Nevada Humanities Creates Programs that Connect Nevadans
with Nevada's Culture and Heritage - and Beyond
Programs produced and sponsored by Nevada Humanities provide opportunities for Nevadans to read widely, think deeply, and become engaged in their communities. In addition to the several hundred separate activities supported each year through grants, Nevada Humanities coordinates several programs directly and in cooperation with other organizations.
Humanities on the Road
Humanities on the Road sends Nevada's scholars and writers to diverse communities throughout the state to provide engaging public programs that explore Nevada’s history and heritage. Humanities on the Road programs are available to any non-profit organization in Nevada and are frequently used by libraries, community centers, service clubs, and schools.
Nevada Humanities Chautauqua
Founded by Nevada Humanities in Reno in 1992, Nevada Humanities Chautauqua is a living history program in which scholar/performers, in costume and in character, bring historical figures to life. A performer, in the guise of a historical figure, tells stories about important episodes in his or her life. After the monologue, the audience and the historical character engage in a lively question and answer session. Finally, the performer emerges from character to respond to questions that could not be answered in character. Educational and entertaining, Chautauqua performances provide dramatic insights into the people and events that have shaped our nation, and also provide a historical lens for looking at contemporary issues. Nevada Humanities celebrated the 20th anniversary of Nevada Humanities Chautauqua in 2011.
Nevada Humanities Program Gallery
The Nevada Humanities Program Gallery is home to the Nevada Humanities bi-monthly exhibition series, which showcases the work of Nevada artists, writers, photographers, and other creative thinkers who explore and articulate a sense of place in the Silver State. This program is designed to engage viewers in a dialogue about aspects of the Nevada experience. We love joining with creative people to share our state’s special places – and the things they inspire – with a broad audience.
The Online Nevada Encyclopedia, also known as the ONE, is a multimedia online resource produced by Nevada Humanities that blends articles, images, and interactive media to explore the landscape, people, and events that have shaped the Silver State’s politics, economy, and culture. The ONE is used widely in K-12 classrooms
The Salon is a gathering where a select group of panelists and members of the audience have a conversation about thought-provoking topics and ideas. Part panel discussion, part conversation, part social event, The Salon encourages participants to explore new ideas in facilitated conversation and then together informally while enjoying refreshments. Past Salon topics include discussions about art and revolutions, interdisciplinary thinking, video games as art, and sense-of-place writing.
Vegas Valley Book Festival
The Vegas Valley Book Festival is a celebration of the written, spoken, and illustrated word. The festival has networked together a community-wide consortium of cultural organizations and sponsors to offer “a one-stop shopping experience for literature” through a wide range of programs built around sharing resources, developing audiences, advancing the craft of writing, and sharing the joys of reading. This annual festival is the largest literary event in the Las Vegas Valley, drawing more than 10,000 attendees during the season. Since its founding by Nevada Humanities in 2002, the festival has presented over 600 authors and speakers and has produced or sponsored over 450 events, sessions, readings, workshops, and book signings. Most events are free and open to the public.
Great Basin Young Chautauqua, which was founded by Nevada Humanities in 1993, is the youth adjunct to the annual Nevada Humanities Chautauqua festival. Young Chautauqua is an intense program of scholarship, research, rehearsing, and performing. Young Chautauquans commit to developing a theatrical character in late January and spend more than six months reading biographies, learning stories, and rehearsing their character in front of other young scholars at bimonthly meetings. They each create a costume and polish flexible 5, 10, and 15-minute monologues that they present to community groups, schools, libraries, service organizations, and at Nevada Humanities Chautauqua in June.