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Nevada Arts Council awards grant funding statewide

By Chris Moran

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Arts Council Board has approved 120 grants for a total of $609,623 in support of arts programs and projects to enhance communities statewide.

The NAC’s Arts Learning grants, Project Grants and Partners in Excellence Grants for fiscal year 2015 went to nonprofit organizations and public institutions in 10 Nevada counties. Grants were awarded at the NAC Board’s May meeting. Review panels convened in public meetings to evaluate the grant applications and recommend funding amounts for the board to consider.

“We are always delighted and encouraged by the quality and breadth of project applications received each year,” Susan Boskoff, NAC executive director, said. “While we would love to fund them at the panel-recommended levels, we are hampered by severe budget cuts we continue to endure. Still, we are investing in valuable programs and a cultural infrastructure that enrich Nevada.”

Though each category of grants serves a different purpose, all result in increased economic opportunity and access to arts and cultural experiences within Nevada communities, Boskoff said.

Arts Learning Grants support arts education projects and artist residencies by arts and community organizations, schools and public institutions. Grant amounts reflect an average reduction of 45.3 percent from panel-recommended funding. Up to $7,500 may be requested. Grantees are:

After-School All-Stars Las Vegas $3,703
Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada Carson City $2,470
Clark County Children’s Choir Las Vegas $3,470
Clark County Public Education Foundation Las Vegas $3,525
Gateway Gallery Las Vegas $2,250
Girls Rock Vegas Las Vegas $3,730
Hunsberger Elementary Reno $1,989
Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association Las Vegas $3,183
Lake Tahoe SummerFest Incline Village $3,648
Minden Elementary School Minden $3,566
Northern Nevada Arts Council Winnemucca $3,566
Pioneer Center Youth Programs Reno $3,744
Sage Ridge School Reno $3,894
Sierra Watercolor Society Reno $3,634
Smith Center for Performing Arts Las Vegas $3,197
Southern Nevada Handweavers & Spinners Guild Las Vegas $1,851
Trinkle Brass Works Las Vegas $3,060

 

Arts Learning Component funding supports ongoing arts education programs of Partners in Excellence grantees (Partners of Excellence grantees listed below) . Grant amounts reflect an average reduction of 46.2 percent from panel-recommended funding. Up to $7,500 may be requested.

Artown Reno $3,552
Bruka Theatre Reno $2,986
Capital City Arts Initiative Carson City $3,738
Carson City Symphony Association Carson City $3,809
Carson Valley Arts Council Minden $3,190
Chinese New Year in the Desert Las Vegas $3,083
Churchill Arts Council Fallon $3,192
Clark County Parks & Recreation – Cultural Affairs Division Las Vegas $3,179
Discovery Children’s Museum Las Vegas $3,514
Friends of the Las Vegas Youth Orchestras Las Vegas $3,024
Goldwell Open Air Museum Beatty $2,111
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival Incline Village $3,850
Las Vegas Philharmonic Las Vegas $3,012
Mile High Jazz Band Carson City $1,158
Nevada Chamber Symphony Henderson $3,568
Nevada Museum of Art Reno $3,269
Nevada Opera Association Reno $3,594
Nevada School for the Arts Las Vegas $3,024
Note-Able Music Therapy Services Sparks $3,218
Reno Jazz Orchestra Reno $3,581
Reno Little Theatre Reno $2,716
Reno Philharmonic Association Reno $3,295
Sierra Arts Foundation Reno $3,456
Sierra Nevada Ballet Reno $2,999
Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society Las Vegas $3,406
St. Mary’s Art Center Virginia City $2,733
Traditional American Music Project Reno $3,634
Western Folklife Center Elko $3,526
Yerington Theatre for the Arts Yerington $3,769

 

Project Grants support arts and cultural activities of non-arts organizations and public institutions that are integral to the applicant’s overall mission and goals. Grant amounts listed reflect an average reduction of 20.7 percent from panel-recommended funding. Up to $6,500 may be requested.

Black Rock Design Institute Reno $3,921
Nevada Indian Commission Carson City $3,944
Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Assoc. Las Vegas $3,335
Tahoe Gallery at Sierra Nevada College Incline Village $4,279
UNLV Department of Music Las Vegas $3,685
UNR Performing Arts Series Reno $4,386
UNR Reno Jazz Festival Reno $4,439
UNR Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery Reno $3,289

 

Partners in Excellence Grants support Nevada’s established arts and cultural organizations through two tiers and six levels of funding based on applicant budget size. Grants in Tier II apply for two-year funding in even fiscal years. Partners in Excellence Grants applications also may request up to $7,500 per year in support of integrated arts education programming through Arts Learning Component funding.

Partners in Excellence Grants: Tier I, Level  1
Grant amounts listed reflect an average reduction of 19.7 percent from panel-recommended funding. Up to $4,000 may be requested.

Bella Voce Reno $2,768
Carson Valley Community Theatre Minden $2,452
Desert Skye Pipes and Drums Las Vegas $2,677
Kalahi Philippine Folkloric Ensemble Las Vegas $2,854
Las Vegas Highland Dance Las Vegas $2,688
Las Vegas Master Singers Las Vegas $2,516
Nevada Woodchucks Reno $2,586
Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association Reno $2,934
Southern Nevada Chapter – American Guild of Organists Las Vegas $2,843

 

Partners in Excellence Grants: Tier 1, Level2
Grant amounts listed reflect an average reduction of 42.7 percent from panel-recommended funding. Up to $6,500 may be requested.

Austin Dancers Las Vegas $3,201
Chinese New Year in the Desert Las Vegas $2,792
TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada Reno $3,126

 

Partners in Excellence Grants: Tier 1, Level 3
Grant amounts listed reflect an average reduction of 42.8 percent from panel-recommended funding. Up to $8,000 may be requested.

Capital City Arts Initiative Carson City $4,292
Carson City Symphony Carson City $3,949
Carson Valley Arts Council Minden $3,522
Celtic Celebration Reno $2,958
Dam Short Film Society Boulder City $4,292
Desert Chorale, The Las Vegas $4,223
Get in the Act! Arts in Action Stateline $3,758
Goldwell Open Air Museum Beatty $4,475
Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Reno $3,774
Holland Project, The Reno $4,109
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival Incline Village $4,071
Left of Center Art Gallery North Las Vegas $3,575
Mile High Jazz Band Carson City $3,552
Nevada Chamber Symphony Henderson $4,414
Nevada Opera Association Reno $4,528
Reno Jazz Orchestra Reno $3,934
Reno Pops Orchestra Reno $4,139
Ruby Mountain Symphony Elko $4,056
Shooting the West Winnemucca $3,354
Sierra School of Performing Arts Reno $3,507
Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society Las Vegas $3,438
Sparks Heritage Foundation & Museum Sparks $3,415
St. Mary’s Art Center Virginia City $3,636
Tahoe Arts Project South Lake Tahoe $3,522
Traditional American Music Project Reno $3,598
Wild Horse Productions Carson City $4,162
Yerington Theatre for the Arts Yerington $4,498

 

Partners in Excellence: Tier II Grants
The following 42 organizations will receive the second year funding as listed below for both their two-year Partnership in Excellence Grants and Arts Learning Component funding.

Partners in Excellence Grants: Tier II, Level 4
Grant amounts reflect an average reduction of 44.8 percent from panel-recommended funding. Up to $16,000 may be requested.

Arts for the Schools Truckee $8,069
Bruka Theatre Reno $8,056
Friends of the Las Vegas Youth Orchestras Las Vegas $8,334
Las Vegas Shakespeare Company Las Vegas $5,711
Masterworks Chorale Las Vegas $5,812
Metro Arts Council of Southern Nevada Las Vegas $7,981
Note-Able Music Therapy Services Sparks $8,169
Reno Dance Company Reno $5,951
Reno Little Theatre Reno $6,492
Sierra Nevada Ballet Reno $7,545
Signature Productions Las Vegas $7,804

 

Partners in Excellence Grants: Tier II, Level 5
Grant amounts reflect an average reduction of 39.4 percent from panel-recommended funding. Up to $24,000 may be requested.

AVA Ballet Reno $12,021
Churchill Arts Council Fallon $11,962
Nevada School of the Arts Las Vegas $11,813
Reno Chamber Orchestra Reno $13,643
Sierra Arts Foundation Reno $13,997
VSA Arts of Nevada Reno $12,854

 

Partners in Exellence Grants: Tier II, Level 6
Grant amounts reflect an average reduction of 44.7 percent from panel-recommended funding. Up to $30,000 may be requested.

Artown Reno $15,690
City of Las Vegas – Office of Cultural Affairs Las Vegas $11,901
Clark County Parks & Recreation – Cultural Affairs Division Las Vegas $11,552
Discovery Children’s Museum Las Vegas $11,529
Las Vegas Philharmonic Las Vegas $10,831
Nevada Ballet Theatre Las Vegas $13,272
Nevada Museum of Art Reno $15,480
Nevada Public Radio Las Vegas $15,132
Reno Philharmonic Association Reno $15,039
Western Folklife Center Elko $15,809

 

 

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