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Nevada Arts Council releases $175,000 in grants to Nevada artists

CARSON CITY, Nevada — The Nevada Arts Council has awarded 175 grants of $1,000 each to individual artists throughout the state. The Artist Relief Grant awards were available to eligible artists across all artistic disciplines who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Artists are among the many groups of people who have been severely impacted by COVID-19 and the economic shutdowns necessary to control the pandemic,” Nevada Arts Council Executive Director Tony Manfredi said. “Individual artists are critical to the creative economy in Nevada and their financial health is directly connected to Nevada’s economic recovery. The Artist Relief Grant provides financial assistance to Nevada’s artists during a crucial time of need.”

Grants were awarded to artists from 10 Nevada counties: Clark (137 recipients); Douglas (eight recipients); Carson (two recipients); Washoe (15 recipients); Elko (two recipients); Churchill (two recipients); Lyon (three recipients); Pershing (two recipients); Nye (three recipients); and Storey (one recipient).

Nearly 1,000 applications were received for this grant program; the selection process prioritized geographic diversity and underserved populations.

A second round of Artist Relief Grants may be awarded from the current pool of applicants, pending additional available funding.

For more on Nevada Arts Council grants programs, visit the agency’s web page on grants offerings.

The Nevada Arts Council is part of the Nevada Division of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. Its mission is to enrich the cultural life of the state through leadership that preserves, supports, strengthens and makes excellence in the arts accessible to all Nevadans.

“We Are Listening”: FY22 Grants

Please join Nevada Arts Council staff for one of our upcoming “We Are Listening” sessions to discuss responsive grant opportunities for the next fiscal year (Fiscal Year 2022: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022). We need your feedback to help us provide the best support for our artists and arts organizations during this time. We want to hear from you about current challenges, successes, and your plans to recover and rebuild. We will also be providing an update on the status of agency funding for the next fiscal year.

We are offering two virtual sessions to accommodate different schedules. Both meetings will discuss the same topics.

 

SESSION #1: Tuesday, March 23, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (PT)

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SESSION #2: Wednesday, March 24, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (PT)

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You must register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the meeting.

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.

FY21 ARTIST RELIEF GRANT

Supporting Nevada’s individual artists impacted by COVID-19
APPLICATIONS OPEN: January 1, 2021 at 9:00 am (PST)
DEADLINE: January 29, 2021 at 5:00 pm (PST)
GRANT AMOUNT: $1,000 (unrestricted, no match required)
ELIGIBILITY SNAPSHOT: Individual artist, NV resident, 21 or older, non-student
GUIDELINES: CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL GUIDELINES
WEBINAR: Informational webinar will be held on December 8, 2020 at 11:00 am (PST). Registration required. CLICK HERE to register.

FY21 VIRTUAL MINI-LESSON GRANT
Helping teaching artists create virtual resources for PreK-12th grade
APPLICATIONS OPEN: December 1, 2020 at 9:00 am (PST)
DEADLINE: January 29, 2021 at 5:00 pm (PST)
GRANT AMOUNT: $500-$1,000 (no match required)
ELIGIBILITY SNAPSHOT: Individual artist that is currently on the Nevada Arts Council’s Artists in Schools + Communities Roster, NV resident, 21 or older, non-student
WEBINAR: Informational webinar will be held on November 17, 2020 at 4:00 pm (PST). Registration required. CLICK HERE to register.

FY21 FOLKLIFE ARTIST GRANT
Supporting the work of folk artists and culture bearers
APPLICATIONS OPEN: November 16, 2020 at 9:00 am (PST)
DEADLINE: At least 30 days before proposed project
GRANT AMOUNT: Up to $1,500 (no match required)
ELIGIBILITY SNAPSHOT: Individual, NV Resident, 21 or older, non-student
FY21 FOLKLIFE COMMUNITY GRANT
Supporting the work of folk artists and culture bearers in Nevada communities
APPLICATIONS OPEN: November 16, 2020 at 9:00 am (PST)
DEADLINE: At least 30 days before proposed project
GRANT AMOUNT: Up to $1,500 (no match required)
ELIGIBILITY SNAPSHOT: NV Incorporated 501(c)(3) organizations with annual budgets of $30,000 or less

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 learn about literary history and contemporary life.

 

High school teachers can register a class, and students can register individually. Poetry Out Loud is open to all high school-aged students in Nevada public, private, charter, parochial and alternative schools, and home school associations.

 

“The talent and confidence we see in students, reciting these poems and making them their own, is really remarkable,” Maryjane Dorofachuk, Nevada Arts Council arts learning specialist, said. “These students find their own voice and learn that words matter.”

 

The Poetry Out Loud state champion earns $200, wins $500 for his or her school to support literary programs, and represents Nevada in the national competition.

 

The Nevada Arts Council, along with its community partners, supports the state and district competitions made possible through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. In 2020, more than 4,300 students participated in Nevada’s Poetry Out Loud. Last year’s state champion was Eakjot Sekhon from Robert McQueen High School in Reno.

 

Teachers and students can learn more about Nevada Poetry Out Loud and register to participate at https://www.nvartscouncil.org/programs/arts-learning/pol/poetry-out-loud-registration/

or by contacting Maryjane Dorofachuk at (702) 486-3738 or mdorofachuk@nevadaculture.org.

 

EDITORS: Please see attached photo of winners from the 2020 Nevada Poetry Out Loud competition. Left to right, Anastasia Chevalier, second place; Eakjot Sekhon, first place, and Lara Cassity. third place. Photo by Nick Higman Photography.

 

 

The Nevada Arts Council is part of the Nevada Division of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. Its mission is to enrich the cultural life of the state through leadership that preserves, supports, strengthens and makes accessible excellence in the arts for all Nevadans.

UPCOMING DEADLINE FOR FY19 3RD QUARTER JACKPOT GRANTS

The deadline for the FY19 3rd Quarter Jackpot Grants is NOVEMBER 15, 2018. The quarterly Jackpot Grants support new or exemplary art projects by nonprofit arts and non-arts organizations, schools, public institutions or artists within a 3-month period. Third Quarter Jackpot Grants support projects or activities scheduled for January 1-March 31, 2019.

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to: art exhibitions, performances, readings and concerts, sponsoring of arts-related workshops and conferences, marketing and promotional activities and planning, implementation, and/or evaluation of arts education/learning programs for school-aged students or other targeted participants. Individual artists of all disciplines and teaching artists are encouraged to apply. Nevada nonprofit organizations and public institutions such as schools, colleges, community centers, youth organizations, museums, tribal entities, senior centers, park districts and libraries are also encouraged to apply.

For more information about the Jackpot Grant program click here.


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“We Are Listening” Grant Feedback Sessions

The Nevada Arts Council is conducting a review of all current grant programs and we want your input!

Please join us for one of our upcoming grant feedback sessions. Dates and times are below (both meetings will follow the same agenda). You will also have the option to teleconference.

Participants will receive conference details and information prior to each session so please make sure to REGISTER for your session online.

SESSION 1:

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2018 – 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

Reno City Hall – Council Chambers

One East First Street, Reno, NV 89501

SESSION 2:

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018 – 4:00 PM-7:00 PM

Winchester Cultural Center – Room A

3130 McLeod Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89121

FY19 ANNUAL GRANTS TO ORGANIZATIONS AWARDED

PROJECT GRANT:
Project Grants support arts and cultural activities of non-arts organizations and public institutions that are: (a) integral to the applicant’s overall mission and goals, and (b) achieved through community partnerships.

The Grant Review Panel charged with reviewing FY19 Project Grants convened in a public meeting at the Nevada Legislative Building, Carson City, Nevada on May 22, 2018.  This year’s panelists were:

  • Shelly Gilbride, Programs Officer, California Arts Council – Sacramento, CA
  • Charlie Seemann, Executive Director Emeritus, Western Folklife Center – Elko, NV
  • Michael Sweney, Art in Public Places Program Manager, Washington State Arts Commission – Olympia, WA

At the board meeting on June 11, 2018, the NAC board unanimously approved funding for applicants as listed below (in order of application number):

Kizuna Japanese Society Henderson  $3,156
Opportunity Village Las Vegas  $2,823
Henderson District Public Libraries Henderson  $1,430
Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada Carson City  $3,079
Sierra Nevada College Incline Village  $3,156
UNR – Board of Regents NSHE (School of The Arts) Reno  $3,259
UNLV – Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art Las Vegas  $2,990
Nevada Indian Commission Carson City  $2,913
Renown Health Foundation Reno  $2,746
UNLV – Board Of Regents NSHE (School of Music) Las Vegas  $2,977
Nevada Humanities Reno  $3,310
Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch Minden  $2,425
Las Vegas Celtic Society Las Vegas  $2,630
Town of Tonopah Tonopah  $1,721
Channel 5 Public Broadcasting Reno  $2,759

 

ARTS LEARNING PROJECT GRANT:
The Arts Learning Project Grant is a project-based grant designed to support imaginative arts education/learning activities and long-term artist residencies that establish, expand and/or enhance lifelong arts learning and increase cultural awareness. A demonstrated planning process and an ongoing evaluation process by teachers, administrators, staff, artists and the community are considered integral parts of a successful arts education/learning project.

The Grant Review Panel charged with reviewing FY19 Arts Learning Project Grants convened in a public meeting at the Nevada Legislative Building, Carson City, Nevada on May 24, 2018. This year’s panelists were:

  • Barbara J. Good, Ed.S, Retired Coordinator of Elementary Fine Arts for the Clark County School District – Bozeman, MT
  • Kathleen Griffin, Retired Grant Coordinator for Lyon County School District – Yerington, NV
  • Karen McKenney, Artistic Director of the Rainbow Company Youth Theatre – Las Vegas, NV

At the board meeting on June 11, 2018, the NAC board unanimously approved funding for 10 applicants as listed below (in order of application number):

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts Reno $3,866
Henderson Libraries: Green Valley Library Henderson $3,826
Sierra Nevada Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association Sparks $3,830
Sierra Watercolor Society Reno $4,207
Clark County Children’s Choir Las Vegas $3,920
Friends of Parkinsons Las Vegas $3,653
Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association – Intermountain Region N. Las Vegas $3,542
Notes With A Purpose Las Vegas $4,315
Clark County Public Education Foundation Las Vegas $4,009
Girls Rock Vegas Las Vegas $3,075

 

PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE GRANT (TIER 1):
Partners in Excellence Grants (PIE) strengthen Nevada’s arts infrastructure by supporting general operations of cultural organizations and institutions throughout the state. Together, NAC and the arts organizations it supports have increased access to and participation in the arts across the state – through quality arts programming, arts education initiatives and cultural leadership. PIE Grants reflect and enhance this important partnership.

The Grant Review Panel charged with reviewing FY19 TIER 1 Partners in Excellence Grants convened in a public meeting at the Nevada Legislative Building, Carson City, Nevada on May 22 and May 23, 2018. This year’s panelists were:

  • Joshua Heim, Arts Program Manager, City of Bellevue – Bellevue, WA
  • Katie McCleary, Writer/Founder of 916 Ink – Sacramento, CA
  • Nolan Preece, Artist/Emeritus Photography Professor and Gallery Director, Truckee Meadows Community College – Reno, NV
  • Kim Russell, Program Manager in the Education and Outreach Department, The Smith Center – Las Vegas, NV

ARTS LEARNING COMPONENT OF PIE GRANT:
To support and expand arts education/learning programming offered by Nevada’s nonprofit arts organizations, the PIE grant category includes an Arts Learning Component (ALC). This add-on funding opportunity is designed to support arts organizations with existing arts education/learning programs and to encourage other arts organizations to establish an arts education/learning program as part of their portfolio of services.

The Grant Review Panel charged with reviewing FY19 TIER 1 Arts Learning Component Grants convened in a public meeting at the Nevada Legislative Building, Carson City, Nevada on May 24, 2018. This year’s panelists were:

  • Barbara J. Good, Ed.S, Retired Coordinator of Elementary Fine Arts for the Clark County School District – Bozeman, MT
  • Kathleen Griffin, Retired Grant Coordinator for Lyon County School District – Yerington, NV
  • Karen McKenney, Artistic Director of the Rainbow Company Youth Theatre – Las Vegas, NV

At the board meeting on June 28, 2018, the NAC board unanimously approved funding for applicants as listed below (in order of PIE Level and application number):

PIE – TIER 1 / LEVEL 1

Red Mountain Music Company Boulder City  PIE $1,849 / ALC $705
Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Las Vegas  PIE $2,104
The Nevada Woodchucks, Inc. Reno  PIE $2,247
Southern Nevada Bluegrass Music Society Las Vegas  PIE $2,104
Lake Tahoe Classic Guitar Society Dba Classical Gala West Incline Village  PIE $1,743 / ALC $1,615
New Dance Foundation for the Arts Las Vegas  PIE $2,067

 

PIE – TIER 1 / LEVEL 2

Tahoe Chamber Music Society Incline Village  PIE $1,127 / ALC $2,695
Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association Washoe Valley  PIE $3,475 / ALC $1,507
Chinese New Year (CNY) in the Desert Las Vegas  PIE $3,938 / ALC $2,997
Sierra Women’s Ensemble Dba Bella Voce Reno  PIE $3,420
Las Vegas Pipe Band Las Vegas  PIE $2,965

 

PIE – TIER 1 / LEVEL 3

Carson Valley Arts Council Minden PIE $3,664
Wild Horse Productions Carson City PIE $3,924
Carson Valley Community Theatre Minden PIE $3,349
The Las Vegas Young Artists Orchestra Henderson PIE $3,867
Sierra Nevada Ballet Reno PIE $4,048 / ALC $5,061
Virgin Valley Artists Association Mesquite PIE $2,199 / ALC $1,542
Henderson Symphony Orchestra Henderson PIE $3,698
Henderson Writers’ Group Henderson PIE $3,845
Sierra School of Performing Arts Reno PIE $3,845
The Generator Sparks PIE $3,676
Capital City Arts Initiative Carson City PIE $3,834 / ALC $4,754
A Public Fit Corporation Las Vegas PIE $3,236 /ALC $3,900
Get In The Act! Arts In Action Dayton PIE $3,901
Foundation To Assist Young Musicians Las Vegas PIE $2,840
Tahoe Arts Project South Lake Tahoe PIE $3,507
Left Of Center Art Gallery North Las Vegas PIE $3,845
Nevada Ballet Theatre Las Vegas PIE $4,119 / ALC $4,557
Orgonym Dba Artech Reno PIE $2,266
Reno Pops Orchestra Reno PIE $3,822
Sin City Opera Las Vegas PIE $2,702 / ALC $3,619
ADA Component $500
Reno Jazz Orchestra Reno PIE $3,991 / ALC $5,061
Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society Las Vegas PIE $3,518
Carson City Symphony Association Carson City PIE $3,867 / ALC $4,645
Yerington Theatre for the Arts Yerington PIE $3,845 / ALC $3,659
The Desert Chorale Las Vegas PIE $3,202
Dam Short Film Society Boulder City PIE $3,450 / ALC $783
Shooting The West Winnemucca PIE $3,834
Good Luck Macbeth Reno PIE $3,834
Mile High Jazz Band Association, Inc. Carson City PIE $4,104 / ALC $3,505

 

NEW GRANT WEBSITE LAUNCHING SOON

The Nevada Arts Council is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of our new online grant management system. The new grant portal will officially open on September 17, 2018.

Please note, all current FY19 grantee applications will be imported into the new online grant management system. All current grantees will receive an e-mail with directions on how to log-in to your account on the new grant website. Once logged in, you will be able to complete your Final Report on the new grant website.

*Workshops and webinars will be planned throughout the year to provide training and information on the new online grant system*

ONLINE GRANT SYSTEM TRANSITION TIMELINE

AUGUST 31: 
  • Last day to submit applications/final reports through our current grant portal
SEPTEMBER 1-SEPTEMBER 16: 
  • Transition Period (No applications or final reports can be submitted during these 2 weeks)
SEPTEMBER 17: OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF NEW ONLINE GRANT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
The following grants will be open for new applications:
  • JACKPOT GRANT (FY19 3RD QUARTER)
  • ARTIST RESIDENCY EXPRESS GRANT
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT
  • LIVING TRADITIONS GRANT
  • All other grants will open in 2019