are integral to the success of projects and are expected to provide and identify funding opportunities for projects and the overall BRX program.


SEPTEMBER 8 – 14! National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education. Passed by Congress in 2010 through House Resolution 275, the celebration is designated to bring attention to this cause for elected officials and educational decision-makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all students. Celebrate National Arts in Education Week.


Gov. Steve Sisolak has appointed Amanda Horn of Reno to a four-year term on the Nevada Arts Council Board. Horn is senior vice president of communications for the Nevada Museum of Art, a position she has held since 2013. In her role, she has significantly increased the visibility of Nevada Museum of Art regionally, nationally and internationally through public relations and marketing campaigns. She has also been instrumental in managing major projects such as the Seven Magic Mountains, Tilting the Basin, and Orbital Reflector.

She has played a key role in Nevada Museum of Art’s statewide expansion, fostering deep relationships in the Las Vegas arts community, while also elevating the broader visual arts dialogue across the Silver State.

“We are thrilled to welcome Amanda to the Nevada Arts Council Board,” said chairman Joe O’Neill. “Her passion and enthusiasm for arts and culture will be a great addition as we strive toward our mission to make excellence in the arts accessible to all Nevadans.”

Horn is a member of the Public Relations Society of America Sierra Nevada Chapter and has previously served as […]


Still Here Now features the works of nine recipients of the Nevada Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship program. The pieces in this show often reference or portray landscape and place, but their stories do not reside there. Beyond the depiction of land and nature, the presence of people is paramount. Bodies, psyches, and emotional connections inhabit the forefront of examination for the artists. The experience of landscape is only as important as our own fixed experience in space; these eight artists reflect on notions of rootedness, permanence, anxiety, and survival in their work.

Exhibition artists include: Linda Alterwitz, Photography, Las Vegas; Chris Bauder, Sculpture, Las Vegas; Ahren Hertel, Painting, Reno; Darren Johnson, Painting, Las Vegas; Orlando Javier Montenegro-Cruz, Painting Las Vegas; Elaine Parks, Sculpture, Tuscarora/Los Angeles; Robin Stark, Ceramics, Las Vegas; and Brent Sommerhauser, Sculpture, Las Vegas. READ MORE


On Aug. 5, Carson City’s Mark Salinas and Tonopah’s Kat Galli launched a 10-month collaborative project as part of the Nevada Art Council’s Basin to Range project, which pairs urban and rural entities to “support long-term structural change in communities across Nevada through strategic planning, community engagement, and artistic design.”

Each month during the project, both towns will come together to participate in monthly mash-ups of public art, online giveaways, and swapping art exhibits.

This month starting on Aug. 13 at 12 p.m., the online giveaway will be 150 limited edition stickers created by Empire 13 Design made specifically for the collaboration. To get a sticker, send an email with your name and mailing address while supplies last.

“The Collaboration is through the Nevada Arts Council’s Basin to Range Exchange,” said Galli, Tourism and Event Coordinator for Tonopah. “Carson and Tonopah were paired based on our similarities — and differences, as well. Our collaboration received a $1,200 grant to pay for some of our project expenses.”

There will be “cultural exchange giveaways” in partnership with the Mizpah Hotel, Shoetree Brewery, Tonopah Brewery, the Carson City […]


The Nevada Arts Council announced Friday the awarding of more than $1million in statewide grants to 172 recipients ranging from individual artists to nonprofit organizations and public institutions for the 2020 fiscal year.

Grants were awarded in the following competitive categories:  Operating Support; Community Impact; Project for Organizations; Arts Learning Project; Artist Fellowship (Contemporary Arts and Folk and Traditional Arts); Fellowship Project Grant and FY20 Project Grant for Artists – Cycle A. Grant panelists reviewed, deliberated and scored applications in public hearings and final recommendations were approved by the Nevada Arts Council Board at its June 27 meeting.

Following are each of the grant categories and grant recipients:

Operating Support Grant ($543,868.07)

Operating Support Grants strengthen Nevada’s arts infrastructure by supporting the 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. This two-year grant supports funding for general operating expenses including administrative salaries and benefits, payroll expenses, insurance, facility space rental, utilities and contracted and professional services.

Grants panelists were: Kellen Braddock, Managing Director, Black […]


Grace Davis joined NAC in 2019 as the Community Arts Development Specialist. She is excited to join the NAC’s team, bringing unique experiences while collaborating with a dynamic staff to continue the accessibility of arts and culture throughout Nevada.

Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Davis was inevitably enchanted by the west. She received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA in Art and Design Education from Rhode Island School of Design. Grace has designed and implemented innovative arts programs for all ages and educators for the last 10 years. This programming spans museums, community organizations, and health care including Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island, and Renown Health in Reno. She is also a practicing artist working primarily in acrylic and gouache as an abstract painter. She has exhibited across the country and held residencies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jackson, Wyoming, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.



NAC’s Legislative eXhibition Series (LXS) Gallery featured in recent Arteffects appearing on KNPB’S Season 4 Episode 32 | 26m 47s. Watch Tony Manfredi, NAC Executive Director introduce the program, Stephen Reid, NTI Installer hang the artwork and LXS Exhibition Artist, Melissa Melero-Moose discuss the importance of having her work on display during the legislative session.


One of the main objectives of The Nevada Basin to Range Exchange Program is to foster and develop relationships between Nevada’s rural and urban communities. NAC is creating a space with various opportunities for participants to network and present collaborative partnership ideas in an informal but inviting setting. The pilot was launched in Tonopah because it offered its rich mining history but also limited the number of distractions generally found in larger urban areas.

Currently, there are 52 individuals who will identify their measure of impact within their respective communities. One of the requirements of the program is to create a partnership and produce an arts-based initiative within one year. We can’t wait to see what they come up with! The initiatives will be created and implemented by each partnership. The needs vary from each community, but most of the commonalities identified in both rural and urban areas include access to arts, infrastructure, audience engagement and of course, limited funding. All of their initiatives will be centered around community development and creative impact.

Based on the feedback from the first meeting, […]


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 Jackpot Grants were awarded for projects scheduled to occur between April 1 and June 30, 2019. This quarter’s recipients, amount received, and projects are:

Ivan Ivanov, Las Vegas: $1,000 to support the publishing, manufacturing, production and distribution his CD, “The Clarinet Music of Leonardo Balada.”
Nye Communities Coalition, Pahrump: $893 to support “The Feelings Play,” a two-part project designed to make children more aware of their feelings and how those feelings can lead to both positive and negative actions. The project will take place at the 4 elementary schools in Pahrump.
Caitlin McCarty, Reno: $910 to support the performance of “Dust Horizon: Dance, Film and Landscape Inspired by the Poetry of Gailmarie Pahmeier,” a multi-media dance work exploring three Nevada State Parks. This ninety-minute dance performance is scheduled to take place on April 25, 2019 and April 27, 2019 at the Nevada Museum of Art.
Emily Barnes, Henderson: $943 to commission composer Shawn Schwerdtfeger to […]


Register to attend a Road Maps workshop, “Board Tune-UP—Becoming a High Performing Board” with Steven Weiss on Thursday, May 30th.

Move your board beyond compliance and oversight so they’re active partners in brand-building, fundraising, governance, strategic planning and ensuring the long-term success of your nonprofit. Learn practical, actionable strategies and tools for:

Recruiting dedicated volunteers
Creating a constructive partnership between your board and executive leadership
Increasing board engagement
Transforming passionate board members into compelling fundraisers

About the Instructor:
Steven Weiss, President of The Weiss Group, is a business strategist with more than 25 years of experience at some of Northern California’s most prominent public, private and nonprofit organizations. Prior to establishing his consulting practice, Weiss was vice president of Marketing & Public Affairs for The Sacramento Bee. He previously served as director of University Cultural Programs at UC Davis, chaired the building committee, and served on the leadership team that generated philanthropic support for the $60 million Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Weiss is a Capital Public Radio board member and serves on Sacramento’s Creative Edge Steering Committee to develop a regional arts, culture, […]


Meet NAC’s fantastic Operating Support Grant panelists (Candace Kita, Ray Gargano, Melvin Henley, Kellen Braddock, and Alexis Hill), thank you for for sharing your knowledge and expertise with us at the grant panels! Click here for panelist’s bios 


Reno artist Patricia Wallis has a background in plein air and aerial painting, having spent much of her 30-year career in Marin County, California. Moving to Reno, she found a completely new palette of color in the landscape. Another change she made in in the past decade was a decision to work exclusively on copper, which gives the image a unique luminescence not found when working on canvas or board. Oil painting on copper goes back to the 15thcentury although it is rarely used by contemporary artists.

Wallis’ exhibition, “Bits and Pieces of the Silver State,” are the latest works from Nevada artists to go on display at the Nevada Arts Council’s Legislative Exhibition Series (LXS) inside the Nevada Legislature building and will be featured through the end of the session. She is the last of six Nevadans whose artwork is being displayed during this legislative session.

Wallis described her approach to painting like this: “I express my reaction to what is before me,” she said. “I usually focus on some detail that has captured my attention, such as an unusual […]


FY19 Fellowship Project Grantee: Las Vegas jazz musician and composer, Eugene Shapiro created a recording of his original jazz compositions, followed by a concert at The Smith Center in Las Vegas.

Click on the image to listen to the recording.


It took Las Vegas artist Lolita Develay three years to complete the paintings for her exhibit, “The Beauty Within,” but the visions of them began much, much earlier. She grew up on a small farm in the Mojave Desert, making mud pies and chasing lizards. When her older sister would visit from Los Angeles, it exposed her to a different world.

“She smelled amazing, not like dust, and her clothes were always so fashionable,” Develay said. “I came to be fascinated with the way clothes define us, the politics behind them, how we choose to dress to influence the world’s perception of us. The clothes in these paintings represent the ultimate desire. For me, they are status symbols of success.”

Develay’s paintings are the latest works from Nevada artists to go on display at the Nevada Arts Council’s Legislative Exhibition Series (LXS) inside the Nevada Legislature building and will be featured from April 29 through May 17. She is the fifth of six Nevadans whose artwork is being displayed during this legislative session.

Develay has a Masters of Fine Arts from UNLV […]

ON DISPLAY IN OXS GALLERY: A Celebration of the Arts

NAC presents artwork from the agency’s permanent collection that was commissioned to be part of Nevada’s Governor’s Arts Awards Program and part of the agency’s permanent collection. “A Celebration of The Arts” featuring artwork from the Governor’s Arts Awards Program 1989-2011 will be on display in the OXS Gallery, March 11, 2019—January 31, 2020.

Inaugurated in 1979 as the Decade Awards, the Governor’s Arts Awards (GAA) became an annual event for the agency. Through this program, the Nevada Arts Council (NAC) and the Office of the Governor recognize outstanding contributions to Nevada through artistic achievement and service to the arts by artists, educators, arts organizations, corporate and individual patrons, public figures, and dedicated volunteers. To spotlight the work of the visual artists in 1986, the NAC board decided to commission a Nevada artist to create an original piece of art for each of GAA recipients.

The OXS Gallery is located at 716 North Carson Street, Suite A, Carson City and is open 8 am to 5 pm. Read more.


Las Vegas author Amanda Skenandore, an honorable mention artist fellowship recipient of the Nevada Arts Council, is holding writing workshop on Sunday, May 11 at the Clark County Library on East Flamingo Road.

Participants can learn fundamental elements of great fiction that will help turn that in-progress work into a page-turning, fully developed novel. Participants can bring a chapter of their work or a favorite book to the workshop for discussion.

The event is from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the large conference room of the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas 89119. Click here for more information

Skenandore is an author and registered nurse living in Las Vegas. Her debut novel, “Between Earth and Sky,” won the American Library Association’s Readers List Award for Best Historical Fiction. Her second novel, “The Undertaker’s Assistant,” comes out in July 2019.

This free workshop is funded, in part, by an Artist Fellowship award from the Nevada Arts Council