Public forum set for Carson City cultural position

The public is invited to a reception Wednesday evening to meet the final candidates interviewing for the position of Carson City Arts and Culture Coordinator.

“All three candidates will do a 20-minute presentation to explain who they are and what they will bring to Carson City,” said Joel Dunn, executive director of the Carson City Visitors Bureau. “They will outline the vision for the future of arts and culture in Carson City.”

The bureau launched a national recruitment campaign in May to fill the position that’s funded through room tax dollars.

“We ended up with 48 qualified candidates from all over the world,” Dunn said. “Through a series of application review and reference checks, and with help from local experts on the subject matter, we narrowed the field down to the top seven candidates.”

The top seven were interviewed by a hiring panel — made up of representatives from the bureau, city and cultural commission and city of Reno — and narrowed the field down to three.

“They are from New York, Pittsburgh and Australia,” Dunn said.

The finalists will be interviewed Wednesday by the panel, followed by a public forum at 6 p.m. at the Performance Hall of the Brewery Arts Center.

The candidates will each give a presentation then conclude with a meet and greet.

Dunn said the panel will solicit written comments from the public.

He hopes to have the position filled by the beginning of September.

“Whoever is selected will spend the first several months working with staff from the city, visitors bureau and the cultural commission to establish best common practices and policies and procedures,” Dunn said.

He said he’s confident the person hired is going to be up to the task.

“The panel feels strongly that any one of the candidates would be a wonderful addition to Carson City,” Dunn said. “All three bring a strong level of expertise in fundraising and the implementation and administration of art and cultural events.”


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