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The Nevada Arts Council has awarded $9,740 in “Jackpot” grants to a dozen artists and arts organizations for the third quarter of the fiscal year.

The Jackpot grants are designed to support first-time or sudden-opportunity arts and arts learning/education projects initiated by artists, teaching artists, schools, nonprofit organizations and public institutions.

The applications are reviewed by a panel of artists and were approved by the Nevada Arts Council Board.

This quarter’s recipients include:

Big Four Educational Theatre Foundation, Las Vegas: $927.50 to support musicians’ fees for accompaniment during its upcoming musical comedy “Company.”

Joe Bray, Reno: $942.50 to support an exhibit of two life-sized portraits of Nevada Basques at the Western Folklife Center’s Weigand Gallery and live portrait painting during the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Funds will help pay for painting materials and the cost of shipping the portraits to Elko.

Kathleen AKA “Kristy Love” Brooks, Las Vegas: $700 to support creation of a marketing and promotional campaign to include radio and social media for her new song “Keep Believing.”

Ronda Churchill, Las Vegas: $880 to support her show “96 Hours” at Clark County’s Whitney Library. Funds will be used for materials including framing, matting and site-specific hardware.

Lisa Fields Clark, Las Vegas: $430 to support purchase of supplies for her exhibit “New Awakening,” a 25-piece body of work to be exhibited at the Wonderland Gallery in March.

Moapa Valley Performing Arts Council, Overton: $907.50 to fund a visit by the Missoula Children’s Theater. Up to 60 children will have an opportunity to participate in a play through the week-long program.

Allen Muresan, Henderson: $700 to support recording of an EP consisting of five pieces from the canon of Western art music to be played on modern, amplified/electric instruments along with an original composition by local composer James Dahl.

Stephen Nasser, Las Vegas: $920 to support UNLV TV staff and editing time to record a documentary of Nasser, a Holocaust Survivor who lost his immediate family in Nazi Germany during World War II. The film will premiere during the Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival in January.

The Nevada Preservation Foundation, Las Vegas: $832.50 to support Las Vegas artist Kirsten Clarke who will photograph the art of 1940s-1970s architecture around Las Vegas.

Vogue Robinson, North Las Vegas: $915 to support artist fees and travel for “Southwest Laureates” at Left of Center. The project is both a tour of the art gallery and the convergence of poet laureates of the Southwest.

Sharon Schafer, Henderson: $885 to support the 2018 workshop series “Two Deserts One Sky” Panchla Siddha, Rajasthan, India where she will use art to help connect 4th grade students in Rajasthan with students in Southern Nevada.

Lisa Stamanis, Las Vegas: $700 to support her exhibition “Lucky to be Alive” at the Winchester Cultural Center Gallery. Stamanis will direct the installation and create handmade pieces for the show.