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McQuay offers free public workshop to harness creativity with words and art

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Tracy McQuayNCOT NEWS — Tracy McQuay, a recipient of a 2013 Nevada Arts Council Artist Fellowship in Literary Arts, is hosting a hands-on workshop for those interested in tapping the creativity within. During “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” McQuay will guide participants through the creative process using words and art at a free public event at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25 at the Carson City Library.

Carson City resident McQuay graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a dual degree in education and a master’s degree in integrating arts into education. A teacher at Mark Twain Elementary, in the community in which she was raised, McQuay facilitates a multi-grade afterschool program where students read, write and dramatize poetry. She is a member of the Ash Canyon Poets and the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators. Her poetry has been published in several national literary magazines.

“Sometimes we overwhelm ourselves with the thought of being creative. We want to do something meaningful but it seems we never have the time,” McQuay said.  “We have so many choices and that can stop us right there. What can we do when we want to acknowledge a moment or event without paralyzing ourselves with options?”

The Artist Fellowship Program recognizes outstanding Nevada artists who demonstrate excellence in their work. “In June 2012, panelists reviewed 72 applications submitted by artists working in the literary, performing and visual arts,” said Susan Boskoff, executive director of the Arts Council. The Arts Council Board awarded six fellowships of $5,000 each: two each in literary, visual and performing arts. Nine Fellowship honorable mention awards of $500 were awarded as well.

In addition to using the grant award to produce art during the fellowship year, each fellow provides a free public event relevant to his or her discipline, through readings, exhibitions, performances, and master classes.

For information on the “Rock, Paper, Scissors” workshop, contact [email protected]

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