Sparks grant supports artists and businesses

SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - An art gallery is adding color to Victorian Square in Sparks. The city of Sparks hopes this will attract more foot traffic to the area. It’s part of a community impact grant supported by the city, Nevada Arts Council, and Sierra Arts Foundation.

The city said the goal is to have an arts-centered downtown where people could enjoy art pieces and businesses in Victorian Square.

The Depot Gallery's Arts Curator Eric Brooks said he is happy to have the multi-purpose space where artists can showcase their work.

For the last ten years the green building sat empty in Victorian Square, but its walls are now decorated with art. “There are definitely not a lot of galleries in Reno or Sparks,” said Brooks.

It’s all thanks to the Nevada Arts Council who awarded a $15,000 grant to the city of Sparks to fund a joint project between the city and Sierra Arts Foundation. The city matched the two year grant totaling $30,000 to support the arts and Victorian Square.

Brooks said, “Having an art gallery here, and having a cultural experience, is really important for the redevelopment of Sparks in general.”

It’s not just Brooks eager for the future, but nearby businesses too. Manager of the Great Basin Brewing Company, Patrick Dalton said it’s a great addition to the downtown mix.

Dalton said, “Getting some of these older buildings filled and getting some people in there and revitalizing the whole area and getting some life back down here it’s a really exciting thing.”

He added, “We’ve been down here for 25 years and it’s changed quite a bit, so it’s exciting to see it come back.”

The Depot Gallery is open Thursday through Saturdays.

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