“My Las Vegas” storyteller recognized

Binnie Tate Wilkin, the official storyteller for the museum’s “My Las Vegas” program last year, has been recognized by the National Storytelling Network (NSN.)  She is a recipient of the NSN’s 2021 ORACLE Regional Excellence Award which recognizes the creativity, professional integrity, and artistic contributions of tellers who have greatly enriched the storytelling culture of their region.

Throughout her multi-faceted career, storytelling has been her forte. During and after a long career in public libraries, she taught storytelling at major universities including Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley and Los Angeles. As children’s specialist for the Los Angeles City Library, she was applauded for creative story programs and recognized for use of movement and dance with stories. Yearly, she teaches a course in storytelling for the University of Nevada Las Vegas’ Office of Lifelong Learning.

The National Storytelling Network, headquartered in Kansas City, MO, is a membership organization for anyone interested in the art and practice of storytelling. For further information about the awards and all the 2021 recipients, visit www.storynet.org.

The Neon Museum pilots new program with Clark County School District

Left photo: A student from Lois Craig Elementary School works on his mask, taking inspiration from Neon Museum signs and structures.
Right photo: Art kits collated and ready for distribution to remote-learning students.

Earlier this year, the museum’s education team worked with Teaching Artists Adriana Chavez and Suzy Martinez to create workshops to enhance existing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) lesson plans. The workshops, supported by a grant from the Clark County Outside Agency Grant Community Initiatives, were piloted with Lois Craig Elementary, Cram Middle School and Ronnow Elementary. The workshops focused on creating mini-floats, masks and collages while teaching the students about the history and science behind the museum signs.

The workshops, which incorporated bilingual Spanish elements, also supported CCSD’s hybrid education approach by providing both in-person and virtual learning experiences.

With thanks to the support of participating CCSD partners, the program was well received and the museum expects to develop it further in 2022.

Member donates model of Dunes Hotel sign

Neon Museum member Chris Raley loves to create signs that no longer exist so he created a scaled model of the Dunes sign and recently donated it to The Neon Museum where it will be used for presentations and outreach.

Thank you Target shoppers!

Thank you for supporting The Neon Museum while shopping at Target. The Target Circle community giving program awarded the museum $2545. Target shoppers enrolled in the Target Circle loyalty program were able to earn and cast points or “votes” for a selection of local nonprofits.

The money will be used to further the museum’s mission to collect, preserve, study and exhibit iconic Las Vegas signs for education, historic, arts and cultural enrichment.


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