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Art Project Aims to End Blight

Art Project Aims to End Blight

Making homes and neighborhoods more beautiful is the goal of a new city program, which will turn the plywood used to board up abandoned buildings into works of art.

Artist Markus Tracy was commissioned to paint five different designs for the boards.

The decorate boards will then be used to place in the doors and windows of 10 abandoned homes as part of the pilot program. Tracy says he used vibrant colors and themes specific to southern Nevada.

City leaders say they want the project to help more than just homeowners.

"We're going to have artists who are unemployed or underemployed helping us create designs and do this painting and ambition is to have taggers, graffiti artists also work some of their time off to the city by doing this kind of work," Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Coffin said.

The Las Vegas Arts Commission is funding the project. The cost to paint the boards won't be charged to the property owners.

Martin, Academy Students Win RTC Art Contest

Martin, Academy Students Win RTC Art Contest

 

Rudy Amaya of Roy Martin Middle School and Jessica Judd of Las Vegas Academy earned top honors in the RTC’s Earth Day art contest.

The annual contest, sponsored by the RTC and Vector Media, invited local students in grades six through 12 to create artwork that celebrates Earth Day and the RTC’s sustainability initiative, “quicker, cleaner, greener.”

More than 300 students from 17 schools across the valley participated in this year’s contest. The artwork of the two winners will be displayed on the outside of RTC transit vehicles and will travel valley streets for up to a year.   

Runners-up were also recognized with certificates of achievement. They included:

CSN Announces New Theater Season

CSN Announces New Theater Season

The season runs from October through July 2013.

The comedy "Art," by French playwright Yasmina Reza, kicks off the 2012-13 theater season at the College of Southern Nevada, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., Oct. 12-21.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Upcoming Children's Shows Spoof Fairytales

Upcoming Children's Shows Spoof Fairytales

 

“Teatime with Fairytale Royalty” will be the next production show put on by the students of East Career & Technical Academy.

The children’s show contains a pair of one-act plays, as well as audience interaction and snacks. Both plays spoof traditional fairytales. Shows take place at 2 p.m. March 22, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. March 23, and noon March 24.

General admission tickets cost $8 and reserved seating can be purchased for $12 before March 15, and both include a meal along with the show. Some tickets will be available at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the East Tech Main Office, 6705 E. Vegas Valley.

Fifth Graders Win RTC Art Contest

Fifth Graders Win RTC Art Contest

 

Two area fifth-grade students took top honors in a recent anti-graffiti art contest.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) honored Carlos Gonzalez of Ruby Thomas Elementary School and Ashtyn Fink of the Meadows School as the grand prize winners of the Anti-Graffiti Art Contest at a special D.A.R.E. event hosted by the RTC Thursday night.

Their winning artwork was unveiled on a 40-foot RTC vehicle before an audience of friends and family.

All of the artwork was created by local fifth-grade students. More than 20 local elementary schools participated in this year’s contest, submitting more than 475 entries. The entries were narrowed down to 10, and the winners were selected by an online community poll.

Design a Grocery Bag to Win at Fresh & Easy

Ten people will win $100 gift cards and one grand winner will get groceries for a year from Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market through the company’s Design-A-Bag contest.

The contest runs now through May 15 for California, Nevada and Arizona residents 13 years and over. They must submit an original design for the next Fresh & Easy reusable bag and a panel of judges will choose 10 finalists – each of whom will receive $100 gift cards for their efforts.

From the top 10, the winner will be selected by a group of customers called “Friends of Fresh & Easy.” The winning design will be made into a reusable bag and sold in all Fresh & Easy stores. The winner will get the grand prize of a year’s supply of groceries.

Performances for Kids Hit Downtown This Summer

Performances for Kids Hit Downtown This Summer

A number of exciting children’s performances will take place downtown this summer.

The city of Las Vegas will present concerts and theatre especially for children of all ages this July at the Charleston Heights Arts Center and at the downtown Historic Fifth Street School.

Tickets are priced at $3 per person or $10 for a family four-pack for each of the four events. Large group discounts are available. Purchase tickets online at www.artslasvegas.org. For more information or to purchase tickets by telephone, call 229-6383 or 229-3515.

  • Leland Faulkner will perform his “World of Wonder” show at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at the Charleston Heights Arts Center at 800 S. Brush St. The “World of Wonder” is theatre designed for the whole family — a show that combines the amazing and lost art of shadowgraphs (hand shadows), comedy, a mime's skill, an actor’s imagination and the conjuror's craft.