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Attendees at 2019 Nevada Basin to Range Exchange, Tonopah

NAC has a new program aimed at bringing together urban and rural arts organizations. The Nevada Basin to Range Exchange, BRX, is a one-year program that includes in-person gatherings, intercommunity arts-based exchange activities and peer-to-peer mentorship, said Tony Manfredi, executive director of the Nevada Arts Council.

“It is critical for urban and rural communities in Nevada to communicate together and learn from each other,” Manfredi said. “Utilizing arts and culture as a convener to improve community interactions and quality of life indicators is a focal point of the Nevada Arts Council. We are thrilled with the response from arts leaders across the state who will be participating in this new initiative and look forward to growing from the outcomes.”

The program is designed to:

  • Foster relationships between Nevada’s rural and urban communities.
  • Connect resources, assets, traditions and histories between rural and urban communities.
  • Identify and encourage new funding streams, cross-sector partnerships and collaborative approaches for arts and culture programming.
  • Engage intercommunity arts initiatives as a way to enrich the lives of all residents, enhance the quality of life throughout the state and strengthen local economies.
  • Celebrate Nevada’s rural and urban assets.

The program launched with an in-person convening April 23-24 in Tonopah. About 50 community leaders from across the state have been selected to participate in the BRX pilot program year. During the convening, program participants will gather, network, learn and form small intercommunity teams.

Between April 2019 through June 2020 teams will work together to plan and implement intercommunity arts initiatives.

The Nevada Arts Council will provide support, mentorship, and convene participant conference calls during this stage of the program. The program will conclude with an in-person gathering (tentatively scheduled to take place in conjunction with Arts at the Heart 2020). Interested in applying for the next session? Learn more here.

For more information, contact:
Michelle Patrick, Community Arts Specialist, 702-486-3732 or email
Grace Davis, Community Arts Specialist, 775-687-7119 or  email