A dozen Nevada artists and organizations were awarded Jackpot Grants from the Nevada Arts Council for the fourth quarter of the fiscal year.
The Jackpot Grants, which range up to $1,000, are designed to support first-time or sudden opportunity arts and arts learning/education projects initiated by artists, teaching artists, schools, nonprofit organizations and public institutions.
Grant recipients include:
Amanda Alvey, Sparks, $700: To create and hold an acting and music class for teens. The class is called “Audition Skills: Musical Theatre and Beyond!” and will culminate in a showcase for the students.
The Clark County Children’s Choir, Las Vegas, $1,000: To support the 5th annual choral festival for local charter and private schools. The event theme is “I Dream a World.”
Todd R. Green, Minden, $1,000: For a lecture and hands-on demonstration of string, flute and percussion instruments from many different parts of the world. This teaching project will be attended by approximately 150 students, grades 6-12, as well as local senior citizens.
Paula Jacoby-Garrett, Henderson, $784: To support creation of a catalog for artists and visitors of the upcoming exhibit MONUMENTS at The Studio at Sahara West Library Art Gallery in Las Vegas.
Chelsie Kern, Reno, $905: To help bring artist June Canedo to Reno for an exhibition in the Holland Gallery, as well as host a speaking/educational forum in conjunction with Holland Project, the Downtown Library, and Reno Advancement for Gender Equality (RAGE).
Linda Lister, Las Vegas, $800: To help support creation of a CD of her original compositions. She is a soprano soloist and composer and the tentative title of the CD is “Pleas to Famous Fairies: Songs by Linda Lister.”
Sandra Neace, Sparks, $674.23: To help take her original one-person play, “A Taco Truck On Every Corner….Or Dreaming In English,” to The Prague Fringe Festival.
Orgonym dba ARTECH, Reno, $700: To support the 3rd year of the Washoe County School District Sculpture Competition. This is a community partnership and entries come from all Washoe County High Schools, alternative schools and a few middle schools.
Erika V. Paul, Sparks, $836.77: To support a hands-on improvisation presentation for the Nevada State Music Teachers 2018 “In Tune With Excellence” Conference. The presentation is called “Faking it with Style and Smarts” and was created for the local branch of the Northern Nevada Music Teachers Association.
Eugene Shapiro, Henderson, $800: To support a concert at the Winchester Cultural Center celebrating the International Jazz Day 2018. The concert will feature music of great Jazz artists and will be free and open to the public.
Sierra Nevada Ballet, Reno, $1,000: To support partial choreographers’ honoraria for its “Brew, Brats and Ballet” performances hosted by Reno Little Theater and Carson City’s Brewery Arts Center. The event showcases new and original short works performed by the SNB company and members of its Apprentice Program.
Phillip Zawarus, Las Vegas, $800: To support the purchase of materials for the final installation piece of the visual art installation “Hyperborea.” The installation is a digitally fabricated archipelago conceived from the work of second-year undergraduate architecture and landscape architecture students under the advisement of Phillip as a faculty member at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
A panel of specialists made the selections on March 12 after reviewing applications and required support material. The fourth quarter Jackpot review panel was chaired by NAC board member Annie Zucker and members included Bobbie Ann Howell, visual arts, Las Vegas; Tami Shelton, arts learning & dance, Reno; Beverly Patton, music, Las Vegas and McKenzi Swinehart, theatre, Reno. The Nevada Arts Council board of directors made final approval of the grants at its March 26 meeting.
The Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, was founded in 1967 as the state agency charged with ensuring that state and national funds support cultural activity and encourage participation in the arts throughout Nevada. The agency’s programs and services are designed to support creative expression, animate communities, diversify local economies and provide lifelong learning in the arts for all Nevadans. The Nevada Arts Council is funded by the State of Nevada, the National Endowment for the Arts, and other public and private sources.