Arts

Joe Sale Photography

Reno is becoming the new home for a large, so-called Space Whale sculpture. Our News Director Michelle Billman chatted with contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno to learn more.

The sculpture is a life-size representation of a humpback whale mother and her calf. There were roughly 1,700 individual glass panels installed in this ambitious piece of public art.

The project is paid for out of the city’s portion of room tax funds that go into the city’s arts budget. 

Noah Glick

The American West is characterized by intense periods of drought and unpredictable weather patterns. For some regional artists, the weather itself serves as a muse for art and poetry.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

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For the first time since the Great Recession, the City of Sparks is creating a strategic plan for arts and culture. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman reports.

The city is home to the Sparks Heritage Museum, a new venue called the Restless Artists Theatre, and The Generator, a maker-space where many Burning Man artworks are crafted.

Francine Burge, with the city, says this is not the first attempt to create a long-term vision.

New Novel Explores Free Speech On College Campuses

Dec 13, 2016

Reno author Bourne Morris has a new novel coming out that examines the complex issue of allowing all free speech on college campuses, even if that speech could offend community members or potentially incite violence. 

Her previous books have explored other university issues, like binge-drinking, plagiarism and college policies on sexual assault.

Looking forward, Morris sees many other issues plaguing colleges across the country, including financial strains that are causing schools to hire more non-tenured faculty, ultimately creating tension with existing professors.

Reno High Schoolers Create Community Murals

Jul 20, 2016
Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

The latest in a series of public art projects created by high school students has been unveiled. Reno Public Radio’s Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy was there and has more.

Along busy Wedekind Road in north Reno, a group of high schoolers and their parents admire the whimsical and colorful mural that the students have painted.

Photos: Artown 2016's Opening Night

Jul 1, 2016
Tracey Sibanda, a Mandela Washington Fellow, hangs out with Spider Man in Wingfield Park for the opening night of Artown 2016. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African leaders is being held at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

Musicians, street artists and community members kicked off Artown with the Opening Night Jubilee in downtown Reno’s Wingfield Park.

Among the bunches of musicians and artists, you might have seen Jennifer Charboneau crouched over an easel, painting a bright yellow flower in a purple vase. While she enjoys doing street art, she would like to see the Reno art scene evolve.

“I think a lot of us are thinking bigger scale and a lot more public art, which is great.  Everybody loves to work bigger,” she said.

Every week during the summer about 3,000 people, mostly college students and families, make their way to Idlewild Park for “Food Truck Friday."

Children laugh and do cartwheels on the grass and lawn chairs are clustered in the shade of the trees. Live music floats over to the food trucks, which are parked in two long rows. Their windows are open and cooks hurry to serve twisting lines of customers. 

One of these customers is Christine Novicio, who has just ordered what is called a “Truck Burger”.

Artown Executive Director Beth Macmillan speaks for the "Creative Buzz" lecture series in downtown Reno's The Basement market.
Natalie Van Hoozer

In just a few weeks, organizers will kick off the 21st annual Artown festival. The organization anticipates 300,000 people will attend events throughout the month of July.

These estimates mark a large growth for the non-profit; when Artown started in 1996, attendance was 30,000 people.

The festival’s Executive Director Beth Macmillan said the growth of Artown reaches beyond the humanities.

After more than 20 years of waiting, Reno author Judith Schumer has finally published In the Presence of My Enemies, the story of Holocaust survivor Adam Zurawin. He was labeled as a Nazi collaborator, but Schumer says that claim is not true and wants to set the record straight.

Author Interview: Building Community In Virginia City

Jun 1, 2016

Local writer Shaun Griffin has just published a memoir about his work over the past 25 years building a sense of community and securing critical resources for the residents of Virginia City. The book is called Anthem for a Burnished Land: What We Leave in this Desert of Work and Words. In this extended interview, he spoke to our contributors Christina Barr and Alan Deutschman about the book and his difficult journey as a community advocate.

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