The vibrant arts scene in Reno Tahoe adds to the energy of the Biggest Little City in the World, and the area’s museums, concerts, festivals and public art bring beauty and inspiration to every corner of the city. Now that our social circles are much smaller, many of you may be seeking ways to stay connected with your favorite local artist or venue. Leave it to these creative folks to find ways to bring art to you while we are at home. So, sit back, relax and tune in for one of these experiences, from virtual tours to musical performances.
Take a virtual tour of the Nevada Museum of Art’s exhibition Sine Cere by Galen Brown from the comfort of your couch. Brown creates work in drawing, printmaking, mixed media sculpture and photography. Many of his pieces in this exhibition were massive drawings on scrap museum board. Watch the video to experience Brown’s work.
The museum is also bringing their popular monthly Hands ON! program into your homes so you can keep your kids engaged with the arts. Hands ON! at Home projects are a perfect way for families to use basic art supplies and household objects to engage in art practices.
One of Reno’s most popular summer events, Artown, is bringing music and other live performances to your homes during their Livestream Sessions, hosted on Facebook. Check out their first session with Spike McGuire of Loud As Folk and follow Artown on Facebook for upcoming performances.
Watch the Reno Phil low brass section perform a brand-new piece – Song for Health – as an appreciation for the health care and public services workers working at the forefront of the pandemic. Follow them on Facebook for even more uplifting performances from members of the Reno Phil.
For budding performance artists, Reno Little Theater is sharing engaging activities you can do at home with the entire family. Follow their Facebook page for fun and interactive theme days each week like Musical Monday, Tricks of the Trade Tuesday and Wacky Wednesday. You can also tune in to Ghost Light TV, a joint venture with Bruka Theater and Good Luck Macbeth, for live-streamed theater performances.
Follow your favorite local muralists on social media to discover what they are doing to keep their creative juices flowing, or simply find some new murals to seek out when the time is right for us to adventure again. Eric Burke, Jamie Darragh and Joe C. Rock are just a few of the talented artists whose work can be found in downtown and Midtown Reno.
If you’re getting tired of the same old playlist and missing Reno’s live music scene, listen to one of the many Reno-based bands and musicians via YouTube. Some favorites that we suggest singing along to are The Novelists, Jelly Bread or The Sextones, but see what other Reno bands you can find. The popularity of some of these bands has grown and they often tour regionally or nationally, but you can still enjoy their music from your living room. And the best part? Nobody can judge your singing and dancing skills when you’re rocking out at home!
Don’t let staying at home keep you from enjoying and supporting the local arts! Share with us how you’re continuing to experience the arts in Reno while we #StayHomeForNevada by tagging your social media posts with #RenoTahoe.
Feature image – mural by Erik T. Burke; photo by Mike Lucido.