Minden Musician Todd Green Among 2017 Nevada Arts Council Fellows

Posted By on July 18, 2016

By Felicia Archer, Nevada Department of Tourism & Cultural Affairs • 3 min read

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Arts Council has awarded nearly $50,000 in grants to 14 Nevada artists selected to receive FY17 Artist Fellowships, executive director Susan Boskoff announced today.

From Las Vegas, Reno and Minden, their work includes music, poetry, choreography fiction and non-fiction. In addition, artist Stephan Caplan received a $6,955 grant in the Fellowship Project category for new work.

“I am honored that that the Arts Council invests in its artists through the fellowship program. The funding also engages artists with the public during a free activity relevant to a fellow’s discipline, such as readings, exhibitions, performances and master classes. When artists and audiences connect we build richer communities,” Boskoff said.

During public meetings held in June, panelists reviewed 108 applications submitted by artists working in the literary and performing arts. Panels developed a list of recommendations which were considered and approved by the NAC Board June 24. Eight artist fellowships of $5,000 each were awarded: four each in Literary Arts and Performing Arts. Six honorable mention awards of $500 were awarded as well.

Fellowship artists include:

FY17 Performing Arts Artist Fellows
Cynthia Dufault, Las Vegas – Choreography
Todd Green, Minden – Multi-instrument/Performance
Hans Halt, Reno – Bass/Performance,
Mykola Suk, Las Vegas – Piano/Performance

FY17 Literary Arts Artist Fellows
Laura Wetherington, Reno – Poetry
Eric Neuenfeldt, Reno – Creative Fiction
Ann Keniston, Reno – Poetry
Brittany Bronson, Las Vegas – Creative Non-Fiction

FY17 Fellowship Project Grant
Stephan Caplan, Las Vegas

FY17 Artist Fellowship Honorable Mentions
Brett Alters, Las Vegas – Theatre/Performance
Dawn-Michelle Baude, Las Vegas – Creative Non-Fiction
Michael Croft, Reno – Creative Fiction
Jennifer Grim, Las Vegas – Flute/Performance
Dave Mulligan, Reno – Creative Non-Fiction
Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, Reno – Violin/Performance

Panelists were:
· Aaron Todd Douglas, actor, director, and theatre lecturer at Northwestern School of Communication, Evanston, Illinois

· Brent Schneider, dancer and professor of dance, Department of Modern Dance, University of Utah, Salt Lake City

· Erica von Kleist, flautist, saxophonist, composer and educator, White Fish, Montana

· Janet Holmes, poet, director/editor Ahsahta Press and professor of creative writing, Boise State University, Idaho.
· David Lee, poet and first poet laureate of Utah
· Corby Skinner, director of the Writer’s Voice of the Billings YMCA, Billings, Montana

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The Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, is the agency charged with ensuring that state and national funds support cultural activity and encourage participation in the arts throughout Nevada. In addition to providing hundreds of grants to arts and community-based organizations, schools, artists and local municipalities throughout the state, the Arts Council coordinates a variety of statewide programs and activities such as the annual Poetry Out Loud recitation competition for high-school aged students, traveling exhibits, artist residencies, workshops and cultural assessments. The Nevada Arts Council is supported by the State of Nevada, the National Endowment for the Arts, and other public and private sources.