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Artown Yesterday

Artown started in 1996 as a way to counteract suburban flight and revitalize downtown Reno by getting more people to visit the city center. An arts themed festival was created through the efforts of civic leaders, business people, and the arts community.
With a combination of free and ticketed events, the first Artown was just three weeks and attracted an estimated 300,000 participants. Growing rapidly from its initial success, Artown today is a major annual production lasting throughout the month of July. In addition to local and regional talent, internationally known artists regularly perform at Artown.
Here’s a look at Artown’s past.
Attendance:  300,000
Highlights: Opening Night with the California Honeydrops and then a parade to City Plaza with Moondog Matinee, aerialists and Compression!, closing night paying homage to our Native American roots with A Tribe Called Red and a dance and drum performance by the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Nada Dada, Art in the Garden, DIckerson Road artistry, The Revolution (Prince's band).  And so much more....
View the 2017 final report HERE


Attendance: 300,000+
Highlights: case/ lang/ veirs, UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue, Rosanne Cash, Clint Holmes, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.

Read the 2016 Final Report Here


Read the 2015 Final Report here
Attendance: 300,000+
Highlights: Clint Black, MarchFourth!, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., Betty Buckley, Home Free, Ahn Trio


Attendance: 300,000+
Highlights: Mountain Heart, Sherrie Austin, Los Lonely Boys, Jesse Cook, Judy Collins, Don McLean, Ozomatli



Attendance: 300,000+
Economic Impact: $14,958,012
Highlights: Pete Escovedo and Sheila E, Rickie Lee Jones, Red Baraat, Mariachi Los Comperos de Nati Cano, Glenn Miller Orchestra



Attendance: 300,000
Economic Impact: $12,304,911
Highlights: Mickey Hart Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band 50th Anniversary with guests The Del McCoury Band and The Trey McIntyre Project, Playing for Change, The 1st Division Marine Band from Camp Pendleton, Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits



Attendance: 308,000
Economic Impact: $13,196,643
Highlights: Stephen Petronio’s Underland, Pink Martini, Perla Batalla, Doc Severinsen and The San Miguel Five, India.Arie and Idan Raichel, Seun Kuti



Attendance: 300,000
Economic Impact: $12,750,726
Highlights: Joan Baez, Diavolo and the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Tiempo Libre, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Afro-Cuban All Stars



Attendance: 309,000
Economic Impact: $10,631,287
Highlights: Richie Havens, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, The Funk Brothers, Chris Botti, Ottmar Liebert



Attendance: 350,000
Economic Impact: $13,753,178
Highlights: Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, Mandy Patinkin with Paul Ford on Piano, Andrew Bird, Sara Juli’s Money Conversation, Ringo Starr, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Nigerian Spam Scam Scam



Attendance: 350,000
Economic Impact: $16,018,294
Highlights: American Ballet Theater, Herbie Hancock, Hell’s Kitchen Dance with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Poncho Snachez, Michael Buble, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Austrailia’s Strange Fruit.



Attendance: 285,000
Economic Impact: $12,894,072
Highlights: Dianne Reeves, Sean Curran Dance Company, Poulenc Trio, Pink Martini,
DBR & the Mission. Vox Lumiere, Diavolo Dance Company.



Attendance: 260,000
Economic Impact: $12,410,867
Highlights: Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu,
The Ahn Trio, Pilobolus, The Chieftains, East Village Opera Company.



Attendance: 141,000
Economic Impact: $11,940,071
Highlights: The stunning Lily Cai Chinese Dance company at Wingfield park with the fusion of ancient Chinese traditions and cutting edge contemporary dance, Arlo Guthrie at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, “the Guys” – a play set in the aftermath of 9/11 – was performed by the Actors’ Gang from Los Angeles.



Attendance: 140,000
Economic Impact: $6,216,310
Highlights: Mikhail Baryshnikov, the opening of the new Nevada Museum of Art featuring exhibits by Diego Rivera and Edward Hopper, jazz great Branford Marsalis, Nevada Opera’s “Trial By Jury”, set in Reno’s historic Court House.



Attendance: 146,000
Economic Impact: $5,710,713
Highlights: San Francisco Ballet made its first appearance in Reno, Marcel Marceau appeared for two performances and a special conversation with the world famous mime at the Lear Theater, The Counting Sheep project – involving 25 local artists who created sheep that were displayed all over during July.



Attendance: 161,000
Economic Impact: $5,540,060
Highlights: Pilobolus Too, presented by Nevada Festival Ballet, Beethoven at Bartley series, Artown and Nevada Hispanic Services presented Ballet Hispanico, Michael C. McMillen created “The House of Water (Theater of Salt)” commissioned by the Nevada Museum of Art.



Attendance: 137,000
Economic Impact: $5,557,356
Highlights: Paul Taylor 2, co-presented with Nevada Festival Ballet, Coeur d’Alene Art Auction drew 600 buyers for $10 million in Western and Wildlife art sales, the Nevada debut of world-renowned Kronos Quartet.



Attendance: 102,000
Economic Impact: $3,490,699
Highlights: Phantom of the Opera star David Gaines performing with the Reno Philharmonic, Diablo Ballet presented by Nevada Festival Ballet, Beso, Soviet Child Painter for Peace, in cooperation with the Boys & Girls Club and the Hermitage Gallery.



Attendance: 71,000
Highlights: The “Thomas Hart Benton” and “Andy Warhol” exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art, “Tap Dogs” at the Pioneer Center, “Rollin’ on the River” at Wingfield Park.



Attendance: 60,000
Highlights: “Stomp” at the Pioneer Center, the “Miro/Dubuffet Exhibit” at Stremmel Gallery and Nevada Museum of Art, “Lula Washington Dance Theater” at Wingfield Park.



Attendance: 30,000
Highlights: Pops on the River by the Reno Philharmonic, Nevada Repertory Theater’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sierra Arts Folklife Festival and Folklife exhibit.


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