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Education and Outreach

Nominations Now Open for Sixth-Annual Heart of Education Awards

Nominations opened this week for The Smith Center’s sixth-annual Heart of Education Awards, recognizing outstanding Clark County School District (CCSD) educators who go above and beyond for their students and schools.

Discovering The Smith Center

Meeting the Challenge to Go Green

Did you know that going green was perhaps The Smith Center's greatest technical challenge? “Designing a performing arts center is incredibly complex,” says Smith Center President and CEO Myron Martin. “It is made even more complex when you set out to design one that meets the highest industry standards for energy efficiency and sustainability.”

Supporting the Arts

How Toyota Helps Drive the Arts Forward

Growing up in Southern Nevada, Cliff Findlay — now Findlay Automotive Group president — had a vision for what Las Vegas could become. This included a thriving city with successful businesses, top schools and robust arts and culture. Now this vision continues, with the Toyota Dealers Association sponsoring The Smith Center’s Broadway Las Vegas Series.

Discovering The Smith Center

A Theater and an Instrument: The Acoustics of Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center

You will likely never forget the first time you sat in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center and heard music swell throughout the cavernous space. Every inch of the 2,050-seat theater — spanning the domed ceiling, the lavish curtain and the gleaming floors — is designed to support and carry sound to each audience member in acoustic magic.

Community Impact

Child Actor from Las Vegas Lands Roles in Netflix Shows and Feature Films

Since Smith Center Camp Broadway alum Christopher Convery moved on from Broadway to a film and television career, the 12-year-old now boasts an IMDb account with a lengthy list of prominent roles, including costarring in films with Katie Holmes and Claire Foy, as well as acting in hit shows such as "Stranger Things," "The Blacklist," "MacGuyver" and "Gotham."

Discovering The Smith Center / Inside the Theater

Why the New Rules for Large Gatherings Still Don’t Make it Possible to Reopen

After Governor Sisolak raised the COVID-19 attendance cap on large gatherings and as several other venues in Las Vegas prepare to reopen with restricted capacity, Smith Center President and CEO Myron Martin explains some of the challenges that continue to prevent The Smith Center from reopening in the near future.

Supporting the Arts

Staff and Community Members Support The Smith Center with Facebook Fundraisers

“I just love it there,” says Jerry Carney, a Smith Center staff member who recently created a Facebook fundraiser to help raise money for The Smith Center during its extended closure. Carney is one of several friends of The Smith Center who have successfully leveraged their Facebook networks to support The Smith Center’s mission.

Inside the Theater

Loading in a Broadway Show at The Smith Center

A few simple words embody one of the most important parts of a performance: the load-in. This process entails unloading and setting up everything a touring production needs for its performances. Load-ins can involve building sets, installing special lighting and effects, organizing costumes and props and more, often conducted a mere day before opening night.

Inside the Theater

How to Stay Social with the Arts, At a Distance

The pandemic not only brought about the temporary closure of The Smith Center and numerous other performance venues, but many other arts activities remain on hold under public health guidelines. To fill this void for now, The Smith Center offers a few ideas for staying social with the arts, while still keeping a safe distance.

Inside the Theater

Creating the First Broadway Musical, By Accident

The words Broadway and musical have nearly become synonymous since the mid-19th century. Broadway productions now set the highest standard for musical theater, with many performers aspiring to take part as a lifelong ambition. This grand tradition launched with one paradigm-shifting show — the first Broadway musical. And it happened by accident.