Artown brings the outer reaches of imagination to the center of attention in a calendar noted by the National Endowment for the Arts as one of the most comprehensive festival offerings in the country. Each July, Artown asks all who will to leave the beaten path for arts unknown, to join with distinguished artists from down the street, across the country, and around the world for a month-long celebration of cultural diversity and artistic innovation. To experience the best and the latest in visual, performing and humanities arts — more than 300 events, all counted — from those who want nothing more than to entertain, to inspire, and yes, to impress the 260,000 that people that attend our festival annually.
The majority of Artown events remain free, with over 80 partnering organizations and individuals in more than 90 locations citywide. Festival favorites like the "Food for the Soul World Music Series," "Dancing in the Park," "Beethoven at Bartley," "Movies in the Park" and "Great Basin Chatauqua" will be again be featured in the 2006 line-up. Top-notch performers from around the globe are also highlighted, such as the amazing Diavolo Dance Theater, Grammy-award winner Dianne Reeves, the eclectic sounds of Pink Martini, the talents of our local children taught by Missoula Children's Theatre and the unique style of Vox Lumiere
For a complete schedule of events, visit www.renoisartown.com.
Artown hosts more than 350 events each July.
Designed to inspire audiences and showcase all that the arts have to offer, Artown presents a series of free, culturally enriching performances each year. Sixty-eight percent of Artown’s programming is free to the public and includes Festival favorites: Rollin’ on the River, Dancing in the Park, Discover the Arts, Movies in the Park and the American Songbook Series.
In addition to its free series, Artown strives to produce top artistic events featuring phenomenal national and international talent. In 2007, featured headliners included American Ballet Theatre, Hell’s Kitchen Dance with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Herbie Hancock and Pink Martini. Tickets for the 2008 headline performances will be available online at www.RenoIsArtown.com in May 2008.
Monday brings the family spirit to life with fun-filled performances ranging from music to marionettes, all held in Wingfield Park.
Each summer, Artown presents a virtual cornucopia of multicultural performances, events and celebrations including "A Celtic Summer’s Eve," the "Food for the Soul" World Music Series, the Basque Festival and GospelFest, to name a few.
A total of 3,385 children in the Reno area participated in the Festival’s "Discover the Arts Series" in 2007. Additionally, more than 400 youth from disadvantaged and at-risk neighborhoods participated in workshops from Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT). Known around the world for its work with children, MCT is internationally renowned for utilizing an entertainment format to foster enrichment and education. Artown dance workshops also allowed young dance students the opportunity to learn from dancers in American Ballet Theatre and Diavolo.