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The National Endowment for the Arts announced this week that it has awarded grants totaling $90,000 to seven arts organizations and agencies in Nevada for support in projects planned in fiscal year 2019. The federal grants support projects in both Northern and Southern Nevada. The NEA works in partnership with the Nevada Arts Council to ensure the people of Nevada have access to the arts.

“We are thrilled that the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded direct grants to these Nevada arts institutions and municipalities,” said Tony Manfredi, executive director of the Nevada Arts Council. “These awards will allow thousands of Nevadans to experience the excellence in the arts that our cultural institutions have to offer. The National Endowment for the Arts works to ensure that people throughout the country have access to the arts, in their communities and as part of their educational and life experiences. Every grant that we award through The Nevada Arts Council reflects this same effort throughout the state. We are grateful and proud to collaborate with the NEA on that effort.”

Grant recipients from Northern Nevada are:

  • Carson City Arts Initiative, Carson City: $10,000 for a mixed media exhibit by Justin Favela and community engagement activities including artist talks and a commissioned essay by writer Emmanuel Ortega.
  • Artown, Reno: $10,000 for this summer’s Artown festival events.
  • City of Reno: $30,000 for a public art commission/installation in the city’s Midtown Cultural District.
  • Nevada Museum of Art, Reno: $10,000 for an exhibition, outreach activities and book featuring visual artist Jack Malotte’s work.
  • Sierra Nevada Ballet, Reno: $10,000 for its winter “Peanutcracker”—an adaptation of the “Nutcracker” ballet for a young audience.

Grant recipients from Southern Nevada are:

  • Neon Museum, Las Vegas: $10,000 – for its national Artist in Residence program for a visual or performing artist.
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas: $10,000 – supporting publication of The Believer magazine.

The NEA’s grants totaled $27 million and reach all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico all part of its effort to provide all Americans with the opportunity to participate in and experience the arts.

“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal and to celebrate,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, was founded in 1967 as the state agency charged with ensuring that state and national funds support cultural activity and encourage participation in the arts throughout Nevada. The agency’s programs and services are designed to support creative expression, animate communities, diversify local economies and provide lifelong learning in the arts for all Nevadans. The Nevada Arts Council is funded by the State of Nevada, the National Endowment for the Arts, and other public and private sources.