On May 12 and 13, grant panels will meet in the Nevada State Legislature at Carson City to review FY15 applications in the categories of Arts Learning Project, Arts Learning Component, Project, Partners in Excellence-Tier I, Folklife Apprenticeship and the Nevada Heritage Award. These panels will be broadcast via the web. Artist Fellowship Panels will be held June 11 – 13 at Truckee Meadows Community College. Each panel reviews all eligible applications and makes funding recommendations for the NAC Board to consider and approve at public meetings TBA.

Thanks to all who submitted FY15 grant applications through the Grants Online™ system. The Grants Management Team is reviewing more than 200 applications for eligibility and completeness, and preparing materials to send to this year’s grant review panelists. For times and locations of the upcoming NAC Grant Panels, please click here to view schedule and webcast.


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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.


Linda_Preview_001Click to read more OXS - Office eXhibition Series: While I Am Still, features photographs by Las Vegas artist Linda Alterwitz, and is on display at the Nevada Arts Council’s OXS Gallery through June 13. A recipient of a 2014 Artist Fellowship, Alterwitz combines science and technology with landscape photography to explore the themes of scientific life and the human spirit. The OXS Gallery is located at 716 N. Carson St.., Suite A, Carson City, and is open to public 8 am to 5 pm.



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.



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.


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Christian Schunke, a senior at Yerington High School, will represent Nevada at the 2014 Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington D.C. on April 29 and 30. He joins fellow competitors from across the nation that advanced from a field of some 365,000 students engaged in this year’s program. The Poetry Out Loud National Finals will bestow a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends, with a $20,000 prize for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.

“We value poetry and our poets in Nevada,” said Susan Boskoff, executive director of Nevada Arts Council. “With the communities of Yerington, Elko and Las Vegas represented by our top three winners in this year’s Poetry Out Loud competition, it’s clear that poetry is relevant to students across the state.” The national competition, including semifinals and the finals, will be broadcast through a live webcast at Tips on hosting a Poetry Out Loud Webcast Viewing Party and details on other viewing parties around the country may be found at the same website or by calling 202.682.5606. Follow the Poetry Out Loud National Finals online on Twitter at @PoetryOutLoud and @NEAarts, #POL14.


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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.


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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!


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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