What will it take for the arts (all of them—visual, cultural, theatrical) to receive the love and respect they deserve in this corner of the world? Tough to say. Right now the lagging economy, relative tightening of belts, and trimming of fat in every sector, region, industry, nook, and cranny, nationwide, can be blamed for much of the cold shoulder these often overlooked and under-supported disciplines are receiving, but not all of it. And that's not always the case. Even in boom times, selling art and filling theatre seats can be challenging, that is, if you're fortunate enough to even have a gallery or theatre space at all.
The Henderson Art Association currently has no gallery space. That's not for lack of considering one. Rents are high and terms are less than ideal. Several spaces have recently come available in the downtown Henderson area. Perhaps the association and even some individual artists may soon take up residence in one or more of these spaces. Time (and budgets) will tell. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, we've taken up residence here on the web in the blogosphere. And here we shall remain, alive and well, until the time is right to once again occupy a physical space or several.
Similarly, Henderson-based Theatre in the Valley is one such performance group that fits this description, faces many of the same challenges as their paintbrush-wielding brethren, and is also currently without a permanent home.
In times of need, people tend to band together. We must all show love, respect, and support for our respective passions and pursuits. Art is art. Here is a link to an article published in the Las Vegas Sun detailing the current state of Theatre in the Valley.