Carson City charitable organization, resident get NAC Jackpot Grants

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Ventana Sierra of Carson City, a charitable organization that helps young people, was among 11 Jackpot Grant recipients identified Tuesday.

The nonprofit was awarded $843 out of the $9,796 being awarded for fiscal year 2012’s fourth quarter by the Nevada Arts Council under the grants program. The money is for Ventana Sierra to conduct an advanced writers’ workshop at Western Nevada College to help build literacy and critical-thinking skills among teens and adults. The workshop is set for June 15-16.

Ellen Hopkins, a best-selling author from the Carson City area, founded Ventana Sierra and is the organization’s board chairwoman. The mission is to provide independent living, vocational training and resources to help disadvantaged youths further their educational and career goals.

Adam Whitney of Carson City received a $907 Jackpot Grant to support completion and performance of a one-man show at the Pioneer Underground Theater in Reno. The show, “Fifty Shades of Bea,” is a comedic tribute to the late Bea Arthur.

Todd Green of Minden was awarded $723 to support production and editing of a marketing DVD of the artist’s music.

James Dilworth of Reno received $750 to support creation of an interactive exhibit called “The Iris Room” for the NadaDada Art Show in Reno June 13-16. Laurie Macfee of Reno was awarded $893 to support creation of a new book arts project.


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