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ARTIST FELLOWSHIP PANELS

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FY2015 Artist Fellowship Panels return to the Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) at 7000 Dandini Boulevard, Red Mountain Building, Room 214, Reno. Fellowship applicants are encouraged to attend and listen to the panel discussions.  All panels start at 9:30 a.m. and run through completion.  
  • June 10—Visual Arts Panel
  • June 11—Performing Arts Panel
  • June 12—Literary Arts Panel

ARTS TOWN MEETINGS HEAD TO LAS VEGAS & HENDERSON - APRIL 29 & 30

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Nevada Arts Council (NAC) continues its travels around the state to engage in a statewide conversation about the arts, and visit with colleagues in the creative industry, educators, community leaders and citizens. Check the schedule for the times and location of the Las Vegas and Henderson Arts Town Meetings. “We’ve designed the 2014 Arts Town Meeting as an occasion to celebrate community cultural vitality, discuss local challenges, and set cultural priorities for the future; as well as to gather information to update the NAC’s strategic plan,” notes Susan Boskoff, Nevada Arts Council Executive Director. Everyone is invited, so RSVP for your board, staff and volunteers today!

The Nevada Arts Council 2014 Values & Vision Survey is now available in English and Spanish on our website. Whether or not you attend an Arts Town Meeting, we want to hear from you! Be candid, constructive and creative when you complete the survey (about 10 minutes or so), and then share it with your colleagues, friends, and family members. Encourage your elected officials to fill it out. If you would like hard copies of the survey, please contact either NAC office.

IN MEMORY

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Joseph “Joe” E. Dini, Jr., speaker of the Nevada Assembly for eight sessions, died on April 10  at the age of 85. During his years of service, Speaker Dini’s vision for Nevada translated into policies to support the state as a whole, and a quality of life for each and every community. The quality of life that he envisioned included access to the arts for all citizens. His support of the Nevada Arts Council and the state’s other cultural divisions was unwavering. Along with Assemblyman John Marvel and Assemblywoman Gene Segerbloom, Speaker Dini was instrumental in advancing the legislation that created the Commission for Cultural Affairs. 

This remarkable program has preserved some of Nevada’s most treasured buildings and historic structures, insuring vibrant cultural centers in communities across the state. But the “Dini factor” is truly evident in his community of Yerington, home to the Yerington Theatre for the Arts and the Jeanne Dini Cultural Center – two extraordinary organizations that are embraced by residents and visitors alike. A recipient of the 2011 Nevada Arts & Humanities Awards for Public Service, Dini is survived by his wife, Mouryne, and sons Jay, George, David and Michael.

IN MEMORY

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Paiute storyteller Andrew Allen passed away in Reno on March 30, 2014. He was 84.  An inaugural artist on the Nevada Folk Arts Roster, Allen shared Paiute stories with audiences of all ages. As a participant in the NAC Folklife Apprenticeship Program in 1999 and 2004, he mentored apprentices Marlin Thompson, Mister Benner and Nathaniel Whistler in Paiute oral traditions and language.  Born in Fallon, the son of Tom Allen and Mamie Dale, he moved to Schurz at age 10 and attended school there until the eighth grade. He moved to the Stewart Indian School in Carson City for high school.  He attended college in Carson City and Oregon, and school in Boise, Idaho where he learned to fly.  He was a member of the United States Air Force in World War II. Following his military service, Allen returned to Nevada and worked for the schools and the road department in Owyhee. He later worked for the city of Carson City, and the Building and Grounds Department for the State of Nevada. He is survived by Beatrice Allen of Schurz, his wife of more than 65 years, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

CHRISTIAN SCHUNKE - 2014 NEVADA POETRY OUT LOUD CHAMPION

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Christian Schunke, a senior at Yerington High School, was named the 2014 Nevada Poetry Out Loud State Champion at the Ninth Annual State Finals on Saturday, March 15 in Reno. He was awarded $1,000 and his school will receive $1,000 for literary programming. Schunke will represent Nevada at the National Poetry Out Loud Finals in Washington D.C. in late April, and compete for $50,000 in awards and school stipends. 

Princess Jackson, a senior at Green Valley High School in Las Vegas, and Mikayla C. Bates, a sophomore at Elko High School, placed second and third. Each received $500, with $500 awarded to their respective schools to support literary programs. 

DOUG GROVES: RAWHIDER

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When true artisanship takes the functional beyond necessity, craft becomes art. Doug Groves’ braided rawhide horse gear exemplifies this perfect marriage of beauty and utility. Groves started making horse tack—riatas, quirts, reins, buttons, and more—over thirty years ago. Once the cow boss on the TS Ranch outside of Battle Mountain, Nevada, Groves now lives and works in Wellington. He learned from his peers and passes on techniques and tricks to others in the traditional manner of cowboys.

Doug Groves: Rawhider is part of “Nevada Stories,” NAC’s online video series that spotlights Nevada’s folk and traditional artists and cultures. A project of the Folklife Program, “Nevada Stories”is supported with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

JOIN THE ARTS EDUCATION ADVOCACY AUTO CLUB TODAY!

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Drive the message home – that it’s not an education without the arts! For each “Rich in Art” license plate issued, $15 of the initial fee and $10 of the renewal fees goes directly to support arts education activities of the Nevada Arts Council and VSA arts of Nevada, a statewide nonprofit organization. This is a simple and inexpensive way to promote your support for arts education, and a great gift for any season!

ONE IS SILVER, THE OTHER GOLD - NEW  TRAVELING EXHIBIT

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While honoring the state’s master folk artists, apprenticeship grants encourage the “handing-down” of traditional art forms, such as crafts, music, food preparation and dance, to a new generation, or apprentices. Exhibit artists include Hasna Akbas, Eddie Brooks, Fred Buckmaster, Clara Castillo, Sue Coleman, Florine Conway, Bernadine DeLorme, Wesley Dick, Charles Herring, Donald “Ike” Hicks, Linda Johnson-Comas, Barbara Lierly, JoAnn Martinez, Virginia McCuin, Edward McDade, Angie McGarva, Adam Nordwall, Vilma Parra, Maria Sanchez, Larry Schutte, Romeo Siguenza and Zoria Zetaruk.
 

The Nevada Arts Council (NAC) is the agency charged with ensuring that state and national funds support cultural activity and encourage participation in the arts throughout Nevada.

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