A list of Las Vegas cultural assets.
Field Notes: Three different Southern Nevada cities want public art to help make their region a cultural destination.
That’s one line item that came from a series of Arts Town meetings led by Nevada Arts Council this week, ending a 13-city tour -- a 2,100-mile road trip – with three stops. Tuesday’s meeting was in Las Vegas and the 60 participants revealed an experimental, but wandering, arts identity. The next day was a morning workshop in Henderson and the 17 attendees knew exactly what they have to offer.
North Las Vegas was a last-minute addition with 20 arts administrators. They just want to exist. The impassioned group included members of a steering committee exploring how the cash-strapped city can form an arts committee. They will soon meet before North Las Vegas City Council to push for that proposal.
“What would you expect from cultured city?” asked Susan Boskoff, Executive Director of Nevada Arts Council, while leading the workshops.
The answers became long lists and had what could be expected: more patronage and sponsorship, and don't underestimate the skill level in theor creative community.
All three groups also listed more public art is needed, and arts coverage from local media is sparse.
“So many people come here, but steering people away from The Strip is tough,” said one undisclosed non-profit leader.
The Nevada Arts Council was created in 1967 and operates under the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.