Discover The Arts!

PROGRAMS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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

 

Spring II class registration available 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 in visual art, piano, voice or guitar by appointment.

  • 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.

Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Spring Break Drama Camp (ages 10-14)

April 6-10; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and April 11, 9 a.m. to noon.

Registration Fee: $135 per child.

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

A great way for students to spend their spring break. The workshop is a smorgasbord of fun games and activities designed to keep everyone entertained while building theatre skills that will be used in the performance on Saturday morning. For more information or to register, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call (702) 229-ARTS (2787).

 

Visual Arts Spring Break Camp (ages 7-14)

April 6-10; 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $75 per child.

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

Students enrolled will enjoy learning from a visual arts professional with focus on “make and take” daily projects that are enjoyable and at the same time offer lessons that teach elements and principles of design along with fine arts relevancy and historical and/or cultural significance. This course compliments the Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Spring Break Drama Camp. For more information or to register, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call (702) 229-ARTS (2787).

   

Ethnic Express International Folk Dancing (ages 8+)

Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15 and 29; 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 by the city of Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-732-4871 or go online to www.ethnicexpresslasvegas.org/.

 

Japanese Spring Festival (all ages)

Co-presented with the Kizuna Japanese Society.

Saturday, April 4, 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.

 

The Poets’ Corner (ages 17+)

Hosted by LaBlaque.

Friday, April 17, 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).

 

Gallery Workshop: Reclaimed Objects as Art (ages 7+)

Saturday, April 18, 11 a.m.

Free and open to the public.

Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St., Room 160.

This new visual arts workshop series features drawing, painting, color theory, sculpture, and more. Cultural Affairs staff, as well as guest artists, share their inspiration and expertise, offering personal insights and individualized attention, building children’s knowledge and confidence. Workshops are available for beginner to intermediate students. Guest Artist Gig Depio will facilitate this workshop and discuss his pieces featured in the Aesthetics Primary II Exhibition, which combines contemporary and historical forces in the form of intense, often large-scale, figurative compositions. Participants will create make-and-take mixed media art, learn to interpret a gallery exhibition and experience an artist critique. Please note that clothing may get dirty; dress accordingly or bring aprons. To register, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

 

USA Ballroom Dance (ages 13+)

Saturday, April 18; 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.

 

Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Presents “The Velveteen Rabbit” (all ages)

April 24, 25 and May 1, 2 at 7 p.m.; April 25, 26 and May 2*, 3 at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $5.50 (plus tax/fees)

Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

For almost a century, this 1922 novel by Margery Williams has reminded readers of all ages that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Now for the first time in its 43-year history, the Rainbow Company bring the toys of Williams’s storied nursery to life with imaginative stagecraft and indelible heart. For tickets or information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787). *American Sign Language-interpreted performance.

 

Closing 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).

 

Current Exhibitions

 

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).

 

Laurens Tan: Three Wise Monkeys (all ages)

A Public Art Collaboration Exhibition

Through May 7; hours Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed Friday-Sunday and holidays.

Free admission and open to the public.

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

Laurens Tan’s Three Wise Monkeys lanterns were commissioned by the city of Sydney, Australia for the 2016 Lunar Lantern Festival. Originally displayed outside the Sydney Opera House, the lanterns have now arrived in Las Vegas and will be displayed separately in three different locations through a collaboration with the city of Las Vegas, Clark County Parks and Recreation’s Public Art division, and the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. The Speak No Evil monkey is displayed in the Grand Gallery at Las Vegas City Hall, 495 S. Main St. It stands 16’ tall and is made up of more than 1,600 pattern pieces. The See No Evil monkey lantern will be displayed at the Sahara West Library at 9600 W. Sahara Ave., and the Hear No Evil monkey lantern will be displayed in the Hollywood Recreation Center at 1650 S. Hollywood Blvd. The lanterns are scheduled to be on display through May 7. The larger-than-life exhibition continues Tan’s playful exploration of Chinese linguistics and symbolism, and developments in CAD technology.  Laurens Tan (born 1950) is a multidisciplinary artist. His work includes sculpture, 3D animation, video, and graphics, and is influenced by architectural and industrial design. He lives and works in Sydney, Beijing, and Las Vegas. For 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 the featured artist is George Ameal Wilson, who spent his formative years in Texas developing his love for cowboys by watching western movies with his grandmother. After moving to Los Angeles, he 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 Thursdays noon to 5 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 artist 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).