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Grant Recipients


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Each year the City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission grants funds to various art organizations. Eligible organizations must be 501(c)(3) non-profits.  Three different grants were offered for the fiscal year 2014-2015. $190,000 has been awarded to 29 organizations. Recipient organizations are listed below in each category.

365 Event Grants

$24,000 Awarded to 7 Organizations

Projects funded outside July must take place in the Downtown River Corridor Area, Truckee River Arts and Culture District, or UNR Arts and Culture District. 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, as possible to the target area. Funds may be used to support community festivals, special performances, exhibitions, concerts and other events.

Holland Project - Awarded $3,750

The Holland Project will present Shoot, Score, on August 16, 2014, from 6:00 - 10:00pm, at the Nevada Museum of Art. Shoot, Score, will screen a cinematic classic with an original live score performed by a national independent touring music group and members of Reno’s music community as well as the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.

Nevada Museum of Art - Awarded $3,500

Hands/ON! Second Saturday transforms the Nevada Museum of Art into a dynamic community venue, designed to engage the entire family in the visual arts through free, interactive art-making activities and storytelling, as well as time to explore the Museum’s exhibits alone or with a trained docent. Hands/ON! hosts two ongoing art-making activities which are held throughout the day – one in the atrium on the first floor and one in the Redfield Learning Center on the third floor.

The Reno Irish Dance Company - Awarded $3,250

The Reno Irish Dance Company will present One World – The Next Generation, on September 6, 2014, at 7:30pm in Wingfield Park. One World – The Next Generation, highlights the similarities of Celtic dance and music with Russian, Spanish, and Indian styles of dance, music and vocals.

Sierra Arts Foundation - Awarded $3,500

The Sierra Arts Gallery exhibits innovative, challenging and experimental artworks by local and regional artists.

Sheppard Contemporary and University Galleries - University of Nevada, Reno - Awarded $3,250

Artists Flo Oy Wong and Marcus Shelby will perform at University Galleries’ downtown gallery, Artspace, in the spring of 2015. Gwah Gai: Crossing the Street is an experiment in contemporary cross fertilization of music, art, and performance.

University of Nevada, Reno, Latino Research Center - Awarded $3,250

The University of Nevada, Reno, Latino Research Center will present its annual Day of the Dead Celebration (Dia de los Muertos) on November 1, 2014 in the Joe Crowley Student Union Ballroom from 2:00 to 5:00pm.

VSA arts of Nevada - Awarded $3,500

VSA arts of Nevada will host The Lake Mansion Jingles with Art and History on November 22, 2014, and the Youth Art Month Festival on March 21, 2015 in the historic Lake Mansion. Each event will feature hands-on workshops for children of all ages and their parents, as well as tours of the Lake Mansion.

July Event Grants 

$40,000 Awarded to 11 Organizations 

Projects funded in July take place in the Downtown River Corridor Area, Truckee River Arts and Culture District, or UNR Arts and Culture District during Artown. 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, as possible to the target area. Funds may be used to support community festivals, special performances, exhibitions, concerts and other events.

Bruka Theatre Of The Sierra, Inc. - Awarded $3,550

The 2014 Summer Youth Workshop will produce The Princess and The Pea. Students will work with theatre professionals from July 14 – July 25, 2014 to address themes of inequality, being over sensitive, and the fascination with royalty. Free public performances of The Princess and The Pea will be held on July 25 and 26, 2014.

Controlled Burn, Inc. - Awarded $3,650

Controlled Burn Fire Arts Troupe will hold Compression! Art and Fire, on July 26, 2014. The event is free to the public and hosts alternative dancers, fire performers, musicians, Burning Man art cars, fire-spitting sculptures, and interactive areas for group collaboration.

David J. Drakulich Art Foundation - Awarded $4,150

The David J. Drakulich Art Foundation and the Reno Vet Center are collaborating with Veterans Upward Bound - TMCC to produce Combat Paper: Sustainable Fiber. Participants will receive writing instruction from college level instructors and will experience paper making techniques that include fiber from military uniforms. Combat Paper: Sustainable Fiber will be on display at the Northwest Reno Library Gallery from July 1 –to July 30, 2014.

InnerRhythms Dance Theatre - Awarded $4,150

InnerRhythms Dance Theatre and RhythMatriX present Windows of the Soul, a concert featuring original choreography that embraces the music of Carlos Santana. Windows of the Soul will be performed at Wingfield Park on July 22, 2014.

Lake Tahoe Classical Guitar and Sierra Nevada Guitar Society - Awarded $2,750

Lake Tahoe Classical Guitar and Sierra Nevada Guitar Society present Classical Guitar Sundays at the Reno Artown Festival: Ivan Resendiz – July 13, 3-4:30pm at Laxalt Auditorium, 401 W. 2nd St. Larry Aynesmith and friends – July 20, 3-4:30pm at Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Wells Fargo Room, UNR. Ancient Future Guitar and Tabla Duet with Matthew Montfort and Vishal Nagar – July 27, 3-4:30pm at Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Wells Fargo Room, UNR.

Nevada Opera Association - Awarded $3000

The Nevada Opera Association presents a Renaissance Faire that includes performances by Renaissance Harp and Then Some, Nevada Opera Madrigal Ensemble, P’Opera Live, and Rockin’ Opera Live. The faire will be from 11:00am to 7:00pm on July 6, 2014, in Wingfield Park.

Note-Able Music Therapy Services - Awarded $4,150

Note-Able Music Therapy Services will host their sixth annual Artown event, Biggest Little Music Festival, on July 5, 2014, from 2:00 – 10:00pm in Wingfield Park.

Reno Jazz Orchestra - Awarded $3,650

The Reno Jazz Orchestra presents Bring Me the Funk of James Brown, on July 26, 2014, from 7:30 – 9:30pm in Wingfield Park.

Reno Little Theater - Awarded $4,150

Reno Little Theater will produce an adaptation of Sleeping Beauty: A Tale Told Slightly Off the Wall. Six free-to-the-public performances will be presented July 3 – 6, 2014, at Reno Little Theatre’s performing arts center on Pueblo Street.

Sierra Nevada Ballet - Awarded $3,050

Sierra Nevada Ballet presents Dancing by the River, on July 16, 2014, at 8:00pm in Wingfield Park. Featured performers include: Sam Weber, Domingo Rubio, Amanda Bena-Weber, Erica Chipp and Oliver Adams.

TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada - Awarded $3,650

TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada presents Charlotte’s Web, on July 7, 2014, at 7:00pm in Wingfield Park.

Project Grants

$130,000 Awarded to 22 Organizations

Project Grant funds may be allocated to eligible applicants whose projects, activities or seasons creates an environment that encourages excellence by area artists and cultural organizations or strengthens the awareness and involvement of all citizens in the community's cultural life, both in heritage and in contemporary expressions.  Artistic excellence is the most important factor in receiving funding.

A.V.A. Ballet Theatre - Awarded $6,500

A.V.A Ballet Theatre is a professional ballet company in Reno, Nevada that presents original, classical, and contemporary ballets. In May 2014 the A.V.A. will present Where the Wild Things Are, coinciding with the Maurice Sendak show at the Nevada Museum of Art. The AVA will perform the Nutcracker from December 12-14, 2014.

Bruka Theatre of the Sierra - Awarded $6,000

The Bruka Theatre offers live productions that are artistically challenging and emotionally engaging. Bruka will present seven main stage theatre productions and four to five original play readings and writer development projects during the 2014-2015 season.

Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company - Awarded $3,000

Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company will produce six locally written works, two full-length musicals and the Doc Jim Martin Playwright competition in 2014.

Holland Project - Awarded $8,000

The Holland Project presents art, music, and culture by young people, for young people. The Workshop Series is designed to give young people an affordable and accessible crash-course in a variety of topics. The 2014-2015 workshops explore a diverse range of topics, from Urban Gardening to Zine Making.

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival - Awarded $4,668

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival was established in 1972 to plan, produce, and educate about the importance of theatre and music. The InterACT program reaches out to Rainshadow Community Charter High School, 4H U.N.C.E. programs for homeless children, Damonte Ranch High School, Jesse Beck Elementary School, Reno High School, Sarah Winnemucca Elementary School and Vaughn Middle School to provide an actor’s/director’s perspective of Shakespeare’s work.

Nevada Museum of Art - Awarded $8,500

The Nevada Museum of Art’s annual Scholastic Art Awards competition and exhibition will be held in the Fall of 2014, through Spring 2015. The Scholastic Art Awards provides middle and high school students from northern and central Nevada an opportunity to have their artwork shown in the Museum’s Atrium gallery or at the Holland Project gallery.

Nevada Opera Association - Awarded $6,032

Nevada Opera presents Street Vibrations Opera Shorts on September 25 and 28, 2014. Ten 10-minute short performances about Reno, Carson City, Virginia City and motorcycles offer an accessible and relevant look at contemporary local opera.

Note-Able Music Therapy Services - Awarded $6,000

Note-Able Music Therapy Services creates lasting change in the lives of people of all abilities through music. Noodles and Notes in October, 2014 features students from the Explore Music class performing dance, keyboard and guitar music. The Note-Able Evening of Romance in February, 2015 and the annual Spring Recital in May, 2015 showcase students and musicians of all ages and skills.

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts - Awarded $8,000

Pioneer Center Youth Programs (PCYP) provides live performing arts programming to elementary school children throughout Reno. From September, 2014 to June, 2015, PYCP will present an estimated 80 live performing arts programs in elementary schools, libraries, and at the Nevada Discovery Museum.

Reno Chamber Orchestra - Awarded $6,500

The Reno Chamber Orchestra creates intimate, inspirational musical experiences. The Reno Chamber Orchestra will perform in Nightingale Concert Hall at the University of Nevada, Reno on the following dates: September 20-21, 2014, October 25-26, 2014, December 26-31 2014, January 24-25, 2015, February 28 and March 1, 2015, March 14-15, 2015 and April 10 and 12, 2015.

Reno Jazz Orchestra - Awarded $3,600

The Reno Jazz Orchestra builds a greater appreciation of Jazz by providing world class big band performances, promoting the artistry of jazz musicians through a variety of ensembles, and supporting jazz education through mentorship in middle school, high school and college. The annual Jazz in the Schools Clinic brings middle school and high school jazz bands together to perform in Nightingale Concert Hall at the University of Nevada, Reno in February, 2015. The Washoe County School District Jazz Mentor Program matches musicians with schools for focused jazz mentoring in big band performance.

Reno Little Theater - Awarded $6,000

The Reno Little Theater produces high-quality theatrical experiences that inspire, entertain, and enrich our community. The main season (from September, 2014 to June, 2015) consists of one comedy, one drama, one classic, one contemporary play, and one play just-off Broadway. Each show is performed a minimum of eleven times over three or more weekends, with Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances at 7:30 and Sunday matinees at 2:00.

Reno Philharmonic Association - Awarded $6,000

The Reno Philharmonic Association and the Washoe County School District offer Young People’s Concerts for all third, fourth, and fifth grade Washoe County School District students. Ten Concerts are performed during the school year, with six in the fall and four in the spring by the professional orchestra. The fall 2014 concerts feature a Home Means Nevada theme.

Reno Pops Orchestra - Awarded $3,000

The Reno Pops Orchestra will perform at Nightingale Concert Hall at the University of Nevada, Reno on Nov. 21, 2014 and May 16, 2015.

Renown Health Foundation - Awarded $7,200

The Healing Arts Performance Series offers the gift of live music and theatre to patients, their caregivers and the community. Renown Healing Arts programming includes the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra, The NoteAbles, TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada, and the Washoe County School District Fine Arts Department performing monthly at a Reno Health Facility between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

Sierra Arts Foundation - Awarded $6,000

The Elder Care Concert Series produces free monthly concerts for senior citizens who reside in assisted living facilities, long term care facilities, memory care units, and community based senior day care facilities.

Sierra Nevada MasterWorks Chorale - Awarded $3,000

Sierra Nevada MasterWorks Choral is an all-volunteer group in Northern Nevada that performs, promotes, and educates about traditional and contemporary vocal music.

Sierra Nevada Ballet - Awarded $6,000

Sierra Nevada Ballet will present Swan Lake at Nightingale Concert Hall in late July, 2014.

University of Nevada, Reno, Jazz Festival - Awarded $6,000

The 2015 Reno Jazz Festival will be held on April 23-25 at the University of Nevada, Reno. The festival includes workshops and clinics, scholarships, awards, and recognition in more than 30 categories, a jam session and professional concerts for the participating students and public.

University of Nevada, Reno, Performing Arts Series - Awarded $6,000

The 2014-2015 Performing Arts Series strives to enrich the cultural life of our community by presenting top-notch touring artists in performance, educational outreach and residence activities.

Sheppard Contemporary and University Galleries, University of Nevada, Reno - Awarded $6,000

Sheppard Contemporary and University Galleries provides first-rate art experiences that contribute to the health and growth of our community. The 2014-2015 gallery season will host work by Emily Arthur, Flo Oy Wong, Nick van Woert, Nate Clark, Amelia Currier, Ace Lehner, Catherine Opie, Collier Schorr, Zachary Schwaller, Juan Genoves, Sheldon Pennoyer, Louis Siegriest, Craig Sheppard, and Tehching Hsieh.

VSA arts of Nevada - Awarded $8,000

The VSA Nevada provides quality arts opportunities for all, focusing on children and adults who have a disability, are disadvantaged, at-risk, or under-served by the arts. For the 2014-2015 school year VSA Nevada will provide hands-on sequential arts programming for 60 self-contained special education Washoe County School District classrooms. 

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