Nevada's Arts and Culture professionals were proud but not surprised when the Americans for the Arts AEP6 Study revealed $662.5 Million in economic activity from their nonprofit sector in 2022. While the study only measured the economic impact of local culture events, Arts workers are not limited to entertainment: “Creatives” integrate into other sectors as designers, writers, marketers, performers, visual artists, and managers. They are employed in successful enterprises to be inventive problem solvers for education, healthcare, human resources, public agencies, tech companies, and nonprofit leaders. As Nevada decision makers reimagine the possibilities for a diverse 21st century economy, creative leaders stand ready to leverage investments that strengthen our community from within as we attract the outside world to our door.
Summits and Strategies
The post-pandemic era has led to mixed results for organizations and entrepreneurs in our ecosystem with some celebrating expansion while others suffer eviction after weathering the initial COVID storm. The City of Las Vegas has leaned into the potential of our creative workforce with initiatives to address our cultural infrastructure.
The second annual Las Vegas Arts and Culture Summit will be held from on February 29th, 2024 at the Historic 5th Street School from 8am-6pm. The event, featuring networking sessions, panels, and guest speakers is back by popular demand and will focus on advocacy, partnership, social impact, and the creative economy. The event has already moved once to increase its capacity. Register for the few seats remaining here.
Housing instability and inequality are the chief obstacles to growth in our developing creative community. The City of Las Vegas recently introduced the team from nonprofit creative real estate developer, Artspace, at a town hall addressing the issue. Wendy Holmes, Senior Vice President for Artspace, spoke to the community about their mission to provide affordable live/work space to creative workers and welcomed opportunities to learn from stakeholders as they embark on their feasibility studies and potential site surveys.
The Nevada Arts Council announced the launch of a Strategic Planning Assessment Program intended to support cultural organizations, statewide partnerships, and provide resources to creative communities across Nevada. The Nevada Arts Council hopes to help advance the cultural landscape of Nevada through strategic organizational assessments designed to support the specific needs of cultural organizations in five areas: organizational, programming, venue, community in focus, and cultural training. Visit here to apply by February 23rd, 2024.
Join us every second Monday of the month at 6:30pm on Zoom and/or in person for the Vegas Arts Table to connect with the creative community and share your own Vegas Arts, Culture, and Creative Industry news. Get info on the next meeting here!