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Announcing 2019 Art Belongs Here Grants Recipients

In January, the Reno Arts & Culture Commission launched a new initiative to bring community-based public art projects to neighborhoods.

The initiative, Art Belongs Here, is a neighborhood placemaking and revitalization project that creates temporary artworks in public space. This citywide initiative by the Reno Arts & Culture Commission encourages collaboration among artists, community groups and businesses to create projects that transform spaces, nurture community identity, promote our vibrant neighborhoods and demonstrate cultural diversity and inclusiveness.

The Arts & Culture Commission created a special committee to review proposals that included city staff from various departments and representatives from each Neighborhood Advisory Board (NAB). Funding has been awarded to seven community groups for their Art Belongs Here: Neighborhood Public Art grants proposals.

The following groups have been awarded funding for projects that will happen in various locations throughout the City of Reno for a total amount of $34,350:

  • Be the Change Project, NDOT and artist Asa Kennedy for a mural along the underpass at Wedekind Road

Sketch of a day of the dead scene with dancing skeletons and skeletons playing instrumentscolorful drawing of an altar for Day of the Dead with skulls, candles, flowers, and trees in the background

  • Center & Pine Investments, Washoe County and artist Erik Burke for a mural on the Washoe County parking garage on Center Street across from the Downtown Public Library

  • Custom Ink, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows for a mural on the underpass at Keystone Avenue and Foster Drive

geometric patterned design representing weaving in brown, yellow, and orange shown on a large wall

  • Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, Biggest Little Dog Park, Montage and artist Mike Burke for artistic bike racks at the downtown dog park and Montage

Artist rendering of a person standing behind three artistic bike racks made out of geometric shapesbike rack shaped like a weiner dog on a city sidewalk with colorful building behind

  • Reno Air Races, Reno Fire Department and artist Kendel Leslie for a mural on the doors of Fire Station 9 in Stead

Sketch of a fire engine with City of Reno and an airplane with propeller

  • Reno Bike Project, 4th Street Brewery District and artist Mike Burke for artistic benches made from repurposed bicycle parts to be placed on 4th Street

  • Reno Rodeo and artist Michael Gray for installation of Good Luck Horseshoe on the Livestock Events Center grounds

“It is a great feeling to know our city has such a great program to bring our community together. The art that is presented has culture and real meanings behind it,” says Alexsis Adams, representative from Ward 3 NAB. “I feel when looking at how to build a better community, it is best to ask the people of the community how they can contribute. Not only at the end do we see beautiful art, but we also see people working together to build a better environment.”

Through the Art Belongs Here initiative, the RACC hopes to enrich the lives of Reno residents and visitors by integrating the arts, culture, and creativity into daily life and neighborhoods that is accessible for all; foster community collaboration; inspire neighborhood revitalization; showcase locally cultivated talent; and nurture and honor community identity and heritage.

 The anticipated timeline for each of these projects is below:

  • Be the Change mural at Wedekind and 395 underpass: June/July
  • Washoe County Parking Garage mural: August/September
  • Custom Ink mural at Keystone & Foster underpass: August/September
  • TMPF artistic bike racks: June/July
  • Reno Air Races mural at Fire Station 9: July/August
  • Reno Bike Project bike benches: August/September
  • Reno Rodeo Good Luck Horseshoe: May/June

Art Belongs Here: Neighborhood Public Art Grants

Art Belongs Here is a neighborhood placemaking and revitalization project that creates temporary artworks in public space. This citywide initiative by the Reno Arts & Culture Commission will encourage collaboration among artists, community groups, and businesses to create projects that transform spaces, nurture community identity, promote our vibrant neighborhoods, and demonstrate cultural diversity and inclusiveness. 

This year's cycle is now closed but you can read more about the process below.

Applicants can request up to $10,000 in funding per project. Grants must be matched 1:1 by applicants through cash or in-kind contributions (goods or services) or volunteer time.

Please review the FULL GUIDELINES and HELPFUL HINTS before applying. 

Timeline

Call for proposals: January 2019 - March 2019
Submission deadline: March 29, 2019
Award notification: Mid April 2019

Eligibility

To be eligible, primary applicants must be place-based entities such as:

  • Neighborhood Advisory Boards
  • Business Improvement District
  • Business or place-based organizations (non- and for-profit)

The following INELIGIBLE APPLICANTS may participate through endorsement or partnership with the above eligible applicants, but may not apply directly:

  • Religious organizations, government agencies, political groups, hospitals, newspapers, and schools
  • Non place-based organizations, businesses, ad-hoc groups, and individuals

Key Requirements:

  • Organizations must partner with an artist
  • Projects must be located in an outdoor, public space within the City and be consistent with City policies and adopted neighborhood plans
  • Projects must be on display for a minimum of 3 months up to 1 year (flexible depending on project type)
  • Projects must be highly visible, free, and open to all members of the public
  • Projects must be short- or long-term physical improvements to the space

Project Goals and Objectives

  • Enrich the lives of Reno residents and visitors by integrating the arts, culture, and creativity into daily life and neighborhoods that is accessible for all
  • Foster community collaboration and encourage partnership among artists, performers, businesses, organizations, and agencies, non- and for-profit
  • Inspire neighborhood revitalization and promote our vibrant communities as a destination to live, work, and play
  • Inspire creative and innovative thinking and showcase locally cultivated talent
  • Demonstrate cultural diversity, social equity, inclusiveness and accessibility for all through the engagement of the arts, culture, and creativity in neighborhoods
  • Nurture and honor community identity and heritage, preserve and commemorate local and multicultural traditions, histories, and diversity
  • Animate and rejuvenate public spaces
  • Increase public safety and awareness

Staff contact

Megan Berner, Public Art Program Coordinator
bernerm@reno.gov or 775-326-6333