Community Arts Development Program

2016 Arts Town Meeting in Reno

Over 75 individuals gathered at the Reno Arts Town meeting to discuss the state of arts and culture in the biggest little city. (September 2016)


Community Arts Development Program (CAD) supports local arts agencies, presenting and community based organizations with assistance and training for all phases of organizational development — from the inception of a community program to developing organizational skills through long-range planning, board development and cultural assessment.


Quarterly Jackpot Grants support new or exemplary art projects by nonprofit arts and non-arts organizations, schools, public institutions or artists that take place during a three-month period. Read more

NCR Grants support Nevada Circuit Rider consultancies that ad­dress specific issues and/or challenges including, but not limited to, advo­cacy, board or program development, fiscal management, fundraising, capacity building, marketing, planning, cultural diversity, and technology utilization. Read more

Professional Development Grants (PDG) promote the continuing education of Nevada’s nonprofit arts industry to advance their work and careers through attendance at regional or national conferences, workshops, or seminars for skills training. Read more

Project Grants support arts and cultural activities of non-arts organizations and public institutions that are: (a) integral to the applicant’s overall mission and goals, and (b) achieved through community partnerships. Partnerships, including those that involve sectors outside of the arts, are key to the success of activities funded by Project Grants and must be reflected in every application. Read more


Nevada is one of 15 states participating in the national research study, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5. This survey, the fifth conducted by Americans for the Arts in the past 20 years, will quantify the economic impact of Nevada’s arts and cultural industry — an outcome to benefit the statewide arts industry. NAC and survey partners across the state are collecting data from organizations and audiences throughout 2016. Results, presented in summer 2017, will include total dollars spent by nonprofit arts and culture organizations, total dollars spent by audiences at arts and culture events, the number of full-time equivalent jobs supported by arts spending, and local and state tax revenues generated by arts spending. For more information, contact Shosh Zeldner, Acting Community Arts Development Program Coordinator.

The Nevada Circuit Rider Program is designed to provide af­fordable technical assistance to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. The Nevada Circuit Rider (NCR) Roster includes experienced consultants selected by a panel of community arts specialists, who provide NCR consultancies at an affordable rate.  The NCR Grant supports the use of Circuit Rider consultants to address specific issues and/or challenges including, but not limited to, advo­cacy, board or program development, fiscal management, fundraising, capacity building, marketing, planning, cultural diversity, and technology utilization. Read more about NCR Roster or NCR Grant

Nevada Presenter’s Network (NPN) is a free informal association and listserv designed to connect performing arts presenters and artists in Nevada. NPN promotes professional development, outreach activities, block booking and best practices, and encourages a dynamic dialogue between presenters and artists that expands access to the arts for all Nevadans. To access the NPN directory, click here

Every three years, CAD staff coordinates the agency’s planning process by examining the state of the arts in Nevada and reviewing and refining its services to update the agency’s strategic plan. As part of the process, NAC holds focus group meetings, individual interviews and community meetings (Arts Town Meetings, Community Conversations, Arts Summits and Focus Groups) throughout the state. This allows NAC staff and board to: (1) engage in discourse and dialogue with the state’s arts and cultural organizations, artists, educators, community leaders and citizens, and (2) update the agency’s strategic plan, Values and Vision. In conjunction with these meetings, NAC also produces an online survey to assess public value of the arts and receive input on our programs. Our planning meetings and activities are co-sponsored and hosted by a wide variety of arts and community-based organizations. Check NAC Calendar for dates.


With Community Action Planning through the arts as its focus, the Arts @ the Heart Convening brings together teams of cultural, business and community leaders to address the attributes of vibrant communities, public/private partnerships, and local renewal and growth through community engagement. A@H combines formal sessions, informal discussions and local celebrations to build relationships, generate ideas-sharing, and inspire collaborations that result in enhanced community livability across the state.

OASIS, the statewide arts and cultural industry conference, was suspended in 2012 due to budget cuts.



Thursday, March 23, 2017
NAC is accepting applications to join the Nevada Circuit Rider (NCR) Consultant Roster, which is managed by the Community Arts Development (CAD) program. The NCR program offers local arts agencies, municipal entities and other nonprofit organizations up to $4,000 to pay consultants to address specific issues and/or challenges, such as Cultural Planning, Board Development, Program Development and Strategic Planning. Download NCR application.


Much of CAD staff time is committed to assisting communities and community arts organizations. Staff may recommend or assist with the implementation of a community cultural assessment to identify local resources and develop a strategic plan, provide links to new resources or arrange for peer to peer networking opportunities to assist with the challenges of working toward long term sustainability.

Email Blasts
CAD staff periodically sends out opportunity and event listings via Email Blasts to Nevada art and non-profit organizations. If interested in getting these announcements, email Shosh. Let her know that you want to receive these announcements – indicate your organizations name and contact information.

  • CAD Program Coordinator, Shoshana (Shosh) Zeldner, 775.687.7119 or email
  • CAD Program Associate, Vacant, 775.687.7109 or email
  • CAD Program Assistant, Kelli Du Fresne, 775.687.7109 or email