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The Poets’ Corner
Friday, November 21 to Friday, August 21
West Las Vegas Arts Center; 947 West Lake Mead Blvd. Las Vegas, Nevada 89106

Free Admission

Keith Brantley hosts a forum for established poets and open mic participants featuring the best local poetry talent.

Friday Evenings
Sept. 19, 2014 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 17, 2014 7 p.m.
Nov. 21, 2014 7 p.m.
Dec. 19, 2014 7 p.m.
Jan. 16, 2015 7 p.m.
Feb. 20, 2015 7 p.m.
March 20, 2015 7 p.m.
April 17, 2015 7:30 p.m.
May 15, 2015 7:30 p.m.
June 19, 2015 7:30 p.m.
July 17, 2015 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 21, 2015 7:30 p.m.


Performing & Visual Arts Summer Camp for Kids 2015 (ages 10-15)
Monday, June 15 to Saturday, August 8, 2015
West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 702-229-4800

Registration Fee: $400.00
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For 19 years, the city of Las Vegas West Las Vegas Arts Center (WLVAC) has been the home of the Performing & Visual Arts Summer Camp for Kids, providing community youth with pivotal opportunities for civil engagement and social justice projects through the discipline of arts education. These talented young artists, ages 10-15, commit themselves to the philosophy, “excellence without excuse.” They develop an appreciation for music, dance, theatre and the spoken word. The WLVAC’s goal is to produce healthy and responsible citizens, with steadfast discipline, the resilience to manage emotional and physical growth, and the integrity and pride to become dynamic community ambassadors through cultural and performing arts.

The eight-week, arts-intensive, leadership program culminates in the presentation of several community productions that are free and open to the public. PVAC applications will be available at the WLVAC beginning April 22, 2015, and must be submitted in person to the WLVAC cultural team.

PVAC is cosponsored by the Las Vegas – Clark County Library District.


Author / Illustrator Vernon Rowlette Book Signing & Presentation
Saturday, June 27, 2 p.m.
West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 702-229-4800.

Free and open to the public.

Author and illustrator Vernon Rowlette will sign copies of “The Adventures of Creampuff the Cat: Journey to the Rainbow City,” a children’s book about an adventurous cat. The imaginative book is designed to be read to ages 3-8, but will be enjoyed by all.


Comic Book Writing Workshop
Saturday, July 11 to Saturday, July 25, 1:30 - 2:15 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383

Free with advance registration.
July 11, 18 & 25
Beginner-Intermediate levels, ages 7 yrs. & up
Instructor: Aleida Castro
In this three-day specialty workshop, students will learn to write for characters in a style you can use in a comic book. This workshop is designed to accompany the Manga comic workshops for youth but is open to anyone interested in developing their comic book writing skills. Students should have a character in mind for the workshop. Come ready with pen/pencil, paper and your imagination.
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Manga Character & Comic Art Workshop
Saturday, July 11 to Saturday, July 25, 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383

Three-day fee: $26
July 11, 18 & 25
Beginner-Intermediate levels, ages 7 yrs. & up
Instructor: Jacqueline Eihausen
This workshop focuses on the development of Manga characters, inspired by Japanese animation and the creation of a Manga illustrated comic book inspired by Japanese animation. A basic sketch pad and access to graphite and colored pencils at home is strongly recommended.
Register Here!


Songwriting Workshop with Norman Foote
Wednesday, July 15, 2 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St.

Admission: Free and open to the public

Experience a captivating and highly engaging songwriter’s workshop with Norman Foote! Explore lyrical content, melody and song genre. Norman encourages students to believe in their own ideas, and the theme is open. The workshop is one hour, and students simply need to show up with their imaginations and willingness to participate! Together (with Norman’s improv skills) they will create a finished song, which may be featured in Norman’s public performance.

Norman Foote has written songs for Walt Disney Records, CBC Television, Shari Lewis, Max & Ruby, Toopy & Binoo, National Film Board, and ICBC to mention a few. He has received Parent Choice, NAPPA Gold, SOCAN and in 2010 JUNO Award for Children’s Record of the Year.

For more information or to sign up, please call (702) 229-6383


Youth Conference 2015 'Awake To Change' (ages 10-25)
Friday, July 31, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 702-229-4800

Admission is free, but advance registration is required. Call to register.

Be a part of the upcoming youth conference 'Awake To Change,' cosponsored by the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and The My Brother's Keeper Initiative. 'Awake to Change' is designed to reach into the depths of critical thinking about youth leadership roles in the world today. The day will consist of a welcome ceremony, youth-engaging speakers, Field Day activities, and thought-provoking conversations. This event is free, but pre-registration is required for all participants. Attire for the day will be all-black active wear. Breakfast and lunch will be served to all participants. To register or for more information, call 702-229-4800.


Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Student Ensemble Audition (ages 10-17)
Saturday, August 22, 1 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., 702-229-6383.

No charge to audition; if accepted into the company there is a $50 annual fee.

Serious theatre students ages 10-17 are welcome to audition for this intensive program. The Ensemble meets on Tuesday evenings during the school year. Students take classes and participate in Rainbow Company productions, both backstage and on stage. For more information, call 702-229-6553.


2015 Vegas Valley Book Festival
Saturday, October 17
Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.

Mark your calendars now for the annual Vegas Valley Book Festival, to be held Oct. 15-17 in downtown Las Vegas and the Clark County Library at 1401 E. Flamingo Road. The largest annual literary event in Nevada, the book festival will bring together a wide variety of literary genres and cultural programs, with most events taking place Saturday at the Historic Fifth Street School at 401 S. Fourth St. The festival is expected to feature more than 120 authors and 50 events, including panel discussions, keynote speakers, readings, book signings, workshops, vendor exhibits, art exhibitions, spoken word performances and other special programs for a diversity of genres, ages and cultural backgrounds. All events are free and open to the public.


Rox In Sox Children’s Music & Book Festival
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza, 720 Twin Lakes Drive

Admission: Free and open to the public. Lawn seating, bring lawn chairs and blankets.

A festival of children’s music and reading, Rox in Sox, will feature local and touring kindie music artists. Presented by One World Productions and the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs, Rox in Sox will offer a host of family-friendly activities and services, as well as refreshments from many food truck vendors. Admission is free and families are encouraged to bring donations of new shoes, socks or books for kids in need for local Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, Kenya and Jamaica.

For more information, call 702-229-3514


City of Las Vegas
Office of Cultural Affairs
495 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Monday - Saturday (702) 229-2787