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FY23 Operating Support Grant Panel to be held May 4-5, 2022

On May 4 and 5, 2022 a grant review panel will be held for the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Operating Support Grant. The panelists will discuss and score 19 applications for the FY23 Operating Support Grant. Each applicant requested between $5,000 and $25,000 for a total request of $160,000. Operating Support Grants strengthen Nevada’s arts infrastructure by supporting general operations of non-profit arts organizations throughout the state. The most competitive applicants offer ongoing high-quality outreach programs and arts services or artistic programming in their communities. Operating Support Grant funds support basic operating expenses such as administrative salaries and benefits, payroll expenses, insurance, facility space rental, utilities, and contracted and professional services. This 1-year opportunity was created for arts non-profit organizations who are NOT currently part of the 2-year FY22/23 Operating Support Grant cohort. Due to COVID-19, all FY20/21 Operating Support Grants were extended into FY22/23. All organizations will need to re-apply in Fiscal Year 2024 for the standard 2-year grant cycle.

For more information on the panel meeting and details on how to attend see the PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE.

The FY23 Operating Support Grant panelists are:

Adriana Rios (she/her) was most recently Director of Programs at the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), where she oversaw a suite of leadership development and grant making programs servicing a national community of Latinx artists, arts administrators, cultural workers and organizations. Prior to joining NALAC, Adriana worked in the programming departments for various organizations, including the Princess Grace Foundation and the Tribeca Film Institute. She has served on panels for the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fusion Film Festival and currently serves on Grantmakers in the Arts Support for Individual Artists Committee. She is a graduate of New York University’s Film & Television Production program and currently resides in San Antonio, Texas (the unceded lands of the Coahuiltecan, Jumanos and Tonkawa peoples).

Arika Perry is a professional visual artist, and Executive Director of St. Mary’s Art Center, located in Virginia City, Nevada. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture from Kansas State University. Prior to focusing on her art career and managing a nonprofit, she was Vice President of an international real estate company and led a global project management team focused on building specialized and pioneering offices around the world for a Fortune 20 client.

Humberto Marquez Mendez (he/him) attended Willamette University and received a B.A. in Sociology with a focus in American Ethnic Studies. His professional experience centers racial equity and spans project management, community engagement, education, social services, and arts and culture. He currently works at Metro, the regional government agency of greater Portland, where he designs and implements community engagement strategies that are grounded in racial equity and shift decision-making power to communities who continue to be excluded from government processes. He was previously the Community Engagement Manager at the Regional Arts & Culture Council where he prioritized collaboration with artists of color and advanced initiatives that contributed to a more equitable arts landscape. Humberto identifies as a queer indigenous immigrant and grew up in a family of artists and indigenous cultural bearers that influenced his pride for his cultural and racial identity. He has felt the direct impact of the arts as a tool for change, resilience, and celebration and is committed to advancing equity in the arts and culture sector and beyond.

Katie Hazard (yes that’s her real last name) is the Associate Director of Art Management and head of the Burning Man Art Department. She oversees the selection, placement, and installation of over 400 artworks annually in Black Rock City and beyond, including serving as Chairperson for the art grant selection committees. Burning Man art has been Katie’s passion since 2000, and her profession since 2013. Prior to joining the year-round Burning Man staff, she pursued her love of art and culture through her work with museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, and as a Senior Grant Manager at Harvard University. She holds a degree in Art History from the University of Notre Dame, and was a founding member of an arts festival and an artist workspace in New England. Katie is also a certified yoga teacher and has been a practitioner of Buddhist meditation for more than a decade. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and one-year-old son.