Arts and Culture

VIDEO: Stewart Indian School Cultural Center, Museum On The Way

Jul 19, 2018

Image of Jake Shimabukuro performing on-stage
Artown / Jake Shimabukuro

Artown is underway in Reno, and along with some big names, this year’s month-long celebration of the arts also includes a master of a small instrument: the ukulele.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick caught up with ukulele musician Jake Shimabukuro over the phone during his current tour.

Stewart Indian School Cultural Center, Museum On The Way

Jul 13, 2018
A man stands at a podium under a large white tent raising his hat and bowing his head with a group of people behind him also bowing their heads
Holly Hutchings

The Stewart Indian School in Carson City opened in 1890. Like similar schools across the country, the original goal was to assimilate Native American children and eliminate their culture and traditions. It closed its doors 90 years later in 1980. On Wednesday, alumni, tribal leaders and government officials gathered for a blessing ceremony for the future Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum, which will open next year. Our reporter Holly Hutchings has the story.

Nevada Museum of Art

This Saturday, July 14, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony joins with the Nevada Museum of Art to celebrate Native American art, culture, community and tradition.  The event features Native American artists, dancers storytellers and musicians from a variety of cultures, including Paiute, Washoe,  Shoshone, Pala and Patwin.  The celebration is free from 10am to 5pm at the Nevada Museum of Art. 

Reno Kids Learn To Rope & Ride

Jul 12, 2018
Holly Hutchings

The Reno Rodeo is now in its 99th year. On top of the organization's ten-day annual event, the group also aims to pass down skills and Western culture to the next generation. This year, they partnered with Artown to hold their first-ever kids' rodeo and storytelling event. Our reporter Holly Hutchings was there.

What's New For Artown 2018

Jul 2, 2018
Artown

Artown is in its 23rd year. The month-long festival is something many look forward to. There are nearly 500 total workshops, exhibits, events and activities, and over 70 percent of them are free to the public.  Our listeners might be wondering what’s happening this year. Our arts & culture reporter Holly Hutchings sat down with news director Michelle Billman to break it down for us.

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.

Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola, California is a common destination for 5th and 6th graders from Washoe County. They study STEAM education and team building with Sierra Nevada Journeys, which owns the camp. But come June, the ranch is summer camp central, hosting groups like the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which recently brought 51 campers.

Three men with spray paint standing in front of a mural
Mike Lucido

The Reno Arts and Culture Commission is considering creating an artist-in-residence program within the city. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View has the details.

 

 

Truckee's Plans To Become An Arts Destination

May 23, 2018

Truckee is one of 14 recently designated cultural districts in California. With that designation, volunteers and stakeholders hope to make Truckee an arts destination. Our reporter Holly Hutchings sat down with Lauren Bello, co-chair of the Truckee Public Arts Commission, to talk about their current art exhibit highlighting the Tahoe region, as well as the active and growing art scene in the mountain town.

 

 

Exhibition Honors Genoa Artist Hans Meyer-Kassel

May 18, 2018
Michelle Matus

The works of artist Hans Meyer-Kassel have hung in universities, homes and even castles around the world, and now many are on display at the Nevada Museum of Art. Meyer-Kassel settled in Genoa, where he lived the last chapter of his life, and captured the beauty of the area. Our reporter Holly Hutchings has more.

The front door of the Cowboy Arts and Gear Museum in Elko, Nevada, on a sunny day.
Paul Boger

Dedicated to preserving the tools, traditions and culture of the old west, the Cowboy Arts and Gear Museum opened its doors in Downtown Elko earlier this year. The museum houses a large collection of antiques including bits, spurs and bridles, but mostly, it focuses on the art of saddle making and one of the craft’s greatest practitioners, G.S. Garcia. Housed in a building Garcia built as a shop and showroom in the early 1900’s, Museum Director Jan Petersen takes us on a tour…

New Arts Director Says Big Things Ahead in Carson City

Apr 6, 2018

Carson City is investing more in the arts. In March, the city welcomed its first Arts and Culture Director. Our reporter Holly Hutchings talked to the new director, Mark Salinas about his role and the future of arts and culture in the Capital city.

(Amy Pearl/WNYC)

Radiolab is a popular show aired all across the nation on public radio stations out of WNYC in New York. The show focuses on various topics revolving around science and philosophy. Jad Abumrad, the show’s creator, started it in 2002, and it has since become a popular podcast and has also hosted live events. Our reporter Joey Lovato recently talked with Abumrad about his journey through radio and his style of storytelling.

Holly Hutchings

Teenagers hoping to clinch the title of state champion for the Poetry Out Loud program gathered last weekend at a competition in Reno. Our reporter Holly Hutchings was there and has the story.

Nine high school students take turns standing on stage at the KNPB studios in near darkness, illuminated only by a few lights aimed in their direction. They take their mark, facing rows of family members, strangers, and two tables of judges. Then, they deliver their words, some written hundreds of years ago.  

Sneaking Into Marineland To Ride Killer Whales

Feb 20, 2018

 

In his memoir Mulligan’s Wake, author Dave Mulligan recounts some of his outlandish adventures as a young adult following the death of his father. Many of the stories are littered with humor and absurd situations, but at the heart of his writing is an honest look at one man's attempt to grieve for his deceased father in an unconventional way.

Perhaps the most unbelievable story took place decades ago when Mulligan paid a late night visit to Marineland in Palos Verdes, California, which has since closed.

The 34th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering wrapped up in Elko over the weekend. Its theme focused on herding cultures, with a heavy emphasis on Basque people. Our News Director Michelle Billman spoke with two Basque performers who were highlighted during the festival.

Photo by Jimmie Smith courtesy of Special Collections Department, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries

Ski season is officially underway in Reno-Tahoe. Today, historian Alicia Barber looks back at the early days of the area’s ski industry in this episode of “Time and Place.”

Interview: Homebrewing In Northern Nevada

Nov 16, 2017
Niche Podcast

One of our community partners, Niche Podcast, profiles local people with unique passions. In this episode, they talk to Josh Dills, who owns a homebrew store in Sparks, to learn more about his hobby-turned-business.

Brewing beer at home is a growing trend nationwide and in Northern Nevada.

Stephanie Serrano

“Unsettled,” the Nevada Museum of Art’s most recent exhibition, forces attention away from traditional art spaces, like New York, and brings an emphasis to works created in the West. Our Reporter Stephanie Serrano checked out the exhibit and has this story.

At a recent talk at the Nevada Museum of Art, a theater full of community members welcomes JoAnne Northrup, the curator of the exhibition.

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