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Bus to the Barrick

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Project ended on July 31, at 05:00 PM PDT
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Letters from the students.

November 09, 2017

“I can’t wait for college.”


Looking in our email this morning, we discovered that the students of Victoria Fertitta Middle School had written us letters about their Bus to the Barrick field trip. (The trip took place last Tuesday. They were wonderful.) We’re publishing a few excerpts here with the school’s permission.


“It really made me think about what I see and feel toward art now.”


“We all loved the artwork, and learned many new things about art, and the different perspectives that people can see art through.”


“It was cool that what I thought the meaning behind one piece was way different than what another person thought.”


“I was comfortable enough to ask questions, and it was a very good experience I had.”


“It was cool how you guys asked us questions about the paintings, for us to see the meaning and break down what the paintings could be.”


“Visiting the museum opened my mind to new things.”


These letters made our day and we wanted to share them with you, the people who made tours like this possible.

Meeting the teachers.

August 29, 2017

Last Friday we held a meeting with a group of CCSD teachers who were curious about the Bus to the Barrick field trips. It was a dynamic evening and there were enough sign-ups to overflow every available spot on our calendar. We’re now working out dates and times for all the students who will be visiting us over the upcoming months. Thank you everyone, we couldn’t have done it without you. | Photo: Josh Hawkins.


August 01, 2017

The Bus to the Barrick campaign has exceeded our expectations. Our gratitude goes out to everyone who donated. We hope that this project will help to build the next generation of Las Vegans into thoughtful, articulate, and observant adults who regard the arts as a natural and essential part of their everyday lives.


- The Barrick

A message from the director

July 26, 2017

Yesterday marked my five year anniversary at the Barrick Museum of Art. It was a busy day full of planning community events, future exhibitions, and collaborations with community members and UNLV Departments and Colleges. I was on KUNV with our Dean, Nancy Uscher, talking about our summer programming, the Bus to the Barrick project, and Fall openings. It's a really good time to be involved with the Barrick and the UNLV College of Fine Arts!

The Museum has grown in many ways in the past five years. One example is that in 2013 we were named the "Best Museum You Haven't Been To Yet" by the Las Vegas Weekly. Then, three years later we were named the Best of Las Vegas by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The "hidden gem" on campus is now more visible and recognized as a museum that "presents an always compelling and thought-provoking lineup of exhibits." This year the Barrick is celebrating its fiftieth year of service to the Las Vegas community with a reaffirmation of our mission as a fine arts collecting and research institution. Part of that renewed dedication took the shape of two short but meaningful words - “of Art” - added to the end of our name.  

To continue our 50th celebrations, we plan to strengthen our community outreach efforts. We're already making this happen! Our Art & Culture Day in June brought over 400 visitors to the Museum. It was a first-time-visit for many people, and as the Barrick is the only art museum in the city,  these "Bus to Barrick" visits may be the first time that many young Las Vegans encounter the visual arts outside the classroom. For some, it may also be their first exposure to a university campus.  

We are so grateful to all of the people who have donated so far. We believe that access to the arts is a fundamental human right, and your contribution will help bring thousands of Clark County School children to see art in our Museum—many for the first time! Your donation will make a difference in the lives of children in our community.

I can remember the first time art changed how I thought about the world. That moment changed my trajectory, and I am glad. 

We have five days left to reach our goal. Remember, $5 matters! 

Spread the word. 

My Best,

Alisha Kerlin

PS. Artwork by a young fan of the Barrick.

The Cosmopolitan donates twenty Bryan Ferry tickets to the cause!

July 17, 2017

British art pop legend Bryan Ferry is coming to The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan – Las Vegas, NV on August 17th. The Cosmopolitan has generously offered us twenty tickets, and we’re giving two tickets away to the first ten people who donate $40 or more to our Bus to the Barrick campaign on 7/25/17 between 9am - 5pm.

Not only will you see one of the most iconic and innovative artists to emerge in popular music, you’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing that your gift is helping students from schools across the Las Vegas Valley experience an art museum for, perhaps, the first time in their lives. 

Please be as generous as you can. Everyone deserves access to the arts. 

Teacher's Night on August 25.

July 11, 2017

Bus to the Barrick has twenty days left to run.  On the evening of Friday, August 25, the Museum will hold a Teacher’s Night to let schools know about the programming we hope to offer as a result of the campaign. All CCSD teachers are invited to attend. The event features free refreshments, and the Barrick’s Interim Director Alisha Kerlin will be present to answer any questions you might have. Thank you, everyone.

Over $3000 in gifts!

June 30, 2017

Our Rebel Raiser only went up on Monday and already we’ve passed the halfway mark. Our community is amazing! Thank you, and please continue to share the link to our Rebel Raiser page with your friends.

Over $2000 in gifts on the first day!

June 27, 2017

We're seeing a lot of support for the Barrick's "Bus to the Barrick" project!  We raised over 2000 dollars on the first day! This means hundreds of students will be able to participate in museum visits, enriching what they are already learning in school. Everyone deserves access to the arts, and the more gifts we receive, the more the Museum can give back to the community. 

By sharing this project, you are helping to make a difference in the lives of young Nevadans. Thank you!

Choose a giving level


Student Transport

Your donation covers bus transportation for one student. If 40 people give us $5 each, we can bring an entire class to the Museum. Every gift makes a difference!


Materials for Learning

Your gift covers some of the materials for one guided hands-on art workshop for up to 80 students.


Fine Art Materials

Your gift provides us with all of the materials for one guided hands-on art workshop for up to 80 students. Thank you!


School Bus

Your gift provides bus transportation for one tour of up to 80 students. Thank you!


Bus & Materials

Your gift fully funds transportation for one tour with a hands-on art workshop for up to 80 students. Thank you!


Artist Run Workshops

Help support the arts (and artists) in your community. If we exceed our goals for buses and materials, we will hire local artists to run workshops for students.