Arts

A New Push For Arts In Sparks

Jun 30, 2018
Francine Burge

The city of Sparks was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and they hope residents will have a say in how to spend it. The city’s Special Event Supervisor Francine Burge sat down with our reporter, Holly Hutchings, to talk about building the city’s art programs.

Joe Sale Photography

Reno is becoming the new home for a large, so-called Space Whale sculpture. Our News Director Michelle Billman chatted with contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno to learn more.

The sculpture is a life-size representation of a humpback whale mother and her calf. There were roughly 1,700 individual glass panels installed in this ambitious piece of public art.

The project is paid for out of the city’s portion of room tax funds that go into the city’s arts budget. 

Noah Glick

The American West is characterized by intense periods of drought and unpredictable weather patterns. For some regional artists, the weather itself serves as a muse for art and poetry.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

Ken Lund (CC BY-SA 2.0)

For the first time since the Great Recession, the City of Sparks is creating a strategic plan for arts and culture. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman reports.

The city is home to the Sparks Heritage Museum, a new venue called the Restless Artists Theatre, and The Generator, a maker-space where many Burning Man artworks are crafted.

Francine Burge, with the city, says this is not the first attempt to create a long-term vision.

New Novel Explores Free Speech On College Campuses

Dec 13, 2016

Reno author Bourne Morris has a new novel coming out that examines the complex issue of allowing all free speech on college campuses, even if that speech could offend community members or potentially incite violence. 

Her previous books have explored other university issues, like binge-drinking, plagiarism and college policies on sexual assault.

Looking forward, Morris sees many other issues plaguing colleges across the country, including financial strains that are causing schools to hire more non-tenured faculty, ultimately creating tension with existing professors.

Reno High Schoolers Create Community Murals

Jul 20, 2016
Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

The latest in a series of public art projects created by high school students has been unveiled. Reno Public Radio’s Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy was there and has more.

Along busy Wedekind Road in north Reno, a group of high schoolers and their parents admire the whimsical and colorful mural that the students have painted.

Photos: Artown 2016's Opening Night

Jul 1, 2016
Tracey Sibanda, a Mandela Washington Fellow, hangs out with Spider Man in Wingfield Park for the opening night of Artown 2016. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African leaders is being held at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

Musicians, street artists and community members kicked off Artown with the Opening Night Jubilee in downtown Reno’s Wingfield Park.

Among the bunches of musicians and artists, you might have seen Jennifer Charboneau crouched over an easel, painting a bright yellow flower in a purple vase. While she enjoys doing street art, she would like to see the Reno art scene evolve.

“I think a lot of us are thinking bigger scale and a lot more public art, which is great.  Everybody loves to work bigger,” she said.

Reno Food Trucks 'Transcend Culture, Religion, Language'

Jun 25, 2016

Every week during the summer about 3,000 people, mostly college students and families, make their way to Idlewild Park for “Food Truck Friday."

Children laugh and do cartwheels on the grass and lawn chairs are clustered in the shade of the trees. Live music floats over to the food trucks, which are parked in two long rows. Their windows are open and cooks hurry to serve twisting lines of customers. 

One of these customers is Christine Novicio, who has just ordered what is called a “Truck Burger”.

Artown: Tenfold Growth Since Launch

Jun 10, 2016
Artown Executive Director Beth Macmillan speaks for the "Creative Buzz" lecture series in downtown Reno's The Basement market.
Natalie Van Hoozer

In just a few weeks, organizers will kick off the 21st annual Artown festival. The organization anticipates 300,000 people will attend events throughout the month of July.

These estimates mark a large growth for the non-profit; when Artown started in 1996, attendance was 30,000 people.

The festival’s Executive Director Beth Macmillan said the growth of Artown reaches beyond the humanities.

Reno Author Publishes Holocaust Story After Waiting Decades

Jun 2, 2016

After more than 20 years of waiting, Reno author Judith Schumer has finally published In the Presence of My Enemies, the story of Holocaust survivor Adam Zurawin. He was labeled as a Nazi collaborator, but Schumer says that claim is not true and wants to set the record straight.

Author Interview: Building Community In Virginia City

Jun 1, 2016

Local writer Shaun Griffin has just published a memoir about his work over the past 25 years building a sense of community and securing critical resources for the residents of Virginia City. The book is called Anthem for a Burnished Land: What We Leave in this Desert of Work and Words. In this extended interview, he spoke to our contributors Christina Barr and Alan Deutschman about the book and his difficult journey as a community advocate.

From UNR President To Poet: An Interview With Joe Crowley

Apr 23, 2016
Theresa Crowley

Joe Crowley was president of the University of Nevada, Reno for a record 23 years. Now in retirement, he's focusing on another passion, poetry, and has just published a collection called Hats Off to the Cap. To hone his skills, Crowley actually took a writing workshop at UNR, studying alongside several young undergraduates.

"I did not disclose my identity; I was just Joe. I wanted them to just think of me as this old guy Joe."

Plans For New Fine Arts Building At UNR Move Forward

Mar 29, 2016
Antony Griffiths / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Board of Regents has approved plans for a new fine arts building on the UNR campus.  Danna O'Connor reports.

The center will be more than 35,000 square feet and will be built adjacent to the Church Fine Arts building, connected by a walkway.  Larry Engstrom is Director of the School of the Arts. He says that in addition to a new 300 seat rehearsal hall, there is also room for an expanded art museum.

Not One, But Two Horse Exhibits In Reno

Mar 11, 2016
Nevada Museum of Art

The Nevada Museum of Art has not one--but two--horse exhibitions on display right now. The first is called, well, The Horse and it's a traveling show that shares the history of horses, which were actually pretty different 50 million years ago.

"Some of them were the size of small dogs all the way up to the size of present day horses," says JoAnne Northrup with the museum. "There was a huge range of forms, too. Some of them looked a little bit more like zebras. It's just crazy."

Alexa Ard

We recently covered Directions 2016, an economics conference in Reno. Unlike in the past, this year’s conference included what's called a cultural forecast.  While other speakers focused on economic trends, Colin Robertson, curator of education for the Nevada Museum of Art, looked closely at the impact art could have on Nevada’s economy. To learn more, our reporter Rocio Hernandez sat down with him.

Elko's Cowboy Poetry Gathering In Full Swing

Jan 29, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Cowboys and cowgirls have convened in Elko for the 32nd annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering, celebrating the oral traditions of the Old West. Reporter Julia Ritchey is there and has more.

From spontaneous jam sessions to spoken-word performances, the event draws nearly 6,000 people and has become a major boon to the local economy.

“These next three days are the busiest days all year for us,” says Jessie Deleon, a bartender at the Duncan Middle Creek Bar & Gallery in downtown Elko.

The Nevada Historical Society has a new exhibit featuring photographs taken inside Reno casinos during the 1970s and '80s. Reno Public Radio's Danna O'Connor has the details. 

The exhibit is called “Black and White Risk” and the photos are unusual in that photography is banned in Nevada casinos.  The photographer is Jan Aphelin who started working in casinos in the early 1960’s and began secretly taking photos almost immediately.

Drinking With Clowns

Baldo Bobadilla is more than a local musician; he’s an emerging leader in the Reno arts community. Along with organizing last fall’s Off Beat Music Festival, which drew thousands of concert-goers downtown, Bobadilla runs a nonprofit that provides art education to local kids.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick sat down with Bobadilla to hear his story.

As lead singer and guitarist of Drinking With Clowns, Baldo Bobadilla brings a funky Latin sound to the Reno music scene. And when it comes to music, he says anything goes.

Alexa Ard

The University of Nevada, Reno is getting a new fine arts building. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

With approval from the Board of Regents for the Nevada System of Higher Education earlier this month, UNR can now move forward with planning and construction. The school has already raised more than $19 million dollars from private donors to cover the $20 million price tag, but enough about money.

Festival Changes Bug Some Burners

Sep 2, 2015
KNPR

Burning Man's in full force in northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.  Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne reports that this year there are some significant changes on the playa:

Two big festival changes include the addition of CrowdRx as Burning Man’s new health care provider and the reduction of drone permits from 200 last year to just 30.  

Jenny Kane is the Reno Gazette Journal’s Burning Man Reporter. She says the change that has sparked the most controversy among some “burners” is a new dance music area that has been pushed to the outskirts of Black Rock City.