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Artown in Sparks

The City of Sparks is excited to join forces with Artown to bring more cultural experience to our neck of the woods. All free art events are sponsored by the City of Sparks, courtesy of the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee.


The Legend of 1000 Combat Cranes Workshop
Monday, July 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Victorian Square Plaza (on the fountain)
Public workshops in Artown teach locals how to make paper and fold origami cranes for the construction of a community art project honoring veterans and the military connected community. The workshops are facilitated by local veterans and artists to develop dialogue and raising awareness regarding the issues of veterans, the military connected community and how these issues impact the community at large. The result is a public artwork that will be displayed in Sparks.

 Tintabulations In Concert
Monday, July 2, 7 p.m.
Victorian Square Amphitheatre
Captivating audiences from coast to coast, Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble returns to present their 2018 Spring-Summer concert series, “Coming of Age:  Tintab Turns Twenty-One.” A homegrown community handbell ensemble, Tintabulations has received accolades nationally and internationally. FREE Concert.

Last Friday in Victorian Square
Friday, July 27, 4 p.m. -10 p.m.
Victorian Square
This monthly event in Downtown Sparks is for hanging out and exploring.  To celebrate July’s Artown Festival, the City of Sparks is presents the Art of Food: featuring “Julia Child.”  Storyteller, actress, and writer Karen Vuranch weaves together stories about the famous chef AS the famous chef. Join us for this special performance and cooking demo at 6 p.m. in the Victorian Square Amphitheatre. Also included in the evening will be free tours in the Sparks Museum, the train display, and the Glendale school house. Also enjoy art booths, an exhibit of food related art and a free showing of the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes.”

Restless Artists’ Theatre Presenting Nick Payne’s play Constellations
July 19, 20, 21, 25, 27, 28, and August 2, 3, 4, at 7:30 p.m. July 22, 29, and August 5 at 2 p.m.
Restless Artists Theatre 295 20th St.
A love affair across space and time “a spellbinding, romantic journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman. But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know.” Rattheatre.org

39 North Marketplace
Thursdays in July, 4 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Victorian Square
Enjoy “The Art of Food” all July long. Join 39 North on the square downtown for food and art related classes, workshops and experiences.

July 5 – The Art of The Picnic & What’s Inside
Join us as we celebrate: The Art of the Picnic- A Highlight on American Picnics and Festival Food Traditions.

July 12 –The Art of Food & Our Passionate Local Foodie Scene
 Foodie focus highlights the best local and seasonal food. With the support of Yelp Reno, we will bring you an art installation of some of the most unique and memorable local restaurant reviews.

July 19 – The Vibrant Hawaiian Food Culture
Celebrate the vibrant Hawaiian food culture right here on the mainland.

July 26 – Celebrate the Rainbow. Find it in Food, Art, Garden & Home
Celebrate the beauty of all the colors of the rainbow.

Discover the Arts
Saturday Mornings at 11 a.m.
Sparks Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Avenue
The very popular Artown “Discover the Arts” project expands to Sparks. The class, “Presentation – Break – Hands-On Work”, is an hour-long program taught weekly. Each week will showcase a different discipline: visual arts, drama, music and spoken word for kids ages 6 – 12. FREE.

July 7 – Discover Improv: Improvisation is the heart of acting and no one has more fun doing it than Kidscape productions. Come ready to get creative in this popular workshop.

July 14 – Discover Poetry: Joe Hunt will be joining us to teach us about these fun styles of poetry. Come ready to participate and perhaps share your work. Sparks Exclusive event.

July 21 – Discover Dance: No special equipment is required to come and try out this free and expressive form of dance. This is an interactive event where children can learn the basics of this dance style.

July 28 – Discover Dance: Come learn about instruments and sound with the Reno Philharmonic, followed by an art project presented by Sierra Arts. Activities are designed for ages 6 – 12. Caregivers are expected to remain onsite for the duration of the event.


Exhibit: Donna Chouteau’s “d ’Art in Watercolor”
Sunday, July 22, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Sparks Heritage Museum and Cultural Center
Donna invites you to view her watercolor exhibit hosted by the Sparks Museum. Artist exhibit is June 12th through August 5th. Framed original and print artworks, and giclee prints are available for viewing and purchase.

Community Art Exhibit: Food is Art & Art is Food
Friday July 27, 4 p.m – 6 p.m.
Sparks Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Avenue
The City of Sparks and Sparks Museum are partnering with Arts for All Nevada to host Still Life painting and drawing workshops. These free classes will be held Thursdays 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. during 39 North MarketPlace in downtown Sparks. The work will culminate with an exhibit of students’ work at a Community Art Reception with free refreshments as part of the Last Friday downtown event. Exhibit of select students’ work will be on display in the changing gallery of the museum.


Still Life Painting Classes
Thursdays in July, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sparks Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Avenue
City of Sparks and Sparks Museum is partnering with Arts for All Nevada to offer “Still Life” drawing and painting classes on Thursdays during the 39 North Marketplace.  At this informal class, you will learn how to draw a bowl of fruit as a classic still life. Andy Warhol was made famous with one banana. Where will food take your creative spirit? Free– All Materials are included. Pre-registration is advised, for all ages (8+ recommended) and abilities.
July 5 – Draw with pencil and oil pastels
July 12 – Sketch and paint with watercolors
July 19th – Sketch and paint with watercolors
July 26 – Sketch and paint with tempera paints

All Ages Paint and Snack
Wednesday, July 11, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Larry D. Johnson Community Center, 1200 12th St.
Students will receive one-on-one guidance in creating their own 16” x 20” acrylic painting. Class size limited for more one-on-one instruction in a small social setting for all levels and ages, ( ages 8+ recommended). All art supplies are included. Attend with family members or a friend. Bring your own beverages/snacks. Cost $20 per class

Saturday Lecture Series at Museum
Monday, July 2, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Sparks Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 814 Victorian AvenueExperience local history! Sparks Heritage Museum and Cultural Center offers a First Saturday Lecture Series each month, this lecture series is presented by notable historians highlighting the heritage of Sparks and the surrounding Truckee Meadows. As part of Artown in Sparks in July, Dr. Cathey will talk about the development of the early automobile. Hosted by the Lincoln Highway Association.

Scholarships for Art Classes

Don’t let the costs of the classes keep you from your creative spirit. Funds are available for children, seniors and people with disabilities. See cityofsparks.us/arts for the form to apply.

For entire schedule of classes, workshops and events in Sparks, see CityofSparks.us/Artown

Scholarships for Art Classes: Don’t let the costs of the classes keep you from your creative spirit. Funds are available for children, seniors and disabled. See cityofsparks.us/arts for the form to apply.

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!