Artown

Holly Hutchings

To wrap up Artown, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony held a cultural celebration this week. American Indians have called the Great Basin home for thousands of years and their cultural impact is long-lasting. Our reporter Holly Hutchings talked to three performers who show that the tradition of dancing is really a family affair.

Judy Martin Photography

Reno's month-long Artown Festival is winding down. There are plenty of events this weekend and then on Monday evening, a huge celebration of Native American culture at Wingfield Park. Reno Public Radio's Danna O'Connor has a preview. 

The event includes visual arts, music, vibrant pow wow dances, and crafting. Michon Eben is the cultural resources manager for the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony. She says the importance of this type of event extends far beyond any one performance or piece of art.

Local Folklórico instructor Sarah Perez doesn’t have an age limit, she teaches children as young as three years old to adults.
Reena Gupta

Artown has been operating for over two decades, but this is the first year it is offering Spanish programming. KUNR reporter Stephanie Serrano explores that content and some of the challenges the festival and local artists face reaching out to the Latino community. Serrano is with Noticiero Movil, a Spanish-English multimedia news outlet for Northern Nevada and part of the Reynolds School of Journalism. 

Traditional Basque Cuisine With A Modern Touch

Jul 18, 2017
Holly Hutchings

Isolated geographically between the oceans and mountains, the Basque region between Spain and France has a rich food scene focusing on whole ingredients and flavorful spices.  KUNR’s Holly Hutchings visited a tasting in Sparks as part of Artown.

Strolling through the farmers market and vendor booths at Victorian Square, it’s easy to see Basque culture shine. Old proverbs line the walkways and people play games like corn cob tossing. You may even hear a traditional Basque war cry from a voice in the crowd.

What Would You Say To The President?

Jul 18, 2017
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Volunteer typists will gather at Reno’s City Plaza to dictate messages from passersby who want to convey their thoughts to the president. Artist Shery Oring sat down with our Holly Hutchings to discuss her project, “I Wish to Say.”

Oring has spent the last thirteen years touring the country. On every stop, she collects post cards written by passersby that she sends to the White House. To date, she's mailed more than 3,200 of them from people of all backgrounds and political perspectives.

Next To Normal: The Musical About Mental Illness

Jul 18, 2017
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This year's Artown Festival features a prize-winning play about an unlikely topic. 

Next to Normal takes an unexpected look at how one family living in the suburbs is dealing with mental illness. It explore the story of a mother with two teenagers who is battling manic depression. L

Local director John Frederick says the play looks at how her condition impacts everyone around her while pushing stigma to the side.

Photos: Artown's Compression! Art And Fire

Jul 31, 2016
Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

Hundreds of people came out for Controlled Burn’s ninth annual Compression Art and Fire Festival this weekend, one of the last events of Artown. 

Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

This weekend, the 49th annual Basque Festival took over Wingfield Park in Reno.

Members of the Reno Basque Club organized the event, in which dozens of people donned their traditional Basque apparel and took part in cultural performances and competitions.

Maker Craig Bergland uses solar ovens to cook items like potatoes, yams, and corn.
Natalie Van Hoozer

More than 70 inventors displayed their unique products over the weekend at Reno’s Mini Maker Faire. 

Solar-roasted coffee and a mechanical squid are just two of the products that were displayed in Idlewild Park. It’s the first year that the Mini Maker Faire has joined forces with Artown.  

“It’s part science fair, part county fair, part something entirely new,” said the fair’s executive producer, Chrissy Klenke. “It’s a unique event that celebrates the DIY culture. If you think about it, everyone is a maker in one way shape or form.”

Photos: Native American Cultural Fair Comes To Artown

Jul 10, 2016
Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

For the first time this year, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony hosted their Great Basin Native American Cultural Fair as part of Artown.

The event included native artists and vendors, showcasing crafts and wares indigenous to the Paiute, Shoshone and Washoe tribes.

Michon Eben is the cultural resource manager for the colony, and she says this event is a way to showcase tribal culture to the wider Reno community.

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