Proclaimed Local Arts Agency
Carson Valley Arts Council Proclaimed Local Arts Agency by Douglas County Board of Commissioners
The Carson Valley Arts Council was recognized and designated as the Local Arts Agency (LAA) for Douglas County by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners during its meeting on Thursday, April 5.
CVAC is exemplary of a majority of Local Arts Agencies in that it is a private, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that operates with mayors and city or county managers. As a Local Arts Agency, the Carson Valley Arts Council will be authorized to serve as a fiscal agent, making grant awards directly to both artists and nonprofit organizations working in a variety of artistic disciplines.
According to CVAC Executive Director Steve Farsnely “The National Endowment for the Arts and other governmental departments such as economic vitality, parks and recreation, libraries, and local education agencies and school districts, as well as with convention and visitors bureaus.”
The LAA designation comes at a particularly opportune time as the Carson Valley Arts Council is currently in a capital campaign, the first phase of which will retire the loan on the historic Copeland Lumber Building. Significant progress has been made. The original $1.5 million loan amount has been reduced to $900,00 and of that, $340,000 (38%) has already been committed leaving a balance of $560,000. Major donors are being contacted, but numerous smaller contributions are also needed to reach this goal.
For more information about the Carson Valley Arts Council and the capital campaign, please call (775) 782-8207. The Carson Valley Arts Council is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization; donations may be tax deductible as allowed by law. Federal Tax ID #84-1653859. other funding organizations consider the LAA designation a strong positive factor in their grant-making decisions. This designation will better enable the Carson Valley Arts Council to achieve its mission to create 'a community united and inspired by the arts.'”
Brian Fitzgerald, President of the Arts Council's Board of Directors said, “CVAC will continue to collaborate with