Carson Valley Arts council receives $5,000 grant |

Carson Valley Arts council receives $5,000 grant

Staff Reports
Sharon Schlegel, Carson Valley Arts Council interim executive director, Suzanne Stockdale of the Smallwood Foundation and Brian Fitzgerald, president Carson Valley Arts Council.
Special to The R-C |

The Carson Valley Arts Council was recently notified by the Francis C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation that it had been awarded a $5,000 grant designated for the Copeland Cultural Arts Center.

Minden resident Suzanne Stockdale, who chairs the Smallwood Foundation Board, called the CVAC office last week to notify them that they had been awarded this grant.

With appreciation and gratitude, Sharon Schlegel, CVAC’s Interim Executive Director, accepted the award. The Smallwood Foundation has been instrumental to the success of the Carson Valley Arts Council over the past ten years.

“Support like this enables the Arts Council to have an organizational structure in place to bring world renowned entertainment and artists to all of Douglas County and Western Nevada and to allow the Council to meet its mission and priority project goals, said Brian Fitzgerald, CVAC’s Board of Directors’ president.

The Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation was established on the death of William P. Smallwood in April 1968. Mr. Smallwood, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, resided and worked in Dallas, Texas, where he was a co-founder of First Southwest Company, a prominent regional investment banking firm specializing in public finance, bond underwriting and the raising of capital for developing regional companies.

The establishment of the Foundation by Mr. and Mrs. Smallwood represented the culmination of their lifetime support of a broad spectrum of charitable organizations and endeavors.

The Carson Valley Arts Council thanked the Smallwood Foundation for their generosity and continued support in creating a culturally vibrant community, united and inspired by the arts.

For more information on how to support and contribute to the Carson Valley Arts Council and its mission, including the capital campaign, visit or call 782-8207.