Our Town

Black Rock Arts Foundation (San Francisco, CA)

Fernley, Nevada



Located approximately 35 miles from Reno and close to the Paiute Reservation, Fernley, Nevada, has a population of more than 19,000 and high unemployment.

Black Rock Arts Foundation of San Francisco, California, is working with the City of Fernley on a new initiative, Big Art for Small Towns, to strengthen the community. During the project period, two pieces of large-scale sculpture will be installed in a new city-owned park in Fernley. One of the artworks will be an existing piece of sculpture, selected by the Fernley community for temporary display in the park. The second artwork will be an original piece created by local residents working with a competitively selected lead artist to reflect Fernley's character, heritage, and culture. Programming includes a series of public lectures, workshops, and youth learning opportunities focused on the community-building benefits of public art. Big Art for Small Towns is a component of Black Rock Arts Foundation's Civic Arts Program, which seeks to share the cultural and economic benefit of public art with rural Nevada towns.