Mark Salinas: Choices, Chances, and Changes

Union Restaurant
302 Proctor Street
Carson City, Nevada
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
6:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 14, the Capital City Arts Initiative (CCAI) will present a talk by Carson City's Arts & Culture Director, Mark Salinas. His illustrated talk, Choices, Chances, and Changes, is part of CCAI's ongoing Nevada Neighbors series and will take place at 6 p.m. at the Union restaurant in Carson City. There will be an informal reception for Salinas preceding the event at 5:30 p.m. No tickets needed; the public is cordially invited.

Mark Steel Wool Salinas is the Director of Arts & Culture for Carson City and a governor-appointed Board Member of the Nevada Arts Council.

In his presentation, Choices, Chances, & Changes (The Soundtrack), Salinas will offer a multi-media glimpse into the personal journey, as arts administrator and contemporary artist, which led him from New York City to Carson City. Sharing audio and visual samples of his own choices, chances, and changes, his talk will provide a background narrative into his administrative approach to Arts & Culture for Carson City and Nevada. The first 20 attendants will receive a limited-edition CD soundtrack interpreting this journey.

Prior to relocating to Nevada in 2016, Salinas lived in New York City for 19 years where he acquired administrative experience at Pace Wildenstein Gallery, the Marian Goodman Gallery, the Brooklyn Art Museum, and the World Trade Center Site Memorial Design Competition.

Combining art world know-how and newly acquired fashion degrees from New York City and London, Salinas then launched Arrows Up, a commercial design and fabrication business specializing in Retail Displays & Special Events. His ‘audience-as-ingredient’ concept approach attracted clientele such as Chanel, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Nike, Y3, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Zac Posen, and even Drag Queen Mimi Imfurst from RuPaul’s Drag Race reality television show.

Salinas is a practicing artist who holds degrees from Washington University in St. Louis (Sculpture), Parsons School of Design in New York City (Fashion Design), and Central St. Martins in London (Tailoring). He has been awarded public art commissions in Times Square, artist residencies in Scotland and France, and has written numerous successful grants including Carson City’s first National Endowment of the Arts Big Read Grant, awarded in 2017.

As part of his Nevada Neighbors activities, Salinas will give his talk to art students and faculty at an area high school and at Sierra Nevada College.

This program is funded in part by Nevada Humanities, Nevada's nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.