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VALES & VISION NAC PLANNING UPDATE

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Between February and April in 2014, Nevada Arts Council (NAC) staff and board traveled about 2,600 miles to facilitate thirteen Arts Town Meetings and engage in a statewide conversation about the arts with nearly 500 Nevadans. Discussions focused on community-specific matters as well as issues that resonated in cities and towns, urban and rural, across the state. Information gathered at these meetings, along with comments from more than 220 online surveys, is being analyzed and will guide the NAC strategic plan, Values and Vision, 2016-2019.
Nevada boasts a passionate and active arts coalition of individuals, organizations, and businesses. NAC is proud to partner and collaborate with so many who continue to improve the state’s quality of life, increase access to the arts, and strengthen our educational system for future generations.

HOME MEANS NEVADA 1986: HISTORIC RADIO SERIES

Through the magic of digitization, you can “tune in” to the Home Means Nevada 1986: Folklife in the Silver State historic radio series, a thirteen-program radio documentary on Nevada’s multi-faceted folk culture originally recorded on location in 1986 by folklorist Blanton Owen. In celebration of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, and in partnership with NV150, a new show will be featured on the Nevada Arts Council website each week leading up to Nevada Day

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NOW PLAYING:
  • Jack Darland, Old Time Fiddling —Babbitt's Jack Darland plays the fiddle and expounds on how he learned his music and what old-time fiddle playing means to him.
  • Larry Schutte, Cowboy Songs — Larry and his family run a ranch near Tuscarora. He recites cowboy poetry, makes horsehair and rawhide gear, and, in this show, talks about and sings cowboy songs.
  • Randy Stowell, Rawhide Braiding — Buckaroo Randy Stowell, who ranched in Currie and Rowlan, recounts the processes of working with rawhide to create ropes and horse tack.
  • Tom Martinet, The Language of Gaming — Tom Martinet, a box man at the Horseshoe in Las Vegas, describes the language and customs of the craps table. 
  • Martha Dick, Shoshone Cradleboards — Martha Dick and her son Richard, from the Duck Valley Reservation, explain the complex processes required to make traditional Shoshone baby baskets, or cradleboards. 
  • Bernardo Yanci, Basque Music — Elko resident Bernardo Yanci moved from the Basque Country of Spain in the 1950s. Here he talks about and plays Basque music on the accordion.

OXS GALLERY FEATURES THEN AND NOW

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THEN AND NOW: Works by Elaine Jason & Maria Arango-Diener showcases two Governor’s Arts Awards Commission artists who exemplify the diversity of contemporary visual arts in Nevada. The abstract forms that connect Elaine Jason’s neon sculptures relate to the aesthetics of sculptural constructivism, and Maria Arango-Diener creates woodcut prints that illustrate how a variety of materials imprint her work. The exhibit runs November 10, 2014 — January 23, 2015. Please join us on Thursday, November 20 for the exhibit reception, 5 pm – 7:30 pm, with an artist talk by Elaine Jason at 6:15 pm. The OXS Gallery is located at 716 N. Carson St., Carson City and is open Mon.–Fri., 8am – 5pm.

ARTISTS FEATURED IN NEW TRAVELING EXHIBITS

The Nevada Touring Initiative (NTI) Traveling Exhibition Program delivers high quality visual arts exhibits to Nevada communities for an affordable fee. Two newly curated exhibits will be touring the state starting this fall.

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PANORAMA: Selections from the Nevada Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship Program is the third in a series of traveling exhibits showcasing the recipients of NAC Artist Fellowships in the visual arts. The twelve artists featured in PANORAMA have demonstrated mastery of process and medium in producing a significant body of work.
  
Co-curators Jim McCormick and Fred Reid designed A Brushwork Roundup: Western Paintings and Drawings by Craig Sheppard as an exhibit that focuses on Sheppard’s abiding fascination with horses. Viewers can expect to be challenged by Sheppard’s variations on the theme of horse and rider.

INTRODUCING THE 2015 ARTIST FELLOWS

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Meet the six Nevada artists that received FY15 Artist Fellowships for artistic accomplishment and exploration in the literary, performing and visual arts: Jared Stanley, Reno, poetry; Laura Wetherington, Reno, poetry; Chariell Smith, Reno, music performance/singer, songwriter, rapper; Shana Tucker, Las Vegas, music performance/cellist, vocalist; Sarah Lillegard, Reno, mixed media; and Pasha Rafat, Las Vegas, sculpture.

NAC AWARDS $609,623 TO SUPPORT FY15 ARTS PROGRAMS

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The Nevada Arts Council has awarded 120 grants (for a total of $609,623) to arts institutions, nonprofit organizations and public institutions for programs and projects in FY2015 through its Arts Learning and Grants Programs. Grant review panels convened in public meetings to evaluate grant applications and recommend funding amounts for the NAC Board to consider at its May 14 meeting in Carson City. Included are 42 arts organizations receiving funding in the second year of their two-year Partnership in Excellence Grants.

 

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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