“How we as a community see ourselves, present ourselves to others, and find a creative spirit within, defines our community as a dynamic and fruitful place to live, work, visit and explore. It is this “soul” of place that forms the fabric of where we live, and it is the creative and artistic profile we put forward that allows each of us to culturally express ourselves openly as citizens of a community. It is this collective “personality” through which we share our experiences with each other and with others who come to visit.”
This is the introduction paragraph to the City of Reno Arts and Culture Master Plan. The City of Reno can certainly be defined by it growing arts and culture community. With a rich variety of special events, historic buildings, performing arts and galleries, the City is continually building a strong public art program. Art helps sustain and encourage economic development and cultural diversity.
Economic growth stems from innovation and new ideas. Artists are entrepreneurs and inventors, the very definition of small business. A recent study released by the National Governors Association noted that there are two million trained, entrepreneurial working artists across the country. Representing 1.4% of the U.S. labor force, artists constitute a sizeable class of workers — only slightly smaller than the total number of active-duty and reserve personnel in the U.S. military (2.2 million).
In addition to artists, there are many more arts administrators who manage arts institutions including office staff such as accountants and booking agents, production staff such as stage managers, and artistic staff such as ballet masters and artist managers.
I imagine a Reno being more known for its creativity and contribution to artist expression. Art connects everything. I will speak more to the art of Reno and the impact art brings to a community in another blog post. In the meantime, the links below will connect you to some of the more popular avenues for Reno art.
Reno Is Artown — http://www.renoisartown.com
Nevada Museum of Art — http://www.nevadaart.org
Sierra Arts Foundation — http://www.sierra-arts.org
Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts — http://www.pioneercenter.com
Stremmel Gallery — http://www.stremmelgallery.com
Brüka Theatre — http://www.bruka.org
National Automobile Museum — http://www.automuseum.org