University supports Artown with sustainability efforts, original artwork, on-campus events and more

Attendees encouraged to wear Wolf Pack gear opening night, July 1

Embraced by the community since 1996, July in Reno is Artown! This arts and cultural festival features more than 500 multidisciplinary events - a majority are free to the public - including music, dance, theater, visual arts, workshops, art walks and more.

A crowd of people sitting in front of Reno's outdoor Wingfield Park amphitheater

Artown, Northern Nevada's monthlong art festival, partners with the University and Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful this year to go plastic-free for the month of July.

"Artown is committed to sustainability and will no longer sell bottled water at any of the events marked with a water droplet," the event website posted. "By purchasing this vibrant, reusable Artown cup for $10 or bringing your own water container, you will have access to free water at Artown events marked with a special water droplet icon."

Cups can be purchased at the Artown offices and at all events with a water droplet icon as listed in the Artown Little Book, as referenced on page 46.

John Sagebiel, assistant director of Environmental Programs for the University's Department Environmental Health and Safety, has been working with Artown on integrating sustainability into their operation. 

"They have embraced this wholeheartedly," Sagebiel said. "One key step toward this goal is having them going plastic free and to stop selling bottled water at any Artown event. This is most challenging at Wingfield Park where there is no potable water and thus no drinking fountains. To help with this, we are providing water filling stations."

    Volunteers will be helping out Mondays, Wednesdays and one Thursday in the evenings and will set up and monitor two water stations during the Artown events at Wingfield Park, 2 S. Arlington Ave., in downtown Reno. Volunteers will also help sell the reusable cups that attendees can then keep.

    Joe Nannini, director of Clinical Experiences and Assessment in the College of Education, has sat on the Artown Board of Directors for the last five years.

    "We would love to see you all down in the park wearing your Wolf Pack gear to open the 24th season of Artown with us Monday evening," Nannini said. "While opening night is always great, this will be one of the best opening night performances we've ever had."

    Artown's opening night is free to attend and scheduled for Monday, July 1, with Paul Thorn and the New Breed Brass Band. Wingfield Park and City Plaza will come alive as opening activities take place from 5-11 p.m.

    Three people pose, standing by a poster

    The 2019 Artown poster was created by (left to right) son, mother and daughter, John-Henry, Debbie and Rachael Lambin. The siblings are both second-year UNR Med students.

    University Libraries is also partnering with Artown, the Nevada Department of Wildlife, award-winning Nevada author and humorist Michael Branch and Closer to the Land: Environment and Ecology of Nevada exhibit curator Edan Strekal. Libraries is hosting two Artown events Saturday, July 27, at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center.

    Last month, the new University Arts Building was the host location for the Artown performance lineup and poster reveal event.  

    The 2019 Artown poster and featured work of art was created by mother, daughter and son, Debbie, Rachael and John-Henry Lambin (of My Thousand Words, book sculptures). Rachael Lambin and her brother John-Henry are second-year medical students at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, who share a passion for both art and medicine.

    "We are proud to be UNR Medical Students and to have been asked to make this year's Artown poster," Rachael said. "We are super excited and love our school very much."

    The artwork was inspired by the 1945 Reno-based novel by Walter van Tilburg Clark titled "The City of Trembling Leaves." Van Tilburg Clark describes the city composed of several themes brought about by physical structures of the city's districts. The novel centers on the inevitability of tomorrow, and the pursuit of human interests through spirituality, creativity and friendship.

    A number of attendees at the reveal event tweeted their excitement for the upcoming Artown season. Check out this year's schedule and enjoy the many events offered to the community!  

    Waiting for the big @Artown preview reveal at the new @unevadareno School of Arts building. Check out the pano of the new #HallRecitalHall!

    — Naomi Duerr (@NaomiDuerr) May 1, 2019

    Artown is officially two months away and with a lot of new art! Click here for more details on this year's headliners:

    — Fox Reno (@fox11reno) May 2, 2019

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