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NAC will conduct a panel meeting to review the applications for the FY20 Project Grant for Artists – Cycle B on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at 9:00 am. The public may attend the meeting at the Nevada Arts Council offices in Carson City or listen remotely via conference call. Please note, the panelists will be attending the meeting remotely using an online meeting platform.

Please note, applicants are not required to attend grant panels, nor will absence at these meetings prejudice application review. However, the Nevada Arts Council encourages applicants to observe panel meetings in person or to listen via internet or teleconference options. Panel discussions provide insights to effective grant writing and program evaluation. Because of the number of applications and time constraints, applicants are not allotted time to address the panel. Applicants are requested to refrain from contacting panel members, individually or as a group, before or during the panel meeting process. Applicants attending the meeting as observers will not have an unfair advantage over those who are not in attendance.

For more details please see below or CLICK HERE to view the official NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING.

Grant Review Panel: FY2020 Project Grant for Artists (Cycle B)
DATE/TIME: December 11, 2019 at 9:00 am
LOCATION: Nevada Arts Council Conference Room, 716 N. Carson St., Suite A, Carson City, NV 89701

If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can listen remotely via conference call:
CONFERENCE CALL NUMBER: (312) 584-2401  EXTENSION: 373627#


Denise Duarte (Las Vegas, NV)
Denise R. Duarte is a multidisciplinary and a socially-engaged artist. Duarte received her Master of Fine Arts in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) where she received the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship and earned the College Teaching of Art Certificate.

She has received two Las Vegas Mayor’s Urban Design Awards for Public Art. The first award was in 2008 as a design team member for Ancestral Gateway and in 2011 for Flourish, as part of the Cultural Corridor. She has completed nine public artworks, facilitated numerous socially-engaged art projects and was listed as an artist to watch on Creative Capital’s On Our Radar. Denise’s lifelong passions include art and the exploration of the social fabric of life.

Gina Lopez Hill (Carson City, NV)
With 25 years of non-profit management experience, Gina Lopez Hill is the Executive Director of the Brewery Arts Center in Carson City, NV. The BAC is an award winning independent, multidisciplinary arts organization in two Historic Buildings on two city blocks.  She is the curator for TEDxCarsonCity and has her B.F.A from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Ted Owens (Reno, NV)
Ted Owens is a professor of music and musical theatre at Truckee Meadows Community College where he teaches music theory, music appreciation, musical theatre, and conducts the concert choir. Ted’s academic degrees are in music composition: Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Oklahoma; and completed coursework for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona with a doctoral minor in Ethnomusicology and Music in General Studies. Ted was voted “Best Professor” by the readers of the Reno News & Review for four consecutive years, 2007-2010, and is one of the college’s most popular professors.

In addition to serving Northern Nevada as an educator, Ted also serves as the director of music for First Congregational Church of Reno and is overjoyed to be working with the Nevada Gay Men’s Chorus. He has extensive experience in musical theatre—as an actor, musician, and musical director—for over 30 shows and is part of the team of musical theatre professionals at TMCC that has consistently produced some of the finest musical theater performances in the Truckee Meadows, including shows like Sweeney Todd, Jesus Christ Superstar, Into the Woods, Spring Awakening, Next to Normal, The Who’s Tommy, Spamalot, The Producers and the recent hit productions of Green Day’s American Idiot, Heathers, The Rocky Horror Show, Pippin and The Wedding Singer.

Erica Vital-Lazare (Las Vegas, NV)
Erica Vital-Lazare is a Professor of creative writing at the College of Southern Nevada and has received grants and awards from the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Hilliard Endowment, the Virginia Council of the Arts and the Nevada Arts Council. Her work has been featured in CatalystSojourner, Thrice and Callaloo II. She is currently editing Of the Diaspora, a forthcoming series  revisiting classic Black works in literature with McSweeney’s Press and co-producer, along with veteran RJ journalist Jeff Scheid, of the photo-narrative installation Obsidian & Neon: Building Black Life and Identity in Las Vegas.