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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Arts Flash! What's New at NAC

POETRY OUT LOUD NEVADA FINALS Ten Nevada high school students will converge at the Governor's Mansion in Carson City on Saturday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m. to participate in the final competition of the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Program, presented in partnership by the Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Alliance for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation. The winner of the Poetry Out Loud Nevada finals will receive $1,000, and the winner’s school will receive a $2,000 stipend for the purchase of poetry books and to support literary programs. The second and third place students will each receive $500, with $1,000 for his or her school. The State Champion of the Poetry Out Loud Nevada final will receive an all expenses-paid trip (with a chaperone) to compete in the National Finals in Washington, DC, on May 16, 2006. The Poetry Out Loud National Finals will award a total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends, with a $20,000 college scholarship for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.

Similar to the National Spelling Bee structure, the student semi-finalists participated in workshops and school-wide and district competitions to prepare for this event. More than 250,000 students across the country are expected to take part in Poetry Out Loud this year. Contestants recited works they selected from an anthology of more than 400 classic and contemporary poems. The NEA and Poetry Foundation created a standards-based teacher’s guide, a comprehensive website, and a CD featuring poetry recitations by well-known actors and writers such as Anthony Hopkins, Alyssa Milano, N. Scott Momaday and Rita Dove.

“Nevada’s semi-finalists have worked hard these past months. Their ability to bring such a wide variety of poems to life in front of an audience and in a competition setting is a talent to be admired and applauded,” said Susan Boskoff, administrator of the Nevada Arts Council.

Nevada Poetry Out Loud finalists are:

  • Gibran Baydoun, senior, Green Valley High School, Clark County

  • Jacob Behymer-Smith, freshman, Coral Academy of Science, Washoe County

  • Daren Briones, freshman, Lowry High School, Humboldt County

  • Steven Christie, senior, Churchill County High School, Churchill County

  • Charito Cooper, freshman, Fernley High School, Lyon County

  • Alicia Freeman, junior, Carson High School, Carson City

  • J.D. Hibbs, senior, White Pine High School, White Pine County

  • Hillary Murphy, sophomore, Elko High School, Elko County

  • Jon McMaster, sophomore, Battle Mountain High School, Lander County

  • Molly McGregor, sophomore, Virginia City High School, Storey County

OXS EXHIBIT AT THE CARSON CITY OFFICE Tara Cuthbert's photographs are featured at the OXS-Office eXhbition Series Gallery from April 14-June 9, 2006. Miniature Worlds: Memories and Myth is an ongoing narrative based around a fictional Traveling Variety Show. Each image is a silver gelatin print, which has been hand-sewn and colored. Images from three photographic series are represented in this exhibition. This ongoing series have been exhibited with the Santa Fe Center for Photography, Woodstock Center for Photography and Houston Center for Photography. To download an image and artist statement, click here.

NAC Hires aN
Administrative Assistant II – Lisa Boldman has transferred from the Division of State Lands to fill the Administrative Assistant II position at the Carson City office. She has been a resident of Nevada for the past 20 years and has a broad range of experience in administration in the private sector. Boldman worked as the NAC Interim Grants Program Coordinator and helped with various programs within the agency. She has a strong love and understanding of the importance of the arts in our culture so is a wonderful addition to the NAC staff.

NAC Grant Compliance NAC Grants Program and Arts in Education Program grantees need to be aware of the following grant requirements:
Final Payment NAC retains 10% of some grant categories until the end of the fiscal year in case of state or federal budget cuts. If 10% of your grant has been held back, it will be paid ONLY IF all required and fully completed paperwork has been submitted no later than 45 days after the end of your project, and no funding cuts have been implemented. There are no exceptions to this rule. Therefore you will forfeit your 10% final payment if you do not submit your final paperwork within the 45 day limit. See the next paragraph about eligibility for continued NAC funding.

Non-Compliance To be in compliance with the requirements outlined in your Grants Management Document and eligible for NAC funding, grantees must be up-to-date in filing all required paperwork, including the Final Report Form and letters to elected officials. Therefore, all required documents must be fully completed and filed by a grantee by June 30 of the present fiscal year to receive any new NAC grants or funding (from any program) during the next fiscal year. The only exception to this rule is if your funded project occurs in June, then you have 45 days after the end of your project or until July 31 (whichever is earliest) to submit your Final Report Form required paperwork and, if applicable, your final 10% payment.

Temporary Location of NAC's Southern Office
The Nevada Arts Council has temporarily relocated its southern office in the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society at Lorenzi Park, 700 Twin Lakes Drive, Las Vegas. Constituents can leave phone messages at 702.486.3700. Office hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.