Our Mission

The Carson City Arts & Culture Coalition supports a vibrant cultural life for our community by promoting and advocating on behalf of the area’s artists and cultural institutions. The Coalition recognizes that a creative environment is an essential component of energetic civic life and sustained economic growth in the community.


About Us

Carson City’s arts and cultural community captures the Carson City experience.  The Coalition, founded in 2001, is an informal group of Carson City artists and arts organizations that convene to support each other and advocate for arts and culture.  We recognize that a creative environment is essential to an energetic, engaged, economically robust community.

The Coalition strives to strengthen the area’s arts and culture groups through funding, visibility initiatives, access to new resources, and political voice.  We provide umbrella support and advocacy for arts and culture entities within our community. With this intent and a vision to secure Carson City as the region’s hub for celebrating creative and cultural experiences, the Coalition moves forward.


Capital City Arts Initiative – 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. http://www.arts-initiative.org


Brewery Arts Center – The campus of the Brewery Arts Center is a multi-generational and multi-cultural art organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and having a positive economic impact on the community through the arts. The BAC encompasses 2 city blocks, has 3 performance facilities, 2 art galleries, cafe, classes, camps, and art. http://breweryarts.org

Carson City Symphony – Carson City Symphony was founded in 1984 as the Carson City Chamber Orchestra and gave its first concert in October that year. It is a community orchestra open to amateur and volunteer professional musicians. http://ccsymphony.com/

Mile High Jazz Band – The Mile High Jazz Band Association formed in 2001 as a nonprofit corporation to support the MHJB and its subgroup, the Millennium Bugs (jazz combo), promote live jazz performance in northern Nevada, educate the public about jazz, and enrich the cultural life of the community. Member benefits include mailings, discounts on admissions, and invitations to special events, plus the satisfaction of helping big-band jazz to thrive!

The Nevada Artists Association – NAA was formed in 1950 to pursue the following mission: To develop and encourage the attainment and maintenance of a high standard of art, to promote and stimulate the practical expression of art and art appreciation by those people and groups interested in the arts in the state of Nevada. To present to the public works of artists by sponsoring, sanctioning and promoting art exhibits. To encourage the establishment of schools and classes in art for the citizens of the state of Nevada. To create and maintain high ethical standards among artists. http://nevadaartists.org

Sierra Nevada Ballet – SNB is made up of professional dancers from Nevada and from other areas of the country augmented by talented trainees and apprentices from the northern Nevada community. SNB includes talented student dancers from the area in many productions that call for children’s roles. The company is housed at Fascinating Rhythms School of Performing Arts in Reno and at Western Nevada Performing Arts Center in Carson City. http://sierranevadaballet.org

The Silver City Arts Group – The Silver City Arts (SCA) group hosts music, visual arts, theater and poetry events and programs. The group draws on the community’s own rich resource of artists, artisans and musicians, and also connects with regional and statewide groups to bring additional programming to the town’s outdoor performance stage and to its unique community center (The School House). The group of volunteers’ mission is “to encourage the arts, build community, and share our unique town through free, public events.” For more information, see the group Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Silver-City-Arts/618872294885649

KNVC 91.5 FM – KNVC is an independent, noncommercial community radio station mandated to engage, inform and entertain our audience, a vector of communication between the citizen and the larger community.  It strives to reflect the diversity of the local and world community and to provide an outlet for individuals, groups, issues and music that have been overlooked by other media.  The station seeks to grow the listening audience through the excellence and relevance of its programming. https://www.knvc.org

Carson City Classic Cinema Club – The Carson City Classic Cinema Club (C5) was formed in July 2014, with dual purposes. It seemed like a good idea to get like-minded fans of classic films (released prior to 1970) together to enjoy classic films in a theater setting. These screenings, through admissions, club memberships, and raffles, were designed as monthly mini-fundraisers to finance our larger mission of providing education, opportunity, tools and supplies to local youth, encouraging them to create the future of their dreams.  http://ccclassiccinema.org

Resident Artist Program Silver City – The Resident Artist Program in Silver City is located in a small but vibrant Comstock community within a federally designated historic landmark. Those creating in the performing, visual, or literary arts may reside for up to 3 months at McCormick House, a geodesic dome house designed in the 1970s by Nevada artist Jim McCormick. In exchange, the Resident Artists offer free public performances, exhibitions, readings, workshops, etc. in Silver City and other northern Nevada communities. In addition to dancers, artists, writers and musicians from Denmark, the UK, New Zealand, and the U.S., Resident Artists have included former Utah Poet Laureate David Lee; internationally acclaimed photographer Frances Melhop; and Stewart Easton, a London-based multidisciplinary artist whose work has been on view at the Tate Modern; the V & A Museum; and the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford University. For additional information, contact director Quest Lakes at (775) 847-0742 or see the Program Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/silvercitynevadaresidentartistprogram

Under Hill Earthworks – Art that blends earth, metal, leather, beads and recycled items. Designed and crafted to touch the hearts of individuals with the beauty and grace of nature as well as hone in on the importance of reusing man-made materials.  Play new games that engage ourselves with humans again. Put down the devices and look into one another’s eyes, heart and spirits in order to reawaken the creative spirit of the earth in all of us.  Planning skills to assist with events, training programs or marketing strategies. https://underhillearthworks.com

Western Nevada College Art Galleries – Located at Western Nevada College, Bristlecone Bldg., 2201 W.College Parkway, Carson City NV 89703

Wired Wednesday – Wired Wednesday is a Digital Artists organization (video production, photography, editing) that meets the 4th Wednesday of each month, 6:30 pm, currently at Paradise Salon-Spa-Wellness.  They share skills and have short film competitions.