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City of Sparks Hosts a List of Events in Artown

New Arts and Culture Advisory Committee Funds Local Artists for a Month of Cultural Events

For Immediate Release

Francine Burge, Special Events Supervisor, fburge@cityofsparks.us

Sparks, NV – The City of Sparks is excited to see Artown expanded into the city for a variety of events during the month-long festival. Included in the lineup is a series of “Discover the Arts” programs to be presented in English and in Spanish.

The city coordinated a collaborative effort to bring the event to Sparks with the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center, 39 North, Restless Artists Theatre and Artown. The events were funded by the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee and the Tourism and Marketing Committee, which derives the funds from room tax dollars and permitting fees.

“We hope that our citizens will come to these events and engage in art in a new way or expose their kids to art for the first time,” said Francine Burge, Special Events Supervisor. “And perhaps this gives the citizens of Reno a chance to cross the boundary of our cities and support art here,” she added.

The following is a complete list of all the events.

Mountain Picassos: Basque Arborglyphs of the Great Basin
June 17 through August 12
The Sparks Museum and Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Ave.
Mountain Picassos: Basque Arborglyphs of the Great Basin Basque tree carvings art exhibit explores the unexpected intersection of art, culture, and nature and features 26 rubbings. More info: sparksmuseum.org or 775-355-1144.

Night of Ives Performances
June 30 – July 16, Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Restless Artists’ Theatre, 295 20th St.
Restless Artists’ Theatre will present a collection of one-act plays by David Ives. Every evening will be different as the audience will decide which one-acts we stage at each performance of David Ives exquisitely silly and profound short “play-lets.” For tickets: rattheatre.org or 775-525-3074.

First Saturday Lecture: “Transcontinental Film Convoy of 1915” by Leon Schegg
July 1, 2:00 p.m.
The Sparks Museum and Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Ave.
In 1915, a motor film crew directed by Lincoln Highway member Henry Ostermann, traveled coast-to-coast for four months recording scenes along the historic route. Lincoln Highway Association member Leon Schegg presents this free lecture. More info: sparksmuseum.org or 775-355-1144.

Paint Along: Children’s Watercolor Workshop
July 6, 10:00 a.m. to Noon
The Sparks Museum and Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Ave.
Children will follow along as local artist Eileen Fuller paints a scene inspired by Basque culture. All materials will be provided. Ages 7 and up. More info: sparksmuseum.org or 775-355-1144.

39 North Marketplace
July 6, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Victorian Square
39 North Marketplace invites you to celebrate the Basque Culture! Live Basque cooking demos and tastings with a professional Basque Chef from Louie’s Basque Corner. Live music and dance by Ardi Baltza. Join in on the fun with traditional games such as corn cob racing and tug of war. Go on a walking tour to view a collection of over 30 Basque proverbs found throughout the event. Tug-O-War team will be eager to sign up for this weekly single elimination challenge. Kids will be treated to Basque coloring pages, corn cob tossing, train rides and crafts.

Discover The Arts: Music
July 8, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Larry D. Johnson Community Center, 1200 12th St.
Composer and Pianist Colin Ross presents a Spanish translated version of Discover the Arts program for kids ages 6 – 12. Music followed by an art project. More info: 322-1538. Free.

Basque Dance Performance and Lesson
July 12, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Sparks Museum and Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Ave.
Zazpiak Bat Reno Basque Club dancers present a traditional dance at the Sparks Museum followed by an interactive lesson to learn the steps of a simple Basque dance. More info: sparksmuseum.org or 775-355-1144.

39 North Marketplace
July 13, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Victorian Square
39 North Marketplace invites you to celebrate the Basque Culture! Live Basque cooking demos and tastings with a professional Basque Chef from Louie’s Basque Corner. Live music and dance by Ardi Baltza. Tonight’s feature is a Basque ballet at 4:00 p.m. Errebal, a 4-piece band straight from the Basque Country will perform on the Great Basin stage at 7:00 p.m. Go on a walking tour to view a collection of over 30 Basque proverbs found throughout the event. Tug of War continues with the second round. Kids can enjoy free train rides, corn cob tossing game, Basque coloring pages and crafts.

Discover The Arts: Folklorico Dance
July 15, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Larry D. Johnson Community Center, 1200 12th St. 
Traditional Folklorico dancing followed by an art project, a Spanish translated version of Discover the Arts program for kids ages 6 – 12. Workshop followed by an art project. More info: 775-322-1538. Free.

Images of America: Sparks History Book Launch and Signing
July 20, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
The Sparks Museum and Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Ave.
Arcadia Publisher launches “Sparks,” the newest book in the Images of America Series, written by Joyce Cox. Purchase a copy of the book, and get it signed by the author at this book launch event. More info: sparksmuseum.org or 775-355-1144.

39 North Marketplace
July 20, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Victorian Square
39 North Marketplace invites you to celebrate the Basque Culture! Live Basque cooking demos and tastings with a professional Basque Chef from Louie’s Basque Corner. Live music and dance by Ardi Baltza. Join in on the fun with traditional games such as corn cob racing and tug-o-war. A collection of over 30 Basque proverbs can be found throughout the event. Basque dance and music groups will perform throughout the event. Kids will be treated to Basque coloring pages, train rides and crafts.

Discover The Arts: Indian Dance
July 22, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Larry D. Johnson Community Center, 1200 12th St.
Traditional Indian dancing followed by an art project, a Spanish translated version of Discover the Arts program for kids ages 6 – 12. Workshop followed by an art project. More info: 775-322-1538. Free.

“The Hammer of Witches” Basque Book Reading
July 26, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Sparks Museum and Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Ave.
Begoña Echeverria of the band NOKA presents on the burning of Basque “witches” in 1610, including passage readings from her historical novel “The Hammer of Witches”. Following the readings, NOKA will perform Basque witch songs. More info: sparksmuseum.org or 775-355-1144.

ñimiNOKA: Children’s Basque Sing-Along
July 27, 11 a.m. to Noon
The Sparks Museum and Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Ave.
ñimiNOKA teaches children and their parents simple Basque terminology and concepts through familiar songs. More info: sparksmuseum.org or 775-355-1144.

39 North Marketplace
July 27, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Victorian Square
39 North Marketplace invites you to celebrate the Basque Culture! Live Basque cooking demos and tastings with a professional Basque Chef from Louie’s Basque Corner. Live music and dance by Ardi Baltza. Tonight’s featured artist, NOKA, a trio of women of Basque decent, performs at 7:00 p.m. Join in on the fun with traditional games such as corn cob racing. A collection of over 30 Basque proverbs can be found throughout the event. The Tug of War team finals take place and the winning team will be crowned at 7:00 p.m.! Kids will be treated to Basque coloring pages, train rides and crafts.

Discover The Arts: Music
July 29, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Larry D. Johnson Community Center, 1200 12th St.
Reno Philharmonic Brass Ensemble followed by an art project, a Spanish translated version of Discover the Arts program for kids ages 6 – 12. Music followed by an art project. More info: 775-322-1538. Free.

Artown’s primary goal is to encourage local artist participation and highlight the best performers in northern Nevada. Additionally, they exist to market and promote these arts events locally, regionally, and nationally as a premier arts festival. Artown, a month-long summer arts festival, features about 500 events produced by more than 100 organizations and businesses in nearly 100 locations citywide.

Artown is a project that is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For more information about the City of Sparks events, please visit cityofsparks.us or contact the City of Sparks Special Events Division at eventinfo@cityofsparks.us or 775-353-7856.