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Arts @ The  Heart Convening offers opportunities for Nevada’s arts community to collaborate in June

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May 13, 2015

Using the arts to build communities is the focus of the Arts @ the Heart Convening, set for June 4 and 5 in Reno.  A program of the Nevada Arts Council, the 2015 conference will feature resources for arts administrators, artists, volunteers, educators and community leaders to enhance and expand engagement in the arts at the local level.

Speakers from around the country will discuss gaining the competitive edge for grant-seekers, digital storytelling, cultural leadership in the 21st century, and inclusive and sustainable programming.

“Arts @ the Heart is a great mix of celebration, inspiration and learning,” said Susan Boskoff, executive director of the Council. “I am eager to reconnect with constituents from around the state, and  hear from our roster of esteemed speakers and practitioners.” Keynote Speaker Doug Borwick, from North Carolina, manages two nonprofit organizations, blogs on “Engaging Matters,” and has served as President of the Board of the Association of Arts Administration Educators.

Also speaking is Maryo Gard Ewell from Colorado Creative Industries, Kristen Madsen from the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, Melissa Melero from Great Basin Native Artists, representatives of Holland Project Reno, and Barbara Mackey, director of the Historic Fourth Ward School, Virginia City. A complete speakers list, agenda and registration information are available at

NAC provides professional development grants for Nevadans of up to $350 to cover costs associated with attending the convening for those traveling more than 100 miles roundtrip. The Arts @ the Heart Convening is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Brewery Arts Center, Liberty Fine Art Gallery and the Carson City Visitors Bureau. The conference is at the Siena Hotel Spa and Casino. For more info visit, call (775) 687-7109 or email