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Community Arts Advocates presents The Light Within

The Summerlin Library Art Gallery, located at 1771 Inner Circle Dr., is hosting the Community Arts Advocates of Nevada (CAA) Inaugural Juried Art Exhibition. The theme, “The Light Within,” focuses on the needs of the LBGTQ+ community and will be on display through July 18.

“We felt that a collection of artworks that raised awareness of the need to discuss suicide prevention in the LBGTQ+ teen community was much needed and quite timely,” says CAA founder Jacie Urquidi-Maynard.

Las Vegas’s top artists created works for the exhibition using various mediums including oil and acrylic paintings, sculptures, photography and more, all supporting the awareness of preventing teen suicide within the LGBTQ+ community.

“I cannot stress enough the importance of making help available to those who need it. Raising awareness through art is a logical course of action,” CAA co-founder and artist Lisa Dittrich said.

The Clark County Library District’s Summerlin Library is a premiere venue to display artwork. “The Light Within” exhibition is in support of The Trevor Project and Gender Justice with an intention to help raise awareness of the needs within the LBGTQ+ teen community of Southern Nevada through art.

The Artist Reception will be held on Sunday, June 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be a talk at the reception that will include Gender Justice Nevada representative Sy Bernabi will be discussing the organization. Also speaking will be Brian Paco Alvarez, Former City of Las Vegas Arts Commissioner and Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The exhibition judge is Susan Schwartz, a Los Angeles-based lawyer and independent curator who also specializes in art law and criminal defense.

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public

Community Arts Advocates of Nevada supports creative individuals by connecting artists with various organizations, businesses, and patrons who share their passion. The goal of CAA of NV is to provide a connection through networking, exhibition opportunities, and available studio spaces while utilizing a mixture of venues to raise awareness of the Cultural Arts among the members of our community. For more info, visit

The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people.

Gender Justice mission is to end suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning young people.


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