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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 mdorofachuk@nevadaculture.org 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


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 […]


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.


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 […]


NAC has a new program aimed at bringing together urban and rural arts organizations. The Nevada Basin to Range Exchange, BRX, is a one-year program that includes in-person gatherings, intercommunity arts-based exchange activities and peer-to-peer mentorship, said Tony Manfredi, executive director of the Nevada Arts Council.

“It is critical for urban and rural communities in Nevada to communicate together and learn from each other,” Manfredi said. “Utilizing arts and culture as a convener to improve community interactions and quality of life indicators is a focal point of the Nevada Arts Council. We are thrilled with the response from arts leaders across the state who will be participating in this new initiative and look forward to growing from the outcomes.”

The program is designed 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 […]


 Themed around Nevada’s state song of the same title, Home Means Nevada features 15 photographers and highlights some of the unique treasures found on federally managed lands across the state, from bighorns to Burning Man, to the ancient rock art and petroglyphs in the Gold Butte area.

The exhibit artists include: Olin Feuerbacher, Pahrump;  Peter Goin, Reno; Kelly Carroll, Hagatna, Guam; Mike Hill, Las Vegas; Julian Kilker, Las Vegas; Kurt Kuznicki, Reno; Bruce Loeffler, Las Vegas; Alan O’Neill, Henderson; Robert Park, Las Vegas; Will Roger Petersen, Gerlach; Kimberly Reinhart, Henderson; Deon Reynolds, Eureka; Sharon K. Schafer, Henderson; Cristian Torres, Las Vegas; and Sam Davis, Cedar City Utah.  Interested in scheduling this exhibit for May 10, 2021 to July 2, 2021. APPLY NOW, click here for more information. 


Please note, applicants are not required to attend grant panels, nor will absence at these meetings prejudice application review. However, the Nevada Arts Council encourages applicants to observe panel meetings in person or to listen via internet or teleconference options. Panel discussions provide insights to effective grant writing and program evaluation. Because of the number of applications and time constraints, applicants are not allotted time to address the panel. Applicants are requested to refrain from contacting panel members, individually or as a group, before or during the panel meeting process. Applicants attending the meeting as observers will not have an unfair advantage over those who are not in attendance.

NAC will conduct a panel meeting to review the applications for the FY20 Artist Fellowship Grant – Contemporary Arts (AFG)  beginning Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 9:30 am and continuing on Friday, June 21, 2019, at 9:30 am until the panel concludes its business. The public may attend the meeting at the Laxalt Building in Carson City or listen remotely via conference call.

For more details on how to attend or call-in, please […]


The FY20 Artist Fellowship Grant of $5,000 is open to Folk/Traditional Arts and Contemporary Visual Arts artists. The deadline is April 18, 2019.

FOLK/TRADITIONAL ARTS CATEGORIES include crafts, dance, music, oral traditions, and visual arts–are those that are learned as part of the cultural life of a community whose members share a common ethnic heritage, cultural mores, language, religion, occupation, or geographic region. These traditions are shaped by the aesthetics and values of a shared culture and are passed from generation to generation, most often within family and community through observation, conversation, and practice.

CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ARTS: encompasses six subcategories

CERAMICS/SCULPTURE: This category includes three-dimensional contemporary art made by one of four basic processes: carving, modeling, casting, and constructing.
DRAWING/MIXED MEDIA: This category includes original work created using the techniques, materials, media, and methods of drawing/mixed media assemblages and collages.
PAINTING/PRINTMAKING: This category includes original work that involves painting of any kind upon any surface. It also includes work that involves the printmaking process including engravings, etchings, lithographs, prints, serigraphs, and woodcuts.
PHOTOGRAPHY: This category accepts original work in traditional and experimental photography. It includes […]


The Fiscal Year 2020 Project Grant for Artists (formerly known as the Jackpot Grant) is now open for applications for CYCLE A (Projects July 1, 2019–December 31, 2019). The application deadline for CYCLE A is April 26, 2019.


GRANT AMOUNT: Up to $1,500

ELIGIBILITY SNAPSHOT: Individual, NV Resident, 21 years or older, non-student

STAFF CONTACT: Sierra Scott, Grants Specialist (s.scott@nevadaculture.org, 775-687-7104)

All applications can be submitted using the new online grant system: https://nevadaartscouncil.submittable.com/submit
Please see the resources below to help guide you through the basics of using the new system.

Webinar: How to Use the New Online Grant System
Application Submission Guide



NAC is pleased to announce our revised grant programs and general guidelines for Fiscal Year 2020 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020). One new grant category has been added and other grant categories have been updated to better serve Nevada artists, organizations, and public institutions. Follow the links below to review the 2020 Grant Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

NAC 2020 Grant Guidelines

NAC 2020 Grant FAQ

Grant workshops will be held in January 2019 in northern and southern Nevada. Follow the link below for workshop dates and times. The Nevada Arts Council will also offer weekly grant webinars in January for constituents who are unable to attend an in-person workshop.

NAC 2020 Grant Workshop Dates


The Nevada Touring Initiative (NTI) Traveling Exhibition Program delivers high quality visual arts exhibits to communities throughout the state for an affordable fee. The cost includes rental of the artwork, installation and pick-up, insurance, and publicity and educational materials. NTI exhibits features an array of subjects and art forms, ranging from traditional Washoe basketry to landscape painting and contemporary sculpture.

White Pine County: Where the Great Basin Highway Meets the Loneliest Road in America


From July 2001 through June 2002, folklorist Andrea Graham conducted research and field interviews and photographed neighborhoods, ranches, mines, railroads, people, traditional arts, and artists in the many communities of White Pine County, Nevada. This digital publication documenting traditional life in Nevada, originally published as a booklet in 2003, was the fifth in a series, following Lander and Lincoln counties, and Reno and Las Vegas folklife surveys. The survey was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nevada Arts Council, and conducted with the active support of the Western Folklife Center in Elko. This edition, also funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, contains additional pictures from Graham’s original fieldwork, gleaned from the Nevada Folklife Archives, and allows us to present them in color as they were photographed. 


An online resource

NAC’S Artists in Schools + Communities Roster (AIS+C) features a diverse representation of individual artists and ensembles from Nevada and beyond. The AIS+C Roster is designed as an online resource for schools, organizations and communities to broaden and diversify participation in the arts through the engagement of artists in residencies and programs. The AIS+C Roster artists represent a range of arts forms, and all are experienced in collaborating with schools and communities to conduct learning in, through, or about the arts. The roster artists, selected through a rigorous review process, have program experience with at-risk youth, social services, special needs audiences, and lifelong learning.

The AIS+C Roster artists are listed below under their artistic discipline. Each of the artist’s profiles features biographical information on each artist, as well as examples of sample and past programs, professional development workshops for teachers and organization staff, areas of expertise, geographical availability, language proficiency, and contact information.

Artist Residencies provide students, teachers and communities with direct hands-on arts experiences through personal interaction with teaching artists. These individuals are professional or traditional […]


The Artist Fellowship Program was created to encourage the pursuit of artistic excellence by providing financial support to outstanding artists. Fellowship grants go to contemporary artists living in Nevada in the literary, performing, and visual arts (including media arts), and may be awarded at any stage of the artists’ career development. By recognizing and rewarding artistic accomplishment, the Fellowship Program promotes public awareness and appreciation of the role of the artist in our society.
Read More about the Artist Fellowship Program