Mission | Artown


Artown’s mission is to strengthen Reno’s arts industry, enhance our civic identity and national image, thereby creating a climate for the cultural and economic rebirth of our region.

Artown has been inspiring community through the arts since 1996.

Artown’s primary goal is to encourage local artist and creative participation to highlight the finest multidisciplinary arts in northern Nevada. Additionally, we exist to market and promote these arts events locally, regionally, and nationally as a premier arts festival. Artown, a month-long summer arts festival, features nearly 500 events produced by more than 100 organizations and businesses at over 130 locations city and countywide.

Our anchor events continue to be expressions of regional, national and international artistic excellence. Most events are free or low cost. Support from corporate sponsors, foundations and individual donors enables Artown to bring some of the world’s greatest artists and performances into our community. And in doing so, Artown has given Reno a new reputation: that of a town with a vibrant artistic and cultural community.

None of this would be possible without the financial contributions of our Festival Sponsors. Artown receives major funding from the following sponsors: The City of Reno, NV Energy, Reno-Tahoe, Nevada State Bank, THE ROW, Washoe County, Claggett & Sykes, J Resort, Wild River Grille, Fox 11 News 4, NSN, KUNR Public Radio, and PBS Reno.

This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Artown is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit agency registered in the State of Nevada (EIN 88-0412311). Contributions may be tax deductible pursuant to the provisions of section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.