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General Information


The 2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards is an inaugural event presented by the City Carson City Department of Arts & Culture and the Carson City Chamber of Commerce designed to recognize individuals and organizations committed to elevating arts excellence within the state capital.  The event intends to cultivate Nevadans’ appreciation and understanding of the arts, to stimulate regional development of arts collaboration and communication, and to grow future patrons of the arts in our community.  Award recipients will be honored at the 2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards + Luncheon held Friday, November 15.

Awards Eligibility

Nominees must be residents of Carson City, work in Carson City, or demonstrate their contribution to the arts in Carson City.  Nominees must be living individuals or active organizations.  Self-nominations are accepted.  Multiple nominations may be submitted in the same or different award categories. The Carson City Department of Arts & Culture reserves the right to move nominations to appropriate categories if needed.  Winners are announced publically in advance of the Friday, November 15 awards ceremony.  All awardees must be present to receive their awards.

Nomination + Selection

The Carson City Department of Arts & Culture issues the call for nominations, collects all nomination forms, and reviews all forms for eligibility.

An independent committee reviews all nominations and recommends awardees to the Mayor’s Office. Artist Melissa Melero-Moose has been invited to create the 2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards. Each award recipient will receive a special limited edition work signed by the artist.

  • Art and culture are integral parts of creating a community with an unparalleled quality of life. In a very real sense, they are the glue that bonds our quality of life.
    Mayor Bob Crowell, 01/31/2018

Mural Ribbon Cutting

Updated on 08/30/2019 1:13 PM

The Carson City Cultural Commission, established in 2008 by Carson City Municipal Code Chapter 2.41, serves as the primary advisory body to the Carson City Board of Supervisors for matters relating to arts and culture for benefit of all residents and visitors. 

Between 2014 and 2016, the Board of Supervisors took action to have the Cultural Commission and Parks and Recreation Department staff prepare an Arts & Culture Master Plan. In February 2016, the Board of Supervisors adopted this Arts & Culture Master Plan into the overall Carson City Master Plan. In October 2016 a full-time Arts & Culture Coordinator was hired through a 1% increase in transient occupancy tax. In March 2018, a Department of Arts & Culture was created under the City Hall.

Commissioner Roster as of January 1, 2019: Barbara D’Anneo (Chair), Lupe Ramirez (Vice Chair), Karen Abowd, Elinor Bugli, Terri McBride, Chris Leyva, Mylo McCormick. 

Staff Liaison: Mark Salinas (Arts & Culture Coordinator, Municipality of Carson City).

The Commission meets throughout the year at the Carson City Community Center’s Sierra Room, 850 East Williams St. (corner of N. Roop St.), Carson City, NV 89701. Meetings are typically held January, March, May, July, September, November on the 2nd Mondays of the month at 5:30 p.m.  Meetings are open to the public and televised liveContact Mark Salinas to confirm date and time.

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