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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 2015-2016. $195,026 has been awarded. Recipient organizations are listed below in each category.

365 Event Grants

$24,000 Awarded to 8 Organizations

Foundation for the STARSAwarded $3,000

                Singers Taking Action Reaching Souls (STARS) will perform music from Motown to Gershwin at Nightingale Concert Hall on August 22, 2015. In addition to the evening concert, the nine professional singers will perform for residents of the Manor Care Nursing Home on the afternoon of August 22 and offer a master class/performance to Spanish Springs High School students on August 21.

Nevada HumanitiesAwarded $3,000

                The third annual Nevada Humanities Literary Crawl presents 20-25 notable Nevada authors performing live readings of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry at eight downtown Reno venues from 4:00 – 9:00 PM on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

Arts for All NevadaAwarded $3,000

                The annual Arts for All Nevada Lake Mansion Jingles with Art and History event will take place on November 21, 2015 at the historic Lake Mansion on Court and Arlington. Youth Art Month Exhibit and Festival will feature young Nevada artists in March, 2016. In addition, there will be a festival on Saturday, March 19, 2016 with free tours and eight hands-on workshops.

Nevada Museum of ArtAwarded $3,000

                Hands ON! Second Saturdays transforms the Nevada Museum of Art into a dynamic community venue, designed to engage families in the visual arts through free, interactive art-making activities, performances and storytelling, in addition to the Museum’s exhibitions, which families may tour alone or guided by a trained docent.

Reno Pops OrchestraAwarded $3,000

                The Reno Pops Orchestra will present Salute to Cities, a themed concert that features projected images that transport the audience around the globe. Salute to Cities will be performed in Nightingale Concert Hall on May 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Sierra Arts FoundationAwarded $3,000

                Sierra Arts Gallery is committed to presenting and supporting the best regional emerging artists through grants and gallery shows. The 2015/2016 season will feature Josie Luciano, Leslie King, Colby and Claire Stephens, Frances Melhop and Meg Regulous.

Front Door Gallery, University of Nevada, RenoAwarded $3,000

                Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide-Pierson will create murals in the Front Door Gallery at the University of Nevada, Reno. Working under the name “avaf” these two artists will create a semi-permanent painting on the gallery walls during September, 2015.

Latino Research Center, University of Nevada, Reno – Dia de los Muertos 2015 – Awarded $3,000

                The University of Nevada, Reno Latino Research Center will present its annual Dia de los Muertos 2015 (Day of the Dead) on November 1, 2015 in the Joe Crowley Student Union Ballroom from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.

July Event Grants

$40,786 Awarded to 14 Organizations

Controlled Burn Inc.Awarded $3,500

                Compression! Art and Fire showcases hula hooping, fire dancing, glass-blowing, blacksmithing, welding, propane sculpture, art cars, a fire garden and vendors. Come learn about the fire arts and enjoy a night-time performance at Reno ReTRAC Plaza East on July 25, 2015.

Great Basin Film Society dba Artemisia Movie HouseAwarded $536

                The Artemisia Movie House will present four films screened at Goodluck Macbeth Theatre during the month of July. Vanishing Point (July 6 and 7 at 7:00 PM), The Times of Harvey Milk (July 13 and 14 at 7:00 PM), Mystery of Picasso (July 20 and 21 at 7:00 PM), and I am Big Bird (July 27 and 28 at 7:00 PM).

David J. Drakulich Art FoundationAwarded $2,500

                The David J. Drakulich Art Foundation and the Reno Vet Center are collaborating with Veterans Upward Bound - TMCC to produce Combat Paper: Service Through Art. Participants will receive writing instruction from college level instructors and will experience paper making techniques that include fiber from military uniforms. Combat Paper: Service Through Art will be on display at the Northwest Reno Library Art Gallery in July 2015.

Holland ProjectAwarded $3,500

                On July 25, 2015 the Holland Project will host Little Gems, a city-wide event that features ten hidden locations in which participants will find and uncover a special experience. Part treasure hunt and part cultural bingo, the locations will feature bands in non-traditional settings, site-specific performances, and more. After the adventure participants will meet at the Nevada Museum of Art for a classic film screening with a live score by renowned indie musician Ty Segall.

Word of Life MinistriesAwarded $3,000

                Gospel Fest 2015 is an uplifting, inspirational and soulful event that will take place on Sunday, July 19, 2015 in Wingfield Park at 3:00 PM.  The featured artists are Juanita Wynn, Gwen Amy, Lawrence Matthews and the Reno Gospel Community Choir.

Lake Tahoe Classical Guitar SocietyAwarded $2,500

                Artown Classical Guitar will feature three concerts in July: Larry Aynesmith and Friends Featuring Matthew Fish at Laxalt Hall on Sunday, July 5 at 3:00 PM. Sondre Hoymer at Laxalt Hall on Sunday, July 13 at 3:00 PM. San Francisco Guitar Quartet at Laxalt Hall on Sunday, July 23 at 3:00 PM.

Good Luck Macbeth Theatre CompanyAwarded $3,000

                This July, Good Luck Macbeth Theatre blends the art forms of theatre, live music, spoken views and improv comedy to focus on the theme of LGBT pride. “Alchemist Theatre” (July 15 and 29 at 7:00 PM), Beginner-level workshops in improv comedy (July 19 and 26 at 3:00 PM), and two improv comedy shows (July 19 and 26 at 7:30 PM).

Sierra Nevada Masterworks Choral eAwarded $2,500

                Sierra Nevada Masterworks Chorale will present two concerts in July that pay tribute to our country’s armed forces with all-time favorite patriotic songs. The first concert will be at Wingfield Park on July 5, 2015 and the second at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport during the last week of Artown.

Sierra Nevada BalletAwarded $3,500

                Sierra Nevada Ballet will present an exciting evening of dance, song and music at Wingfield Park on July 14, 2015 at 8:00 PM. Under the artistic direction of Rosine Bena, Dancing by the River will feature singer Cami Thompson, tap-dancer Sam Weber, dancers Domingo Rubio, Amanda Bena-Weber, Erica Chipp, Maykel Solas, Alexander Biber and Sierra Nevada Ballet students and dancers.

TheatreWorks of Northern NevadaAwarded $3,500

                Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be performed at Wingfield Park on Monday, July 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM as part of Artown’s Family Series.

Reno Jazz OrchestraAwarded $3,750

                The Reno Jazz Orchestra will perform At The Crossroads – Celebrating the Music of Carlos Santana in Wingfild Park on July 25, 2015 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM.

Note-Able Music Therapy ServicesAwarded $3,500

                On Saturday, July 5, 2015 Note-Able Music Therapy Services will present their third annual Biggest Little Music Festival at Wingfield Park on July 26, 2015 from 2:00 to 10:00 PM.

Bruka TheatreAwarded $3,000

                Bruka Theatre will present the fifth performing arts summer workshop for forty young artists ages eight to eighteen. Students are led by working theatre professionals in workshops designed to develop imagination, concentration, and confidence in dance, voice, technique, character, and theatrical design. The workshop focus will be Bridge To Brukleton, and take place from July 13 to 26, 2015.

Build Our CenterAwarded $2,500

                Northern Nevada CommUNITY Pride features local businesses, organizations, and community members celebrating diversity while promoting awareness, acceptance and unity. The parade and event will take place on Saturday, July 25, 2015 in Wingfield Park, and feature performances by Lance Bass, Whitney Meyer and The Novelists.

Project Grants

$130,240 Awarded to 23 Organizations

Mercury MomentumAwarded $3,000

                Earth Day 2016 will feature five stages for local musicians to perform. The Artists’s Grove is located near the center of the event and features art, arts organizations, art activities and special art projects. Participating artists can display, demonstrate and sell their work to 20,000+ people in attendance.

Bruka TheatreAwarded $6,500

                The 2015/2016 season will present seven plays with a four to six week run and shows on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Selected works from the upcoming season: Peter and The Star Catcher – Musical, In The Sky Room (A Bruka original), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (written by Martin McDonagh), and Anne Frank (Directed by Holly Natwora).

David J. Drakulich Art FoundationAwarded $1,990

                Northern Nevada Veterans Writing Project, a collaboration between David J. Drakulich Art Foundation and the Reno Vet Center, present year round writing workshops with that focus on publishing literary works. With support from Veterans Upward Bound – TMCC, college English instructors will teach a series of writing workshops provided for participants who will be selected based on military-connected status, at no cost.

KNPB Channel 5 Public BroadcastingAwarded $6,500

                KNPB’s Emmy-nominated series, The Work of Art, will focus on the Nevada Museum of Art, observing the dedication and work ethic of the curators, staff, docents and others as they provide a wide variety of cultural experiences for all Nevadans. The hour-long documentary, written and produced by Tim Jones, will begin filming in July 2015 and finish in April 2015, with a broadcast date of May 2016.

School of the Arts, University of Nevada, RenoAwarded $6,500

                The 2015-2016 Performing Arts Series will feature three fall and two spring events, with performances at Nightingale Concert Hall at 7:30 PM. Artists currently under consideration and negotiation are DakhaBrakha, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Wonderheads, Red Chamber, and Ellis & Delfeayo Marsalis: Last Southern Gentlemen Tour.

Reno Jazz Festival, University of Nevada, RenoAwarded $7,500

                The Reno Jazz Festival will be held at the University of Nevada, Reno on April 28-30, 2016. Concerts, competitions and educational clinics will accommodate the 8,500 student and adult musicians from Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Colorado and Arizona.

Reno Chamber OrchestraAwarded $7,500

                The 2015-2016 Reno Chamber Orchestra season will consist of five concerts, with two performances each, on Saturday evening at 7:30 PM and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM in Nightingale Concert Hall. Performances will take place September 19/20, 2015; October 24/25, 2015; January 23/24, 2016; March 5/6, 2016; April 16/17, 2016.

Pioneer Center for the Performing ArtsAwarded $7,500

                Pioneer Center Youth Programs provides live performing arts programs to elementary school children throughout Reno, Sparks and outlying northern Nevada communities.  Additionally, 80 live performances will be presented in elementary schools and public libraries in eight Nevada counties during the 2015/2016 school year.

Reno Pops OrchestraAwarded $2,500

                The Reno Pops Orchestra will present two concerts: Superheroes! at Nightingale Concert Hall, November 7, 2015 7:00 PM. Home for the Holidays at Grace Church, December 11, 2015 7:30 PM.

Nevada HumanitiesAwarded $6,500

                The Great Basin Young Chautauqua is a history-based arts and education program involving scholarship, research, rehearsing, and performing by young Chautauquans, ages eight to eighteen. Students commit more than six months to reading biographies, learning stories and rehearsing their character at bimonthly meetings. Each student presents a 5 to 15 minute monologue in costume in April and May.

Good Luck Macbeth Theatre CompanyAwarded $3,000

                 2015: We Tell Stories Here brings to life stories of hilarity, satire, Reno culture, middle school, trauma, identity, the erotic, art, ambition, coming of age, rebellion, LGBT history/culture, feminism, revenge, courage, nostalgia, nationalism and more.

Renown Health FoundationAwarded $5,000

                The Healing Arts Performance Series brings Reno’s flourishing arts and culture scene directly to patients through live performances. Renown hosts a monthly performance that features Reno Chamber Orchestra ensembles, the Reno Philharmonic youth Symphony Orchestra, ThreatreWorks of Northern Nevada, and Note-Able Music Therapy Services.

Sierra Nevada BalletAwarded $6,500

                Sierra Nevada Ballet presents a brand new interpretation of a famous classic tale, Romeo and Juliet, at Nightingale Concert Hall on August 1, 2015.

Reno Jazz OrchestraAwarded $3,750

                The Reno Jazz Orchestra’s Arts Education Program features two educational programs for northern Nevada: Jazz in the Schools and RJO’s Mentoring Program.  These include clinics by RJO roster musicians for large and small jazz ensembles, feedback sessions, performances during educational programs, mentoring school jazz bands, master classes by visiting guest artists and jazz-related resources for music teachers.

Arts for All NevadaAwarded $6,500

Arts for All Nevada will provide quality hands-on sequential arts programming for approximately 75 self-contained special education classrooms in 37 Washoe, Carson City, and Douglas County schools during the 2015-2016 school year.

Reno Philharmonic AssociationAwarded $7,500

                The Reno Philharmonic will perform The Composer is Dead for all third, fourth and fifth grade students in Washoe County. 12,000 students will attend the ten concerts performed during the 2015-2016 school year at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.

Sierra Arts FoundationAwarded $6,500

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

Holland ProjectAwarded $6,500

                The Workshop Series is designed to give young people an affordable and accessible crash-course in a variety of topics in an effort to empower participants to explore, create, build and learn. Each workshop is rooted in a do-it-yourself ethos, and participants are shown they can easily possess all the materials and resources to make anything from slab-built pottery to herbal remedies.

Nevada Museum of ArtAwarded $6,500

                The Scholastic Art Awards provides hundreds of middle and high school students from northern and central Nevada with an opportunity to have their artworks judged by a panel of professional artists and educators. Participants compete for college scholarships and national awards through the program’s affiliation with the national Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program organized by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers in New York.

Reno Little TheaterAwarded $6,500

                Reno Little Theater’s 2015-2016 theatrical season features six main-stage productions and a secondary series titled “Off-Off-Wells,” which will highlight Latino playwrights and culture. Each show is performed between 11 to 18 times over the course of 3 to 4 weekends, with Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances at 7:30 PM and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM.

TheatreWorks of Northern NevadaAwarded $3,000

                TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada supports a youth company of ages 6 to 12, a teen company of 12 to 18 and an adult company. TWNN will produce five plays over the 2015-2016 season at the Laxalt Auditorium.

A.V.A. Ballet TheatreAwarded $6,500

                A.V.A. Ballet Theatre is a professional ballet company in Reno, Nevada that presents original, classical, and contemporary ballets. Artistic director and founder, Alexander Van Alstyne, will choreograph two classical ballets and one rock ballet during the 2015-2016 season.

Sheppard Contemporary, University of Nevada, RenoAwarded $6,500

                The University of Nevada, Reno Galleries presents Native American Heritage Month in November 2015. Sheppard Contemporary Gallery will feature Emily Arthur, Artspace, in the West Street Market, will showcase a Tule duck decoy craftsman, and noted anthropologist Nancy Mithlo will discuss how race and representation intersect in the visual arts, popular culture and museum programming.

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