Discover The Arts!

 

PROGRAMS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

Cultural Arts & Community Events programs: www.ArtsLasVegas.org

 

Spring I Class Registration available through March 2 for six-week session Feb. 27-April 6.

The city of Las Vegas offers fine arts classes at several locations that are designed to mold the next generation of artists in a guided, dynamic and studio-style program tailored to the needs of each student. These open-enrollment classes encourage exploration while creating the opportunity for each student to experience a diverse performing and visual arts education. Classes are available for all ages and levels of experience in dance, music, theatre, visual and cultural arts. To register, or for more information, visit online or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

  • Charleston Heights Arts Center Class Registration (ages 6-adult)
    Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.
    Courses offered include Adult Drama and Improvisation, Visual Arts, Music Theory, Group Guitar and private lessons in piano/voice/guitar by appointment.

  • Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Drama Class Registration (ages 4-17)
    Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.
    Classes taught by award-winning Rainbow Company staff. Courses offered include Story Drama, Performance Fundamentals, Acting Essentials for Youth, and Acting Skills for Teens, Classes are in demand and space is limited; early registration recommended.
  • West Las Vegas Arts Center Class Registration (ages 2-adult)
    West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
    Classes offered include African Dance, African Drum, Ballet, Street Funk, Hip-Hop, Audio Recording/Engineering, Kemetic Yoga and Chess.

Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Auditions for “Land of the Dragon” (ages 8-adult)

Saturday, March 2, 1 p.m.

No cost to audition.

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

No preparation or monologue required. Bring your imagination and wear clothes you can move in. Rehearsals begin March 6 and performances will be April 26-May 5 at Charleston Heights Arts Center. For more details, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Contra Dancing (ages 13+)

Saturday, March 9, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.

Cost: $10 per person at the door; $5 for members, students and military.

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 702-229-ARTS (2787).

Dance to a live acoustic band playing joyful tunes, driving reels and a waltz or two. All dances are taught and called; newcomers and families welcome. No need to bring a partner. Wear comfortable flat-soled shoes and casual clothing. Co-presented by the city of Las Vegas and the Southern Nevada Old Time Country Dancers, a nonprofit volunteer organization. For more information, call 702-656-9513 or go online to www.lasvegascountrydance.org.

 

Ethnic Express International Folk Dancing (ages 8+)

Wednesdays, March 13, 20, and 27; 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.

Cost: $4 per person per week at the door.

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 702-229-ARTS (2787).

Have an evening of fun learning international dance styles, including Arabic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Greek, Israeli, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian and Turkish folk dances. No need to bring a partner. Dances co-presented with the city of Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-732-4871 or go online to www.ethnicexpresslasvegas.org.

 

Downtown Cultural Series

Juanita Westbrook as Zora Neale Hurston (all ages)

Friday, March 15, noon to 1 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse Jury Assembly Room, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

A special Chautauqua storytelling presentation as Juanita Westbrook as “Zora Neale Hurston: Folklorist, Anthropologist, and Novelist.” A woman of enormous talent, remarkable drive, and a rare intellectual prowess, Hurston was an independent feminist. A writer of stories and novels, a playwright, and an anthropologist, she was a pioneer in the study of black folklore. Hurston was a trendsetter and went through life as she chose with her open style and manner. Living at the heart of the Harlem renaissance, she was surrounded by other talented African-Americans of the period, such as Arna Bontemps and Langston Hughes. Her book, "Of Mules and Men," based on her groundbreaking fieldwork in her home state of Florida, and in New Orleans, gained high recognition and remains popular today. The performance is supported by Nevada Humanities’ “Humanities on the Road” program and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Downtown Cultural Series is presented in partnership with the Lloyd D. George Courthouse. For complete details and information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

The Poets’ Corner (ages 17+)

Hosted by LaBlaque.

Friday, March 15, 7:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd.

Founded at the West Las Vegas Arts Center in 1997, The Poets’ Corner premiered as the first established poetry program in Las Vegas. This monthly forum event, hosted by LaBlaque Williams, is for established poets and open-mic participants and features the best local talent. Due to potential subject matter, we strongly advise participants be age 17 or older. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

USA Ballroom Dance (ages 13+)

Saturday, March 16; 7 to 10:30 p.m. Dance lesson at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 per person at the door.

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 702-229-ARTS (2787).

Co-presented by the city of Las Vegas and USA Dance Las Vegas Chapter #4038, a local chapter of the national nonprofit volunteer organization, dedicated to the promotion of ballroom dancing. For more information, call 702-260-0772 or go online to www.usadancelasvegas.org. 

 

SANKOFA Conversations: Continuing the Journey (ages 13+)

Saturday, March 23, 2 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd.

Third installment of three unique workshops consisting of book discussions and dialogue using the past to understand issues impacting the African-American community for today and tomorrow. Reference book for this conversation is “Tears We Cannot Stop,” by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. For more information, please call 702-229-ARTS, or visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org.

 

Las Vegas Bluegrass Festival (all ages)

Saturday, March 23, 1-8 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Centennial Hills Park, 7101 N. Buffalo Drive.

All are welcome to attend this free festival event featuring a few of the best bluegrass bands and Americana groups you’ll find anywhere! Browse a wide array of folk art, jewelry and other items in the craft market. Enjoy tasty barbecue, beer, other festival food, and many children’s activities too. Live bluegrass music all day starting at 2 p.m., featuring Nu-Blu, Twisted Pine, Hot Club of Cowtown, Bumper Jacksons, The Quebe Sisters and local band Out of the Desert. The Southern Nevada Bluegrass Music Society will be hosting an instrument petting zoo with demonstrations of bluegrass instruments. This event is supported in part by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency; and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. For more information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

New Exhibitions

 

First Street Art Trail Aerial Gallery Banner Artwork Exhibition

Feb. 4, 2019, through March 2020

Vinyl banners will be available to view at all times on First Street from Bridger to Boulder avenues.

The Aerial Gallery along the First Street Art Trail is the newest rendition of this long-running banner artwork program. Artworks by Natalie Delgado, Shan Michael Evans, Chase McCurdy, Austine Wood Comarow, Diane Bush, Jeff Fulmer, Brian Martinez and Joseph Watson are featured on light poles spanning eight blocks from Bridger to Boulder avenues. Other artworks along the trail include the Windows on First temporary public art installations, Mary Hill’s Cycled Musings bike racks, and Jesse Smigel’s Snowball in Vegas cat sculpture. Visitors are invited to bike and walk the trail to explore and discover. For more information, call 702-229-ARTS (2787) or email PublicArt@LasVegasNevada.gov.

 

Nevada Watercolor Society – Signature Member Exhibition

March 7-June 1; open Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 5 p.m.

Artists Reception Thursday, March 7, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Mayor’s Gallery, Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.

This exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Nevada Watercolor Society, which encourages and promotes the advancement of water media in Southern Nevada. The artwork displayed in this exhibition is by the top and long-standing members of the Nevada Watercolor Society. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Closing Exhibitions

 

Chinese Heritage Exhibition: Year of the Pig

Through March 2, Thursday and Friday from noon to 5 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Mayor’s Gallery, Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.

This is an annual invitational fine art exhibit where the focus is on Chinese heritage. The 2019 Chinese New Year is the Year of the Pig. Artists show pieces that include the Pig and signifiers, images, or visual concepts that honor and celebrate Chinese tradition. For more information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Current Exhibitions

 

Windows on First: “In Flight: Energy Liberated”

Featuring the artwork of Nova May

Through March 31, available to view at all times.

Open to the public on First Street; no admission fee.

Las Vegas City Hall, Windows on First, 495 S. Main St., along First Street.

This inspiring and uplifting installation represents the transformational power of music taking flight.  The design of brightly colored tubes and a myriad of suspended butterflies created from found materials – paper, cardboard, and papier-mâché, with lighting elements – invokes a vision of flight.  For more information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

After Images: African-American Heritage Exhibition

Featuring the artwork of Vicki Richardson

Through April 11; 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed Fridays, weekends and holidays.

Free and open to the public.

City Hall Chamber Gallery, 495 S. Main St., second floor.

This annual exhibit features the work of an African-American artist who lives and works in Las Vegas. This year, Vicki Richardson, artist and owner of the Left of Center Art Gallery and studio, was selected as the featured artist. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Hearts4Vegas Touring Exhibition

Through April 15; Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Veterans Memorial Community Center, 101 S. Pavilion Center Drive, 702-229-1100.

A traveling exhibition of items sent to the city from all over the world expressing love, support and healing for everyone in Las Vegas affected by the tragic events of Oct. 1. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Celebrating Life Master’s Exhibition

Through April 24; Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., and through intermission on performance evenings.

Free and open to the public Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 702-229-ARTS (2787).

This exhibit includes three artists that have won three or more awards in the Celebrating Life! annual juried art exhibit program over the past 18 years. This year, the artists were chosen based on the texture present in each of their works and the visual similarity in the subjects each artist presents. Artists this year include Kristin Ferguson, Rita Maroun and Scott Sturman. For more information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Overcast: A Multi-Media Art Exhibition

Featuring the artwork of Brett Bolton

Through May 9; 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed Fridays, weekends and holidays.

Free and open to the public.

City Hall Grand Gallery, 495 S. Main St., first floor.

Overcast is a multi-media interactive projection installation in which participants create generative landscapes of life by spreading projected rainfall onto a dry and barren desert valley. This project explores the endless possibilities that human influence can have to transform our desert valley once given the much needed (and often scarce) supply of water needed to produce and sustain life. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).