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Artown in Sparks

The City of Sparks is taking the lead in connecting art organizations in the City of Sparks to encourage collaboration and presentations in July 2017 as part of the Artown Festival. These programs will include 25 different events, classes and performances and designed to reach a wide variety of our citizens.

City of Sparks/Artown: Discover the Arts Program

This popular program has been presented in Reno for over two decades will be held Saturdays starting on July 8 at the Larry D. Johnson Community Center, 1200 12th St, Sparks. All are free. More info: 322-1538.

Discover The Arts: Music
July 8, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
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.
Compositor y Pianista Colin Ross presentará una versión en Español de Descubre el Arte programa para niños de 6-12. Música, seguido por un proyecto de arte.

Discover The Arts: Folklorico Dance
July 15, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
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.
El baile tradicional de Folklorico seguido por un proyecto de arte, una versión de Español de Descubre el Arte programa para niños de 6-12. Una actividad, seguido por un proyecto de arte.

Discover The Arts: Indian Dance
July 22, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
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.
Baile Indio tradicional seguido por un proyecto de arte, una versión de Español de Descubre el Arte programa para niños de 6-12. Una actividad, seguido por un proyecto de arte.

Discover The Arts: Music
July 29, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
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.
El conjunto Reno Philharmonic Brass Ensemble seguido por un proyecto de arte, una versión de Español de Descubre el Arte programa para niños 6-12. Música, seguido por un proyecto de arte.

The rest of the event throughout Sparks during July:

Mountain Picassos: Basque Arborglyphs of the Great Basin
June 17 through August 12
The Sparks Museum & 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. Free.

Night of Ives Performances
Restless Artists’ Theatre, 295 20th St
June 30 – July 16, Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
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 & Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Ave.
First Saturday: The 1915 Transcontinental Film Convoy 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. Free.

Paint Along: Children’s watercolor workshop
July 6, 10:00a.m. to Noon
The Sparks Museum & Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Ave.
Paint Along: Children’s Watercolor Workshop 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. Free.

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 & 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.

Basque Dance Performance and Lesson
July 12, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Sparks Museum & 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. Free.

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 4:00p.m. Errebal, a 4-piece band straight from 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. Tug of War continues with the second round. Kids can enjoy free train rides, corn cob tossing game, Basque coloring pages & crafts.

Images of America: Sparks History Book Launch and Signing
July 20, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
The Sparks Museum & Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Ave.
Images of America: Sparks History Book Launch and Signing 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. Free.

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 & 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 from 4-9. Kids will be treated to Basque coloring pages, train rides and crafts.

“The Hammer of Witches” Basque Book Reading
July 26, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Sparks Museum & Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Ave.
The Hammer of Witches Basque Book Reading 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. Free.

ñimiNOKA: Children’s Basque Sing-Along
July 27, 11 a.m. to Noon
The Sparks Museum & 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. Free.

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 from 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 7pm! Kids will be treated to Basque coloring pages, train rides and crafts.

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 project 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 a listing of art classes click here!