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Happy Holidays & GRATEFUL FOR 2023

Wishing you a happy holiday season filled with creativity, tradition, prosperity, and well-being in 2024! As we reflect on 2023 we are grateful to have helped Nevada artists and organizations provide creative experiences for residents throughout the state.

Granting impact of FY24 to date

Since our FY24 Grant Cycle opened on July 1, 2023, the Nevada Arts Council has awarded a total of $1,393,191.63 supporting individuals and organizations. 

This is one way that the Nevada Arts Council has supported its mission to ensure that arts and creativity will continue to grow and play an ever-increasing part in the economic vitality, cultural development, quality of life, and educational experience of the residents of the State of Nevada.

Arts Learning Express Grant – Cycle A$14,600.00View Grantees
Project Grant for Artists – Cycle A$137,524.93View Grantees
Artist Fellowship Grant$60,000.00Fellows Announcement Coming Soon!
Project Grant for Organizations$192,500.00View Grantees
Arts Learning Project Grant$191,616.70View Grantees
Operating Support Grant$796,950.00View Grantees
Folklife Artist Grant$6,000.00View Grantees

Project Grant for Artists – Cycle B applications are awaiting Panel Review. The Folklife Community Grant and Arts learning Express Grant – Cycle B are still accepting applications.

Nevada Touring Initiative (NTI)

In 2023, Nevada Touring Initiative delivered 6 high-quality visual arts exhibits to communities throughout the state. We were thrilled to welcome our newest community -West Wendover -to our list of communities who have hosted our exhibitions!

Stephen Reid, Artist Services Specialist, highlighted the significance of the partnership with West Wendover that began with collaboration with former Mayor Daniel Corona. “This collaboration has paved the way for continuous traveling art exhibits to our constituents in the region. Following Daniel’s departure, our ongoing work with West Wendover’s City Manager, Chris Melville, has been particularly noteworthy. Chris has demonstrated exceptional support in showcasing art at City Hall and cultivating deeper cultural connections with its residents,” said Stephen Reid.

Does your organization have space to host one of our NTIs? We are currently seeking venues to host Meaning is Always Herean exhibit which features 14 two-dimensional artworks curated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas’ Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art’s permanent collection. This exhibition has just 4 more bookings available until it is archived, so book now!

Last chance! Meaning is always here is available for the following dates:
February 19, 2024 — April 12, 2024
April 22, 2024 — June 14, 2024
August 26, 2024 — October 18, 2024
October 28, 2024 — December 20, 2024

Professional Development

This year our Program Areas partnered with experts in the arts and culture field to deliver 7 Professional Development Workshops for artists and organizations. These workshops are free to access on our YouTube page with a broad range of topics. Explore our YouTube and expand your skills!

Nevada’s Arts & Culture Sector Generated $662.5 Million of Economic Activity

The Nevada Arts Council partnered nationally with the Americans for the Arts, and regionally with the City of Renothe City of Las Vegas, and Clark County, to collect data for Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6), an economic and social impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry.

In the State of Nevada, the sector generated $662.5 million in economic activity during 2022—$249.7 million in spending by arts and culture organizations and an additional $412.8 million in event-related expenditures by their audiences. That economic activity supported 9,640 jobs, provided $436.5 million in personal income to residents, and generated $156.3 million in tax revenue to local, state, and federal governments.

Next gas 80 Mi sign in Pioche, Nevada, 1986. Courtesy of the Nevada Folklife Archives. Photo by Blanton Owen.

Nevadan to Nevadan: What I Need to Tell You

Since its launch in 2022, the Nevadan to Nevadan: What I Need to Tell You poetry project has showcased the incredible talent of Nevadan poets, with a total of 189 poems published so far. Our diverse group of writers have shared their unique perspectives on life in Nevada. Through their words, we have been transported from the High Desert to the Bonanza, along the Loneliest Highway, and even breakouts from Area 51. These poems have explored various themes, including love for our cities and towns, the vices of Sin City, and the ever-changing landscapes and people of Nevada. This project, curated and edited by Nevada State Poet Laureate, Gailmarie Pahmeier, has been a resounding success. As we near the end of this journey, we invite you to immerse yourself in the world of epistolary poems dedicated to Nevada. Stay tuned for the final publications, which will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season and Prosperous New Year!