By Mandi Enger
Active in the community, Gregory Robinson, an associate professor of English at Nevada State College, recently joined forces with the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in their goal to develop and expand local arts.
Downtown Las Vegas is experiencing an artistic renaissance and the number of art events is increasing each year, said Robinson. I love to see this shift in culture and want to help any way that I can. I joined the Contemporary Arts Center last year because they play such an important role in developing the Downtown Arts District.
Located in the Arts Factory, the CAC is a non-profit committed to developing and sustaining a local venue for artists and community members to share artwork and ideas. The organization is operated fully by volunteers.
In early March, Robinson submitted a grant application on behalf of the CAC, which was selected by Project Dinner Table(PDT), a second Las Vegas non-profit organization that hosts large scale community dinners prepared by local celebrity chefs. During the events, the group highlights one or more local organizations and offers a donation in support of their mission.
With the acceptance of Robinson’s proposal, the PDT recognized the CAC at the outdoor Neon Museum during a dinner held Saturday, April 20. They presented both the CAC and the Neon Museum with donations of $2,500.
It was an incredible event, with six courses prepared by MGM chefs, he added. More importantly, the event was attended by over 200 community members that are actively seeking ways they can improve our community. While we ate, we talked about collaboration and the future of the Las Vegas area. I was proud to be a part of the event, and I was happy that members of the NSC faculty could be present as well.
Robinson joined NSC in 2003 as the Directory of Library Services. Moving to the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2008, Robinson teaches courses in Literary Theory, American Literature, Film, and Interdisciplinary Studies. He is currently working with NSC students to start the College’s first literary journal, 300 Days of Sun.