Basking in the Glow of Humanities Greatness at Tonight’s Nevada Humanities Award Ceremony

Congratulations to all of our 2019 Nevada Humanities awardees who will be honored at the Nevada Humanities Award Ceremony tonight in Reno. Every other year, Nevada Humanities honors the achievements of individuals and organizations from across the Silver State that foster cultural enrichment and deepen our understanding of the of the human experience by facilitating opportunities for Nevadan’s to engage with the humanities. Tonight eleven humanities heroes will be honored for their outstanding contributions to Nevada’s communities using the tools of the humanities to strengthen and enhance the lives of the people of Nevada.


The 2019 Nevada Humanities Awards recipients include:

Judith Winzeler Award for Excellence in the Humanities
Judith F. Simpson, Reno
Claytee D. White, Las Vegas

Friend and Champion of the Humanities Award
Capital City Arts Initiative, Carson City
Monique Laxalt, Reno

Humanities Rising Star Award (our new 2019 award category)
Justin Favela, Las Vegas
Melissa Melero-Moose, Sparks
Vogue M. Robinson, North Las Vegas
Mark Salinas, Carson City

Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award
Colene Paradise, Owyhee
Brett M. Van Hoesen, Reno

Outstanding Humanities Project Award
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Western Folklife Center, Elko 

In celebration of the creativity and sense of place the awardees have helped foster, the 11 awards being presented are original mixed media paintings by Fawn Douglas, a contemporary, indigenous artist from the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe. The Children Will Lead Them, Douglas’ series of original paintings of bighorn sheep created for the 2019 Nevada Humanities Awards, express for her the importance of family, community, and faith in the future.

You are invited to join Nevada Humanities at the award ceremony tonight at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. We kick off the evening with a reception beginning at 4:30 pm, and the awards program follows at 6:00 pm. The awards presentation will be preceded by celebrational poetry readings by Nevada poets. Purchase tickets to the award ceremony by visiting

Congratulations again to the recipients of the 2019 Nevada Humanities Awards!

Image/Fawn Douglas. The Children Will Lead Them

Maren Rush