|The Nevada Arts Council is examining the efforts, wants and needs of towns across the state as it builds a three-year plan to support local efforts, and is looking for local input.A series of town meetings is set to engage in conversations with Nevadans. NAC staff plans to explore the cultural needs of large and small communities, the role of the arts in the Silver State and to evaluate NAC’s role as a state agency.
In Reno, the meeting is from 9 to 11 a.m. March 20 at the McKinley Arts and Cultural Center, 925 Riverside Drive. The meeting is co-sponsored by the Sierra Arts Foundation, the city of Reno Arts and Culture Commission and Renown Health Foundation. Details: Sierra Arts Foundation, 775-329-2787.
“Everyone — artists, educators, parents, elected officials, business people and concerned individuals — is invited to our arts town meetings,” said Susan Boskoff, Nevada Arts Council executive director. “We’ve designed them as an occasion to acknowledge community vitality, discuss local challenges and set cultural priorities, as well as to gather information to update the NAC’s strategic plan.”
Information gathered at those meetings and through an online survey will help shape the Arts Council’s strategic plan, Values & Vision, 2016-2019, Boskoff said.
The town meetings offer a chance to have a one-on-one dialogue with Arts Council representatives as they update the current plan, which then is submitted to the National Endowment for the Arts, the agency’s national funding source.
In addition to the local meetings, the public may contribute to the conversation through a survey that seeks comments on local arts activities. For those who cannot attend an arts town meeting, or want to comment on specific issues, the 2014 Values & Vision Survey is available online in English and Spanish on the Nevada Arts Council’s website at nac.nevadaculture.org. Print copies are available by calling 775-687-6680.
Arts Town Meetings are co-sponsored by a variety of local nonprofit organizations, businesses and government entities. Go to the Nevada Arts Council’s website for the current schedule. The meeting schedule is as follows:
The Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, is the agency 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 throughout 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. For more information, please visit nac.nevadaculture.org.
Chris Moran has lived in Reno since 1996, and currently works at the Nevada Division of Tourism as a public relations specialist. She is a former editor and writer at the Reno Gazette-Journal, and has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Her hobbies include skiing, hiking, reading, photography, coffee and coffeehouses, and exploring Nevada. Check out her blog at www.ChrisinNevada.wordpress.com.