Executive Director's Message
I am very grateful to everyone who has helped Artown blossom over the last 20 years. The Artown Board is committed to providing our community with an arts festival that is vibrant, eclectic and thought provoking. We have enhanced our website and a simple downloadable mobile version. When reading this Little Book, you will be amazed by the abundant artistic offerings this July. We continue to strengthen our relationship with our funders, artists, audience members and venues and we also find new partners who believe in community and the power of the arts. This year we collaborate with the Reno Aces. On July 16 all the Aces players will wear Artown jerseys during Aces in the Arts. The jerseys will be sold to attendees during the game. We will also have 10 plein air painters around the field painting the game. Please come out and join us at Greater Nevada Field.
For the first time in Wingfield Park, the Reno Philharmonic will perform a free patriotic performance on July 4th
followed by fireworks as we celebrate America’s Birthday.
We asked our patrons if they like to invest in Artown through small donations which helps keep the experience free.
The response has been overwhelmingly positive and this year we have added a texting donation option to our
Keep Artown Free campaign.
I’d like to take a moment to recognize two tremendous members of the Artown family who passed away last year.
Tim Jones, an Artown, Movies in the Park and Discover the Arts founder passed away suddenly. We are very thankful
for all he did for the arts. He will be recognized on July 1 before Movies in the Park. Bill Wallace, Chairman of the
Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation and Artown advocate also left us too soon. The entire Monday Night Music Series will
be dedicated to Bill. These gentlemen were both ever present during the festival and we will miss them in many ways.
Our blessings continue to be extended to their families and I know that they will want us all to revel throughout July.
I am very excited to share July with all of you. I hope to meet you, in person, at Artown.