Reno: Where Urban Grit Meets Fine Art

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Reno Arts & Culture Facts

The Reno Arts and Culture Commission, founded in 1991, serves as the official adviser to the City of Reno on matters related to the cultural life of the community. The City of Reno is a leader in arts and culture. The community has a rich variety of special events, historic buildings, performing arts and galleries. A strong public art program helps sustain and encourage downtown economic development. Cultural diversity and history are embraced and interwoven within the fabric of our city.

Xổ số đài thoải máiThe Reno Arts & Culture Commission supports arts and artists through grants, purchase of public art for display around Reno, and commissioned projects. The RACC makes recommendations, advocates, and advises the City Council.

Arts & Culture makes Reno the place:

  • You want to do business 
  • You want to live
  • You want to visit
  • You want to create art

Economic Impact

The Arts Mean Business in RENO!


Infographic numbers are from the Americans for the Arts AEP 2015/2016 Study. View the City of Reno 1-page summary for more information and download the infographic.

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2016/17 Playa Art Park

  • Reno is considered the gateway to , the internationally renowned annual festival in the Black Rock Desert. More than 68,000 people came through Reno on their way to the Playa in 2014.
  • $35 million per year are added to the Northern Nevada economy by Burning Man participants each year, according to a 2013 survey.
  • The City of Reno has purchased four works of art that have been shown on the Playa during Burning Man and will host the second annual Playa Park in 2017/18 with multiple sculptures from this year's Burning Man Festival.

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Funding for Arts & Culture Projects

Arts and culture are pillars of Reno’s economic development, and reflect how the City of Reno is seen on a national and international scale.

Sculptures like Space Whale are integral to that strategy.

The Reno City Council’s strategic priorities for the City of Reno include creating vibrant neighborhoods and public places by prioritizing public arts and culture. As such, the City of Reno set aside money from the Room Tax Fund for the Arts & Culture Commission and public art budgets. 

The City of Reno is paying for the Space Whale and other projects using funds from Room Tax allocations, not General Funds. Room Tax allocations, which come from visitors staying in hotels, are restricted to uses that specifically provide a tourism amenity, or promote tourism in the Reno area.

Reno’s Arts & Culture Highlights

  • Each year the City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission grants funds to various art organizations. $186,000 has been awarded for fiscal year 2019-2020.
  • The City displays 185 pieces of outdoor public art and 65 pieces in the City Hall permanent collection
  • In 2014, City of Reno Galleries hosted 21 exhibits in our three gallery spaces, located in City Hall and McKinley Arts and Culture Center. Of these exhibits, we featured 19 solo and 2 group exhibitions, with work from over 70 artists, including 20 nationally-exhibiting artists, totaling over 250 individual art works.
  • The City of Reno's Art Signals program creates original artwork on signal boxes around town. There are approximately 50 signal box murals with more than half completed by local artists. Each year, new boxes are added and older ones repainted. 

Rainbow Tree Trout Sculpture

Arts Organizations

Reno is home to many diverse arts and culture organizations and activities: 

  •  is the only accredited art museum in the state of Nevada, joining the ranks of such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Only 5% of museums in the U.S. earn this accreditation.
  • Founded in 1904,  is Nevada's oldest museum and maintains a unique research library.
  • , a highly-respected professional orchestra, founded in 1969, has a season of 6 classical concerts (two performances each), several pops concerts and three youth orchestras.
  • , the "intimate" professional orchestra, has five concerts (two performances each) and its outstanding Winter Chamber Festival between Christmas and New Year's Eve. RCO celebrated its 40th year in 2015.
  • supports the arts in Reno through grants, workshops, and a gallery.
  • is an all-ages arts and music initiative by young people, for young people, in the Truckee Meadows.
  •  fosters cultural enrichment and connection for all Nevadans with programming that includes over 25 years of the Nevada Humanities Chautauqua and an annual Literary Crawl.
  • Two ballet companies, (founded in 1994) and  (founded in 2001).
  • "Best of Broadway" series of hit musicals at the .
  • Excellent "black box" theaters, each with its own facility, also used for outside companies. , founded in 1935, , founded in 1992, and provide a wide array of original, established and children's productions.
  • The Redfield Proscenium Theater, , and Nightingale Concert Hall at the University of Nevada, Reno, showcase professional and student work. 
  • (founded in 1969) showcases contemporary artwork by mid-career and established artists.
  • , housed in the historic Lake Mansion, provides just under 3,000 art classes and camps across 50 local schools and other facilities.
  •  has studio spaces for local artists, hosts shows and organizes Reno Sculpture Fest. 
  • provides a comprehensive arts calendar as well as hosting a First Thursday of the month Arts Walk through downtown Reno.

Performance from University of Nevada's Night of All Nations. Provided by the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Xổ số đài thoải mái Bryan Tedrick’s "Portal of Evolution". Photo by Mark Hammon, provided by the University of Nevada, Reno.


  • Ranked #1 entrepreneurial metropolitan area per capita by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, January 2014 (see
  • Ranked #9 on Top 100 Best Places to Live, October 2013 (
  • Ranked among America’s Cheapest Livable Cities, September 2013 (
  • Ranked Among Top 5 Best Cities for Mid-Career Professionals in Small Regions, August 2013 (Richard Florida, author of The Creative Class)
  • was ranked one of the 10 “Must-See” automobile museums in the nation by Car Collector magazine (2001), and one of the 5 Best by Autoweek (2012).
  • In 2014, the was ranked in the top tier of “Best National Universities” by the U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, 24 of its graduate programs earned “Best Graduate Program” rankings, including English, political science, psychology, and art.  

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