Healthy Communities to Participate in Nevada Arts Council’s BRX

Adapted from an article titled “Program to bring rural, urban art”  by Daria Sokolova Special for the Pahrump Valley Times, March 27, 2019

Nevada Basin to Range Exchange, a program aimed at bringing together the state’s urban and rural art organizations, will launch in Tonopah in April, officials announced.

The Nevada Basin to Range Exchange, or BRX, is a one-year program that includes in-person gatherings, intercommunity arts-based exchange activities and peer-to-peer mentorship, said Tony Manfredi, executive director of the Nevada Arts Council.

“It is critical for urban and rural communities in Nevada to communicate together and learn from each other,” Manfredi said in a press release. “Utilizing arts and culture as a convener to improve community interactions and quality of life indicators is a focal point of the Nevada Arts Council. We are thrilled with the response from arts leaders across the state who will be participating in this new initiative and look forward to growing from the outcomes.”

The program is organized by the Nevada Arts Council, a state arm of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs that is charged with ensuring funding to support cultural activity and encourage participation in the arts throughout Nevada. The Nevada Arts Council is funded by the state of Nevada, the National Endowment for the Arts, and other public and private sources.

The Nevada Basin to Range Exchange will launch in Tonopah on April 23-24 at Mizpah Hotel with an in-person convening. Close to 50 community leaders from across the state have been selected to participate in the pilot program, including Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties content curator, Quest Lakes.

Among the locations represented by participants are Silver City, Dayton, Virginia City, Las Vegas, Reno, Stagecoach, Silver Springs, Fernley, Yerington, Caliente, Carson City, Elko, Ely, Eureka, Gerlach, Henderson,  Logandale, McGill, North Las Vegas, Sandy Valley, Sparks, Tonopah, Rhyolite, Beatty, West Wendover, Winnemucca, etc.

The program is designed to engage intercommunity arts initiatives, identify and encourage new funding streams, cross-sector partnerships and collaborative approaches for arts and culture programming, and celebrate Nevada’s rural and urban assets, among other things.

Between April 2019 and June 2020, participants will work together in teams to plan and implement intercommunity arts initiatives, according to the press release.

The Nevada Arts Council will provide support, mentorship, and convene participant conference calls during this stage of the program. The program will conclude with an in-person gathering tentatively scheduled to take place in conjunction with Arts at the Heart in 2020.

For more information, contact Michelle Patrick, Community Arts Development, Nevada Arts Council, at 702-486-3732 or mpatrick@nevadaculture.org.

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