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The Smith Center Welcomes Five New Civic And Business Leaders To Its Board Of Directors

The Smith Center, a nonprofit, board-led institution, recently added five new members to its board of directors to help it propel culture and arts education in Southern Nevada. The elected members are all esteemed regional leaders, selected to serve alongside an already impressive list of Southern Nevada civic and business innovators to guide The Smith Center during its extended closure and prepare it for a successful future.

Education and Outreach / Discovering The Smith Center

Educator Nomination Submissions Extended for 6th Annual Heart Of Education Awards

The deadline to nominate outstanding Clark County School District teachers for consideration to be recognized at the 6th Annual Heart of Education Awards, presented by The Smith Center and powered by The Rogers Foundation, has been extended from Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 to Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 in order to allow for more time for nominations to be submitted.

Discovering The Smith Center

How The Smith Center Launched World Premieres of Two Original Shows

Producing an original show is no small feat for a performing arts center. This involves tremendous responsibilities, including casting, rehearsing, designing and building sets from scratch, plus countless more details to fashion the show’s overall look and feel.

Discovering The Smith Center / Education and Outreach

Making Nevada a Better Place to Live: Why Education is in our DNA

While most Southern Nevadans know The Smith Center best for its music, theater and dance performances, the nonprofit impacts tens of thousands of students and teachers each year through its education and outreach initiatives.

Discovering The Smith Center

Remembering The Smith Center’s Star-Studded Opening Night

March 10, 2012 marked one of the most significant concerts in Las Vegas history, when an exhilarated crowd of civic leaders, elected officials and prominent community members gathered for the opening night concert at The Smith Center.

Discovering The Smith Center

Great Art Takes Wing: The Creation of the Genius in Flight Sculpture

Smith Center visitors often catch their breath at the towering sculpture atop the Grand Lobby staircase. A muscular figure with massive wings eternally outstretched, the bronze, 16-foot Genius in Flight sculpture has served as a solemn gatekeeper to thousands of captivating performances.

Discovering The Smith Center

The Story Behind The Smith Center’s Pipe Dream Sculpture

Most visitors to The Smith Center take part in a beloved ritual: snapping photos in front of the vibrant Pipe Dream sculpture outside the center’s east entrance. Southern Nevadans of all ages enjoy this colorful collection of pipes as a part of their meaningful experiences with seeing shows and attending special events at the center. Many choose it as the backdrop for photos to commemorate their weddings, graduations and more.

Discovering The Smith Center

The Showstopping Art at The Smith Center

While The Smith Center may have been conceived to showcase world-class performing arts, it is also a showcase of world-class visual art, including outdoor and indoor sculptures, paintings and lithographs by some of the nation’s most celebrated artists. Roger Thomas, retired Smith Center board member, discusses this world-renowned collection.

Supporting the Arts / Discovering The Smith Center

Smith Center Gift Cards Offer The Promise Of Memorable Experiences

The holiday season is here, and many are in search of special gift ideas. Whether you’re hoping to surprise friends and family, or even planning presents for colleagues, a gift card for The Smith Center provides the gift of a future memorable evening out to a live performance of music, theater or dance while also providing vital support during the center’s extended closure.