Discover The Arts!

PROGRAMS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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

 

Spring I class registration available through March 7 for six-week session Feb. 25-April 4.

Spring II class registration opens March 17 for six-week session April 21-May 30.

The city of Las Vegas offers arts classes at several locations that are designed to mold amateur 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 Fundamentals and Introduction to Improvisation, Youth Art, Teen Art, Beyond Sketch, Hip-Hop, Modern Dance, Group Guitar, and private lessons by appointment in visual art, piano, voice and guitar.

  • Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Drama Class Registration (ages 4-17)
    Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.
    Classes taught by Rainbow Company staff. Courses offered include Story Drama, Performance Fundamentals, Acting Skills for Youth and Acting 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, Ballet, Hip-Hop, African Drum, Audio Recording and Engineering, Video Production, Martial Arts and Chess.

Ethnic Express International Folk Dancing (ages 8+)

Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18 and 25; 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.

Cost: $6 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/.

 

USA Ballroom Dance (ages 13+)

Saturday, March 14; 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.com.

 

The Poets’ Corner (ages 17+)

Hosted by LaBlaque.

Friday, March 20, 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).

 

Las Vegas Bluegrass Festival (all ages)

Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Free admission and open to the public.

Centennial Hills Park. 7101 N. Buffalo Drive.

All are welcome to attend this free festival featuring the best bluegrass 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 and other festival food, as well as many children’s activities. Live bluegrass music all day, starting at 11 a.m., featuring Fog Holler, Steel Betty, Nu-Blu, High Fidelity, Blue Highway and local Las Vegas band Out of the Desert. For more information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

2020 Women’s Conference: Conversations Pertaining to Advocacy Rights (ages 13+)

Saturday, March 28, 12 to 3 p.m.  Check-in opens at 11 a.m.

Free and open to the public.

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

This educational workshop explores ways women can acquire skills and knowledge to become strong advocates for themselves and their community. Features of this interactive event include sharing of personal and multi-generational experiences through insightful conversations, keynote speaker, lunch and opportunities to engage with professional community support organizations. Check-in required. This event is co-presented with the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. For more information, please call 702-229-ARTS, or visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org. 

 

Sankofa Conversations Series: Continuing the Journey of Language (ages 13+)

Saturday, March 28, 2 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

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

Enjoy three unique workshops consisting of book discussions and dialogue, using the past to understand issues affecting the African-American community today and tomorrow. Sankofa literally translates to "look to the past to inform the future." The symbol itself depicts a bird, which appears to be moving forward while looking back, supporting the idea of incorporating the aspects of the past into the future. The workshop will be literary-based, led by a group of community facilitators, exploring the soul of black folks as a result of the miseducation of the Negro; literature to be used is authored by both W. E. Burghardt Du Bois and Carter G. Woodson. For more information, please call 702-229-ARTS, or visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org.

 

Opera in the Movies (all ages)

Featuring Vegas City Opera

Saturday, March 28, 7 p.m.

Free admission and open to the public.

Centennial Hills Park Amphitheater, 7101 N. Buffalo Drive.

This multi-media concert features arias and ensembles from memorable movies. Be transported back to the first time you were touched by these classic movies as you hear top Las Vegas operatic talent bringing the movie soundtracks to life. Featuring operatic hits, along with the movie clips from the films that made them famous, including “The Godfather,” “Casino,” “Wall Street,” “The Fifth Element,” “Shawshank Redemption,” “Moonstruck,” “Pretty Women,” “A Room With A View,: “Up,” “The Untouchables,” “Goodfellas,” “Philadelphia,” “The Goonies,” “Iron Lady” and the Marx Brothers’ hilarious “A Night at the Opera.” For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Closing Exhibitions

 

First Street Art Trail Aerial Gallery Banner Artwork Exhibition (all ages)

Through March 2, available to view at all times.

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 information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Current Exhibitions

 

Celebrating Life! Masters Exhibition (all ages)

Through April 22; hours Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

This is the fifth year of this part of the Celebrating Life! annual juried art exhibit program. It includes three artists that have won three or more awards over the past 19 years. 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 Drina Fried, Terry Harvey, and Myra Oberman. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Windows on First: “Under the Sky – Ceramic Landscape Wall Series” (all ages)

Featuring artwork of Sierra Slentz.

Through May 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.

A collection of individual abstract pieces or ‘landscapes’ that depict the basin and range region in which we live. When these individual pieces come together, the contrasting colors, textures and forms are reminiscent of the experience of wandering through the desert, taking in geological forms, reflections, mirages, sunsets and ghost town remains. For more information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

African-American Heritage Exhibition (all ages)

Featuring the artwork of George Ameal Wilson.

Through May 21; hours Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed Friday-Sunday 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 Nevada. This year’s featured artist spent his formative years in Texas developing his love for cowboys by watching western movies with his grandmother. After moving to Los Angeles, George Ameal Wilson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from California State College Los Angeles. Wilson studied under Si Fountain for five years and was a student of Joseph Gibby for two years. Inspired by artist Norman Rockwell, he wants his artwork to tell a story. People of all ethnic groups are part of the western experience. These ethnic groups contributed to our history and he wants to show this in his work. They were here; they did something; and he believes we need to open up to our history and see that various groups of people built this country. He saw no mention of these people growing up as a child and his goal is to convey his thoughts and messages through the people in his work. For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

Aesthetics Primary II Exhibition (all ages)

Through May 30; hours Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursdays, 12 to 5 p.m., Fridays 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Artists’ Reception Thursday, March 12; 5 to 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

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

This exhibition focuses on artists whose work could be defined as possessing aesthetic beauty or visual pleasure. Posted with each piece is a brief statement by the artists expressing how aesthetics influence their creative process. Artists include Linda Alterwitz, Cida de Aragon, Sapira Cheuk, Natalie Delgado, Gig DePio, Lolita Develay, Bobbie Ann Howell, Kim Johnson, Yvette LaForce, Laura McEwan-Dase, Kristin Meuser, Dave Rowe, Benjamin Schmitt, Sierra Slentz, Robin Slonina, Christopher Tsouras, and Valentin Yordanov.  For information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).