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Supporting Partners


VSA Nevada thanks our many long-time and more recent supporters including individuals, corporations, foundations, service organizations, government entities and others who make it possible to provide arts opportunities for ALL while preserving and maintaining “Reno’s First Address”, the Lake Mansion.  This is a partial list.  Additional supporters will continue to be added in the next several weeks.

At the National Level

VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all.

With 52 international affiliates and a network of nationwide affiliates, VSA is changing perceptions about people with disabilities around the world. Each year, 7 million people of all ages and abilities participate in VSA programs, in every aspect of the arts – from visual arts, performing arts, to the literary arts. VSA is an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

In 1986, VSA Nevada became the 49th state affiliate of VSA.  VSA Nevada programs including arts education, access, professional development and awareness activities, are made possible in part through funding provided by the national office of VSA, under an award from the U.S. Department of Education.

During the 2013 -2014 school year VSAN is under contract with the Kennedy Center for the following programs:

VSA Arts Connect All – Workshop Residency for Students with Disabilities provides a variety of art workshops in self-contained special education classes throughout Northern Nevada.  VSAN teaching artists will conduct over 700 visual arts, creative movement/music and/or theater workshops for students with disabilities in K to 12 classrooms.

VSA Playwright Discovery Program provides students with and without disabilities an opportunity to explore the disability experience through the art of playwriting.  Students or groups of students in grades 7 to 12 will work with a VSAN teaching artist to create one that  act script incorporate the subject of disability.

VSA Children’s Visual Art Discovery Program provides students with and without disabilities an opportunity to learn about self-portraiture through the study of several different artistic styles and genres. Working with a VSAN teaching artist, students will explore how they can depict themselves, the people/places/hobbies and dreams into their own self-portrait.

At the State Level

Annually, VSA Nevada becomes a “partner in excellence” with Nevada Arts Council through funding and advocacy.   Nevada Arts Council’s mission is to enrich the cultural life of the state through leadership that preserves, supports, strengthens, and makes excellence in the arts accessible to all Nevadans.

VSA Nevada partners with Nevada Arts Council in promoting Nevada’s “Rich in Art” license plate.  Funds from the sale of these plates are used to provide quality arts programming for Nevada’s children.

Nevada Arts Council with VSA Nevada believes the importance of acccess to the arts for all.  Both entities in partnership and individually provide technical assistance and trainings to arts and cultural organizations concerning accessibility issues.

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) encourages the preservation, documentation, and use of cultural resources through state and federal programs.  The agency works to educate the public about the importance of our cultural heritage so that Nevada’s historic and archaeological properties are preserved, interpreted, and reused for their economic, educational, and intrinsic values and for future generations to appreciate.

SHPO was instrumental in both funding, expertise and advocacy for the Lake Mansion physical move of the building in 2004 and renovation.

At the Local Level

The City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission’s purpose is to serve as the official advisor to the City of Reno on matters related to the cultural life of the community.

The Arts and Culture Commission has been a long-time supporter of VSA Nevada programs including workshops in self-contained special education classrooms and other facilities, free arts festival for children and families and funds for American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation for cultural performances in Reno.

City of Reno Neighborhood Advisory Boards advise the City Council on policy that affects neighborhoods throughout the community.   NABs in Wards 3 (East Reno)  and 4 (North Valleys and Northeast) have partnered with VSA Nevada in funding arts workshops in their area schools for children with special needs.  Ward 1, where the Lake Mansion is located, has funded several events at the mansion, renovation and equipment.

The City of Reno Access Advisory Committee reviews City Codes and policies for their usefulness in helping to make places more accessible to people with disabilities. Its efforts focus on improving access to public facilities, businesses, and residences for use by individuals with physical or other disabilities, as well as on increasing public awareness of the physical accessibility, educational and employment needs of individuals who are disabled.

Sparks Parks and Recreation supports the Americans with Disabilities Act and strives to comply with all aspects of the law to provide a barrier free environment and experience. They continually work to provide a positive, fun, social, recreational opportunity for people of all ages and abilities.

As part of their services, Sparks Parks and Recreation matches funds with VSA Nevada for the arts component of their Leisure without Limits program.

Corporations/Corporate Foundations:

Allied Nevada Gold

CVS Caremark

Dermody Properties Foundation



NV Energy

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

Safeway Foundation

Sam’s Club


Umpqua Bank

Union Pacific Foundation

US Bank

Wells Fargo Foundation

Whole Foods


Art 4 Moore Fund of Tides Foundation

Community Foundation of Western Nevada

E.L. Cord Foundation

David Drakulich Memorial Art Foundation

Edwards Foundation

Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation

William G. McGowan Charitable Fund

Odyssey Foundation

The Nell J. Redfield Foundation

Philip Rubenstein Foundation

John Ben Snow Memorial Trust

Terry Lee Wells Foundation

Service Organizations/Other

Alliance with the Washoe County Medical Society

Connections, yART Sale in July (second Saturday)

Historic Reno Preservation Society (HRPS)

RiverWalk Merchants Association, July Wine Walk (third Saturday of every month)

Rotary Club

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans (in conjunction with the yART Sale)


Burgarello Alarm

Cupit, Milligan, Ogden and Williams (CPA)

Macy’s Community Shopping Day

John Muller and Marlene Richards (Lake Mansion website design, photographer)

My Wedding Library

Nevada Business Journal

Northern Nevada Business Weekly

Reno Rose Society

Resource 1 Building Consultants

Signature Landscaping

Tech Soup

Vance Fox Photography

Peter Walker (photographer)


VSA Nevada and the Lake Mansion are supported by a core group of volunteers.  Please join us!

Donors to the Lake Mansion move and renovation (to come)