SUMBITTED NEWS RELEASE 2009 saw nonprofit organizations cut back on events, but not Reno, Nevada’s annual July arts and culture festival, Artown, which grew in the number of events offered, to more than 400 over 31 days. In planning for 2010 and its 15th anniversary, Artown is expanding even more, transforming Reno into a hub of arts and culture with more than 60 percent of the monthlong festival’s events free to the public. Presented in locations throughout Reno, including a downtown park amphitheater bordered by the Truckee River, Artown events are presented by more than 100 partners from throughout the community.
“July provided us an incredible opportunity to give to our community during a time when we all needed a little lifting of spirits,” Beth Macmillan, executive director of Artown, said. “Morale was visibly elevated during Artown events with attendees dancing, laughing and enjoying summer with family and friends. That’s the true reward of Artown and one that resonates with our mission statement.”
Noted by the National Endowment for the Arts as one of the most comprehensive art festivals in the country, Artown attracts more than 300,000 attendees annually with world-class entertainment from names such as Richie Havens, The Funk Brothers, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Harlem Gospel Choir, Aspen Santa Fe Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, American Ballet Theater, Herbie Hancock and Hell’s Kitchen Dance with Mikhail Baryshnikov.
For information on the 15th annual Artown festival visit, www.RenoIsArtown.com or call 775-322-1538. Artown is supported by Stimulus Funding through the Nevada Arts Council’s SNAP Grant Program.