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Orvis Foundation and Ted Nigro support arts education


sierra-arts-logo-273x300-4422898-7313496SIERRA ARTS FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE – Sierra Arts Foundation is proud to designate its 2013/2014 Arts in Education residencies in honor of long time Arthur and Mae Orvis Foundation Board of Directors member Theodore A. Nigro. Ted championed arts in education efforts in Washoe County for over 20 years and the Sierra Arts residency program in schools began and was sustained as a result of his advocacy. Washoe County School District students at Bennett, Dunn, Echo Loder, Hidden Valley, Lincoln Park and Peavine Elementary Schools will become engaged and enriched through sequential arts education in visual arts, theater, music, dance and literary arts which address the Common Core State Standards.

Ted Nigro 2013/2014 Arts in Education Program funding is provided by the Arthur and Mae Orvis Foundation. The $70,000 contribution by the Orvis Foundation helps to send six local professional artists into elementary schools for year long residencies. Our Artist Educators work to engage students, teach deeply in their content areas, and infuse the arts across core curriculum.

To support Sierra Arts Foundation Arts in Education residencies or any of its programs, including Arts Alternatives, Sierra Arts Gallery, Grants To Artists, Elder Care Concert Series, or Arts Integration, become a member at www.sierra-arts.org, call 775-329-2787, or stop in the office at 17 South Virginia Street, in the bottom of the historic Riverside Building.

The Sierra Arts Foundation’s mission as a local arts agency is to be the region’s premier arts organization with an emphasis on teaching, nurturing and supporting the arts in our community. Sierra Arts strives to provide education opportunities for artists of all ages, as well as development and training, financial support and promotional and marketing assistance. Sierra Arts creates and manages spaces and venues throughout our community for artists to perform and display their work. For more information about Sierra Arts Foundation visit us on the web at sierra-arts.org or call 775-329-2787.

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