the Nevada creative conference

May 30 — June 1, 2024

Thank You to all the Attendees and Sponsors.

We Hope to see you in Las Vegas in 2026.

Program Overview

Spend three days connecting with Nevada’s diverse arts and culture community of artists, educators, arts, business, and community leaders. Join us for a full schedule of workshops, art tours, networking, learning, and collaboration opportunities. We look forward to hosting arts leaders from across our state, as well as national and regional organizations.  

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conference lodging

lodging partners

(limited number of discounted rooms available)


(conference venue)
One Lake St, Reno, NV 89501

$239 per night (5/30 – 6/1)

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(.3 miles from conference venue)

1 Ballpark Ln, Reno, NV 89501

$179 per night – standard room (5/30 – 6/1)
$195 per night – riverfront room (5/30 – 6/1)

For conference rate, please call Martin Deaver at 775-856-8099. Availability limited.

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other nearby options

(.5 miles from conference venue)

500 N Sierra St, Reno, NV 89503

(.6 miles from conference venue)

407 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501


(.3 miles from conference venue)

345 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501


(2.2 miles from conference venue)

2375 Market St, Reno, NV 89502


(2.3 miles from conference venue)

2500 E 2nd St, Reno, NV 89595


Sessions to include topics such as the economic impact of the arts, collaboration between artists and businesses, creative aging initiatives, performing arts panels, creative funding opportunities, and more. We look forward to hosting arts leaders from across our state, national and regional organizations.  


Renaissance Hotel Upstairs Lobby
12 – 6 pm
Come by and check in for Intersections! Let us know you’re ready to go and get your swag. Thanks to support from Travel Nevada, we’ll have complementary shuttle buses to the other venues leaving from the Renaissance throughout the afternoon.
Opening Reception
Note-Able Music Therapy Services (2590 Orovada St)
2 – 4 pm
We’re kicking things off at Note-Able Music Therapy Services (NMTS)! After much planning, building, and design, NMTS has fully renovated and made a home at their new permanent building on Orovada Street. Join us for an exploration of their new space; see the results of a successful capital campaign which equipped them with state-of-the-art music recording studios, classrooms, therapy rooms, a dance studio, and performing spaces; learn about available lease spaces for local organizations; and experience what two decades of mission driven work does for a community.
Afternoon Tour
The Reno Generator (2450 Oddie Blvd, Suite 110)
4 – 6 pm
Wander and wonder through a large warehouse turned into a community collective maker space. Enjoy a cool drink while touring the Reno Generator. Offering six high-tech maker shops in addition to studio spaces and large build areas utilized by regional, national, and international artists, the Generator See the shops and local resident artist studios. View the gallery. Ogle at 3D printers, CNC machines, and laser printers. Spark your imagination on what you could create in a space like this.
Reno Public Market
Reno Public Market (299 E Plumb Ln)
6 – 8 pm
Enjoy the culinary arts at Reno Public Market’s Food Hall with a plethora of local family-owned restaurants. Once Shopper’s Square, a 1960’s era commercial building, Reno Public Market transformed the space into a community hub catering to local businesses and providing permanent commercial kitchens for some of Reno’s favorite food trucks. Join us for dinner on your own, shop at Reno’s iconic costume shop Junkee Clothing Exchange, stay for drinks, dessert, and form a team to compete in a popular evening of DJ Trivia.


Renaissance Hotel Upstairs Lobby
7 am – 5 pm
Keynote – Creative Aging in Nevada
Topaz Room
8 – 10 am
Studies have repeatedly shown that participation in the arts and other creative pursuits helps improve emotional, mental, and physical health for older adults, while also providing a chance to build relationships and community. So we’re starting the day off with an overview of creative aging programming possibilities here in Nevada. Featuring a performance by Reno Taiko Tsurunokai, a keynote on creative aging from Julie Kline of Lifetime Arts and a panel discussion featuring participants from the Nevada Arts Council Creative Aging Initiative, come prepared to learn about the benefits of creative aging programming and bring your questions.
Collaborating Beyond Your Circle
Topaz Room
10:15 – 11:45 am
With artists navigating the ever-evolving cultural landscape and exploring ways to integrate their work in a wider community, this panel seeks to explore the various ways that artists can collaborate beyond their circle. This panel will highlight inspiring and meaningful examples of how artists can create partnerships with businesses and commerce, civic entities, and non-traditional art organizations.
The Powerful Impact of Collaboration in Nevada’s Performing Arts Sector
Sage Room
10:15 – 11:30 am
Delve into the transformative impact of collaborative partnerships between performing arts organizations, local governments, and community caretakers. Led by a panel of cultural Executive Directors, this panel will offer firsthand insights into the strategies, challenges, and outcomes of successful collaborations that have elevated the cultural landscape of Nevada.  Attendees will discover how performing arts organizations have forged meaningful connections leveraging resources, expertise, and creative energy to enrich civic life and promote social equity. From innovative programming and audience development initiatives to placemaking projects and cultural tourism efforts, participants will explore a range of collaborative models that have yielded tangible benefits for both arts organizations and their communities.
Grant Writing & Management
Pyramid Room
10:15 – 11:15 am
The NAC’s Grants Team will provide tips on writing grant applications and managing grant funds once awarded, for both individuals and arts organizations. Topics covered include the following: grant guidelines and application prompts; building a budget and tracking expenses; understanding the panel review process; accepting panelist feedback as a valuable tool to help you refine and improve your future submissions; and managing final reporting requirements.
Lunch & Learn – Nevada Poet Laureate Reading and the Economic Benefits of the Arts
Topaz Room
12 – 1:30 pm
Lunch time! Enjoy a catered lunch and a reading by new Nevada Poet Laureate Shaun Griffin, followed by a presentation about the economic impact of the arts in Nevada. Dr. Genna Styles-Lyas of Americans for the Arts will be talking about their Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 study, which examined in economic impact of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences around the county. Come learn some more about the $662.5 million generated by the Nevada arts & culture nonprofit sector annually, and ways that you can share the story about the impact of the arts on Nevada’s economy.
Marketing for Arts Events: Flier and Poster Design
Pyramid Room
1:45 – 2:30 pm
What is the difference between a printable flyer and social media post? Not receiving the engagement, you need for your events and activities? What information is even necessary? Demystify modern marketing. Join in on this marketing workshop with one of the principal designers behind Clark Counties prolific art outreach model. Offered in the morning and afternoon.
Partners in Art Part 1 – Finding your ideal collaborators and planning for your partnership
Topaz Room
1:45 – 2:45 pm
In this session, participants will complete a guided workshop lead by Nevada Arts Council Staff in order to explore partnerships with potential collaborators.
Working between and within Rural and Metropolitan Communities
Sage Room
1:45 – 2:30 pm
Join us for an enlightening session that delves into the nuanced landscape of community development that explores the distinct challenges and opportunities faced by rural and metropolitan areas. As communities strive for growth, resilience, and prosperity, understanding the unique dynamics of rural and metro settings is essential for designing effective development programs that address local needs and aspirations. Led by Gabrielle Enfield from Washoe County, her firsthand experience in grassroots organizing, and community development planning will provide valuable insights into the factors shaping community dynamics and the strategies employed to foster positive change. This session will highlight the importance of tailoring development initiatives to the specific needs and realities of rural and metro communities. 
Grants Team Office Hours
Pyramid Room
2:45 – 3:45 pm
The Grants Team will be available for one-on-one questions about any aspect of Nevada Arts Council grants, including specific programs, applications, budgets, management, final reporting, or other areas of concern. Pre-registration is not necessary and all questions will be taken first come, first serve.
How Communities in Rural Nevada are using Cultural Tourism to Drive Destination Development
Sage Room
2:45 – 3:45 pm
Nevada’s economy is highly dependent on tourism, and cultural tourism plays a major role in bringing people to the Silver State. This session will highlight Travel Nevada’s 3D Project, which is dedicated to growing tourism in rural Nevada and helping partners build thriving authentic destinations. Join Cortney Bloomer of Travel Nevada and various partners who have participated in the 3D Project as they talk about the impact it has had in their community for both tourists and locals.
Partners in Art Part 2 – Pitching your ideas
Topaz Room
3 – 3:45 pm
In this session, participants will share their ideas generated from Partner in Art Part 1 and receive feedback from our speakers from the Collaborating Beyond Your Circle Panel. Sign up during Partner in Art Part 1 required.
National Endowment for the Arts Grants for Arts Organizations
Topaz Room
4:00 – 4:45 pm
Creative placemaking is a powerful approach to urban and rural development that harnesses the arts, culture, and creativity to revitalize and transform public spaces, neighborhoods, and communities.  During this session Ben Stone from the National Endowment for the Arts, will demystify the grant writing process, offering additional guidance on identifying funding sources, crafting compelling proposals, and navigating grant application procedures. Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or new to the field, this session will empower you to unlock the potential of creative placemaking and effectively access funding opportunities to make your community thrive.
Evening Reception with the Lilley Museum of Art
University Foundation Arts Building (1664 N Virginia St)

5:30 – 7:30 pm
Revel in an evening of creativity and conversations at the University of Nevada, Reno’s School of the Arts. Visit the Counter/Self exhibition before it closes on June 1st and enjoy tasty bites and refreshments at the exhibit’s closing reception at Lilley Museum of Art. There will also be a reception at the Front Door Gallery in the Church Fine Arts building for an expansive new mural painted by visiting artist Eric J. Garcia in the Church Fine Arts building, as well as music and theatre presentations around the University Fine Arts building.


Coffee & Conversation
The Hideaway
8 – 10:15 am
Yesterday was a busy day, so we’re starting today off with some time to visit. Join us in the Renaissance’s basement Hideaway, grab a pastry and a drink, and stop for a spell to visit with NAC staff, conference panelists, and other attendees. Take a chance to find out how you intersect with your fellow Nevada artists and arts supporters.
Nevada Museum of Art Update
Topaz Room
10:30 – 11 am
Big changes are underway at the Nevada Museum of Art. You can go see them yourself after our closing session, thanks to tickets provided by the Museum, but first you’ll have a chance to hear from Claire Muñoz, Vice President of Museum Advancement and Deputy Director of the Nevada Museum of Art, about the exciting updates and expansions happening at the Museum.
Get to Know the Nevada Arts Council
Topaz Room
11 am – 12 pm
Interested in knowing more about the Nevada Arts Council? Our 12 staff are split between 4 different program areas – Artist Services, Arts Learning, Community Arts Development, and Folklife – as well as our grants and financial teams. This session will give you a chance to meet the staff and learn a little bit more about what each of us do (and who can best help you with any questions you might have!).
Closing Session – Arts Advocacy and You
Topaz Room
12:15 – 1:30 pm
Thank you for joining us for the weekend! For our last session, we’ll hear from David Holland, Deputy Director of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), about what our regional arts organization does to advocate for artists, arts organizations, and the arts throughout the West, and what individuals and organizations can do to help promote the arts.
Visit to the Nevada Museum of Art
Nevada Museum of Art (160 West Liberty)
1:30 pm on
Stretch your legs with a visit to the Nevada Museum of Art. You’ll find a guest pass to visit in your swag bag, and Docents will be available through the museum to answer any questions you may have.

Thank you to our sponsors