NEVADA ARTS COUNCIL NEWS RELEASE – The Nevada Arts Council has announced its new slate of officers through 2014. Reno’s Julia Arger is chair; Deon Reynolds, Eureka, is vice-chair; and Javier Trujillo, Henderson, is secretary-treasurer. Originally appointed in 2008, Arger was reappointed by Governor Brian Sandoval in 2012 for a second four-year term.
“With a background in teaching and business, Arger brings a passion for expanding access to the arts and arts learning for Nevadans of all ages,” said Susan Boskoff, executive director of the Arts Council. Reynolds is an internationally recognized photographer who has made Eureka his home since 2005. “He is an advocate for artists of all genres and for community-based arts programs in rural and isolated communities,” Boskoff said. Trujillo has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Arizona’s School of Music and as a music teacher at several schools in Tucson, AZ and Las Vegas. He is a strong advocate for K-12 arts education and a member of the City of Henderson’s intergovernmental relations team, Boskoff said.
The nine-member board appointed by the governor promotes cultural policies and programs to benefit residents throughout the state and makes final decisions on Arts Council grant allocations.
The Nevada Arts Council is a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. Created as a state agency in 1967, the Arts Council is charged with ensuring that state and national funds support cultural activity and encourage participation in the arts throughout Nevada. In addition to providing hundreds of grants to arts and community-based organizations, schools, artists and local municipalities across the state, the Arts Council coordinates a variety of statewide programs and activities such as the annual Poetry Out Loud recitation competition for high-school aged students, traveling exhibits, artist residencies, workshops and cultural assessments. The Arts Council receives funding from the Nevada State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and other private and public sources.