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City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission 2017-18 Grants

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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. 


City of Reno Signal Box Call for Artists

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The Public Art Committee is currently accepting submissions for 18 signal box paintings around Reno, as well as two proposals for the two signal boxes on the City Plaza on First Street. Goals of this project include: transforming utilitarian structure into an art form; increasing public awareness of art; broadening viewers' perspectives of public spaces within the City; and fostering a sense of place on Reno's streets.

Current Gallery Shows

McKinley Arts & Culture Center

Gallery West - The Horses of Northern Nevada

Gallery West in McKinley Arts & Culture Center hosts wildlife photographer Lynn Starnes. Combining scientific expertise with an artistic lens Lynn Starnes focuses on the mysterious complexity of nature, using patience, persistence, skill and little bit of luck to bring stunning and beautiful close up portraits of Nevada’s natural wild horse population.

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Gallery East - Horse: An Exhibition of Paintings

East Gallery in McKinley Arts & Culture Center hosts fine artist Paula Rie Bonham.  ‘Horse’ is a series of mixed media paintings that focuses on movement and strength expressed through the powerful image of the horse. 

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Metro Gallery - City Hall

Metro Gallery At City Hall hosts STRATA: New Works from the Studio Art Quilt Associates. This is a group of local and regional fiber artists. Artist Reception: Thursday, October 6th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm. 

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"Exhibiting Artists: Karen Mae Balos, Karin Lusnak, Maria Billings, Jackie Manley, Sonja Campbell, Denise Oyama Miller, Joan Dyer, Dolores Miller, Aileyn Renli Ecob, Patricia Reed Porter, Cassandra Elberg-Gibson, Sandra Poteet, Margaret Fabrizio, Sharon Rossi, Diane Goff, Nancy Ryan, Kathleen Grady, Ann Sanderson, Ann Grundler, Lin Schiffner, Mirka Knaster, Roxanne Schwartz, Jennifer Landau, Sui Siefkin, Maureen Lardie, Gail Patricia Sims, Lleana L Soto, Sandra Louise Wagner, and Martha Wolfe.

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.


Stay Updated on Cultural Events

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