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Since its inception in 1985 the Nevada Arts Council’s Folklife Program has documented the existence and development of Nevada’s diverse geographical and cultural communities and its resident folk artists. Today the Folklife Archives constitute a significant intellectual, historical and educational resource with relevance to many fields of inquiry. It is a dynamic fieldwork collection that continues to grow and change with new and ongoing research. Its content includes original photography generated by the agency’s staff folklorists and their contractors. Read More


The Nevada Arts Council Board of Directors elected members to new leadership roles at its most recent quarterly meeting. Gail Rappa of Tuscarora was elected board chair; Edward Estipona of Reno as vice chair; and Karen Michaels of Henderson as treasurer. The term for executive officers on the 9-member NAC Board is 2 years.

Gail Rappa has served on the Nevada Arts Council Board since 2016. She is a professional artist who creates one-of-a-kind wearable art and sculpture from precious metals, hand-carved elements and semiprecious stones. She teaches part time at Great Basin College and helped create and held the position of gallery curator for the Great Basin Art Gallery.

Edward Estipona has served on the NAC Board since 2013. He is the founder of the Estipona Group, a full-service, Reno-based marketing agency. He has overseen dozens of branding and communications programs for healthcare, nonprofit, arts and education, tourism and service-industry clients and received a multitude of awards, including the Governor’s Arts Award in 2008 in recognition of his support of the arts.

Karen Michaels joined the NAC Board in 2018. She has […]


A pair of Las Vegans – performing artist-teacher Andy Lott and set designer Yale Yeandel – have been appointed by Gov. Steve Sisolak to serve on the Nevada Arts Council Board. Members of the nine-member board are selected for their knowledge and experience in the arts. The NAC Board advocates on behalf of the arts and arts education in Nevada promotes policies and viewpoints to benefit members of the creative industry and residents throughout Nevada, and approves grant allocations.

Lott grew up in Las Vegas and began performing at an early age with the nationally awarded Rainbow Company Youth Theater. He graduated from the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts and went on to earn a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City.

He toured nationally with “The Wizard of Oz,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” and was the equity guest artist for The Nevada Conservatory Theatre’s 2017 production of “Peter Pan,” playing the title role.

Lott has previously taught and directed inside the Rainbow Company Youth Theater. A public high schools’ arts educator for four years, he has a particular […]


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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The Nevada Arts Council’s Folklife Friends and Neighbors Initiative (NVFolkFAN) is about you—your family, your neighbors, your friends, your community. Everybody has folklife, whether they know it or not. Simply put, it’s the knowledge, traditions, activities, skills, and homemade products that are shared by a particular people or group—a “folk community”.

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Still Here Now features the works of nine recipients of NAC’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.  READ MORE

Sept 14, 2020—Nov 6, 2020
Nov 16, 2020—Jan 8, 2021
Jan 18, 2021—March 12, 2021
March 22, 2021—May 14, 2021

CANCELED JANUARY ROAD MAPS WORKSHOP: Accessibility and Public Programs


Please join NAC at the Road Maps Workshop: Accessibility and Public Programs with Austin Whitney and Oren Shani on Wednesday, January 22 at the Lake Mansion Arts & Cultural Center in Reno. During this workshop, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance programs developed by Accessible Festivals & Ten Fifty Entertainment for over ninety events each year will be presented. As leaders in the industry, instructors will provide education and knowledge on compliancy at public events bringing together like-minded organizations, causes, and individuals.

Register through January 17th for the $40 advance price HERE.



NAC announced the awarding of $22,639.60 in statewide grants to support individual artists in the production and presentation of artistic projects that will occur between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2020. The Project Grant for Artists is awarded twice a year for projects that take place during a specified six-month period. The FY20 Project Grant for Artists (Cycle B) recipients, amounts and projects are as follows:

Arthur Richmond, Reno: awarded $1,050 to support painting two murals in the rural communities of Fernley and Yerington. These murals will be based off the local flora and fauna and connect the rural communities with their surrounding natural environments through arts and culture.
Brian Fox, Carson City: awarded $1,355.36 to bring Uruguayan conductor Gabriel Giró and two of his colleagues to Carson City to rehearse and perform with the Camerata de la Sierra from April 14-19.
Dean Burton, Reno: awarded $1,500 to support a solo exhibition of new photographs at Sierra Arts Gallery in Reno from April 29 – May 31, 2020. The artwork is comprised of landscape photography from Nevada and California […]


The Nevada Basin to Range Exchange (BRX) supports, promotes and celebrates statewide collaboration through arts, culture, and community. This program will focus on cross-sector discussions: challenges, desires, and needs to advance communities forward through arts and culture.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE: Twenty-five arts and cultural leaders from across the state will be selected from an application process to attend an in-person gathering in Tonopah on April 20-22, 2020. Program participants will gather to discuss challenges and strategies to move communities forward. During the convening, leaders will participate in facilitated conversations exchanging ideas, desires, needs, and community impact through arts and culture. Additional break-out sessions will be included for networking and strategic planning.

PARTICIPANTS: This program is for anyone interested in connecting rural and urban Nevada through the arts. This includes but is not limited to Veterans, Health Care workers, Public Administrators, Seniors, Arts Organizers, business owners, community leaders, educators, and arts enthusiasts. *Due to the nature of the program, only one representative from an organization will be able to apply.


December 2, 2019  Application opens
January 17, 2020 Application deadline
February 3, 2020 Participants […]


We value our community members and your feedback. Please take a quick moment to provide your experience and/or opinion for the new Nevada Arts Accessibility Initiative.

Please choose one of the following surveys if you fall under one of the categories: ARTIST or ORGANIZATION.

About the NAAI- The agency is committed to providing equal access to all artists across Nevada. The Community Arts Development program area will spearhead a statewide initiative aimed at designing strategies that prevent barriers for people and artists with disabilities at cultural institutions and organizations. The primary goal of NAAI is to identify areas of improvement in communication, venue design, and ADA friendly programming.


Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has issued has proclaimed October as Arts and Humanities Month in Nevada.

“The arts and humanities enhance and enrich the lives of every citizen of the Silver State,” the proclamation reads.

The proclamation goes hand-in-hand with National Arts and Humanities Month in which arts and cultural organizations throughout the country recognize the importance of the arts and humanities to the cultural and economic health of its citizens and communities.

“National Arts and Humanities Month gives us a chance to celebrate the often-overlooked economic, educational, and civic engagement values that the arts impact in our daily lives,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts and national coordinator of Arts and Humanities Month. “The arts allow us to explore ideas, express emotions, and better appreciate cultures from around the world, and I hope that everyone will take part to celebrate and recognize the creative and cultural value of the arts and humanities in our communities.”

National Arts and Humanities Month is coordinated by Americans for the Arts, the national organization working to empower communities with the […]


In fiscal 2020, annual ARTIST FELLOWSHIP GRANTS of $5,000 were awarded to five visual artists, and a two-year FELLOWSHIP PROJECT GRANT of $7,000 was awarded to one artist having received two or more Fellowships. Click on the artist’s image to link to their website. Read more about the Artist Fellowship Program

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.


A new workshop series IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility) through Reconciliation is specifically designed for arts and cultural leaders in non-profits, municipalities, and public institutions. During this two-day workshop, participants will explore the intersection of arts and implicit biases in creative workspaces. Through round-table discussions, participants will assess cultural assumptions: how they are developed, sustained, reinforced in arts and cultural planning. The overall goal is to not only recognize and respect fellow creative community members but to also reflect and reconcile. This intensive is HIGHLY INTERACTIVE and rooted in deep personal sharing and reflection. Read more

When: November 6th & 7th, 2019
Where: Historic Fifth Street School, Las Vegas, NV
Registration: Begins September 16th, 2019

Early Bird $35* Admission thru September 16th– OCTOBER 15th, 2019
General admission begins: $45* beginning OCTOBER 15th, 2019
Registration closes: NOVEMBER 1st, 2019
The fee includes morning refreshments, lunch and a closing mixer on Thursday, November 7th.

To register, click HERE.



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 13 projects received Nevada Arts Council grants for $1,200 — $15,600 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 13 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 […]


Join us and for the second annual Shaken & Stirred event – Oct 16  in Reno and Oct 23 in Las Vegas. Two entirely unrelated topics find common ground during this tag team lecture. Each speaker will give a 10-minute talk, followed by Q&A to synthesize the two. Anything can happen!


The Nevada Basin to Range Exchange (BRX) supports, promotes and celebrates rural-urban collaboration through arts and culture. BRX is a one year program that includes in-person gatherings, intercommunity arts, and cultural exchange activities and peer to peer mentorship. BRX aims to:

Foster relationships between Nevada’s rural and urban communities.
Connect resources, assets, traditions, and histories between rural and urban communities.
Identify and encourage new funding streams, cross-sector partnerships, and collaborative approaches for arts and culture programming.
Engage intercommunity arts initiatives as a way to enrich the lives of all residents, enhance the quality of life throughout the state and strengthen local economies.
Celebrate Nevada’s rural and urban assets.

Twenty-five selected community leaders from across the state will be selected to participate in an in-person gathering in Tonopah on April 20-22, 2020. During that time, program participants will gather, network, learn and form small intercommunity partnerships or teams. Between April 2020-June 2021 teams will work together to plan and implement intercommunity arts initiatives. Attendance at the first in-person gathering is required.

This program is for anyone interested in connecting rural and urban […]


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 […]


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.