Monday, January 17, 2022

City Of Las Vegas Hosts Black History Month Events


City Of Las Vegas Hosts Black History Month Events (Jan. 16-Feb. 26, 2022)

Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Let us take inspiration from that beloved man, and commit to nonviolence and always protect the dignity of others! "We cannot walk alone."

City Of Las Vegas Hosts Black History Month Events

Jan. 16-Feb. 26, 2022

Peace Week 2022: Extending the Dream Celebration

“Inspiring the Movement through Change”

Sunday, Jan. 16, 3 to 5 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.

Peace Week 2022 will honor, pay tribute and celebrate the life, legacy and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For more information, call the West Las Vegas Library at 702-507-3989 or the Doolittle Senior Center at 702-229-6125.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth League Basketball Tournament

Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 20-22; 4 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.

Free and open to selected schools and youth programs.

Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J St.

A single-elimination youth basketball tournament will be held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Participants will qualify through their respective schools or youth programs. For additional information, contact Willie Dunn at 702-229-6374 or Savonta Manor at 702-229-1642.

Stay Prepared for School Fair and Health Fair

Saturday, Jan. 22, 11 a.m.

Free and open to the public.

Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J St.

Grade school children will have the opportunity to receive school supplies and other resources to prepare them for success in the second half of the school year. Enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, refreshments, face painting and more. For more information, contact Latonya Lomax at 702-229-2425 or Trine Morris at 702-229-1732.

Las Vegas My Brother’s Keeper Alliance 6th Annual Conference:

Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 24-25, 8 a.m. to noon each day.

Free and open to the public; online event registration is required.

This is a virtual event.

The Las Vegas My Brother’s Keeper Alliance is hosting a free, two-day virtual conference with national experts, legislators, school administrators, law enforcement, educators, social services providers, clinicians, advocates and other community stakeholders. This is an action-focused convening to discuss educational equity, racial justice, adults as youth allies, and critical education policy issues. The Las Vegas My Brother’s Keeper Alliance is a cross-sectoral collaborative comprised of three task forces that work to engage the community, promote optimal educational outcomes and improve law enforcement systems and programs. Online registration is required at For more information, call 702-229-4075.

African American Trailblazer Service Awards

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Free and open to the public, but space is limited and advance RSVP is required.

Las Vegas City Hall Council Chambers, 495 S. Main St., second floor.

Join in honoring African American leaders in the Las Vegas community that have made significant contributions to the vibrant fabric of the city. Contact Hallema Bailey West at 702-229-3401 to RSVP.

Sixth Annual Generation-2-Generation Old School Ball Game

Saturday, Feb. 5, noon.

Free and open to the public.

Kianga Isoke Palacio Park, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.

Come cheer on the youth of East Palo Alto Pitching as they take on a group of adults in a fun-filled softball game. Hot dogs and refreshments will be served while supplies last. For more information, call Savonta Manor at 702-229-1642 or Stephanie Lowery at 702-229-6125.

Good Time Catfish Fry

Thursday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m.

Cost: $10 lunch per person.

Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St.

Register in advance to enjoy this old-fashioned fish fry — a time to gather, socialize and enjoy food that nourishes the soul. Space is limited; call 702-229-6125 for information and registration.

Visit here to view the official city of Las Vegas Black History Month Events.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Sparkflight Studios has Relocated in Henderson!

© Sparkflight Studios

With great excitement, Sparkflight Studios is pleased to announce that we have relocated to a new office space in Henderson! 

The new office includes: increased square footage, separate conference room with future audio-visual set-up, and warehouse space for ideation, mock-up, and build-outs to support our creative projects as artists and architects.

A special thank you to College H.U.N.K.S. for excellent and professional service (Eulalio, Jordan, and Quincy). Enjoy the photo collages from the momentous day, and early shots of the new space!

© Sparkflight Studios

Check back soon for more images when we're all settled-in. Please note that our mailing address has remained the same: 

1489 W Warm Springs Rd, Ste 110

Henderson, NV 89014

Drop-off times: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Mon - Fri

Friday, December 17, 2021

Home for the Holidays

Christmas tree art installation in front of City Hall, Water Street District (2021) 
© Sparkflight Studios.

To our beloved clients and colleagues from all of us at Sparkflight Studios, we wish you and all your loved ones a blessed holiday season.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Veterans Day 2021

Veterans Day Timeline by National Today.

Today we offer our sincere gratitude to all our veterans. 

Veterans Day was originally celebrated as Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, by President Woodrow Wilson, a year after the end of World War I. Today, the United States Senate Resolution 143, which was passed on August 4, 2001, designated the week of November 11 through November 17, 2001, as National Veterans Awareness Week. The resolution called for educational efforts directed at elementary and secondary school students concerning the contributions and sacrifices of veterans.

Monday, September 20, 2021

An Egalitarian Museum: Peter Zumthor Remaking Los Angles's LACMA

Artist's rendering of the new LACMA designed by Atelier Peter Zumthor (set to open 2024). Fly-through video by Andrei Juradowitch © 2021.

THE NEW YORKER published a thoughtful article on Peter Zumthor's newly (and controversially) designed LACMA in October 2020. The article touches on several nuances of the project: local and municipal politic, meaning of art within cultural milieu and institutional structures -- all in the context of conversations with Zumthor in his hermitage in Haldenstein, Switzerland. Read the full article, here.

Below is the latest release from LACMA:

New galleries. More art. For all of Los Angeles.
A new way to encounter the world’s cultures—past, present, and future.

Over the last two decades, LACMA has sought to find new ways to embrace all the communities of Los Angeles County and honor all the world’s artistic traditions. Our goal is to make the experience of our collection richer and more accessible than ever before, while ensuring that the museum can be a place of reflection, expression, and empathy for everyone.

Interior gallery, exhibition level, Atelier Peter Zumthor/The Boundary

These years of evolution and expansion are culminating with the addition of the David Geffen Galleries, a magnificent new building for the permanent collection designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor. With over $670 million raised out of a $750 million goal, and construction well underway, we are in the final stages of bringing this next evolution of LACMA to all of Los Angeles.

View north across Wilshire Boulevard, Atelier Peter Zumthor/The Boundary

An exciting aspect of LACMA’s new building is that it is Peter Zumthor’s first project in the United States. One of the world’s most respected architects, Zumthor is known for projects including the Therme Vals, Switzerland (1996); the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (1997); Kolumba Art Museum, Cologne (2007); and the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London (2011). 

A hallmark of Zumthor’s work is that no two buildings are the same; it is often noted that he has no single style. Several characteristics, however, are common to each project. First is the attention to the site, and another is the use of specific materials—wood, concrete, brick, or stone. Most prized of all is Zumthor’s skillful choreography of light and shadow in each of his buildings.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

SAY IT LOUD - Anne Johnson featured in the Nevada Virtual Gallery.

SAY IT LOUD - Nevada Virtual Gallery in collaboration with UNLV ©2021 by

Beyond the Built Environment "uniquely address the inequitable disparities in architecture by providing a holistic platform aimed to support numerous stages of the architecture pipeline. [They] promote agency among diverse audiences and advocate for equity in the built environment through [their] approach which utilizes a method ... termed "the triple E, C". The triple E, C method is a strategy to: Engage, Elevate, Educate, and Collaborate."

A collaboration between Beyond the Built Environment and The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, explore Anne's two virtual galleries at SAY IT LOUD - Nevada Virtual Gallery. The two featured projects are:

  • Winchester Cultural Center Dance Studio (2013) - Las Vegas
  • RTC Mobility Training Center - Interior Murals & Streetscape (2016) - Las Vegas
Find additional project details, photographs, and a Q&A session with SAY IT LOUD, here

Friday, August 20, 2021

A Deeper Look at Jim Hodges' Shining Boulders

 Jim Hodges’ sculptural boulders, Untitled (2011). Source: Walker Art Center, Paul Schmelzer © All Rights Reserved.

One is easily captivated by Jim Hodges' shining boulders, with their brilliant colors and refracting light. The idea behind these pieces came to him during a trip to India. Jim's experiences of a cacophony of color and complex layering: temples flying flags in Rajasthani fields, Ganesha statues painted orange and gold, images of the Hindu deity Hanuman enhanced with red or orange paint, women pouring water as they prayed... 

“As you walk amid the sculptures and they are animated by light, they at once seem massive and monumental yet light and buoyant, almost weightless,” Walker executive director Olga Viso wrote. For Hodges, the initial idea came to him quickly, but the process to fabricate the stainless-steel high-gloss skins to each rock, each over 400 million years old, was an intensive and prolonged process.

Paul Schmelzer writes: "Seemingly dipped in molten metal, the sculpture is an accessible, shining landmark on the Walker’s grassy slope. But the simplicity of the design—especially its highly reflective surface—is the result of a complex, sophisticated process. Body putty was applied to each boulder to create a smooth exterior; then, after a mold was made from that, the stainless steel was cast. The rock surface was chipped away to accept the stainless steel veneers, arriving at a perfect fit between skin and stone. The thin steel sheets, which were painted with clear-coat mixed with a dye typically used on motorcycles, were adhered with pins and epoxy."

Read the full article from the Walker Art Center, here.