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Nevada Arts Council releases $175,000 in grants to Nevada artists

CARSON CITY, Nevada — The Nevada Arts Council has awarded 175 grants of $1,000 each to individual artists throughout the state. The Artist Relief Grant awards were available to eligible artists across all artistic disciplines who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Artists are among the many groups of people who have been severely impacted by COVID-19 and the economic shutdowns necessary to control the pandemic,” Nevada Arts Council Executive Director Tony Manfredi said. “Individual artists are critical to the creative economy in Nevada and their financial health is directly connected to Nevada’s economic recovery. The Artist Relief Grant provides financial assistance to Nevada’s artists during a crucial time of need.”

Grants were awarded to artists from 10 Nevada counties: Clark (137 recipients); Douglas (eight recipients); Carson (two recipients); Washoe (15 recipients); Elko (two recipients); Churchill (two recipients); Lyon (three recipients); Pershing (two recipients); Nye (three recipients); and Storey (one recipient).

Nearly 1,000 applications were received for this grant program; the selection process prioritized geographic diversity and underserved populations.

A second round of Artist Relief Grants may be awarded from the current pool of applicants, pending additional available funding.

For more on Nevada Arts Council grants programs, visit the agency’s web page on grants offerings.

The Nevada Arts Council is part of the Nevada Division of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. Its mission is to enrich the cultural life of the state through leadership that preserves, supports, strengthens and makes excellence in the arts accessible to all Nevadans.