Executive Director's Message | Artown

Executive Director's Message

Welcome to the 24th annual Artown festival!  It has been our privilege to bring 31 days of arts and culture to northern Nevada.  I extend tremendous thanks to the artists of our region for helping us change the shape of our community through their creativity.  They are the backbone of Artown and their dedication in every discipline astounds me every year when I read through the events in this calendar.
It gives me great joy to break down our traditional understanding of the arts and extend our artistic reach by celebrating artistry that we may not have otherwise experienced.  I wholeheartedly believe that our audiences welcome and encourage the risks we take in the arts.  Whether an unusual visual exhibit, emerging performers at Midtown, global talent at Wingfield Park or seasoned entertainers at The Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, I love to watch our audiences delight in artists that they may be familiar with or perhaps have never heard of.  The conversations that emerge from performances and exhibits take art off the stage and canvas and into our audience’s hearts and minds for a long time to come.

Equity diversity and inclusion through the arts is a priority for Artown.  We honor this undertaking on our Board and staff as well as making the festival a celebration of different cultures, people of color and our LBGTQI friends. 
Please use this Little Book as your guide.  Mark it up with your favorite events and read it thoroughly so you don’t miss any of the events. 
Recently we were chatting in our office and Mike Esposito came up with a lovely analogy.  Artown is like a Christmas tree, and every artist and event in July represents the ornaments that make the tree into a magical representation of its season.

See you in the park!



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