Queen of the Arts Sculptures Installed at West Las Vegas Art Center
On April 15, the West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., was graced with the installation of two magnificent 15-foot sculptures, “Queen of the Arts,” that were unveiled and celebrated at a community event.
Created by renowned international artists, Gus and Lina Ocamposilva, and selected by West Las Vegas community members in 2016, completion and installation of the sculptures were funded by a gift of $40,000 to The Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE from The Howard Hughes Corporation®, developer of the Summerlin® master-planned community, its urban core of Downtown Summerlin® and Las Vegas Ballpark, and owner of the city’s professional baseball team, Las Vegas Aviators.
According to Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, city of Las Vegas, the value of public art is immeasurable. “Public art gives voice to communities; it celebrates local culture and builds community pride,” she said. “We are especially grateful to partners like The Howard Hughes Corporation that have long recognized the role of public art in fostering community pride and spirit.”
According to Councilman Cedric Crear, Ward 5, city of Las Vegas., the sculptures are positioned to become part of the area’s cultural fabric, contributing to the rich African-American history of the Historic Westside. “We appreciate The Howard Hughes Corporation’s contribution that brings these spectacular sculptures to life in this important area of our city,” he said.
“Public art has long been foundational to our commitment to community building, evident in outdoor sculpture throughout Summerlin and other projects we have been involved with over the decades” said Kevin T. Orrock, President, Las Vegas Region, The Howard Hughes Corporation. “We are especially proud to support and celebrate the rich history of Las Vegas’ Historic Westside with these magnificent sculptures at a place where art, learning and history combine to create a meaningful gathering place for the community.”
Since its opening in 1995, the West Las Vegas Arts Center has amplified the voices, perspectives and talents of the community via a number of flagship arts program that honor and recognize African-American heritage. It is home to many arts programs for area residents of all ages with an emphasis on youth, and it provides pivotal opportunities for civil engagement and social justice projects through the disciplines of arts education.