Sandbag locations:

Old Moana Swimming Pool at 240 W. Moana Ln. - Open 24 hours | Idlewild Park, Nevada Peace Officers Memorial at 2055 Idlewild Dr. - Open 24 hours | Public Works Corporation Yard at 1640 E. Commercial Row - Open Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission 2017-18 Grants

CIty of Reno

The City of Reno is currently accepting 2017-2018 grant applications online!

Project Grants 

Project, community festivals, special performances, exhibitions and other events may benefit all area residents, but must be of definable benefit to Reno residents.  A performance, exhibit or other activity must take place within the City of Reno’s city limits.  If a project involves activities in a variety of areas, the portion taking place in Reno, or of primary benefit to Reno residents, will be the portion eligible for consideration.  


July Grants 

The July events may be anywhere within the Reno city limits during the month of July. All events must be free and open to the general public.  Events should be designed to attract the maximum number of people, as appropriate for the event and site.  Funds may be used to support community festivals, special performances, exhibitions, concerts and other events. 


Reno Rotary and Reno Arts & Culture Commission Sculpture Park

Bicentennial Reno Rotary Sculpture Garden will be celebrating its opening on Friday, November 4th, 2016 at 1:30 pm. 
 SusieLang-RenoLens  The Reno Arts & Culture Commission and Public Art Committee are pleased to announce the Rotary Club of Reno Sculpture Park, a rotating outdoor exhibition that will be an integral part of Reno’s growing public art program. Works will be on display for one year - through October 2017 at BiCentennial Park. Through a local juried selection, six new sculptures from artists Colin O,Bryan, Brett Moten, Carolyn Guerra, Jeff Shomberg, Grant Miller, and Eileen Gay were selected by members of the  Public Art Committee and Reno Arts & Culture Commission. 


Current Gallery Shows

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Metro Gallery - City Hall

Opening Reception February 2nd, 5:00-7:00

Metro Gallery in City Hall hosts photographer Matthew McIver.  From his passion for community and photography is a series that is inspired by architecture, sustainability, water and art.  In his own words:

Matthew’s eye for the aesthetic and unparalleled ambition create a combination to be reckoned with, (and one that has him working all hours of the day, night and weekend to meet his clients’ goals)’

Matthew McIver is the winner of a number of awards that include AIGA Reno-Tahoe Pixals of Fury 2014 and the Champion Reno InstaGrammys 2014.  He enjoys biking around Reno and hiking. For more information please visit his website at:

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McKinley Arts & Culture Center

Gallery West - Extravagant Chemistry: New Paintings by Liz Penniman

Opening Reception February 2nd, 5:00-7:00

Gallery West in McKinley Arts & Culture Center hosts abstract painter Liz Penniman.  A Californian native with influences such as San Francisco’s Figurative Movement and a background that includes a hand in the color pallet of Jeff Koon’s studio, Liz Penniman believes in allowing the paint to take precedence over subject in her work. From her website:

A blank canvas. Respond. The weave of cloth, the stark texture of gesso.  Respond.  Flat patterning.  The first hue in viscous solutions floating on white’

Liz Penniman is currently residing back in Californian, working in her Truckee studio blending her experience in color, composition, texture and abstraction. For more information please visit her website at:

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Gallery East - Light Abundant: Lainie Vreeland

Opening Reception February 2nd, 5:00-7:00

Gallery East in McKinley Arts & Culture Center hosts abstract painter Lainie Vreeland.  A business owner, writer and artist Lainie Vreeland creates innovative and imaginative compositions centered on water, forms and plant life as they interact with light. From her website:

Focused on God's gifts of earth, water, and light, her indoor artistic energies are directed toward imaginative compositions centered on water forms and plant-life as they interact with sun/moonlight -- each image transforming as the light and viewing perspective changes. 

‘My abstract artwork represents deep and cheerful songs from my heart to yours’

 For more information please visit her website at:

 Lainie Vreeland Postcard Image

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 

We are thrilled to announce that the City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission has joined the 2016 national research study, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5). Your participation is crucial to the success of this initiative, which will quantify the economic impact of Reno’s arts and cultural industry — an outcome that will benefit us all.




Audience Surveys—A unique aspect of AEP5 is the “Audience-Intercept Survey," which are surveys collected by organizations from attendees at their events. Available in a paper and online format, the survey is completely anonymous and takes three minutes to complete. There will be many benefits to your organization for the facilitation of this survey - not only will the survey help the City-wide initiative of learning the economic impact of the arts to our economy but you will learn more about your audience members so you can market to them more effectively. 

Survey forms are downloadable below, or we can give you paper copies. Please contact directly at 775.326.6697 or so we can walk you through the process.  


Links to the PDF surveybatch cover sheet and instructions here


Around the Arch Blog

Check out Around the Arch, the City of Reno blog, for updates on the arts in Northern Nevada


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Cultural Master Plan

The City of Reno adopted the Cultural Master Plan in 2012

About Arts and Culture 

Musical Performance at Wingfield Amphitheater

The City of Reno is a leader in arts and culture. The community has a rich variety of special events, historic buildings, performing arts and galleries. A strong public art program helps sustain and encourage downtown economic development. Cultural diversity and history are embraced and interwoven within the fabric of our city. Discover why we are Artown year round.


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