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Sierra Arts

The Sierra Arts Foundation’s mission as a local arts agency since 1971 is to be the region’s premier arts organization with an emphasis on teaching, nurturing and supporting the arts in our community. Sierra Arts strives to provide education opportunities for artists of all ages, as well as development and training, financial support and promotional and marketing assistance. Sierra Arts creates and manages spaces and venues throughout our community for artists to perform and display their work.

McKinley Arts & Culture Center

This historic building boasts two gallery spaces, arts and crafts workshops, the City of Reno Cultural Affairs Division, and provides rental office space for local non-profit arts organizations. An auditorium and boardroom are available for rental by tenants and outside cultural groups for rehearsals and performances. 

Location/Parking:  McKinley Arts & Culture Center is located at 925 Riverside Drive and occupies one city block bounded by Riverside Drive, Vine Street, Jones Street and Keystone Avenue. 

The west wing of McKinley houses the Reno Philharmonic and the Reno Chamber Orchestra; the east wing houses the City of Reno Cultural Affairs Division, Masterworks Chorale, the Notables, and the boardroom.  The Auditorium is in the north wing and the basement houses office space for the Reno Pops Orchestra, classroom space for the Note-Ables, art classroom, and a ceramic workshop and kilns.

The former McKinley Park School was constructed in 1909 and renovated in 1999. The ornate design and architecture of the interior is unique for indoor weddings and receptions. Now known as the McKinley Arts & Culture Center, it occupies an important place within the Truckee River Arts and Culture District in the City of Reno.

Church Fine Arts Building - UNR Campus

University Arts, located on North Virginia at College Drive, on the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) campus, offers a myriad of performing and visual arts opportunities. The Church Fine Arts Building (CFA) is home to the Sheppard, McNamara, Front Door and Exit Art Galleries. The Nevada Repertory Company performs in the Redfield Proscenium and Studio Theatres. The UNR dance program brings guest choreographers and unique dance to the CFA every year. UNR's beautiful Nightingale Concert Hall presents classical music, jazz (including the Reno Jazz Festival each April), opera and the Performing Arts Series.
Many of these performances are free. Elsewhere on campus, the Black Rock Press designs broadsides and limited editions of handcrafted books (Getchell Library, 2nd floor). The UNR Interior Design program has daily displays of applied arts work (Ansari Business Building, room 520). For a copy of the University Arts Calendar, please call 775-784-1985.

St. Mary's Art Center 

St. Mary's Art Center (SMAC), is located at 55 North R Street in historic Virginia City. The center was built in 1875 as the Mary Louise Hospital and is listed on both the state and national registers of historic places. The center, is a non profit agency which has operated continuously as an art center for the past 42 years.
Today the center provides a wide variety of art classes, houses three galleries and working artists' lofts and hosts many special events. During May through October the center is open for public tours Tuesdays through Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to arrange a special tour call (775) 847-7774 or visit

North Tahoe Arts Center

The North Tahoe Art Center is dedicated to presenting the finest visual art from local and regional artists from around the North Tahoe region. We believe that art enriches lives, so a major focus of the Art Center is to nourish an appreciation and understanding of art. North Tahoe Arts is committed to delivering an extensive educational program through workshops for young and those young at heart.

Oats Park Arts Center

The Oats Park Arts Center in Fallon, Nevada was originally an elementary school designed in 1914 by Frederic J. DeLongchamps, Nevada's pre-eminent architect of that period. The center was successfully placed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places in 1990.
The Center, maintained by the Churchill Arts Council, is dedicated to bringing a diversity of high quality performing literary and visual arts events to the residents of Fallon, Churchill County and northern Nevada. The Oats Park Art Bar is open for literary readings and other small events on the third Friday of each month.

Brewery Arts Center                                                                                     

The Brewery Arts Center (BAC) is Carson City's local arts agency and community arts center.Situathe redevelopment district in a historic set of buildings, formerly the Carson Brewing Company, they offer more than 130 cultural events yearly in theater, music, vocal performance, dance, literature and visual art. 

In addition, they provide a full complement of art classes, workshops and camps in visual and performing arts for children and adults. The BAC is home to the Ash Canyon Poets, the Carson Sierra Spinners, the Carson chapter of the Nevada Artists Association, the Proscenium Players Community Theater Company, BAC Stage Kids and the Sierra Early Music Society.

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