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MIKALYA BATES – 2016 NEVADA POETRY OUT LOUD CHAMPION

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Mikalya Bates, a senior at Elko High School, is heading to Washington, D.C. in early May to compete for the title of Poetry Out Loud National Champion and $50,000 in awards. Bates was named Nevada’s 2016 Poetry Out Loud State Champion at the 11th Annual State Finals held in the studios of KNPB Channel 5 in Reno on March 19.

Gabrielle Hunt, a sophomore at Yerington High School, and Vanessa Blackwell, a senior at Douglas High School, placed second and third. Check out the Nevada Poetry Out Loud FB page for images from the 2016 State Finals, and to follow Bates' travels to the National Finals.

Watch the 2015 Poetry Out Loud State Finals television special, produced by KNPB Channel 5.

BATTLEBORN: MEMORIAL TO NEVADA’S FALLEN WARRIORS | REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

BATTLEBORN: Memorial to Nevada's Fallen Warriors

The Nevada State Legislature has authorized the design, construction and installation of a memorial dedicated to Nevada's fallen warriors on the Capitol Complex in Carson City, the state capital. BATTLEBORN: Memorial to Nevada’s Fallen Warriors is intended to honor the extraordinary dedication, commitment and sacrifice of Nevadans who have borne the battle through service in the armed forces. The budget has been set at $250,000. This project is being financed by donations to the Nevada Fallen Soldier Memorial Gift Account, and may be phased accordingly. Finalist honoraria funding has been secured.

The Nevada Department of Veterans Services will oversee the project; the Nevada Arts Council will facilitate the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process and both the review and selection panels. Artists/teams residing in Nevada are invited to submit qualifications for consideration, Some artists/teams across the county will also receive invitations to submit qualifications.

All RFQ materials must be submitted by May 27 at 5 p.m. PDT, using the NAC Grants Online™ system at: https://nac.culturegrants.org. Click here for the BATTLEBORN PDF, and images of the memorial site. Questions? Please contact the NAC at 775.687.6680.

OXS GALLERY FEATURES WESTERN PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS BY CRAIG SHEPPARD

Craig Sheppard's Paintings at OXS Gallery

The Nevada Arts Council OXS Gallery features “A Brushwork Roundup: Western Paintings and Drawings by Craig Sheppard” through May 13, 2016.

Join Sophie Sheppard, artist and daughter of Craig Sheppard, and exhibit curator Jim McCormick at the exhibit reception on Tuesday May 3, 2016, 5 - 7:30 pm. Their discussion will begin at 6 pm. The OXS Gallery is located at 716 N. Carson St., Carson City and is open Mon. through Fri., 8am – 5pm.

NEVADA PARTICIPATING IN NATIONAL PROSPERITY SURVEY

Nevada is one of 15 states participating in the national research study, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5. This survey, the fifth conducted by Americans for the Arts in the past 20 years, will quantify the economic impact of Nevada's arts and cultural industry -- an outcome to benefit the statewide arts industry. The Nevada Arts Council and survey partners across the state are collecting data from organizations and audiences throughout 2016. Results, presented in summer 2017, will include total dollars spent by nonprofit arts and culture organizations, total dollars spent by audiences at arts and culture events, the number of full-time equivalent jobs supported by arts spending, and local and state tax revenues generated by arts spending. For more information, contact Amy Spencer, Community Arts Development Program Coordinator.

NOW PLAYING – HOME MEANS NEVADA: 1986 HISTORIC RADIO SERIES

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This thirteen-part radio series from 1986, refreshed by digitization, spotlights Nevada’s multi-faceted folk culture. The shows were produced from recordings made on location – in folk artists’ home, places of work, and at public gatherings. From the making of neon signs to the construction of Shoshone cradleboards, from Basque dance music to buckaroo poetry, the cultural diversity of Nevada is only hinted at in this series. Updated vignettes include photos preserved in the Nevada Folklife Archive, and images and video clips from the Nevada Historical Society, UNR Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, UNLV’s Special Collections and the Western Folklife Center.

Home Means Nevada is available at: https://vimeo.com/album/2972886


 

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