Current Funding Priorities


Thank you for your interest in the Carson Valley Arts Council (CVAC). CVAC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, a Nevada corporation, and a Local Arts Agency designated by Douglas County.

The organization’s mission is to create a climate that cultivates the arts through the presentation and promotion of cultural and educational events for Carson Valley youth and community and greater Western Nevada.

Our current funding priorities are:

  1. Acquiring architectural drawings for renovation of the Copeland Building.
  2. Support for CVAC’s Youth Arts Education Program
  3. Support for CVAC’s Concert Series.

This is what you can make happen with a donation of $1,000 to $10,000 or more.

$1,000 – supports our Youth Arts Education program

CVAC’s Youth Arts Educational Program is designed to educate, entertain, and enlighten the youth of Douglas County through interactive performing arts presentations. There are two programs that CVAC currently has:

  1. CVAC brings professional musical performers to local schools in an assembly format.
  2. Artist Residency Program. School programs are set up either in assembly format; or with individual instruction by a professional artist in the classroom. The schools select the performer that they want to provide instruction in their school. In 2017-2019 we brought Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT) to two of our schools. This year we have had several additional schools request to MCT.

$2,500 – supports our Concert Series

This series is offered between October and May of each year and is now in its 14th year. The series offers family-friendly entertainment that brings high-caliber touring artists to Douglas County. This series has become the cornerstone of our programming and “unites and inspires the community.” We look for sponsors to help us fund our concert series for which we recognize the sponsor in our program and on our website.

Most of the professional musicians that we bring in also have an educational component and we take the performers to our local schools.

$10,000 and up – supports our renovation of the historic Copeland building

CVAC acquired the historic Copeland Building in 2008 with the vision of turning it into a performing arts and cultural center for the community. We have been diligent with the care, renovation and interpretation of this significant building. However, as with any large and historic building extensive projects are the norm and it has been 11 years since we did any renovations on the building. As we expand our programming, youth arts educational programs and outreach, the building remains our number one priority.

We are currently seeking donations so that we can obtain architectural drawings and move our renovation project forward. There will also be other areas where we need funding in the renovation process, but our immediate need is to get our architectural drawings.



Please contact Sharon Schlegel, Executive Director of the Carson Valley Arts Council at 775-782-8207 to find out more about the Art Council’s needs. She can also be reached at

To make a grant from your Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund, please contact a member of the Community Foundation of Western Nevada’s Stewardship Team at 775-333-5499.

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