Paddles and Palettes

As part of the annual Artown event, Immunize Nevada is hosting Paddles and Palettes: A Public Art Project featuring upcycled Dragon Boat paddles reimagined and repurposed by local artists into works of art. They will be on exhibit from July 2-31, 2019 in collaboration with the Sparks Museum & Cultural Center. Visitors will be able to bid on their favorite paddles throughout the month, with the online auction closing after Artown is finished. Proceeds will benefit Immunize Nevada’s life-saving programs to promote health and prevent disease.

We are currently seeking twenty artists to create exciting and imaginative, family‐friendly designs to be part of this exhibit. In addition to the residents and visitors who will view Paddles and Palettes throughout the month of July, the artists and sponsors will be recognized during 3rd Thursday on July 18 at an artist reception

To be considered, please complete the webform and submit for review by April 26, 2019. Selected artists will receive one wooden paddle and a $50 stipend for supplies. Artists are responsible for picking up a paddle from Immunize Nevada at 427 Ridge St, Suite C, Reno, NV between April 30-May 3, 2019. Paddles must be returned completed to Immunize Nevada by June 21, 2019.

For more information, please contact Heidi Parker, Executive Director by phone at 775-624-7114 or email

This exhibit is made possible by the generosity of the following sponsors: