Sierra Arts puts annual Oscars gala on hold |

Sierra Arts puts annual Oscars gala on hold

For more than a decade, Sierra Arts has been celebrating the writers, actors and other artists of the film industry by playing host to A Night of Arts and Oscars to coincide with the broadcast of the Academy Awards ceremonies. But because of the current upheaval in Hollywood and with the status of the ceremonies still in question, the board of the local nonprofit arts agency has decided to suspend this year’s gala event. Instead, Sierra Arts encourages its friends and members to redirect what would have otherwise been the cost of their party tickets toward supporting working writers and others in the arts community by purchasing them a gift membership in the Sierra Arts Foundation.

Working writers everywhere face the same tough economic conditions, and longtime Sierra Arts members can use this opportunity to rally support for these artists. Anyone who knows a starving Reno writer can kick in a $50 gift membership and get that writer a year’s worth of arts publications, event discounts, gallery opening information and all the other perks that come with a membership in Sierra Arts.

As the region’s nonprofit arts organization with an emphasis on teaching, nurturing and supporting the arts in our community, Sierra Arts works closely with writers and supports the film industry in Reno and the Northern Nevada region in many ways. Each year, Sierra Arts awards nearly $25,000 in endowment grant funding to student and professional artists, including the Robert Gorrell Award for Literature. The Arts in Education program places artists in area elementary schools for residencies including theater and literary residencies. Arts Alternatives targets at-risk youth at Jan Evans Juvenile Justice Center, the McGee Center for runaways, Washoe High’s 30 classrooms and at Turning Point, and has received high acclaim for filmography projects by local artist PAN.

Those patrons of the arts who normally would be attending this year’s Night of Arts and Oscars can find Sierra Arts membership forms online at, in print on the inside back cover of each month’s issue of Sierra Arts Magazine, or in person at the offices of Sierra Arts, 17 S. Virginia St., Suite 120, in Reno’s downtown arts district. Student and senior memberships are $35, and a regular individual gift membership in Sierra Arts is $50. They also can call (775) 329-ARTS for more information about how to purchase a membership in Sierra Arts for themselves or for a working artist.

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