Thanks a Million
We recently celebrated a couple of notable and major milestones further cementing The Neon Museum’s popularity and global reach.
When Nazarey David walked through the doors of the La Concha Visitors' Center at the Neon Boneyard little did she know that she would be celebrated as our 1 millionth visitor.
Even better, of all the visitors from around the globe, she’s a local resident.
Ms. David, a Clark County School District Kindergarten teacher specializing in autistic students, is a big fan of Neon, having visited the Museum on multiple occasions.
We were happy to present her with a customized “1,000,000” neon sign, a large gift box of goodies from our retail partner Marshall Retail Group and a hotel stay and dinner at the Wynn Las Vegas.
Just as remarkable, the Museum’s Facebook audience of followers also has surpassed 1,000,000, making it the largest such audience of any cultural institution in Nevada. Even more remarkable is that our audience is more than twice the size of both LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and the Getty Center in Los Angeles.
More milestones to come
Additional milestones will be met again this year as we move into the newly renovated Ne10 Pavilion (formerly Reed Whipple Center) across Las Vegas Boulevard from the Museum. Indoor exhibit space, an education center and a neon workshop will be just some of the features our guests will experience on a daily basis.
All of us are looking forward to NEON 2020 and a million more memories along the way.
President & CEO
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Local students visit Lost Vegas exhibit, craft drawings
Fifth graders from McWilliams, Craig and Lunt elementary schools recently enjoyed touring the Neon Boneyard during the “Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum” exhibition. They also created some drawings that their visits inspired.
Creative Aging visual arts workshops culminate in pop-up exhibition
The Neon Museum’s second Creative Aging workshop series focused on Visual Arts, led by Sprat Teaching Artist Chase McCurdy with support from Lance Smith and Danny Titus.
Participants from the Doolittle Senior Center created drawings, paintings and polaroid photographs, inspired by The Neon Museum collection. A curated selection of works was then shown in a pop-up exhibition at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery in the downtown Las Vegas Arts District with generous support from Aroha Philanthropies Vitality Arts program.
‘Then & Now: The Neon Boneyard’ exhibit on view
The Las Vegas News Bureau and The Neon Museum have partnered to present a new spin on the classic concept “Then and Now.” The exhibit juxtaposes brilliant neon signs as they stand today in the Neon Boneyard against their vintage images from the News Bureau’s archive.
Standing together, these images reveal the impact neon has had in Las Vegas from its early days to the present. This innovative look at the history of Las Vegas highlights the origins of the city’s signs and their ever-evolving styles and architecture.
2020 National Artist in Residency: Apply now!
Artists nationwide now may apply for The Neon Museum’s eight-week residency based at the Ne10 Studio. An artist working in the fields of performance or visual arts will be selected to create a project inspired by The Neon Museum collection, and to engage with the local community.
The selected artist will receive a $3,000 stipend, $800 travel allowance and lodging in downtown Las Vegas. Application deadline: Friday, February 7, 2020. For full details and application, visit our website.
Neon acquires iconic hotel technical drawings
Behind every neon sign are creative designers whose creations started with designs on paper or computers depending on the era. The Neon Museum recently acquired a large technical drawing collection of iconic resort hotels from Federal Heath Sign Company, based in Oceanside, Calif. Many of the technical drawings are from the sign company Sign Systems Inc. that was absorbed into Federal Heath. Most of them date from the 1980s to the early 2000s. They show architectural and sign designs from numerous Las Vegas properties, including the Westward Ho, Frontier, Harrah’s and many more.
Neon Museum membership has benefits
Become a member today to enjoy valuable admission benefits, discounts in the museum store and invitation to members-only events. Plus, you’ll receive a limited-edition Lost Vegas tote bag when you join or renew throughout the duration of the exhibition (while supplies last).
Those becoming members in January will receive a free Neon Museum 2020 calendar, but it must be picked up at the La Concha Visitors Center at The Neon Boneyard.
It was a good year thanks to donors
Looking back, 2019 was a truly wonderful year for The Neon Museum, thanks largely to the generous support of our very special donors. There were a couple of special highlights:
We celebrated in March when the iconic 82-foot Hard Rock Café guitar was lit and came to life again. Donors from 43 states and 13 countries helped fund this massive restoration and relocation project from the original Hard Rock resort property.
October saw an exciting and successful Boneyard Ball in the Encore at Wynn, where we presented filmmaker and creative genius Tim Burton with the prestigious Glow Award. It featured a rare special performance by The Killers, Burton’s friends and believed to be the most successful rock band ever from Las Vegas.
His “Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum” special exhibit, which opened to the public on Oct. 15, attracted droves of new members and international attention.
We thank all our donors and members for a truly special year and the momentum that will carry us into an equally special 2020 and beyond!
Check out our Blog
The Neon Museum blog is a great way to get behind the scenes and stay abreast of all things Las Vegas Neon. For example, did you know combining creativity and aging is a concept the Museum has appreciated since its early days of a ‘boneyard’ collection of historic local signs
Each piece in the collection is aged and unique with a great story to tell….Want to know more? Follow our blog!