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RENO, Nev. — Totals are in, and Artown’s “Give $3, Keep Artown Free” campaign brought in more than $25,000 in donations over the 31-day festival. Contributions ranged from change in people’s pockets to $100 or more and were made at Artown events in Wingfield Park throughout July as well as at 30 northern Nevada U.S. Bank locations, through envelopes inserted into the Reno Gazette-Journal and online at RenoIsArtown.com.
Artown, a non-profit organization, launched the “Give $3, Keep Artown Free” campaign to encourage the community to support Artown’s vibrant and noteworthy performances held throughout July. Of the festival’s nearly 400 events 63 percent are free. The goal of the program is to increase individual contributions so the festival can continue to present the high-caliber free programming attendees have come to expect. In 2010 such free programming included the festival’s Monday Night Music Series, Family Series and World Music Series along with Opening and Closing Nights.
For more information on Artown, visit www.RenoIsArtown.com or call the office at 775-322-1538.
Honored by the National Endowment for the Arts with the Access to Artistic Excellence grant for two consecutive years, Artown is one of the nation’s most comprehensive arts and culture festivals attracting more than 300,000 people in 2009 for a plethora of events with more than 60 percent offered free to the public. With more than 100 partners, the month-long festival takes place at venues citywide. Artown receives major funding from the City of Reno, is sponsored by U.S. Bank, Grand Sierra Resort, NV Energy, International Game Technology, Waste Management, Reno-Tahoe USA, JLH Inc., Basin Street Properties, Reno Gazette-Journal, KOLO 8 News Now, KTHX-FM and KNPB with additional support from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Artown is supported by Stimulus Funding through the Nevada Arts Council’s SNAP Grant Program.