Nevada Arts Council appoints new board members

Melissa Melero-Moose

This week, the Nevada Arts Council announced the appointments of three new members to its nine-memner board: Patrick Duffy, resident and CEO of Nevada School of the Arts; Melissa Melero-Moose, artist and co-founder of the Great Basin Native Artists, and Claire Muñoz, senior director of education at the Nevada Museum of Art. (Here’s the complete list of board members past and present.)


RACC approves land recognition statement

On Monday, May 17, the City of Reno’s Arts & Culture Commission approved a new DEI initiative, a land recognition statement, to be read at RACC-sponsored events such as receptions, City Artist public talks, Poet Laureate readings, etc. The statement reads, in part, “We recognize our country’s establishment by colonialism and its violent impact upon people of color, specifically the Indigenous Paiute, Shoshone and Washoe people, whose ancestral homeland was stolen and developed into what is now known as Nevada.” Arts & Culture Commissioners Mark Salinas and Bhie-Cie Ledesma spearheaded the effort.

Museum of Selfies to open in Las Vegas June 1 

The LINQ Promenade on the Las Vegas Strip announced on May 17 that it will add the Museum of Selfies to its dining, retail, and entertainment facilities on June 1. The press release reads, “A family-friendly attraction, Museum of Selfies will feature iconic photo opportunities made famous by celebrity visitors at its Hollywood location, such as the mind-blowing Upside-Down room, the joyful Emoji Pool, the optical illusioned-filled Bathroom Selfie and many more. Tickets start at $29 for adults, $22 for kids. More info here.

National grant deadlines coming up

The National Endowment for the Arts sent a reminder to local arts agencies that they can apply through July 8 to the annual Grants for Arts Projects/Local Arts Agencies grant program and specific relief programs. You can find complete eligibility requirements and program guidelines here. The NEA invites potential applicants to reach out to with any questions.


Lance Smith named director of Rogers Art Loft

The Rogers Art Loft in Las Vegas named Lance Smith its new director. Lance is an artist who has been with the RAL for three years as program manager. You can learn more about Lance here and more about the RAL here.


Reno public art in the NY Times

Reno was mentioned in a May 20 New York Times article, “Taking Art to the Streets, Just Look Down,” as one of 16 cities installing a ground mural, as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art Initiative. The project is funded by a $25,000 Bloomberg award and a $50,000 Nevada Main Street grant. It’s slated to be installed on the Re-TRAC lids between the Eldorado casino and Whitney Peak Hotel on June 7-11 by Philadelphia artist Brad Carney and 300 local volunteers. More info here.


Cover image—Claire Muñoz is one of three new Nevada Arts Council board members. Photo: courtesy Nevada Division of Tourism

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Posted by Kris Vagner

Kris Vagner is Double Scoop’s Editor & Publisher.