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After ups and downs, is the Arts Factory in Las Vegas finally coming into its own?

 The Arts Factory in downtown Las Vegas
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The Arts Factory in downtown Las Vegas

For decades, Downtown Las Vegas was the place to be if you were an artist. Much of that had to do with the fact that for many people, it was not the place to be, and rents were cheap. But rents have increased significantly over the last few years, and changes are afoot.

Still, the Arts Factory, anchor of the Arts District, remains. Indeed, the massive building on Charleston Boulevard near Main Street is at full occupancy. Its many spaces for galleries, shops, studios and even a restaurant are all occupied.

This is happening as people worry about the Arts District no longer being the center of art in Las Vegas. In the last several years, the streets have filled with breweries, taverns, restaurants, and stores.

Has art returned to the Arts Factory? Can it make it there, as downtown grows pricier? And is all this a good sign for art the rest of the city? Our panel of guests discusses all this, as well as the roles of the city, county, and private business in supporting a healthy arts scene.

Guests: Daniella Etel Courban, founder, Open Art Las Vegas; Nancy Good, artist and owner, Core Contemporary Gallery of Fine Art; Brent Holmes, art critic and historian, and lead docent of Transfix Art; Izaac Zevalking, artist and owner, Recycled Propaganda

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Desert Companion welcomed Heidi Kyser as staff writer in January 2014. In 2018, she was promoted to senior writer and producer, working for both DC and State of Nevada. She produced KNPR’s first podcast, the Edward R. Murrow Regional Award-winning Native Nevada, in 2020. The following year, she returned her focus full-time to Desert Companion, becoming Deputy Editor, which meant she was next in line to take over when longtime editor Andrew Kiraly left in July 2022.
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