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Exhibit of various artwork by children in special education classes

Funding Priorities


In conjunction with the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, thank you for your interest in

VSA arts of Nevada and the historic Lake Mansion

located at 250 Court Street and Arlington Ave. in Reno.


This is what YOU can help make happen with a grant of $1,000 to $10,000.

Our current funding priorities are:

  1. Funding for art workshops in 55 special education classrooms, 33 schools in Washoe and Carson City school districts for students who have disabilities in Kindergarten – 12th grades.  Each workshop costs $80.  Unfortunately, this program is being cut from 1000 workshops each year to 500 due to cuts at the federal level.  Each donation increases the number of workshops VSA arts of Nevada is able to provide.
  2. Operating costs for the historic Lake Mansion, built in 1877 and listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.  VSA arts of Nevada owns and operates the Lake Mansion providing free tours, the “Art Access Gallery” with artwork created by artists who have a disability, and the “Art Happens Here” studio with workshops/camps that are offered year-round and are open-to-the-public.  The mansion was donated to VSA arts.  Continuing expenses include utilities, maintenance, and an emergency fund for repairs.
  3. VSA arts of Nevada provides up to 100% scholarships for art workshops/camps for children and adults based on need.  Each scholarship provides a child or adult an opportunity to experience the visual/performing arts.  Workshops include: “Art Adventures (6 workshops $45), Kids Acting (6 workshops $45), FUNdamentals of Drawing (6 workshops $45) and for adults, Clay (8 workshops $95).

Call Mary Ellen Horan (775-826-6100, ext. 1#) to talk with her about these exciting grant opportunities. Thanks!

To make a grant from your Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund, call Tracy Turner at 775-333-5499 or visit