Minden musician Todd Green was one of the recipients who shared $9,796 in Jackpot grants by the Nevada Arts Council. Jackpot grants are designed to support arts and education projects initiated by artists, schools, nonprofit organizations and public institutions.
Green will use the $723 grant to support the production and editing of a marketing DVD for his music, according to a statement issued by the Nevada Arts Council on Thursday.
These projects are usually “sudden opportunity events” or applications from groups new to the council.
According to his website, Green studied composition and arrangement at Berklee College of Music, in Boston. After spending five years in Boston, he moved to New York City where he performed with the top echelon of studio musicians and toured with bands throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.
He has lived in Carson Valley since 2001, and performs as a solo artist, according to his website.
Also receiving awards are Carson City residents Ventana Sierra and Adam Whitney. Sierra received $843 to present an advanced writers workshop designed to help build functional literacy and critical thinking skills for teens and adults, at Western Nevada College, June 15-16. Whitney got $907 to support completion and performance of a one-man show, “Fifty Shades of Bea,” a comedic tribute to the late Bea Arthur, performed at The Pioneer Underground Theatre in Reno.
The Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, is the agency charged with ensuring that state and national funds support cultural activity and encourage participation in the arts throughout Nevada. The council provides hundreds of grants to arts and community-based organizations, schools, artists and local municipalities throughout the state. The arts council also coordinates a variety of statewide programs and activities such as the annual Poetry Out Loud recitation competition for high-school aged students, traveling exhibits, artist residencies, workshops and cultural assessments. For more information, visit the agency’s website at nac.nevadaculture.org or call (775) 687-6680.