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Nevada School of the Arts was chartered as an independent non-profit community arts school on July 7, 1977. The school, however, had earlier origins – first, as the Saturday Conservatory which began as an outreach program of the Music Department at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and also a highly successful summer arts camps at Mr. Charleston. The school continued to operate in the University facilities until 1991 when its administrative offices and main teaching center moved to the Paradise Elementary School campus.  During the summer of 1994, the administrative offices and teaching staff moved to the campus of Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts in downtown Las Vegas. In the summer of 2004, due to ever growing demand for much needed space at the academy campus, the School was forced to relocate to the Festivals Professional Business Park at 4170 South Decatur Avenue. With the endorsement and support of Mayor Oscar Goodman, current Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Las Vegas City Council, Nevada School of the Arts is one of the resident organizations at the Historic Fifth Street School since 2008.

A 501(c)(3) organization, Nevada School of the Arts has been serving the Las Vegas Valley for the last thirty-eight years and is the first member of National Guild For Community Arts Education.


  • To nurture personal and artistic development
  • To provide a dedicated and professional faculty
  • To offer curriculum, performances and exhibits for all ages
  • To provide tuition assistance
  • To maintain responsiveness to individual and community needs
  • To develop and maintain educational partnerships
  • To act as an advocate for the arts

NSA continues to expand its programs and services both at its performance home in the Fifth Street School Auditorium and Gallery, and outside the school in venues throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

Among its many partners are the Clark County School District City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Summerlin Arts Festival, Green Valley Chamber Music Festival, Starbright Theater concert series, American Jazz Initiative, and Nevada Ballet Academy.

Nevada School of the Arts students frequently are cited for the excellence of their work, winning local, regional and national recognition. The School serves students from ages three through senior citizens.

Its dedicated faculty of artist-teachers includes some of the most gifted teachers in Southern Nevada.

Nevada School of the Arts is the recipient of the 30th Annual Governor’s Arts Award in Leadership in Arts Education.