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Carson Valley Arts Council

The Carson Valley Arts Council (CVAC) was founded in 2004 through a grass roots effort of Douglas County residents who identified a compelling need for a home for the arts and arts events in Douglas County. In 2005, CVAC became a 501©3 nonprofit organization.

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

In 2010, CVAC developed the Youth Arts Education Program. For the past twelve years, CVAC has been partnering with Douglas County schools to provide access to high-quality arts education experiences for all students.

In 2012 CVAC was designated a Local Arts Agency by Douglas County and became an umbrella for local arts groups.

Today, CVAC is located in the historic Copeland Lumber Building, located in Minden Nevada. In March of 2022 the building was placed on the Nevada State Historic Register. It is the goal of the CVAC to transform the building into a 300 fixed seat Community Performing Arts Center. In the center will be a Performance Hall, Artisan’s Shop, Art Gallery, classroom/meeting spaces, and rehearsal space for theater and dance.

When the Copeland Building is transformed into a performing arts center, it will become a one-of-a-kind destination, operating from a historic lumber building that has been re-imagined into one of Nevada’s most sustainable arts destination for the local community as well as tourists and visitors to the Carson Valley.

CVAC is funded through donations, grants and earned income.  CVAC hosts 6 concerts and music events each year, including art shows.

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