THE NEVADA FOLKLIFE ARCHIVES

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

FY21 GRANT DATES AND DEADLINES

The Nevada Arts Council Grants Program partners with individuals, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and public institutions to bring diverse art forms and audiences together in Nevada’s urban centers and rural towns. Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) grants are open to activities that occur July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.
Please see all important FY21 grant dates below. For more information and all grant guidelines click HERE.

APPLICATIONS OPEN JANUARY 1, 2020:

PROJECT GRANT FOR ORGANIZATIONS
Supporting arts and cultural projects with community impact
DEADLINE: March 20, 2020
ARTS LEARNING PROJECT GRANT
Supporting growth through the arts for Pre-K through 12th grade students
DEADLINE: April 3, 2020
FOLK ARTS FELLOWSHIP GRANT
Recognizing outstanding accomplishments in the folk arts by Nevada artists
DEADLINE: April 15, 2020

APPLICATIONS OPEN FEBRUARY 3, 2020:

ARTIST FELLOWSHIP GRANT (FY21: Literary & Performing Arts)
Recognizing outstanding individual artists
DEADLINE: April 15, 2020

APPLICATIONS OPEN MARCH 2, 2020:

PROJECT GRANT FOR ARTISTS (Cycle A: July 1-December 31, 2020)
Providing project support for individual artists
DEADLINE: May 1, 2020

APPLICATIONS OPEN MAY 1, 2020 (Noncompetitive Grants):
NONCOMPETITIVE GRANT DEADLINE: 30 days before project

FOLKLIFE COMMUNITY GRANT
Supporting the work of folk artists & culture bearers in Nevada communities
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NAC BOARD ELECTS NEW OFFICERS

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 […]

LAS VEGANS, LOTT, YEANDEL APPOINTED TO NAC BOARD

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 […]

CANCELED JANUARY ROAD MAPS WORKSHOP: Accessibility and Public Programs

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.

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.

 

APPLY NOW! 2020 NEVADA BASIN TO RANGE EXCHANGE

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.

IMPORTANT DATES

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

NEW GRANT GUIDELINES

The guidelines for all Nevada Arts Council Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) Grant Programs are now available. Through our Grant Programs, we partner with individuals, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and public institutions to bring a diversity of art forms and audiences together in Nevada’s urban centers and rural towns. To view Nevada Arts Council grant guidelines click HERE.

 

 

PANEL MEETING NOTICE: FY20 PROJECT GRANT FOR ARTISTS (CYCLE B)

NAC will conduct a panel meeting to review the applications for the FY20 Project Grant for Artists – Cycle B on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at 9:00 am. The public may attend the meeting at the Nevada Arts Council offices in Carson City or listen remotely via conference call. Please note, the panelists will be attending the meeting remotely using an online meeting platform.

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.

For more details please see below or CLICK HERE to view […]

NEVADA ARTS ACCESSIBILITY INITIATIVE-TAKE THE SURVEY!

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.

GOVERNOR PROCLAIMS OCTOBER ARTS & HUMANITIES MONTH

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 […]

REGISTER TO ATTEND IDEAS WORKSHOP

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

WORKSHOP INFORMATION
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.

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ARTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES 2019 BASIN TO RANGE EXCHANGE PROJECTS

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 […]

CELEBRATE NATIONAL ARTS & HUMANITIES MONTH!

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!

PROJECT GRANT FOR ARTISTS (CYCLE B) APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

Are you an individual artist? Do you have an artistic project planned for January 1, 2020 – June 30, 2020? If so, check out the Project Grant for Artists from the Nevada Arts Council, which is now open and accepting applications for Cycle B (projects 1/1/20-6/30/20). The deadline for Cycle B applications is November 1, 2019. Please see the link below for more information including full guidelines, requirements, and details on how to apply:

https://www.nvculture.org/nevadaartscouncil/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/11/FY20-GRANT-GUIDELINES-FINAL-11.30.18-PROJECT-GRANT-FOR-ARTISTS.pdf

FY20 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT FUNDS AWARDED

As of 8/20/19, all available Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Professional Development Grant funding has been awarded. If additional funding becomes available during this fiscal year, the grant may be re-opened at a later date. Non-competitive grant applications, like the Professional Development Grant, are reviewed for eligibility and completeness throughout the year by NAC staff and eligible applications are awarded in the order in which they are received while funds remain available.

To be updated on the status of this grant and our other grant opportunities, please join the Nevada Arts Council mailing list at: https://www.nvculture.org/nevadaartscouncil/newsletter-signup-form/

AMANDA HORN APPOINTED TO NEVADA ARTS COUNCIL BOARD

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 […]

APPLY TO BE ON THE BRX 2020 ADVISORY PANEL

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.
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CARSON CITY & TONOPAH PARTNER FOR 10-MONTH ‘BASIN TO RANGE’ ART EXCHANGE

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 […]

NATIONAL ARTS IN EDUCATION WEEK

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.