Symphony Park, including the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, in downtown Las Vegas on Sunday, March 4, 2012.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 5:37 p.m.
Just beyond the doors of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, a film crew is focused on Charles Ressler.
Living in Las Vegas the past two years, Ressler, a New York native, has thrown himself into various roles supporting and bolstering connections between the arts, culture and community in downtown Las Vegas. It’s no stretch to say Ressler has become the face of First Friday, the monthly downtown arts walk/street fair that draws close to 30,000 people downtown one night a month.
But from a distance Tuesday afternoon, it’s hard to make out what Ressler says as he walks toward the camera crew outside the Smith Center. Later, neither Ressler nor his executive producer, Matt Heller, will provide details.
Heller, however, who is a working Writers Guild of America writer/producer in film and television, does say they are filming a promo for a television series about arts, culture and community “in front of the embodiment of arts and culture, the Smith Center.”
Heller, who is writing a book on the millennial generation, recently moved from Los Angeles into The Ogden high-rise, a hub for downtown redevelopment activity. The Ogden is also Ressler’s home.
Providing a few more clues as to what’s going on, Heller called Ressler “the perfect host to bring raw talent and emerging artists together.”
Where’s the material going? When might people see it?
Heller said that with “the right network,” he was confident the show would be on television as soon as this fall.
Smith Center for the Performing Arts The Smith Center for the Performing Arts offers a blend of performances by resident companies and touring attractions. The 5-acre cultural campus features three performance spaces, which includes a main performance area with more than 2,000 seats. This downtown cultural center of Las Vegas looks to educate, entertain and excite community members.
To provide and preserve a high-quality performing arts center that is embraced by the community and recognized as a vital force by supporting artistic excellence, education and inspiration for all.
To entertain, educate, enrich and inspire the southern Nevada community.
Thanks to the generous support of our dedicated founders, members, donors and community partners, The Smith Center continues to provide a wide variety of services for Southern Nevada residents, including access to world-class performances, inspirational Education and Outreach programs for students and teachers, and a unique space to host events, meetings and special occasions. Celebrating our fifth season, we depend upon public support to fulfill our mission and serve as the Heart of the Arts® for many years to come.
With ticket sales covering just 75 percent of our operating budget for each season, the remaining 25 percent comes from the community we serve. Philanthropic support at all levels helps provide programming that entertains, educates, enriches and inspires. By giving to The Smith Center, you play a vital role in providing an important resource for our community.
There are many opportunities to volunteer and play a direct role with your community’s performing arts complex. Volunteers engage with staff and patrons to enhance experiences at The Smith Center, and can serve in various capacities including tour guide/docent, usher, security team member or community ambassador. As important members of The Smith Center team, volunteers help us remain financially sustainable and provide numerous services for the community. Please show your support for The Smith Center’s mission by gifting your time and unique skills.
Members’ annual support provides crucial resources for The Smith Center’s artistic programming, education opportunities and cultural enrichment each year. There are a variety of giving options and levels, and Members receive exclusive benefits and behind-the-scenes opportunities based on their level of support. To learn more, please visit www.thesmithcenter.com/support-us/members.
The Encore Society recognizes those generous donors who have included The Smith Center as a part of their estate plan. Corporate Sponsorship is available to companies to underwrite all, or part, of a program, performance or event.
Fanfare! is The Smith Center’s young progressional networking organization, open to anyone with an interest in the performing arts who is between the ages of 21-40. And our Show Dedication allows for the celebration of an individual or special occasion with unique recognition opportunities during a specific performance.
The Smith Center provides world-class performing arts and outreach and education throughout the Southern Nevada region.
The organization originally formed in 1996 as the Las Vegas Performing Arts Center.
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