The Pahrump Arts Council (PAC) has been awarded a $10,000 matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support its 2015-16 Youth Arts   program. The NEA is the federal agency that supports and funds the arts to give all Americans the opportunity to experience creativity and participate in the arts. NEA programs and funding support thousands of activities in communities large and small across the country, including about 30,000 performances and 3,000 exhibitions annually.

The PAC Youth Arts program 2015-16 will provide age-appropriate introductions to a variety of art forms for students, grades K-12, including musical theater, dance, drawing, painting, sculpture, journaling, film, fiber arts, and more, according to Selway Mulkey, Youth Arts coordinator.  “The Missoula Children’s Theatre residency will be January 18-23 for a production of “Sleeping Beauty,” he said. “Saturday arts classes will be scheduled through June 2016.”  More events will be announced as dates are arranged.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “I’m pleased to be able to share the news of this award to the Pahrump Arts Council. In each community the arts have the power to create new avenues for economic health and physical vibrancy, and for people to feel a sense of pride in their locality. This grant demonstrates this power and affirms that the arts are part of our everyday lives.”

“PAC was invited by the NEA to submit a proposal for this special arts in communities   grant,” said Loretta Lindell, PAC president.  “We are delighted to receive the award, but a $10,000 check will not drop suddenly into our laps.”  The grant money will be dispensed throughout the year, as the program goals are achieved.  PAC is required to provide 1:1 matching funds and in-kind donations to show community support.   The Pahrump Arts Council is a 501-c-3 nonprofit corporation, chartered in Nevada in 1993, providing volunteer service in the arts to our community.

To learn more about the National Endowment for the Arts, please visit the NEA website at Follow the conversation about this and other NEA‐funded projects on Twitter at @NEAarts.

A calendar of events, art class schedules and signups will be available soon on the PAC website,, or flyers at public and private schools, and at the PAC office, 2340 E Calvada Blvd. Suite B, Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  The classes will be free and open to all Pahrump students, grades K-12.

For more information, call the PAC office, 775-751-6776, visit the website, or the Pahrump Arts Council Facebook page.