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Supporting the Arts

Smith Center Donors Enjoy Advance Screening of ‘In the Heights’

The Smith Center hosted approximately 60 select donors and Nevada High School Musical Theater Award nominees to an exclusive, advance screening of the highly anticipated film adaptation for Lin Manuel-Miranda’s smash musical “In the Heights” at AMC Town Square 18 theater.

Education and Outreach

Teacher’s Creative Ideas Inspire Students

She traveled to Germany, Hawaii, Mexico and Disney World. She went to the moon, the jungle and far-off islands. She attended over 50 birthday parties and learned to play numerous video games.

Education and Outreach

Teacher’s Dedication Lifts Entire School Community

When teaching shifted quickly to distance learning last year, Alsterlind was at the forefront of learning the electronic and digital tools needed to ensure student success. She then spent countless hours teaching other educators within her school, as well as throughout the Clark County School District (CCSD).

Supporting the Arts

Trailblazing Black Artists Who Brought Their Legacies to The Smith Center

June marks Black Music Month, and since its opening night, The Smith Center continues to present trailblazing Black artists who set new standards for their craft. These include global R&B icons, beloved Broadway stars and rising pop artists who overcame daunting obstacles to share their talent.

Education and Outreach

Teacher Strives to Lift Spirits in Challenging Times

In the midst of distance learning, one student at Las Vegas Academy of the Arts described online learning during the pandemic as “difficult,” with great hardship in staying motivated.

Education and Outreach

Teacher Supports Students and Families With Needed Resources

Today, Nigro serves as a kindergarten teacher at Steve Schorr Elementary School. Finally fulfilling her vision of giving back, Nigro’s inspiring teaching efforts earned her a place among the 20 top teachers of The Smith Center’s sixth-annual Heart of Education Awards, recognizing outstanding Clark County School District (CCSD) educators.

Education and Outreach

Vegas Educator Kept Teaching Through Cancer Treatments to Shape Students’ Lives

As a graduate advocate, he has helped boost Spring Valley’s graduation rate to 95 percent for the very first time. He also brought a groundbreaking international program to the school. For these reasons and more, The Smith Center named Ramirez Gamez as one of the top 20 teachers of its sixth-annual Heart of Education Awards honoring outstanding Clark County School District (CCSD) teachers. He received a $5,000 cash award, a medallion and a $1,000 donation to his school.