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Volume XXX
Spring 2017


The Arts

“Support a thriving cultural community! Get involved!”

Alexis Hill
Alexis Hill, Arts, Culture and Events Manager

We live in a most amazing part of the county. By choosing to live in Reno, the Truckee Meadows and the surrounding areas we are able to enjoy not only the fabulous outdoors of Lake Tahoe, and the majestic space of open desert to Pyramid Lake, but to also be inspired to create a culture and arts community that is enriching, encouraging and forthright in developing the whole person through the arts.

I believe that it is the energy of the earth, the ground in which we plant our feet, that creates the inspiring environment for our human artistic and cultural energies to thrive.

This edition I am happy and pleased to present the Reno Arts & Culture Commission (RACC) and their associated Committees. The RACC is the City's official guide on cultural life in the City of Reno.

Speaking with Alexis Hill, the staff liaison for the Reno Arts & Culture Commission (RACC) since 2016 and their associated Committees, I learned Hill is always looking for people to volunteer who are passionate and willing to devote their time and talents to ensure a lively and active cultural scene in the community. Anyone can get involved in any of the many areas of cultural events the city facilitates!

Just what does the RACC Arts & Culture Commission Special Events facilitate? The mission of Reno's Arts & Culture Commission is to "secure, enhance, advocate and fund excellence in the arts in the City of Reno." Their primary activities include managing a grant program for arts organizations, overseeing the city's public art program, running several galleries in City Hall and other facilities, managing the McKinley Arts & Culture Center and rental spaces in other cityowned buildings, serving as a resource for and partner with other cultural organizations in the area, and advising the city on cultural issues. The Commission is part of the city's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.

The RACC is best known for the annual Atown event, a month long arts festival held every July since 1996. The Arts Commission consists of a ninemember board of registered voters in the Truckee Meadows, the majority of whom reside in the city of Reno. Three seats are specifically set aside: one for a professional artist, one for an arts educator, and one for an architect or designer. The public can attend any of the Commission or Committee meetings found at:

“Our office is always open to hearing feedback from the community on what they'd like to see for cultural life in the City of Reno,” Hill said. “Community members can also apply to join a Committee or for the Commission if they are interested.”

Information about the Commission can be found at: or how to apply to other City committee's can be found at: If you are interested in submitting information for consideration, submit materials directly to Alexis Hill at Phone: 775-326-6697

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Carol Foldvary-Anderson
Carol Foldvary-Anderson
Arts Educator
Published Illustrator
Author: "Creating Beauty Inspiring Joy"