In 1996, the City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, consisting of business and arts executives, developed a plan to use the arts to improve the city’s self-image and give locals a reason to visit downtown. Their idea: highlight the community’s cultural depth, ignite civic pride and create a climate for the cultural and economic rebirth of our region. Now in its 20th year, Artown celebrates two decades of art, culture, and expression.
Artown, recipient of five consecutive National Endowment for the Arts grant awards, brings the arts to life in Reno each July with a packed calendar of events. Artown captures the imagination and brings with it a celebration of distinguished artists from around the world, across the country and those that live in our community all for the sake of cultural diversity and artistic innovation.