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November 30, 2015

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Joe Downtown: Project brings ‘Our Las Vegas’ images to smartphones daily


Joe Schoenmann

Jon Winet is founder of “Our Las Vegas,” an online public arts project.

The energy surrounding downtown’s resurgence isn’t all about turning the old into a new business.

Some tapping into the human current sense it’s a rare chance, a small opening in the window of the city to connect people to people.

It can take many forms. One of the newer ones is Our Las Vegas, a project funded by the Las Vegas Arts Commission ($20,000 in grants over 2½ years) to research and develop online public arts projects.

One of the group’s most accessed projects so far, founded by Jon Winet with third-generation Nevadan Ginger Bruner as lead photographer and associate producer, is one where those with smartphones can view a new Las Vegas-based photo each day.

“Surrealism is the order of the day in Las Vegas,” Winet says. “That’s one of the things we like about it.”

Ultimately, Winet says the “goal” of Our Las Vegas is the process – the connections made between people collaborating to create. “And developing connections between artists and city leaders to encourage smart thinking. I sit in The Beat (coffeehouse downtown) and every other conversation is people thinking about trying to make something happen here. This is a part of that process.”

To learn more about how to get a new image for your phone each day, go to

Joe Schoenmann doesn’t just cover downtown, he lives and works there. Schoenmann is Greenspun Media Group’s embedded downtown journalist, working from an office in the Emergency Arts building.

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