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Best Local Las Vegas Arts Programs To Support

April 23, 2012 6:00 AM

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When it comes to charities, many are unsure of how much money is actually given to the cause that the organization claims to support. While this is a valid concern, there are still places of purpose that hope to improve lives and inspire us all, leading to a richer culture along with more artistic values and goals. Here is a list of some of the best, and most deserving, organizations that are truly making an impact in our city.
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Opportunity Village
6300 W Oakey Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 259-3700
www.opportunityvillage.org

Working to serve in the best interest of those that have intellectual disabilities, Opportunity Village teaches the necessary skills that are needed to thrive independently. Along with these skills, the charity works on artistic enrichment and does its best to ensure that the talents of disabled citizens can be honed to their full potential. The fundraising events on the organization’s behalf are both creative and entertaining, and the proceeds are directly donated to the women and men that need support. Visit the website to learn more about how you can volunteer or donate to this deserving program.

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Dinosaurs and Roses
6029 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 277-3752
www.dinosaursandroses.org

Dinosaurs and Roses is a non-profit organization that believes in supporting the rising artists in the city by subsidizing areas that can serve as galleries and studios. To fund this project, Dinosaurs and Roses re-sells the best of donated items at low prices inside of its two-story building. Donate any items that you feel can be parted with and appreciated by others. Simply drop off donated items or schedule a pick-up.

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Andre Agassi Foundation For Education
3883 Howard Hughes Parkway, 8th Floor
Las Vegas, NV 89169
(702) 227-5700
www.agassifoundation.org

Headed by tennis star Andre Agassi, the Andre Agassi Foundation For Education raises money to support a higher level of education for children within the public school system. His fundraisers rake in millions to support this cause, and the Agassi Prep charter school is helping to pave the way for future leaders and artists through inspiration and education. Within the efforts to provide innovative programming and resources, opportunities are made available for children to experience art in ways otherwise not possible. Play your part by donating today.

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Why Ranch
3315 E Russell Road, #205
Las Vegas, NV 89120
(702) 644-9177
www.whyranch.org

Why Ranch is based around an artistic concept for the youth of Las Vegas, providing interactions with horses and offering a “Diamonds in the Rough” riding program. This organization provides an educational setting for children to embrace the arts of nature. Getting involved with Why Ranch promotes cultural valuables by teaching the importance of history and preservation of horses. Also, by pairing one child with a personal horse, he or she can better understand bonding, gentleness and trust. Help children appreciate the art of nature that can only be made truly clear when experienced first-hand.

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Catholic Charities Of Southern Nevada
1501 Las Vegas Blvd N
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 385-2662
www.catholiccharities.com

Although titled as Catholic Charities, programs are offered here for people of all religions, backgrounds and ethnicities. Families, children, the elderly and those in need of food, jobs, residence and personal enrichment can typically find the support they need here. This non-profit organization embraces cultural diversity and differences, working to help everyone in need. A large charity that has been in operation since 1941, it has good standing throughout many Las Vegas communities as it continues to modify programs to provide important services for our ever-growing city. One particular program, the Resident Empowerment Program, encourages artistic creativity from all receiving support that would otherwise be incapable of exploring this expressive medium. Donate a gift of any size to support this great cause.

Related: Best Resources For Special Needs Families In Las Vegas

Princella Talley is a freelance writer and photographer living in Las Vegas. Along with writing for
CBS Local, she currently writes for the print publication, The Guardian Express.” Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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