CARSON CITY, Nev. — Registration is being taken for the Arts @ the Heart Convening conference, June 4-5 at the Siena Hotel Spa and Casino in Reno. A program of the Nevada Arts Council, the conference will focus on building community through art.
“Arts @ the Heart is a great mix of celebration, inspiration and learning,” Susan Boskoff, NAC executive director, said. “I am eager to reconnect with constituents from around the state, and hear from our roster of esteemed speakers and practitioners.”
Keynote speaker Doug Borwick, from North Carolina, manages two nonprofit organizations, blogs on “Engaging Matters” and has served as president of the board for the Association of Arts Administration Educators. Other speakers will discuss such topics as gaining the competitive edge in grant writing, digital storytelling, cultural leadership in the 21st century and inclusive and sustainable programming. Speakers include Maryo Gard Ewell from Colorado Creative Industries, Kristen Madsen from the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, Melissa Melero from Great Basin Native Artists, representatives from Holland Project Reno and Barbara Mackey, director of the Historic Fourth Ward School in Virginia City.
For a complete list of speakers, agenda and registration information, visit the conference website.
NAC provides professional development grants of up to $350 to cover costs associated with attending the conference for Nevadans traveling more than 100 miles round-trip to attend. The Arts @ the Heart Convening is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Brewery Arts Center, Liberty Fine Art Gallery and the Carson City Visitors Bureau. Details: 775-687-7109 or [email protected].
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 NAC 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. Details: 775-687-6680, nac.nevadaculture.org.