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Join arts leaders from across Nevada as we initiate a conversation about the intersection of community and place during the Nevada Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary year. Through a variety of lenses, we will investigate how arts and culture play a fundamental role in shaping vibrant communities. This is a unique opportunity to learn from local and national experts, network, and foster community among Nevada’s arts leadership.

The conference will feature a dynamic group of speakers including Jason Schupbach, visionary of creative placemaking; Kennedy Smith, a national expert on downtown commercial districts revitalization; and Jay Dick, distinguished leader in arts policy and advocacy with Americans for the Arts. Additional conference sessions will cover storytelling, public art and community engagement, board development, fundraising, marketing, tourism and more.

Come explore how arts and culture increase liveability, fuel local economies, promote cross sector collaboration, and cultivate a strengthened sense of place.

  • Thursday, November 2, 1:30 – 6:45 PM
    Experience Las Vegas on the Ground

    Visit Seven Magic Mountains, tour the Neon Museum, join an artist-led taco tour, or a downtown walking tour exploring the narrative of “place”.

  • Thursday, November 2, 7:00 PM
    Kick-off Keynote & Reception, Zappos Chamber Council

    Featuring Jason Schupbach and sponsored by

  • Friday, November 3, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM*
    Conference Sessions at Historic Fifth Street School

    Plan for a full day of conference sessions including opening plenary with Kennedy Smith; a presentation with Americans for the Arts’ Jay Dick; and a special plenary session commemorating the Nevada Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary.

  • Friday, November 3, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM*
    Celebrate 30 Years! at Historic Fifth Street School

    Evening reception and celebration in honor of the Las Vegas Arts Commission’s 30th Anniversary. Hosted by the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs.

    *Approximate times as of 8/11/17.
    Stay tuned for registration and a full conference schedule.

Need funding to attend?  Apply NOW for a Professional Development grant.

Conference hotel: the D Hotel has a limited number of discounted rooms for the Nevada Arts Council ($94 a night, excluding taxes). Contact them directly and use the code  DCINVAC to reserve your room.

Questions?  Contact: Denise Duarte, Community Arts Development Specialist, 702.486.3732 or email