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City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission 2017-18 Grants

CIty of Reno

The City of Reno is currently accepting 2017-2018 grant applications online!

Project Grants 

Project, community festivals, special performances, exhibitions and other events may benefit all area residents, but must be of definable benefit to Reno residents.  A performance, exhibit or other activity must take place within the City of Reno’s city limits.  If a project involves activities in a variety of areas, the portion taking place in Reno, or of primary benefit to Reno residents, will be the portion eligible for consideration.  


July Grants 

The July events may be anywhere within the Reno city limits during the month of July. All events must be free and open to the general public.  Events should be designed to attract the maximum number of people, as appropriate for the event and site.  Funds may be used to support community festivals, special performances, exhibitions, concerts and other events. 


Reno Rotary and Reno Arts & Culture Commission Sculpture Park

Bicentennial Reno Rotary Sculpture Garden will be celebrating its opening on Friday, November 4th, 2016 at 1:30 pm. 
 SusieLang-RenoLens  The Reno Arts & Culture Commission and Public Art Committee are pleased to announce the Rotary Club of Reno Sculpture Park, a rotating outdoor exhibition that will be an integral part of Reno’s growing public art program. Works will be on display for one year - through October 2017 at BiCentennial Park. Through a local juried selection, six new sculptures from artists Colin O,Bryan, Brett Moten, Carolyn Guerra, Jeff Shomberg, Grant Miller, and Eileen Gay were selected by members of the  Public Art Committee and Reno Arts & Culture Commission. 


Current Gallery Shows

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Metro Gallery - City Hall

Metro Gallery - Paint and Metal, Paintings by Mahsan Ghazianzad & Sculpture by Grant Miller

Artist Reception: April 6th, 5:00-7:00 pm

Metro Gallery in City Hall hosts joint exhibition featuring painter Mahsan Ghazianzad and sculptor Grant Miller. Ghazianzad's expressive abstract compositions demonstrate emotion, thought, sensations, and tie together seamlessly to Miller's three-dimensional sculptures, together provoking thought, laughter, and wonder. The works being shown include Ghazianzad's large-scale oil and charcoal paintings, and Miller's salvaged-parts sculptures, creating an enveloping landscape to walk into. 

For more information check out their websites:

Grant Miller and Mahsan Postcard Image

McKinley Arts & Culture Center

Gallery West - Every Image Has A Story photographs by Dotty Molt 

Artist Reception: April 6th, 5:00-7:00 pm

Gallery West in McKinley Arts & Culture Center hosts fine art photographer Dotty Molt! Molt’s colorful and eloquent photographs demonstrate stories, open doors, and a journey of enlightenment. The works being shown illustrate a dynamic and creative perception of land art photography, and its contemporary use. 

Her work is largely focused on an exploratory journey she underwent starting early last year, traveling across the country in her car and solely focusing on her art. The set of photographs being shown are representative of immersing one’s self in the world, surrounding yourself with wilderness, and being tested to find one’s true self. 

Find out more at Dotty's website:


Dotty Molt Postcard Image


Gallery East - Nature in Black and White photographs by Barbara Crawford

Artist Reception: April 6th, 5:00-7:00 pm

Gallery East in McKinley Arts Center hosts monochromatic photographer Barbie Crawford. Barbie Crawford is a professional photographer residing in the Lake Tahoe area, and creates detailed macro-photography portraits of the natural world around her. Much of the artists subjects have been found throughout her years of solitary hiking trips in back country Tahoe. Her work draws much from the inspiration of the flora and fauna around her, her unrelenting passion for the land and wilderness, and how compositionally intriguing subjects can become when presented on a macro scale. Taken from the artists own statement:

“I’ve become drawn to the tiny and unique things in nature often overlooked. . . if you just take a moment, look real close, even the smallest things in the natural world can be really amazing…and have become the inspiration for many of my photographs.”


 Barbara Crawford Postcard Image

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 

We are thrilled to announce that the City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission has joined the 2016 national research study, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5). Your participation is crucial to the success of this initiative, which will quantify the economic impact of Reno’s arts and cultural industry — an outcome that will benefit us all.




Audience Surveys—A unique aspect of AEP5 is the “Audience-Intercept Survey," which are surveys collected by organizations from attendees at their events. Available in a paper and online format, the survey is completely anonymous and takes three minutes to complete. There will be many benefits to your organization for the facilitation of this survey - not only will the survey help the City-wide initiative of learning the economic impact of the arts to our economy but you will learn more about your audience members so you can market to them more effectively. 

Survey forms are downloadable below, or we can give you paper copies. Please contact directly at 775.326.6697 or so we can walk you through the process.  


Links to the PDF surveybatch cover sheet and instructions here


Around the Arch Blog

Check out Around the Arch, the City of Reno blog, for updates on the arts in Northern Nevada


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Cultural Master Plan

The City of Reno adopted the Cultural Master Plan in 2012

About Arts and Culture 

Musical Performance at Wingfield Amphitheater

The City of Reno is a leader in arts and culture. The community has a rich variety of special events, historic buildings, performing arts and galleries. A strong public art program helps sustain and encourage downtown economic development. Cultural diversity and history are embraced and interwoven within the fabric of our city. Discover why we are Artown year round.


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