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CONTACT


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City of Las Vegas Arts Commission

Office of Cultural Affairs, 4th Floor
495 S. Main Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
Email us at clvarts@lasvegasnevada.gov.

Dianne Cripe
dcripe@lasvegasnevada.gov
Office (702) 229-4631 Fax (702) 383-1129
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Arts Commissioners


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Marc Abelman
Brian "Paco" Alvarez
Nancy Deaner
Alice Denton
Stan L. Friedman
Stephen Grogan
Stacie Truesdell Michaels
Glenn NP Nowak
Jerry Schefcik
Candy Schneider
John Trimble
David Tupaz

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Marc Abelman


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Since 2004 Marc Abelman has been the CEO of Inside Style, an interior design firm located downtown. He was recently elected to the office of President of the Arts District Board with the goal of making Las Vegas’ Art District a destination to rival any other attraction in Vegas. Actively involved in charter education, Marc has served as the former treasurer of Quest Academy and currently serves on the State Public Charter School Authority board. He is dedicated to bringing a higher level of education to more children in our state. Marc believes that the arts play an important role in giving Vegas the diversity in culture that is needed in this city.

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Brian Alvarez


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Brian “Paco” Alvarez is the curator of the Las Vegas News Bureau photo and film archives, an urban historian and native Las Vegan. He holds a bachelors degree in Anthropology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. During his career Paco has curated major historic collections at the Liberace Museum, Neon Museum, and Hispanic Museum of Nevada. He has served on the boards of the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation-National Atomic Testing Museum, Nevada Museums Association, the Contemporary Arts Center of Las Vegas. He currently serves as Chairman of the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts. During his spare time Paco blogs about the cultural arts, reading, painting, and playing the African drums.

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Nancy Deaner


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A native Nevadan, Nancy Deaner is Manager of the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Las Vegas. She started with the City 17 years ago as staff to the Las Vegas Arts Commission and Director of Galleries. Nancy has both her BFA and MFA degrees. A long time arts administrator, teacher, and artist, Nancy sits on several boards and commissions.

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Alice Denton


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No Bio avaliable

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Stan L. Friedman


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Event producer and marketer Stan L. Friedman has produced theatrical, contemporary dance, cultural arts, community-based and fundraising events in indoor and outdoor venues in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and New York. He has financed several of them through strategic public-private partnerships, sponsorships, family and corporate foundation donations, and private investors and donors.

Friedman has staged historic Capitol Hill events: The opening of Disney Miramax Films’ Academy Award-winning My Left Foot, and Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis testifying before Congress, around the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), was underwritten by Sony and Bank of America. The event promoter served as one of the producers for Hollywood’s first-ever fundraising concert on an Academy Award night for a Central American human rights organization. Headlined by Mel Gibson, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, this prototype fundraiser is now de rigueur on Oscar night.

In Las Vegas, as a region representative for Soka Gakkai International (SGI-USA), the NGO Buddhist association for peace, culture and education, Friedman led the team responsible for bringing the internationally-renowned Gandhi-King-Ikeda Exhibit: A Legacy of Building Peace simultaneously to the University of Nevada Las Vegas’s (UNLV) Richard Tam Alumni Center and the College of Southern Nevada’s (CSN) Cheyenne Fine Arts Gallery.

Co-sponsored by UNLV’s Office of the Vice President for Diversity and CSN’s Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Cultural Affairs, the 3,000-square foot exhibit combined more than 15 community and media partners with opening nights sponsored by the Nevada Humanities and Nevada Minority Business Council. The global peace exhibit, curated by Morehouse College’s Dr. Lawrence E. Carter, Sr., dean of the Martin Luther King International Chapel, drew more than 10,000 Nevadans during its dual campus run.

Friedman began his career as a “legit” theatrical producer in San Francisco, a market known for its fickle commercial tastes. He helped turn intelligent one-man shows and thought-provoking musicals targeted at niche audiences into profitable enterprises for small to midsize Equity houses.

He branded The (City of) Manteca (CA) as “The Pumpkin Capital of the World,” transforming it into an annual fall pilgrimage for more than 100,000 people.

The event marketer has packaged innovative partnerships between disparate industries by seeing common interests. He brought together luxury sports car maker Maserati with Hollywood potboiler publisher Doubleday Dell to fund the end of one of the publishing world’s last taboos—product placement in novels—through a series of celebrity fundraisers inside dealer showrooms.

The event producer transformed Del Monte Corporation stuffed toys into an American pop culture fad by staging annual bi-coastal sand sculpting competitions on Venice Beach (CA) and Coney Island (NY) in partnership with their merchants associations.

Friedman has been awarded The California Governor's Special Award of Excellence for Social & Behavioral Marketing in the Entertainment Industry. He garnered a Television Category CLIO nomination for a “Hunger In Los Angeles” series of commercials.

As a visiting professor, Friedman has taught event production, sponsorship and marketing as part of masters degree programs within schools of business at San Francisco State University, Golden Gate University and Academy of Art University.

He has served on the Board of Advisors for the San Francisco International Film Festival, Chairman of the San Francisco Film Society’s annual Golden Gater Documentary Committee, and currently serves on the Board of Advisors to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) founder Candace Lightner’s newly launched We Save Lives, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization.

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Stephen Grogan, First Vice Chair


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Stephen Grogan is an executive involved in multi-investment operations and management including: vineyards, olive oil production, private art collections and land use development for equestrian projects. He is also involved in the development and marketing of newly invented casino games. From his past careers, Mr. Grogan has been a playwright fellow, a magazine editor, management consultant and director of several public corporations. In his political career, he has been a Planning Board member and elected city official representing a constituency of 500,000 citizens. He served on numerous civic boards and agencies. Recently released, he is the author of "Vegas Die", a mystery based on the Mayor of Las Vegas being the #1 suspect in a mob murder.

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Stacie Truesdell Michaels


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Since June 2009, Stacie Truesdell Michaels has served as Corporate Counsel to Wynn Las Vegas. Prior to joining Wynn Las Vegas, Ms. Michaels served as Associate General Counsel to a local real estate development company. Ms. Michaels began her legal career as an Associate at Jones Vargas.

Ms. Michaels received her JD, magna cum laude, from New York Law School and her BA, with a dual major in Art and Government & Law, from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Ms. Michaels served as the Chairman of the Nevada Taxicab Authority and currently serves on the board of the USO. Ms. Michaels is also the President of The Meadows School Alumni Association and an alumni interviewer for her alma mater, Lafayette College.

Ms. Michaels is a native Las Vegan and continues to reside in Las Vegas with her husband Justin Michaels and their daughters Jemma, Harper and Sloane.

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Glenn NP Nowak


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Glenn NP Nowak earned his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design degrees from Ball State University, and he received a post-professional Master of Architecture degree at Cornell University. He currently teaches architectural theory and design studios at introductory and advanced levels at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas' School of Architecture. As Foundation Studies Coordinator, he authored “13 Ways of Looking at Architectural Theory” a textbook for beginning design students. As Interim Director of the UNLV Downtown Design Center (2011-2012), Glenn was integral to the advancement of the center’s emphasis on inter-disciplinary design investigations and the nurturing of public and private partnerships. He is the founder of the Hospitality Design (HD) Concentration, an unprecedented integration of the architectural profession with the academy. Professor Nowak has led students in the concentration to win several international design competitions and research awards. His own research has been published with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and presented across the country and around the world.

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Jerry Schefcik


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Jerry Schefcik is Director of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery a post he has held since 1991. He also curates the Metcalf Gallery in the Tam Alumni Center and other satellite spaces throughout the UNLV campus. In 2012 Schefcik was given responsibility for the remodeled Marjorie Barrick Museum with its new focus on contemporary art, and now he is referred to as Director of Galleries at UNLV. Along with his gallery responsibilities, he also teaches the Gallery Practices series on gallery/museum management and over-sees the gallery internship program. Schefcik has served as Exhibitions Curator for Nevada Institute for Contemporary Art for 11 years, and curator at the McCarran International Airport Arts Advisory Sub-Committee for 5 years. He continues to work as juror for local agencies and serves with various arts organizations in Las Vegas and the Western Region. Schefcik’s Las Vegas roots go back to 1961 when his father moved the family from Nebraska.

He received his B.A. in Art and Design from Brigham Young University and his M.A. in Art History and Museum Training from the University of Denver. He first served as Curator of Visual Arts for the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, CO, and then moved to the Amarillo Art Center in Amarillo, TX where he was Curator of Art. From Amarillo he returned to Las Vegas.
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Candy Schneider


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Candy Schneider is six months shy of being a native Nevadan. Recently named as the Director of Education and Outreach for The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Candy's entire professional career has been focused on arts education and working with the community to enhance education. Prior to joining The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Candy worked for the Clark County School District for 33 years, first as a visual arts teacher, then as the administrator of the visual arts, and finally as the assistant director in the School-Community Partnership Program.

Over the years, Candy has served on a variety of local, regional, and national boards and committees including the National Art Educators Association, Getty Center for Arts Education, National Endowment for the Arts, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – Partners in Education, Nevada State Education Curriculum Standards, Henderson Cultural Plan, Nevada School of the Arts, Las Vegas Centennial City of 100 Murals, Lied Discovery Children's Museum, VSA Nevada, and a host of Clark County School District committees. In March of 2007, Ms. Schneider was selected by the National Art Education Association to receive the Nevada Art Educator of the Year Award.

Ms. Schneider served on the Board of the Nevada Arts Council as an appointee of the Governor from 1995 through June of 2007. She served as chairman of the NAC Board for five years, and worked to ensure the accessibility of the arts for all Nevadans. Candy's work on the NAC Board focused on increased support for arts education, individual artists, arts organizations, and policy issues. As the appointed representative of the Nevada Arts Council, Candy also served as vice-chair of the Nevada Commission for Cultural Affairs, which is responsible for reviewing and awarding $3,000,000, in grants each year to preserve and maintain Nevada's historic sites to serve as cultural centers throughout the state.

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David Tupaz


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David Tupaz is the founder of the "Las Vegas Fashion Design Council," a nonprofit that mentors local designers, creative youth, students, artists and others. He mentored in opening a manufacturing presence in the city to jump start the creation of a local fashion industry as well as attract other manufacturers from other states, particularly California where 85% of American-made apparel is produced.

He is the only designer representing Nevada in major national fashion events and was honored by the Seattle Art Institute in a retrospective exhibition of his designs. He is the creative director and partner of VATV Inc., and “Repurpose America,” a nonprofit organization that gathers non recyclable industry waste for repurposing.

David Tupaz is the President of "Vegas Fashion Project," the first trade expo focusing on local emerging designers and their products. He is a collector of art and antiquities and an avid reader and researcher.
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City of Las Vegas


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Mayor

Carolyn G. Goodman

City Council

Mayor Pro Tem Stavros Anthony, Ward 4
Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian, Ward 1
Councilman Bob Beers, Ward 2
Councilman Bob Coffin, Ward 3
Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow, Ward 5
Councilman Steven D. Ross, Ward 6