Arts and Culture

Holly Hutchings

Burning Man may be held in the Nevada desert, but its interest and appeal has a much wider reach. Visitors come from all over the world to attend the week-long festival, and even more people who don't attend have their curiosity piqued by tales from the playa. Trevor Hughes, Reporter for USA Today, has captured stories there for three years and stopped by our studio to talk to our arts reporter, Holly Hutchings before he headed up for burn number four.

Lessons From The Playa: Burning Man Founder Michael Mikel

Aug 28, 2018
Holly Hutchings

Michael Mikel is a co-founder of Burning Man, the international anti-establishment festival in the desert, and has been involved since 1988. He still attends and has a small camp on the outskirts of the playa, where he says it feels more like the Burning Man of the early days; fewer people and a clear view of the expansive desert canvas. Ideas of the festival’s future come more freely to him there. He says they’ve developed systems that allow the organization to change and live on long after he and the other originators are gone. Our reporter Holly Hutchings sat down with Mikel to talk Burning Man.

From Reno To The Playa: A "Bigger, Crazier" Man Base

Aug 24, 2018
By BLM Nevada (Burning Man 2015) via Wikimedia Commons

Since its inception, the counterculture festival known as Burning Man has been a utopia for art and artists. Massive installations color the Black Rock Desert, even down to the very foundation on which the iconic “Man” stands. Our reporter Holly Hutchings caught up with the designer of the base to see what it’s all about.

Reno Artist Hopes Burning Man Will Propel Career

Aug 22, 2018
Holly Hutchings

Sculpture artist Peter Hazel is heading to Burning Man for his sixth time this year. And, he hopes the massive jellyfish creation he’s crafted for the dusty artistic showcase will catapult his craft to new levels. Our reporter Holly Hutchings caught up with Hazel where he works at Artech, a shared workspace in Reno. 

Bilingual Singer Performs For Reno Audience

Jul 30, 2018
Three musicians stand in front of a grafitti wall with instruments
Michelle Matus

Bilingual musician Sonia De Los Santos, with band members Sinuhé Padilla and Martín Vejarano, recently visited Reno, Nevada as part of Artown. During their stay, KUNR and Noticerio Móvil organized a pop-up musical event for the children of the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows.

Watch her performance and hear why she believes sharing Latin American and American folk music is important for children across the United States.

Reno's Street Art Becomes Virtual Reality

Jul 27, 2018
A women wears a black headset in front of a large TV.
Krysta Scripter

Over the last several years, artists in Reno have created many colorful murals around town. The University of Nevada, Reno is archiving that street art digitally, some of which can be experienced in virtual reality. KUNR’s Krysta Scripter stopped by a demo to check it out.

 

A Peek Into Dragon Lights Reno

Jul 27, 2018
A photo at night of a lit-up sign reading "Dragon Lights Festival" with brightly colored, lit-up fish and flowers surrounding it.
Alli Warner

Through the first week of August, Wilbur D. May Arboretum in Reno will be illuminated by nearly forty larger-than-life Chinese lanterns. The touring festival Dragon Lights displays crafted designs in an effort to share their centuries-old tradition and their culture. Our reporter Holly Hutchings checked it out.

Transforming An Industrial Road Into An Artists' Haven

Jul 19, 2018
Holly Hutchings

Dickerson Road is a one-mile, dead end street in an industrial area of Reno. It has a gritty history, including crime, motorcycle clubs and even a hippie commune at one point. Now, it’s experiencing a revitalization and becoming a haven for artists.

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…

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