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Welcome to our new website AND our new name!

Our organization’s name now expresses what we do!

How do you like our new name?   How do you like our new logo?  How do you like our new website? 

We would love to hear from you.  CONTACT

Although we have changed our name to Arts for All Nevada, our quality arts programming for all abilities and all ages remains the same with close to 3,000 art classes and camps at 50 schools and other facilities including Lake Mansion in Reno’s Arts, Historic and Riverwalk Districts.  Our organization, Arts for All Nevada remains a member of the VSA Affiliate Network, a program of the  John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and a “Partner in Excellence” with funding in part by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Mark your calendar for March 21, 2015 from 10 AM – 2 PM,  

when we will celebrate our annual Youth Art Month Festival AND our new name!   

Special thanks to Noble Studios for their “Noble Deeds” in-kind award

for our re-branding including our new logo and website.

Additional thanks to Nevada Arts Council for their “Circuit Rider Grant”

allowing us to hire Rachel Kingham to assist us in making this transition with her marketing expertise.

In addition to Arts for All open-to-the-public and affordable Classes and Camps for children and adults that you can participate in year-round, an extensive program for specific populations of children and adults throughout Nevada are listed below.  Most of these programs are free of charge for the participant.  For questions regarding programs, contact Arts for All’s Program Director at 826-6100 ext. 2#, eva@artsforallnevada.org

Arts for All Nevada is a non-profit (501c3) organization established in 1986.  Our EIN is 94-3030518.

Arts for All Nevada’s mission focuses on providing quality arts opportunities for children and adults of all ages and all abilities while operating and maintaining the Lake Mansion as a cultural and historic site.

Arts for All Nevada is governed by a dedicated staff and volunteer board of directors.  Teaching artists are hired to conduct almost 3,000 classes/camps each year throughout Nevada in a variety of settings and are the soul of the organization.

Since 1986, Arts for All has been the state affiliate of VSA, the international organization on arts and disability. VSA was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all.  With 52 international affiliates and a network of nationwide affiliates (including Nevada), VSA is providing arts and education programming for youth and adults with disabilities around the world.  Please visit The Kennedy Center for additional information.

Annually, Arts for All conducts approximately 3,000 art workshops and camps for children and adults throughout the state in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, after-school programs, and additional locations. Arts for All Nevada  owns and operates the historic Lake Mansion located near downtown Reno.  Arts for All is responsible for its thoughtful preservation and year-round use as a cultural and historic site.  The mansion houses Arts for All administrative offices, the “Art Happens Here” studio and the “Art Access Gallery”.  The adjacent Garden Pavilion is an enclosed temperature controlled space. Both the Lake Mansion and Garden Pavilion may be rented for your meeting or special event at very affordable rates.

Arts for All/Lake Mansion is a member of the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce, the Riverwalk Merchant’s Association,  Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NCET), Reno Arts Consortium,  Nevada Arts Educators, Alliance for Nevada Non-profits (ANN), Truckee Meadows Tomorrow and the Regional Alliance for Downtown (RAD).

Arts for All depends on the support of the community at several levels including individuals, corporations, foundations, service organizations, and YOU!

Arts in Special Education Classrooms in Washoe, Carson City and Douglas County School Districts

Arts for All’s teaching artists conduct close to 1,000 art workshops each year in 75 plus, Kindergarten- 12th grade special education classrooms in Washoe, Carson City and Douglas County classrooms.  This is our largest program.  Each year, depending on funds raised,  each classroom sees an artist up to 20 times. Workshops include art, creative movement, and theater at 36 different schools.

KC_Contract_color 2015, singleFor the 2014-15 school year, this program is provided under a contract with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The E.L. Cord Foundation, Gannett Foundation, the Leonette Foundation, William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, the Nickless Family Trust,  NV Energy, City of Reno’s Arts & Culture Commission, Safeway, Snow Memorial Trust Fund, the Charles H. Stout Foundation, and Umpqua Bank.

Accessibility in the Arts With a grant from the City of Reno Cultural Grant Program and others, Arts for All hires sign language interpreters for cultural performances in the Reno area. For more information about interpreted performances or if you are interested in an interpreter for a performance, please contact Arts for All Nevada’s program director at (775) 826-6100 x2#, eva@artsforallnevada.org.

Art Access Gallery at the Lake Mansion In October 2006, Arts for All established the “Art Access Gallery” at the Lake Mansion. Over 20 emerging and professional Nevada artists show and sell their work at the gallery. All have some type of disability.  The “Art Access Gallery” is open Monday-Friday 10 AM – 4 PM.  If you are interested in exhibiting/selling your work, please contact eva@artsforallnevada.org.  The artist receives 85% of any sales and Arts for All 15%.

Art Exhibits Arts for All presents a variety of art exhibits at the Lake Mansion showcasing the creative talents of local artists.  Past exhibits include individual artist showcases, Holiday Art Mart, Indie Reno, and exhibits featuring one of more artists.

Art Festivals (open-to-the-public) for Families Every March for “Youth Art Month”, in July for our “Rich in Art Family Festival” and in November for “Lake Mansion Jingles with Art and History”, Arts for All produces free kid’s art festivals at the Lake Mansion with eight hands-on art workshops, tours of the mansion and face painting.

Art for children who are hospitalized Arts for All conducts weekly workshops at Reno’s Renown Health’s pediatric care unit for youth who are hospitalized.

ARTown Summer Arts Festival’s Discover the Arts As part of the Artown Summer Arts Festival’s “Discover the Arts” in Reno each July, Arts for All invites children to participate in several arts workshops including art, creative movement/music and acting in addition to a tour of the Lake Mansion.

Art Exhibits Off-Site Artwork created by Arts for All participants is on permanent display at the Northwest Reno Library, William J. Raggio Plaza in Reno and the Frost Yazmur Estates in Carson City. Both units are operated by Accessible Space, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides accessible, affordable housing and support services for adults with physical impairments and/or brain injuries.

Camp Lotsafun Arts for All Nevada partners with Camp Lotsafun, a residential camp for children and adults who have disabilities to provide arts opportunities and training activities for their staff.

Historic Reno Preservation Society Tours In conjunction with Historic Reno Preservation Society (HRPS), Arts for All welcomes over 1,000 Washoe County 4th graders  to the Lake Mansion to learn about Reno’s unique history during an interactive guided tour of the 1877 structure.

Holdsworth Homes Arts for All conducts weekly workshops for Holdsworth Homes in Carson City.  Holdsworth Homes provides individualized residential supported living services to people with intellectual disabilities and related disorders.

Kononia Family Services Arts for All partners with Kononia Family Services providing summer art workshops for you who are experiencing emotional/behavioral issues.

Lake Mansion Preservation Arts for All moved to the historic Lake Mansion in Reno in January, 1996. The mansion was the home of the founder of Reno, Myron Lake. Built in 1877, the main floor of the mansion remains a museum that is open to the public. Arts for All assisted with the renovation process, including making the Lake Mansion more accessible.  Arts workshops and art camps are conducted in the mansion’s classroom and Garden Pavilion.   Arts for All’s administrative offices are located at 250 Court Street in the historic Lake Mansion.

Lake Mansion Tours The Lake Mansion is normally open Monday – Friday from 10 AM – 4 PM for self-guided tours of the historic main floor with period furnishings.  Please call first in case there is a meeting or special event taking place.   There is no admission, donations are accepted.

Lovelock Arts Festival In the spring, Arts for All hires three visual or performing artists to conduct a “hands-on” three day festival for students at Lovelock Elementary.

Mainstreamed Classrooms At the request of the school, Arts for All conducts art workshops for several mainstreamed (typical) classrooms throughout the district.

Renown Behavioral Services Arts for All provides visual arts workshops for Renown Behavioral Services outpatient program thrice weekly. This program began in April 1997 and is funded by the facility and Arts for All.  Renown Behavioral Services is a recovery program for adults who suffer from depression, anxiety, drug/alcohol abuse and compulsive behavior issues.

Scholarships Arts for All provides scholarships based on need for children and adults to participate in Arts for All workshops/camps at the Lake Mansion, Alf Sorensen Community Center or at several after-school programs.

Scholarships for artists who have a disability Arts for All provides scholarships based on need to for art supplies, equipment or other art related needs for professional artists with a disability.  Please call 826-6100, ext. 2#,  eva@artsforallnevada.org if you are interested in this program.

Senior/Residential Care Facilities/Nursing Homes Arts for All conducts art, acting and creative movement workshops for residents at senior residencies, nursing homes/residential care facilities in Carson City, Reno, Sparks and Las Vegas.  For many residents this is the only opportunity for creative enjoyment.  Residents look forward to the artist visiting their facility 1-2 times a month.

Start with the Arts In Washoe and Clark Counties, Arts for All conducts trainings for “Start with the Arts” for pre-school teachers.

Team Up In partnership with Team Up and 21St Century Community Learning Center, Arts for All conducts workshops at several after-school programs for children who are at-risk.

VSA Playwright Discovery Program gives students ages 10 to 22, the skills to create original scripts, to tell stories that address the disability experience via the theater or other media arts.  There is a secondary focus on writing, literacy and communication skills.  Programs provide students with a rich curriculum exploring the disability experience by focusing on play writing, writing for film/video, or writing for audio storytelling.  The program results in the creation of written plays or scripts by one student or groups of students working together.  Scripts created are submitted to the VSA Playwright Discovery competition, which culminates in a workshop and staged reading of select scripts that takes place in Washington DC every fall.

KC_Contract_color 2015, singleVSA Children’s Visual Art Discovery Program gives students with disabilities the skills to create original works of visual art and to express and explore the disability experience via a variety of visual arts medium and genre.  There is a secondary focus on aesthetics, flexible thinking and experimentation, the development of visual-spacial abilities, reflection and communication skills, and an understanding and appreciation of art.  The 2014-15 theme is  “Yo Soy el Futuro…Je Suis l’Avenir…I Am the Future…,” which asks students to imagine the future for themselves, for their families, for their communities.  Artwork created by eligible students will be submitted to the online art exhibition titles “Yo Soy el Futuro…Je Suis l’Avenir…I Am the Future…” which is part of the VSA International Art Program for children with Disabilities annual exhibition of select artwork by children with disabilities in Washington, D,C.  This program is provided under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

VSA Young Soloists Award Each year, a select number of outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25, from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award. These emerging musicians win a $2,500 prize, professional development experiences, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Started by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith in 1984, the program, open to musicians of any instrument or genre, has provided opportunities for hundreds of emerging young musicians with disabilities.

Youth Art Month Celebration Arts for All celebrates the importance of the arts in our schools during March and April with an annual “Youth Art Month” exhibit at the Lake Mansion featuring 250 pieces of student artwork on exhibit, created in Arts for All’s (Kindergarten – 12th grade) artist in residency program throughout Washoe, Carson City and Douglas County School Districts.

Past Programs:

Arts for All has conducted programs in several rural areas of the state including hands-on art festivals in Ely, Winnemucca, Battle Mountain, Elko, and Austin.  Festivals have also been held at the three special education schools in Las Vegas, (Miller, Helen J. Stewart and Variety) and  at the Community College of Southern Nevada.

Arts for All conducted an extensive program in Elko at the Juvenile Detention Center.

VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System/ David J. Drakulich Art Foundation This program provided veterans who receive care at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System in Reno quality arts experiences through artist-in-residence programs.  Workshops at the hospital are currently funded by the David J. Drakulich Art Foundation. This rehabilitative program for veterans builds communication skills, independence, and self-esteem.   Due to Arts for All’s successful program at the hospital, VA administrators saw the value of the arts for their patients and decided to bring an arts program in-house!

VA Program in Las Vegas For Several years Arts for All Nevada provided a weekly program for veterans in the Las Vegas area at Arville House, the VA Hospital and a VA nursing home.  Due to the lack of funding, this program was eliminated.

For questions regarding programs, contact Arts for All Nevada’s Program Director at 826-6100 ext. 2#, eva@artsforallnevada.org.