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release: Nevada Arts Council Hosting Three Day Arts Conference, Intersections, May 30 through June 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 12, 2024

Nevada Arts Council Hosting Three Day Arts Conference, Intersections, May 30 through June 1

The organization is inviting artists, educators, businesses and community leaders to connect and learn during the three day creative arts conference –

RENO, Nev. (April 12, 2024) – The Nevada Arts Council (NAC), a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs that helps to stimulate artistic experiences and economic activity across the state, will host Intersections, the Nevada Creative Conference, May 30 through June 1 at the Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel & Spa to offer educational sessions regarding the arts’ ability to positively impact communities, businesses, education, heath, economies, and more. Featuring reputable speakers including Julie Kline, director of education and training with Lifetime Arts, Christy Sakamoto, the impact manager for popular immersive art experience Meow Wolf and Dr. Genna Styles-Lyas, arts and economic prosperity 6 (AEP6) director for community engagement and equity at Americans for the Arts, a national arts advocacy organization, the conference aims to give attendees tools and methods for becoming more effective creators, producers, storytellers and advocates for arts and creativity in Nevada.

The Intersections agenda includes a panel discussion on creative aging and how the arts are being used to support older adults in Nevada and across the nation, a session that  delves into how artists can collaborate and create partnerships outside of their existing circles, a grant writing and management session to provide best practices to attendees for writing grant applications and managing grant funds, and a presentation around the economic impact of arts in Nevada, presented by Dr. Genna Styles-Lyas from Americans for the Arts. Additionally, Travel Nevada, the state’s marketing entity focused on increasing awareness of tourist highlights within the Silver State, will highlight its 3d project, tasked with encouraging even greater numbers of tourists to consider rural Nevada destinations and adventures.  

“We’re excited to provide such a powerful agenda for Intersection attendees and we’re confident there is something for everyone at this conference,” said Tony Manfredi, executive director of the Nevada Arts Council. “As the state of Nevada continues embracing the positive economic, social and educational impacts the arts have for our residents and the draw they provide to visitors, it’s important that we curate enhanced learning and networking opportunities and cultivate the kinds of environments where creative industries thrive, collaborations can be born and inspiration can be struck.”

Additional speakers and presenters include, but are not limited to:

  • Nettie Oliverio, arts and culture director at Foothill Partners
  • Jen Nalder, program director of Main Street Gardnerville
  • Benjamin Stone, director of design and creative placemaking at NEA 
  • Beth Macmillan, executive director of Artown
  • Gabrielle Enfield, MPA, CGMS, community reinvestment manager at Washoe County 
  • Cortney Bloomer, destination development manager at TravelNevada 
  • Frederick Hubbs, director of development at the Las Vegas Philharmonic
  • Torrey Russel, founder of Broadway in the Hood
  • Bernard Gaddis, founder and director for the Contemporary West Dance Theatre 

Intersections, the Nevada Creative Conference, is organized by the Nevada Arts Council and funded in part by the State of Nevada, Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, and National Endowment for the Arts. Organizers are encouraging artists, arts administrators, creative business owners, arts educators, arts advocates and arts enthusiasts to participate. 

The cost for the conference is $75 per person and includes conference sessions, tours, and the luncheon on Friday. Those interested in registering can click here.  

The Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel & Spa is located at 1 Lake Street, Reno, Nevada, 89501. 


About Nevada Arts Council

The Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, was created as a state agency in 1967. With offices in Carson City and Las Vegas, Nevada Arts Council programs serve as a catalyst to stimulate artistic, creative, cultural, and economic activity across the state, enliven its breadth of communities, ensure lifelong learning in the arts for all Nevadans, and to encourage public and private support for the arts. Learn more at