Performing Arts Presenter Directory
The motivation behind the Reno Jazz Orchestra is the desire to create good music in the grand tradition of the jazz big band stage performance. The orchestra works to create an atmosphere that perpetuates an appreciation for jazz music and jazz history, such that from artistic and educational efforts comes musical inspiration, and as a result, a perpetual generation of accomplished local musicians.
The Reno Philharmonic Association is the largest performing arts organization in the region, with over 60 professional musicians. They perform in Reno, Carson Valley, and the Lake Tahoe region in various outdoor and indoor venues. Reaching over 70,000 people each year, the orchestra presents more than 25 concert performances throughout the year, some free for the community.
Sierra Arts Foundation is a local arts agency for northwestern Nevada. The foundation’s emphasis is on teaching, nurturing and supporting the arts (dance, theater, visual, literary and music) in the community. SAF provides education opportunities for artists of all ages, as well as development and training, financial support and promotional and marketing assistance. Sierra Arts also creates and manages spaces and venues throughout the community for artists to perform and display their work.
Sierra Nevada Ballet has expanded its performance component to include performances throughout the year in Reno, Tahoe, Carson City and Virginia City with plans underway to include a small tour of rural Nevada. SNB performs annually as part of Reno’s ARTOWN Festival and the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.
Sierra School of Performing Arts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing
children and adults in Northern Nevada with the highest quality performing opportunities and
The Holland Project was started by a group of dedicated teens, musicians, artists, teachers, activists, business owners and community leaders in 2006. Since the spring of 2007 it has put on more than 1000 events including music shows in nearly every genre, gallery exhibits, dance performances, workshops, special events, fashion shows, film nights and more.
The School of the Arts at University of Nevada, Reno produces the Performing Arts Series (PAS) each academic year. PAS features a broad range of performing arts experiences by national and international artists and companies that perform in the Nightingale Concert Hall. The 615-seat hall was completed in 1987 and is located in the Church Fine Arts Building on the UNR campus. The Nightingale Concert Hall is renowned for its excellent acoustics, and is the venue for the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Reno Chamber Music Festival, and other performances sponsored by UNR and community organizations.
The School of the Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno and its academic department play a vital role in the cultural and artistic life on campus and within the community.
One of a dozen facilities within the Washoe County Library system, the Downtown Reno Library is a unique architectural gem serving as the urban hub of the Library System. Built in 1966 and now on the National Register of Historic Places, architect Hewitt Wells couldn't put the library in a park as he wished, so the library was made as park-like as possible, featuring hundreds of plants, several full-grown trees, and a pond with a fountain. The centrally-located library serves the downtown residential and business community. The library also offers an auditorium with a grand piano and an art gallery on the balcony.
Regional Parks and Open Space is part of Washoe County's Community Services Department. Washoe County manages more than 12,000 acres including more than 10,000 acres of open space, 49 parks, an Arboretum, developed trails, trailheads, athletic fields, golf courses, a campground, a shooting facility, an archery facility, a museum, and more.
Tahoe Arts Project is a non-profit organization that provides performing arts residency and performances in schools and throughout the community. Programs include performing artists from various genres and cultures and have been nationally recognized as a role model for other arts-in-education organizations. TAP reaches more than 5,000 students, within 10 schools in El Dorado, Douglas, and Alpine counties of California and Nevada.
The City of Sparks hosts a variety of outdoor special events, primarily on Victorian Square and the Sparks Marina, from spring through fall. The assortment of events attracts more than 1 million attendees. Producers are encouraged to consider Sparks as a great location for events with lovely venues and a concisely navigable permitting process.
The Tonopah Convention Center has an ideal location to provide a convenient meeting
facility for groups and organizations within Nevada. The facility is prepared to meet all audio, visual, banquet, cocktail and entertainment requirements for groups numbering five to 500.
Arts For the Schools (AFtS) is a non-profit organization presenting cultural performances and residency programs for public school students and community members. Venues include a high school auditorium with fly tower seating 300 and other multi-purpose rooms. Arts For The Schools provides art education to more than 10,000 preschool and K-12 students including 1,898 low-income children through its two programs each year.
AFtS is a bi-state organization located on Lake Tahoe’s north shore that was founded in 1984 to inspire individuals and communities through the power of culture and diversity, and ensure that the arts remained an essential part of a complete education for the region’s children.
Community Chest serves the Comstock as a rural community development organization helping build healthy communities and families by providing resources to help people help themselves. Community Chest uses the arts and humanities whenever possible to accomplish its mission.
The Fourth Ward School is a historic site and museum offering exhibitions on local history, mining, letter press printing, Mark Twain, and rotating exhibitions. The museum also hosts events sponsored by the Comstock Arts Council.
Piper’s Opera House has been called the most significant vintage theater in the West. Built in 1885, the opera house continues to thrive as a working museum, hosting daily tours during the summer season, and providing an extensive variety of events year round such as private weddings, concerts, dinner theater, political events, and fund raisers. Piper’s has also contracted with Storey County School District to provide unlimited access to all Storey County students to host dramatic events, graduations and dances.
Built in 1875, St. Mary’s Art & Retreat Center is a National Historic Landmark. Originally a hospital for the Comstock miners, it was left empty and abandoned for many years. Saved in 1964 by Father Meinecke, St. Mary’s Hospital was dedicated to the Arts and Culture and the abandoned building became an Art Center.
Wells was founded in 1869 by the Central Pacific Railroad, however, use of the Humboldt Wells dates back thousands of years to the Western Shoshone. A hub for regional ranchers and California Trail sites, Wells has an Emigrant Trail Center to tell the story. The Senior Pro Rodeo, Nevada State Fiddle Contest, annual car show and a 1/2 marathon to Angel Lake combine with stretches of Fabulous Forty — the Victory Highway — to give a period feel to this small town. Proud of its past, an airport, nine-hole golf course, casinos, and restaurants connect Wells to the twenty-first century.
The West Wendover Tourism Bureau operates the Nevada Welcome Center and helps to promote community-wide activities including Wells’ annual Cinco De Mayo and July 4th.
Great Basin Arts and Entertainment's history reaches back to 1992 when a small group of friends met to determine how they might keep culture alive in Winnemucca following the massive arson fire that swept the historic Nixon Opera House. That historic building, a gift from Nevada Senator George S. Nixon, had been the center of Winnemucca’s cultural life since it was constructed in 1907. This small group of volunteers started finding and promoting a series of events utilizing any place available, until it found a cozy home in the banquet room facilities in the historic Martin Hotel.
The Northern Nevada Arts Council was founded to aid, encourage, advise and coordinate activities dedicated to promote the arts and to provide cultural enrichment and education to members of the community by creating opportunities to experience and to participate in the performing and visual arts in the Winnemucca area. Northern Nevada Arts Council was founded in 1972 as a presenting organization, bringing arts and entertainment to Winnemucca. We are a non-profit organization comprised entirely of volunteers who are dedicated to providing the best of amateur and professional entertainment to north central Nevada.
The Winnemucca Convention and Visitors Authority is responsible for promoting and attracting conventions, meetings and like gatherings to utilize the convention center facilities under its charge. The convention center is the site for the Basque Festival, Harvest Wine Tasting and Senior National Pro Rodeo Finals.
Yerington Theatre for the Arts is a local arts agency dedicated to increasing opportunities for all people to participate in and understand the arts. Yerington Theatre for the Arts proudly maintains and operates historic Jeanne Dini Cultural Center where it presents performing arts, visual arts exhibition, art education program and cultural heritage events.