Teens and Seniors from the Las Vegas Community Come Together to Explore Las Vegas History and Create Art Together at the Neon Museum’s Ne10 Studio – April 14 and 15
Curated by Ryan Elisabeth Reid and the Sprat Artistic Ensemble, local teens from non-profit Core Academy and senior residents from Ovations Senior Living will come together April 14 and 15 as an intergenerational group to participate, co-create, and explore Las Vegas’ rich history on site at the Neon Museum’s Ne10 Studio warehouse.
Designed to be an immersive performance and visual arts-based experience for both seniors and teens, participants will learn about the history of Las Vegas through the world-famous neon signage and will be encouraged to create and share (perform) a response using techniques taught by artists Ryan Reid, Stormy Budwig and Chase McCurdy.
Sprat X Neon Masterclass, called “Las Vegas Bright Past & Bright Future” will begin with an Introduction to Las Vegas’ neon history. Participants will then break out into groups of three to envision, create, and craft a project of their choosing, and to use one of the sites as a set for their final filmed presentation. This project is “interdisciplinary”, as it could take many forms: it could be an artifact, a performance, a story, a dance, an interview, etc. The teaching artists will lead exercises to further facilitate and will focus on themes such as: memory, movement, set design, neon, performance, and storytelling.
Started three years ago as the brilliant vision of Ryan Elisabeth Reid and the Sprat Artistic Ensemble, Sprat Classes are unique to Las Vegas and greatly impact the lives of those involved by connecting teens and seniors through various artistic subjects and mediums. Supported by the Outside Agency Grant, Sprat Classes are art and theatre workshops for seniors and teens in the Las Vegas valley.
This project is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Artists Ryan Elisabeth Reid, Stormy Budwig, Chase McCurdy
Cynthia Warso, director of education and engagement, Neon Museum
Teen participants from non-profit Core Academy
Senior participants from Ovations Senior Communities
Lindsay Harper, executive director, Core Academy
Saturday April 14
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Neon Museum’s Ne10 Studio Warehouse1001 West Bonanza Road
Las Vegas, NV 89106
On the campus of the Las Vegas Review-Journal