Nevada Arts Council

enriching the lives of all Nevadans

The Nevada Arts Council (NAC) was established as a state agency in 1967 to enrich the cultural life of the state by supporting, strengthening, and making excellence in the arts accessible to all Nevadans. The Nevada Arts Council is one of America’s 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies that ensure that every community in the U.S. receives the cultural, civic, economic, and educational benefits of the arts. The Nevada Arts Council supports Nevada’s rural communities, enlivens its public spaces, promotes health and healing, sparks economic growth, drives educational success, fosters inclusion and equity, reaches low income communities, creates opportunities for artists, and serves the public. The Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Department of Tourism and Cultural affairs, receives funding from the State of Nevada, the National Endowment for the Arts, and other private and public sources.

The arts are a vital asset that improve the quality of life throughout Nevada communities. The arts foster critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and connections to our rich culture and heritage. The Nevada Arts Council, through its programs and many partnerships, actively works to connect diverse art, artists and arts organizations to audiences in the streets, galleries, museums, theaters, and classrooms found throughout our urban and rural communities.

  • Arts Learning
  • Artist Services
  • Community Arts
    Development
  • Folklife
  • Grants

Arts Learning

building a community for arts education

The Arts Learning Program supports lifelong learning in the arts by promoting and expanding quality arts education opportunities for all Nevada citizens through statewide initiatives, grants and professional development opportunities.

Artist Services

serving Nevada’s artists

The Artist Services Program encourages the work of Nevada’s literary, performing and visual artists. With a focus on the needs and concerns of the individual artist, the program components serve artists through grant funding, programs supporting the work of artists, professional development opportunities and technical assistance.

Community Arts
Development

elevating Nevada’s arts organizations

Community Arts Development Program (CAD) supports Nevada’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations, municipalities, public institutions and communities with a variety of programs and services aimed to build vibrant communities statewide. CAD works to:

  • Elevate the arts and culture infrastructure statewide
  • Expand the skill set of Nevada’s creative community
  • Cultivate organizational capacity
  • Facilitate professional networking and relationship building within and between communities
  • Increase access to the arts

Folklife

sharing Nevada’s culture and heritage

The NAC Folklife Program promotes appreciation of Nevada’s folklife and traditional arts by producing projects, publications, exhibitions, recordings, and films; documenting living traditions; maintaining the Nevada Folklife Archives of photographs, recorded interviews, field notes, and folk art objects; and supporting the folk and traditional arts activities of individuals, organizations, and communities through grants, consultations, and technical assistance.

Grants

supporting creation and access to the arts

The Grants Program reflects a significant commitment by the State of Nevada to support the creation of art and access to the arts for its citizens. NAC grants support the efforts of nonprofit arts and community organizations, public institutions and individual artists to make cultural activities and experience widely available to those who live in or visit Nevada.

Buy an Arts License Plate

supporting k-12 arts learning

Nevada’s first Arts License Plate is available at DMV field offices statewide. The plate, designated by DMV as the “Children in the Arts” license plate, is available in a standard or personalized format. If you are interested in a standard format, the initial cost will be $51 dollars with an annual renewal fee of $20 in addition to all other registration fees.

Nevada Arts Council Videos

sharing Nevada stories on art and heritage

Erica Vital-Lazare: Being acknowledged by a community

A Day at 18 Mile Ranch

 

Dutch Oven Cooking: Basque Bread with Jess Lopategui

Recent News

Deadline is Dec. 4 for teachers, students to register for Poetry Out Loud

CARSON CITY, Nevada — Registration runs through Dec. 4 for the 2021 Nevada Poetry Out Loud competition. Sponsored by the Nevada Arts Council, Poetry Out Loud is a national program supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. It encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the nation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and […]

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Announcing New Grants from the Nevada Arts Council

The Nevada Arts Council is excited to announce our NEW Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) grants. Due to budget reductions, we were unable to move forward with the previously approved FY21 grant programs (current 2-year grants were not affected). With the limited amount of grant dollars that remain for FY21, the Nevada Arts Council staff and board created the following responsive grant opportunities that will address the most pressing needs of our constituents.

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