Nevada Arts Council announced they hired multi-disciplinary artist Denise Duarte for Community Arts Specialist. Duarte, a fifth-generation native Nevadan, and previously director of development at Left of Center Art Gallery, will work out of the Las Vegas office. “I’m excited to join the Nevada Arts Council team, especially here in Southern Nevada,” Duarte said in a statement. “Encouraging and developing the arts in Southern Nevada is a critical step in our state.” From her post Duarte will work with regional arts leaders and communities to strengthen Nevada’s culture infrastructure, with a focus on Southern Nevada. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art, and was the inaugural Public Art Cultural Specialist for Clark County in 2014.