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NAC’s Basin to Range Exchange (BRX) is unveiling its first list of projects designed to bring collaboration between urban and rural arts organizations. Each of the 13 projects received Nevada Arts Council grants for $1,200 — $15,600 total – to help move the projects forward. “The inaugural BRX program is off to a fantastic start said Tony Manfredi, executive director of the Nevada Arts Council.  “The Nevada Arts Council is impressed with these 14 partnerships and projects and excited to see their impact on their respective communities.”

Following are the inaugural 13 projects from the BRX Program:

Carson City, TonopahMark Salinas (Carson City Department of Arts & Culture) & Kat Galli (Town of Tonopah)
Project abstract: Providing artists new audiences and exhibition spaces Visual artworks will travel between Tonopah and Carson City, with a long-term goal to establish an ongoing collaboration between the two entities. Additionally, the project includes cross-promoting artists and local art including mash-ups of murals, developed by graphic designer, Shelly Brown, and released on both entity’s social media channels monthly. This project not only benefits artists but also both communities through increased art opportunities and tourism.

Reno, Lyon & Storey Counties: Tia Flores (Sierra Arts Foundation) & Quest Lakes (Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon & Storey Counties)
Project abstract: Arts Integration training to the teachers of the Title I schools of Silver Springs elementary and middle schools. Arts Integration training helps students learn more effectively across the curriculum through the arts. Teachers will learn how to integrate art education into their current curriculum in core academic subject areas. Arts Integration works successfully across all socio-economic boundaries. At the training at the Silver Springs schools, Healthy Communities will provide meals with locally sourced ingredients from the organic school and community gardens.

Eureka, RenoGarney Damele (Eureka Restoration Enterprise) & Beth MacMillian (ARTOWN)
Project abstract: The inaugural Eureka Wine and Plein Air event will be held Sept. 16 – 21, 2019 in Eureka. This project combines Artown’s director’s knowledge of public programs with rural connections of Eureka to bring a weeklong arts event to the town, boosting tourism and local exposure to arts and culture. Details of the event can be found on Eureka Restoration Enterprise’s facebook page.

Henderson, Ely, Las Vegas, Gerlach: Brian Kendall (City of Henderson), Caroline McIntosh (White Pine Main Street Program) & Margie Reynolds (Graphic Design)
Project abstract: Learning from Ely’s Public Art. This project will encompass a professional development study to learn how Ely injected a boost into their town’s diminishing economy with murals. Representatives from Henderson and Gerlach both seek this type of reinvigoration through public art in their respective communities.

Gerlach, Reno: Crimson Rose (Burning Man), Scott Hinton (University of Reno, Photography) & Candy Webb (Visual Artist)
Project Abstract: Community Engagement through Art Workshops. Photographer and UNR instructor, Scott Hinton, will host photography workshops that bring participants to the cultural geographies of the Black Rock Desert. Images and videos produced from the photography convenings will be incorporated into the workshops conducted by Candy Webb. Webb’s programs will invite students and community members to manipulate the photographs into an animation inspired by the landscape of Northern Nevada. The completed images and animations will be exhibited in both communities. The project aims to integrate communities separated by miles of sagebrush and the uniqueness of Reno, Empire, and Gerlach.

Elko, Reno, Las Vegas: Paul Gregory (Ghost Light Productions) & Irma Varela (Winchester Cultural Center)
Project Abstract: Elko’s premier theater company presents in and on the way to Las Vegas. Ghost Light Productions, a theatre company based in Elko, is going to tour Nevada! The project aims to take a show on the road and perform in rural and urban areas, to increase exposure of the performing arts throughout the state.

Reno, West Las Vegas: Heather Gage (Reno Philharmonic), Marcia Robinson (City of Las Vegas, West Las Vegas Arts Center) & Marisa Cooper (Nevada Museum of Art)
Project abstract: Sharing teacher resources across the state. Teacher training workshops in visual arts and classical music will be offered in underserved, rural areas as identified by the group. The project aims to give the teachers skills and resources that they can use in their classrooms year after year across school subjects. This project was realized through observation of teachers in rural areas lacking access to professional development as compared to their urban colleagues.

Virginia City, Las Vegas: Arika Perry (St. Mary’s Art Center), Nancy Good (Core Contemporary Art)
Project Abstract: A traveling exquisite corpse. NV Head2Toe – Using the “exquisite corpse” collaborative technique creates an experience and exhibition that connects the “head” (Virginia City) of Nevada to its “toes” (Las Vegas). By inviting artists from Virginia City to contribute the “head” of a piece and artists from Las Vegas to contribute the “toes”, it creates an exhibit that can be shown first at St. Mary’s Art Center in Virginia City and then at Core Contemporary in Las Vegas. The cadavre exquis or exquisite corpse was a drawing technique devised by the Surrealists in which a group of artists work on the same drawing, each unaware of what the others have drawn. In the same drawing there will be different styles, different ideas, and mixed images.

Elko, Las Vegas, Reno: Emily Anderson (Ghost Light Productions), Suzanne Hackett-Morgan (Goldwell Open Air Museum) & Stephanie Gibson (Nevada Humanities)
Project Abstract: An original play, “Albert Szukalski’s America” This play will be about artist Albert Szukalski, the famous Belgian sculptor who created the ghostly “Last Supper” sculpture. This work was the genesis piece for the Goldwell Open Air Museum in Rhyolite, Nevada. The play’s objective is to impart what Szukalski loved about Nevada and how he involved townspeople from Beatty in the sculpture’s creation. His passion was also the catalyst in developing the Museum’s current residency program which hosts artists, both nationally and internationally.

Las Vegas, Incline Village, Gerlach: Chase McCurdy (Chase McCurdy Studio), Mary Kenny (Sierra Nevada College) & Tina Walters (Gerlach)
Project Abstract: A pop-up exhibition series, “Three Nevadans.” This exhibition will be presented throughout Nevada at various locals, starting with Las Vegas, Incline Village, and Gerlach. Works will be produced by the project participants to expose their work to new audiences and environments. The exhibition will travel over the course of a year with the hopes of including more locations throughout the state.

Las Vegas, Carson CityDeborah Lambin (My Thousand Words), Dave Lambin (My Thousand Words) & Julie Okabayashi (Clark County Library)
Project abstract: NVArtStops Tour. This project is a literary and artistic journey that will start in Northern Nevada libraries and end in Southern Nevada. This project aims to share the love of a printed book turned into art. The tour will be based on route 95 and will divert a little to catch as many interested libraries. In conjunction with an exhibition of created art books, project partners will teach book art techniques to the community through hands-on workshops.

Reno, Elko Las Vegas, Eureka, City of North Las Vegas: Jennifer Kleven (Neon Museum), Joelle Mackay (Eureka Restoration Enterprise), Brad McMullen (Western Folklife Center), Charlice Kirksey (City of North Las Vegas), Garrett Barmore (W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum) & Susanne Reese (Elko Community Partners)
Project abstract: Representing the state’s artists through an exhibition. This project takes the form of a traveling multi-community exhibition, representing artists and regions represented by the partnership.

Las Vegas, Sparks, Winnemucca: Bobbie Ann Howell (Nevada Humanities), Candace Garlock (Truckee Meadows Community College) & Cindy Whitaker (Cinderella Photography)
Project abstract: Traveling multi-community postcard project and exhibition. Many of us are all too familiar with the challenge of connecting to communities across the state. Distance is a pivotal factor identified in this project. As a means to bridge the communications and exposure of thoughts, this project seeks to develop postcards that connect individuals and groups with the final works creating an exhibition to be displayed at various locals across the state.

For more information, Community Arts Development, Nevada Arts Council, contact Michelle Patrick, at (702) 486-3732 or email or Grace Davis (775) 687-7119 or email.