Programs for ALL abilities and ages
-Evelyn J. Moore, Marvin Picollo School, Reno
VSA Nevada conducts over 3,000 art workshops each year throughout the state, owns and operates the Lake Mansion in Reno.
Open-to-the-public programs you can link to include:
Please read below for additional VSA Nevada programming conducted for specific populations of children and adults throughout Nevada.
Accessibility in the Arts With a grant from the City of Reno Cultural Grant Program, VSA Nevada hires sign language interpreters for certain cultural performances in Reno, Sparks and Lake Tahoe including Nevada Humanities’ Chautauqua, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare, and Bruka Theater ‘s plays and other events. For more information about interpreted performance times and locations or if you are interested in an interpreter for a performance, please contact VSA Nevada’s program director at (775) 826-6100 x2#, email@example.com.
Art Access Gallery at the Lake Mansion In October 2006, VSA Nevada established the “Art Access Gallery” at the Lake Mansion. Over 20 emerging and professional artists from Reno, Sparks, and Las Vegas show and sell their work at the gallery. All have some type of disability. The “Art Access” gallery is open Monday-Friday 10 AM – 4 PM.
Arts in Special Education Classrooms in Washoe and Carson City School Districts VSA Nevada artists conduct close to 1,000 art workshops each year in 55 plus, Kindergarten- 12th grade special education classrooms in Washoe and Carson City Counties. This is VSA Nevada’s largest program. Each year, depending on funds raised, each classroom sees an artist up to 20 times. Workshops include art, creative movement, and theater at 34 different schools.
This program is provided under a contract with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Additional past and present partners in this program include: The E.L. Cord Foundation, William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, NV Energy, Odyssey Foundation,City of Reno’s Arts & Culture Commission and Neighborhood Advisory Boards, Target, and Wells Fargo Foundation
Art Exhibits VSA presents a variety of art exhibits at the Lake Mansion showcasing the creative talents of local artists. Past exhibits include individual artist showcases, Holiday Art Mart, Indie Reno, and the “Annual Flint Street Festival, an arts and craft event”.
Art Festivals (open-to-the-public) for Families Every March for “Youth Art Month”, July and in November or December for “Lake Mansion Jingles with Art and History”, VSA Nevada produces free kid’s art festivals at the Lake Mansion with hands-on art workshops, tours of the mansion and face painting.
Art for children who are hospitalized VSA Nevada conducts weekly workshops at Reno’s Renown Health’s pediatric care unit for youth who are hospitalized.
ARTown Summer Arts Festival’s Discover the Arts As part of the ARTown Summer Arts Festival’s “Discover the Arts” in Reno each July, VSA Nevada invites children to participate in several arts workshops including art, creative movement/music and acting in addition to a tour of the Lake Mansion.
Art Exhibits Off-Site Artwork created by VSA Nevada participants is on permanent display at the Northwest Reno Library, William J. Raggio Plaza in Reno and the Frost Yazmur Estates in Carson City. Both units are operated by Accessible Space, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides accessible, affordable housing and support services for adults with physical impairments and/or brain injuries.
Camp Lotsafun VSA Nevada partners with Camp Lotsafun, a residential camp for children and adults who have disabilities to provide arts opportunities and training activities for their staff.
Historic Reno Preservation Society Tours In conjunction with Historic Reno Preservation Society (HRPS), VSA Nevada welcomes over 1,000 Washoe County 4th graders to the Lake Mansion to learn about Reno’s unique history during an interactive guided tour of the 1877 structure.
Holdsworth Homes VSAN conducts weekly workshops for Holdsworth Homes in Carson City. Holdsworth Homes provides individualized residential supported living services to people with intellectual disabilities and related disorders.
Kononia Family Services VSA Nevada partners with Kononia Family Services providing summer art workshops for you who are experiencing emotional/behavioral issues.
Lake Mansion Tours The Lake Mansion is normally open Monday – Friday from 10 AM – 4 PM for self-guided tours of the historic main floor with period furnishings. Please call first in case there is a meeting or special event taking place. There is no admission, donations are accepted.
Scholarships for artists who have a disability VSA Nevada provides scholarships based on need to for art supplies, equipment or other art realted need for professional artists with a disability. Please call 826-6100 x2#, firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this program.
Senior/Residential Care Facilities/Nursing Homes VSA Nevada conducts art, acting and creative movement workshops for residents at senior residencies, nursing homes/residential care facilities in Carson City, Reno, Sparks and Las Vegas. For many residents this is the only opportunity for creative enjoyment. Residents look forward to the artist visiting their facility 1-2 times a month.
For questions regarding programs, contact VSA Nevada’s Program Director at 826-6100 ext. 2#, email@example.com.