Discover The Arts!

PROGRAMS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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

 

Spring II Class Registration available through April 27 for six-week session April 24-June 1.

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, Video Production, Kemetic Yoga and Chess.

Ethnic Express International Folk Dancing (ages 8+)

Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17 and 24; 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.

 

Japanese Spring Festival

Cosponsored with the Kizuna Japanese Society.

Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza in Lorenzi Park, 720 Twin Lakes Drive.

Enjoy a day of Japanese-themed activities at this annual festival celebrating Las Vegas’ friendship with Japan. Some of the featured activities include an authentic Japanese tea ceremony, the Japanese art of flower arrangement (for both children and adults), a Kimono experience, koto music, taiko drums, and origami (the art of paper folding), otedama and kendama (children’s games), and so much more. Anime-themed folk art, toys, collectibles, and tasty Japanese food will be available for purchase. Lawn seating; bring lawn chairs and blankets to be more comfortable. For more information, visit http://www.kizunajapanesesociety.org/english/ or call 702-626-0303.

 

U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West: Travis Brass (all ages)

Saturday, April 13, 2 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Centennial Hills Amphitheatre, 7101 N. Buffalo Drive

The only active duty Air Force Band west of the Rockies, the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West consists of 60 talented airmen-musicians stationed at Travis Air Force Base. The Travis Brass quintet is one of its several ensembles that have been delighting audiences in the western United States for several decades. Featuring two trumpets, a horn, a euphonium and a tuba, these five professionals are dedicated to telling the story of the Air Force through music. Travis Brass works in support of the 60th Air Mobility Wing, an integral part of America's humanitarian response to natural disasters at home and abroad. The group demonstrates amazing virtuosity, marvelous showmanship and a charming personality that delivers a patriotic spirit. Their concert chronicles the Air Force story by celebrating our country's heritage, honoring our veterans and representing our troops with the excellence and dignity they deserve. For complete details and information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

USA Ballroom Dance (ages 13+)

Saturday, April 13; 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.

 

Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Spring Break Drama Workshop (grades 2-6)

Monday-Friday, April 15-19, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and a presentation Friday evening for family.

Cost: $135 per child.

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

Join the award-winning Rainbow Company for a week of fun! Students will experience theatre games, improvisation, acting exercises and rehearsal skills. For more information, call 702-229-ARTS. To register online, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org. Registration open until full.

 

Downtown Cultural Series - Twin Peaks Brass Concert

Friday, April 19, 12 p.m.

Free and open to the public of all ages.

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

This afternoon concert will feature a diverse repertoire of Classical, Baroque and Romantic music. Twin Peaks Brass is a brass quintet formed in Las Vegas by local trumpeter Michael Weber. Other band members include Hazen Mayo, trumpet; Mitchell Hansen, horn; Dawid Mzyk, trombone; and Troy Hart, tuba. 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, April 19, 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).

 

Rainbow Company Youth Theatre “The Land of the Dragon” (all ages)

April 26, 27 and May 3, 4 at 7 p.m.; April 28 and May 4, 5 at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $5.50 (plus tax/fees)

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

A stylized Chinese play, the lovely Princess Jade Pure is held captive by her jealous scheming step-aunt and her chancellor. Road Wanderer, a minstrel passing through with his pet dragon, learns of her plight and rescues her, only to be rewarded with contempt. He soon comes to see the Princess as thoughtless and unkind and leaves her behind. Realizing her mistake and knowing she must marry soon in order to become Empress, she tries to find him. The Princess decrees that only someone with a pet dragon may court her. The evil aunt has the Road Wanderer imprisoned so she can steal his dragon. Still, others create fake dragons so they can win the throne. Will the princess see through the deception? For tickets or information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

 New Exhibitions

“Exploring the Twisted Nature of All Things… Fiber” Exhibition

April 18-July 11

Artist Reception: Thursday, April 18, 4-6 p.m.

Free and open to the public City Hall Chamber Gallery, 495 S. Main St., second floor

This exhibit celebrates fiber arts and demonstrates the aesthetic and conceptual qualities of using various fiber media in making art. Fiber arts is currently a popular medium and allows artists to explore and present contemporary concepts related to our culture and society in a texturally subtle way. The artwork created for this exhibition communicates that any material can be used to make art that is extremely thoughtful and filled with excitement. For more information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Celebrating Life! 2019 Juried Fine Art Competition (ages 50+)

Entries due April 24 at 3 p.m. at Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

This annual Celebrating Life! juried fine art competition is open to active adults age 50 or better who reside in Clark, Esmerelda, Lincoln, Mineral and Nye counties of Nevada. There is no entry free; artists are limited to one submission each. Ted G. Decker, an art history professor at Mesa Community College in Arizona, and director/curator of the Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art, will be this year’s juror. Art award categories include Drawing & Pastel; Painting (oil, acrylic); Mixed Media; Photography; Ceramic; Sculpture (non-ceramic); and Watercolor & Gouache. Each media category will be judged and awarded separately. Best of Show will receive $500. First ($250), second ($150), third ($100) and honorable mention (plaque) prizes may be awarded in all categories. Each artwork is to have been completed within the past three years and not previously entered in the Celebrating Life! competition. Size and weight limits apply; see the brochure for details and entry form. The opening reception and awards ceremony will be held Friday, May 24, 6-7:30 p.m. at Charleston Heights Arts Center. The exhibition will continue at the center through July 13, 2019. Call 702-229-ARTS (2787) for more information.

 

Hearts4Vegas Touring Exhibition

April 10-June 17, hours Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Friday, weekends and holidays.

Free and open to the public.

Development Services Center, 333 Rancho Drive, 702-229-6251.

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).

 

Windows on First: “There Is Nothing I Can Do Without You”

Featuring the Artwork of Shan Michael Evans.

April 25-Oct. 1, 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 living and evolving public art exhibition features themes of dependency, growth change and circumstance the Las Vegas Valley and the world around us experiences. For more information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Closing Exhibitions

 

Windows on First: “In Flight: Energy Liberated”

Featuring the artwork of Nova May

Through April 1, 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 10; 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! 2019 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).

 

Current Exhibitions

 

Overcast

Featuring the artwork of Brett Bolton

Through May 9; Monday-Thursday 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).

 

Nevada Watercolor Society – Signature Member Exhibition

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

 

First Street Art Trail Aerial Gallery Banner Artwork Exhibition

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) visit  www.ArtsLasVegas.org.