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Listening, Assisting, Connecting: Institutions as Support
CCAI Nevada Neighbors Talk

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Reception: 5:30 – 6pm
Talk: 6pm
at the Union Restaurant, 302 N Carson St, Carson City [in the Union’s coffee shop at the corner of Curry and W Proctor streets]


On Wednesday, October 17, the Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] will present a talk by curator John Spiak. His illustrated talk, Listening, Assisting, Connecting: Institutions as Support, is part of CCAI’s ongoing Nevada Neighbors series and will take place at 6pm at the Union’s coffee shop, at the corner of W Proctor and Curry streets, Carson City. There will be an informal reception for Spiak preceding the event at 5:30pm. No tickets needed; the public is cordially invited.

John Spiak, CSUF Grand Central Art Center (GCAC) Chief Curator, will share highlights of projects and talk about the process of being a curator working on community-engaged practices in Santa Ana, CA. The Center’s projects provide support to artists-in-residence for the creation of new and innovative works. In a recent residency performance, Carmen Papalia exchanged his white cane, one he started using when he began to lose his vision over ten years ago, for a marching band to lead a walking tour through Downtown Santa Ana. In his talk, Spiak will elaborate on artists’ projects that extended the reach of the arts into the community.

John Spiak was appointed at GCAC in September, 2011. He places his curatorial emphasis on contemporary art and society, with focus on works in socially engaged practices and video. Prior to his appointment at GCAC, he was Curator at Arizona State University’s Art Museum, 1994 – 2011. He has curated over 100 solo and group exhibitions and his projects have received support from The British Council, Metabolic Studio, Polish Cultural Institute, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. He lives in southern California with his family.

While at ASU, Spiak gave a Nevada Neighbors talk in 2005 — he inspired us, so we invited him back. As part of his Nevada Neighbors activities, Spiak will speak to art students and faculty at Douglas High School, Sierra Nevada College, and University of Nevada, Reno.

The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community planning and building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and online projects.

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] is funded in part the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, John and Grace Nauman Foundation, Carson City Cultural Commission, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S. Bank Foundation, and Southwest Gas Corporation Foundation.

top image: John Spiak
center image: Grand Central Art Center at California State University Fullerton, Santa Ana, CA
bottom image: Nevada Neighbors fall 2018 flier