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FY23 Project Grant for Organizations Panel to be held June 1-2, 2022

On June 1 and 2, 2022 a grant review panel will be held for the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Project Grant for Organizations. The panelists will discuss and score 28 applications. Each applicant requested up to $7,000 for a total request of $185,559. The FY23 Project Grant for Organizations supports the arts and cultural activities of organizations and public institutions. Funds may be used to support the execution of one arts and culture project or a series of related activities. Examples of eligible projects include art exhibitions, performances, readings, and festivals.

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

The FY23 Project Grant for Organizations panelists are:

Jackie Clay is the Executive Director for Arts for All Nevada at the Lake Mansion Arts and Cultural Center. She holds a BA in History from the University of California, Davis and a MA in History/Historic Resources Management, from the University of California, Riverside.  She was the Director/Curator of the Sutter County Museum, in Yuba City, California before moving to Reno to take the position of Curator of History at the Nevada Historical Society.  She went on to co-own the gift and art boutique, ClayNichols, and later used both her museum and retail expertise at the Nevada Museum of Art as the Director of Retail and Reception Services. Her 35-year career as history curator, museum director, and retail entrepreneur has conspired to bring her to Arts for All Nevada in the directorial role of managing an organization that is both a provider of arts education programming and historic house museum.

Miguel Gonzalez began exploring photography in 1979 from his father in a small home built darkroom in the back of the garage. His father photographed the Chicano movement in the late 60s through the seventies. He often collaborated with other Chicano artist in San Antonio, TX and wrote several unique formulas for color photography. This influenced Miguel to understand exposure, composition, and conventional darkroom techniques. Of which he committed much to memory, and commonly practices today with his old 35mm camera that was built before cameras had light meters. Miguel’s technical proficiency increased through the 1980s. He started to write his own formulas for color photographs. With his own formulas, he hand developed photographs yielding brilliant colors and black and white portions on a single print. This inspired the current bicultural concept Miguel practices today. With the traditional skill of analogous photography and exploring digital imaging, Miguel continues to express biculturalism by combining two different mediums symbolizing being American and Mexican indigenous heritage.

Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo is a visual artist, poet, and facilitator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her artwork has been exhibited across the United States and her poetry is published widely. Elizabeth earned a BFA in Art (Pictorial Art) and a BA in French from San José State University. She served as 2021 Creative Ambassador of the San José Office of Cultural Affairs. She was Co-Editor of the 2020 issue of Culture Counts Magazine by Culture Counts Reading Series of San José State University. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Poetry Center San José and Manager of Roots Artist Registry, as well as Director and Editor of La Raíz Magazine.

Morgan Spencer is the owner of MSPEN, a Strategic Planning, Grant Writing, and Marketing business based in Watertown, New York. Morgan has a passion inspiring, motivating, and empowering people to tap into their creative side. Her hobbies include painting and crafting natural soaps, lotions, and other natural healing products.

Mary Beth Timm is an anthropologist and Museum Director at Lost City Museum in Overton, NV. She earned her Masters of Arts in Bioarchaeology in 2009 from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 2009, she came to Las Vegas to enroll at University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ PhD program in Anthropology. After completing the coursework, she began her career as a southern Nevada archaeologist and museum professional at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Moving through museum positions, she spent three years (2013-2016) in Utqiagvik, Alaska (Point Barrow) at the Inupiat Heritage Center. In 2016, she returned to the warmth of southern Nevada and a Curator position at Lost City Museum. In 2018, she was promoted to Museum Director. With over twelve years of museum and archaeology experience, Director Timm engages communities to protect archaeological sites and collections through collaboration-based programs. Director Timm is committed to diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible (DEIA) museum experiences for public audiences through collaboration with non-traditional storytellers such as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and non-binary, trans-gendered, and gender non-conforming individuals. Notable achievements in this arena include hosting the first African American curated exhibit in Overton in 2020, teaching undergraduate students about world cultures and cultured gender expressions at College of Southern Nevada (2017 to present) as well as securing programmatic funding through Nevada Humanities (2021) to include more Indigenous storytelling within exhibitions and programming at Lost City Museum.