Nevada Arts News

FIND YOUR FOLKLIFE!

Festivals, concerts, performances, and community events are great places to find folklife. NAC’s folklorists keep track of these events so that we can arrange our schedules to attend, discover, and document the incredible variety of folklife that is resident in our state. This listing is updated regularly, with upcoming events featured weekly in the Nevada Arts Council’s Twitter feed. Come on down, take a look around, snap a selfie and #NVFolkFAN!

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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 […]

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.

BOOK NOW! NEW TRAVELING EXHIBITION CURATED BY STEPHANIE GIBSON

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

EXHIBITION DATES AVAILABLE FOR STILL HERE NOW
Sept 14, 2020—Nov 6, 2020
Nov 16, 2020—Jan 8, 2021
Jan 18, 2021—March 12, 2021
March 22, 2021—May 14, 2021

Nevada Arts Council hosts November grants workshops

CARSON CITY, Nevada – (October 30, 2019) Artists, educators, nonprofit organizations and public institutions interested in funding from the the Nevada Arts Council are encouraged to participate in one of its free grants workshops scheduled throughout the state in November.

The workshops will focus on the Nevada Arts Council grant program for Fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021), applying for a grant using the Nevada Arts Council online grant management system, and preparing competitive and compelling grant applications.

The seven workshops start Nov. 5 in Carson City and conclude Nov. 21 in Pahrump. Other sites are Elko, Reno, Winnemucca, Fallon and Las Vegas.

Participants can register online at least one week prior to the workshop. Walk-ins are welcome if space is available. Register for all workshops here: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=owasy7cab&oeidk=a07egn84bj8873b6d20

 

Here are the available workshops:

CARSON CITY

When: 1-2:30 p.m., Nov. 5 (Tuesday).

Where: Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., Carson City 89701.

 

RENO

When: 1-2:30 p.m., 5:30-7 p.m., Nov. 6 (Wednesday)

Where: McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Dr., Reno 89503

 

FALLON

When: 5:30-7 p.m.; Nov. 7 (Thursday)

Where: Oats Park Arts Center, 151 E. Park St., Fallon […]

NEVADA POETRY OUT LOUD – 2020 REGISTRATION IS OPEN

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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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 Council, Nevada Humanities team for ‘Shaken and Stirred’

CARSON CITY, Nevada (October 8, 2019) – In celebration of National Arts & Humanities Month, the Nevada Arts Council and Nevada Humanities are teaming up for Shaken & Stirred – An Arts & Humanities Mixer.

“Shaken and Stirred” consists of two lectures – one in Reno and one in Las Vegas – where speakers work to find common ground while discussing two entirely unrelated topics. Each speaker gets 10 minutes to teach the audience something about their particular topic and the audience seeks to find the commonalities between the two and ask questions that join everything together.

“National Arts & Humanities Month offers time for reflection around the significant impact creativity and culture have on our state,” said Tony Manfredi, executive director of the Nevada Arts Council. “We are pleased to “mix” with Nevada Humanities around Shaken & Stirred and look forward to more partnerships together that highlight Nevada creativity.”

The Reno event, titled “Optical Illusions and Illegal Dancing,” is Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Plaza Maya, 1644 S. Wells Ave. It is scheduled to run from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Gideon Caplovitz, a […]

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 […]

Governor proclaims October Arts & Humanities Month

CARSON CITY, Nevada – 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 impart 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 […]

MEET THE FY20 CONTEMPORARY ARTIST FELLOWS

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
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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.

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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We Are the Folk!

By Rebecca Snetselaar, Folklife Specialist, Nevada Arts Council

Before there was folklore, there was lore, something that was taught.

The English word “folklore” appeared in 1846, describing “traditional beliefs and customs of the common people” that were shared by word of mouth. As a field of academic study, it focused at first on oral traditions and was associated with the study of language and literature.

By the middle of the 20th Century people in America had come to understand folk music, folk dance, folk tales, folk art, and folk medicine as old-fashioned or primitive art forms to be preserved intact as unchanging artifacts of cultural heritage.

Meanwhile American folklorists – scholars who study and document folklore – were coming to new understandings about what they were studying. Their interests had begun to shift from the “folklore” itself to the way it was passed on, and to the cultural communities in which it was shared.

The word “folklife” came into common usage in the 1960s to describe the living traditions, activities, skills, and products (such as handicrafts) of any particular people or group that are […]

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 […]

Registration is open Nevada Poetry Out Loud competition

CARSON CITY, Nevada (September 16, 2019) – Registration is under way for the Nevada’s 2020 Poetry Out Loud competition and high school teachers and students throughout the state are invited to get involved.

Registration is open to all high-school-aged Nevada public, private, charter, parochial and alternative schools and home school associations. Structured similarly to the National Spelling Bee, Poetry Out Loud is focused on literary heritage through memorization and performance of classic and contemporary works.

“The talent and confidence we see in students, who get on stage and make these works their own, is just really remarkable,” said Maryjane Dorofachuk, arts learning specialist for the Nevada Arts Council, a sponsor of the program. “These students find their own voice and they learn that words matter.”

The Poetry Out Loud state champion earns $200, wins $500 for his or her school to support literary programs, and travels to Washington, D.C., to compete for $100,000 in scholarships and school prizes at the national finals.

Preparing for the competition, students get the chance to sharpen their analytical skills, discover new things and explore their creative side.

The […]

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!