eNVision Performing Arts is an extraordinary organization that spreads the importance of fine arts throughout the community in Northern Nevada and even further through today's youth. It brings people together, helps them learn important skills in music and in life, and not to mention keeps the kids out of trouble!
eNVision has shown great involvement in their community. They rose above all odds just to stay in existence and showed great dedication in the community and within itself.
I joined eNVision because I loved marching band and thought it could broaden my horizons. I came back for another season after the first. I love eNVision. I felt that it gives me something to do and makes me feel like I can be a part of something great. I have learned so many useful skills and have been a part of a great family that I love. I feel that this experience could help so many kids with belonging and feeling like they are capable of doing great things.
This organization has given me and many others the opportunity to perform in something we love and volunteer in our community. It has given me the best experiences of my life, and an amazing extended family.
eNVision is a great nonprofit organization that has done so much to help me. It helps the entire music community of Reno, NV and provides a very good learning environment.
I have been involved as an artist and designer with this group since it's inception. Though I do not work directly with the members, I have followed the group's development very closely. The students get an experience in percussion and performing arts that is not otherwise available to them in the Reno, NV area. The quality of performance and excellence they achieve each year is unparalleled by any other group in their region. They provide an opportunity for local kids to perform and compete on a global stage (at the world championships). They also help teach the members personal responsibility and strengthen principles of teamwork and dedication.
Review from Guidestar
As a volunteer with eNVision Performing Arts, I have been able to see how the organization functions and it is truly about, education, music and performance.
The organization has had tremendous successes in its short, 4 year tenure. It has placed in the top ten the past three years in their division at the Winter Guard International World Championship. They have reached many performance minded students in the Reno/Sparks community who would otherwise not have an outlet to perform.
eNVision also performs year round within the community at various functions including fundraisers, conventions, University Men's and Women's basketball games, elementary schools and grand openings.
The organization is working hard to overcome a few economy driven hurdles including proper equipment, rehearsal/practice space and transportation. If the organization is able to get over these they can continue for years to come. That will also allow them to open up instruction to a younger audience that they just can't facilitate right now.
I have volunteered for eNVision for two years as a staff member and am proud to be a part of this organization. eNVision brings a unique opportunity to our area that allows youth to learn and perform at a level that they would not have the opportunity to otherwise.
Each season I am filled with a sense of accomplishment and pride when I see what these young people have accomplished through hours of hard work and discipline, and I am honored to have been a part of it all. I see members working their hardest because they want to be better and want to do the best they can for themselves and the rest of the group.
eNVision members come from several high schools in the area as well as the University and Community College, so they are able to interact with people outside of their normal group at school. I have seen friendships made despite school affiliation or age group. They support each other both at rehearsals and in life. At a recent marching band competition, I saw several eNVision members taking, and helping each other with uniform parts despite coming from different schools and competing against each other. It was nice to see the unity and support they gave despite school rivalries.
Enclosed is my letter of nomination to the Governor's Arts Awards, State of Nevada, for eNVision Performing Arts, 2010:
Why eNVision Performing Arts should receive the
Leadership in the Arts: Organizations, Governor’s Arts Award
The Nevada Arts Council Governor’s Arts Awards should strongly consider the candidacy of eNVision Performing Arts for the Leadership in the Arts Award: Organizations. eNVision is a unique organization which serves and draws from Northern Nevada and the surrounding areas. Its invitation is extended to school aged children from high school through age twenty-two, and middle school and upwards for Summer Arts, those who are interested in percussion, dance, color guard, and theater. The older and more experienced members assist to mentor the younger ones and provide an example to them both in technique as well as in cooperation and leadership skills. Since 2005 the organization has grown and continues to demonstrate exceptional artistic achievement, outstanding programming, and has stimulated excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts in Nevada.
In 2005, the Reno High School Band created a unique show combining the elements of several emerging musical styles. Synthesizing influences of Rock, Brass, Theatre, Cirque, Stomp and the Blue Man Group, EDGE! was born. In 2008, eNVision Performing Arts & Youth Art Works teamed up to give EDGE! a permanent home. eNVision continues to build on what was created since this initiation. Nevada's finest young entertainers now have a permanent outlet to bring to the community cutting edge percussion, guard, and dance.
eNVision engages in world-class competition in music, dance, and theater for those involved. It is one of those rare organizations which offers weekend long, (during the school year), as well as summertime activity for this age group and enlists instructors in music, coordination, and artistic skills while including teamwork and athletics. It is exciting and entertaining for everyone and the only program of its kind in our area. Lessons, such as discipline, perseverance, and collaboration will assist these youth throughout their adolescence and into adulthood.
Extensive awards and honors places eNVision Performing Arts as a viable contender on a recognizable scale and includes the Winter Guard International Competition and other regional championships. The Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, Ohio is a week long event which comprises groups from all over the United States as well as from Canada, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Ireland, Korea, Japan, and Africa. It is the Olympics of this activity!
Steady growth since its inception in 2005 and its continued mission within our community is demonstrated by hosted indoor shows for 2009 and 2010. This continues to grow and has now developed into the Northern Nevada Indoor Association with the first Championships in 2010 attended by the various Guard and Percussion Ensembles from Yvonne Shaw Middle School, North Valleys High School, Spanish Springs High School, Reno High School, and Reed High School.
eNVision has also hosted the ‘PIE’ Festival (Percussion, Individual, and Ensemble) for 2008, 2009, and 2010, a showcase opportunity open to all. In past years, the eNVision Color Guard has performed as a part of the Summer Arts group, as has the eNVision Brass Line which has also participated as a part of the eNVision Entertainment group - entertainment for all venues.
Reviews from university, non-profit, periodical and marketing executives, and competition organizers underscore the contribution that eNVision has made. An extensive events schedule which includes EDAWN, non-profits, athletic and university appearances, international institute conferences, competitions and conventions, and patriotic and local festivals demonstrates an intensive community impact.
eNVision is a thriving organization of which Nevada can be proud. Artistic Director Aaron Hines is thorough, consistent and persistent in his endeavor and luckily for us has focused his talent in Nevada. With a Governor‘s Arts Award eNVision can earn a prestigious place in the continued efforts of showcasing the diversified programming that has become a significant role of the arts in Nevada, and our community will delight to watch eNVision Performing Arts grow as a vital part of it. It is important for Nevada to make its mark in all areas of performance art.
Review from Guidestar