Take the COVID-19 Impact Survey

American’s for the Arts is gathering data and impact stories through this survey link. The survey will capture a broad spectrum of data and stories from Nevada and across the United States that will demonstrate how the arts and culture workers triumphed and survived this crisis as well as the effect of the outbreak on operations through cancelled events, lost wages, and additional expenses. The Nevada Arts Council will be using the Nevada specific data to highlight the effects that COVID-19 had on our arts and culture industries and the communities they serve. Please take this survey and please encourage other artists and arts and culture organizations within our Nevada communities to take it as well. Take the Impact Survey

Nevada Arts Council – Offices Closed Through April 30

Due to the severity of COVID-19 escalating in Nevada, agencies within the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, including the Nevada Arts Council, have been closed through April 30. We will be reviewing and responding to questions during this time; however, our responses may be limited or delayed. We appreciate your patience.

Even with our office closings, please know that we are still here working to support our arts community during these challenging times. More Information


The Nevada Arts Council has pushed back the application submission due date for some of our upcoming grants. Please see all upcoming deadlines below. Please continue to process and submit your Final Reports by the requested deadline. For those of you with concerns about current or pending grants due to activities that are cancelled or postponed, please contact us via e-mail at grants@nevadaculture.org. We are working to find the best solutions for each of you at this time. We will notify all grantees If we make any changes to policies and we will navigate this process together. More information may be found here: https://nvculture.org/nevadaartscounc…/response-to-covid-19/

For more information and all grant guidelines click HERE

Supporting arts and cultural projects with community impact
UPDATED DEADLINE: March 20, 2020 April 24, 2020
Supporting growth through the arts for Pre-K through 12th grade students
UPDATED DEADLINE: April 3, 2020 May 1, 2020
PROJECT GRANT FOR ARTISTS (Cycle A: July 1-December 31, 2020)
Providing project support for individual artists
UPDATED DEADLINE: May 1, 2020 May 8, 2020
Recognizing outstanding […]

APPLY FOR FY21 ARTIST FELLOWSHIP GRANT for literary and performing artists

The online application is open for the FY21 Artist Fellowship Grant for contemporary literary and performing artists. Updated application deadline is May 15, 2020.

1. CREATIVE PROSE (FICTION/NONFICTION): literary work in all varieties and genres, such as excerpts from fiction novels, short stories, and writing for young adults.
2. DRAMATIC WRITING: includes original stage plays, screenplays, and radio plays.
3. POETRY: includes original work in all forms and genres of poetry.
1. CHOREOGRAPHY/MUSIC & THEATER DIRECTION: includes original choreography in all dance forms including ballet, hip-hop, jazz, modern, and tap. Also includes music or theater direction of a play, opera, musical, or a devised piece of work.
2. MUSIC COMPOSITION: includes original composition in all musical genres including chamber, choral, electronic, experimental, jazz, opera and symphonic.
3. DANCE/MUSIC/THEATER/ STORYTELLING PERFORMANCE: includes original work from performance artists including dance, country/jazz/rock/opera/pop music, theater and musical theater, mime, puppetry, spoken word and storytelling.



Artist Services Program, Fran Morrow, 775.687.7106 or email
Artist Services Program, Stephen Reid, 775.687.7108 or email


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 […]

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.



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 […]


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.




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 […]


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 […]


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!


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:



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/


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 […]