As We See It

In Brief: Oral histories, EDC, UNLV jazz and literary awards

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In their words The Nevada Indian Commission received a $20,000 grant from the Nevada 150 Foundation to go toward documenting Stewart Indian School students’ oral histories. The Carson City boarding school operated from 1890 to 1980, with the purpose of assimilating Native American children and providing vocational training until the curriculum shifted to academics in the 1960s. Interviews will be compiled and then archived at the State of Nevada Indian Commission, Nevada State Library and Archives and the University of Nevada, Reno. –Leslie Ventura

Party for good After raising funds for local charities and organizations with proceeds from EDC, Insomniac steps up its philanthropic game with an EDC Week Charity Auction at Fans can bid on festival experiences from helicopter rides to DJ meet-and-greets through May 15 at 6 a.m., with the dough benefiting local nonprofit Culture Shock Las Vegas, a hip-hop/street dance company with a mission to keep youth “away from drugs, violence and hatred.” That’s definitely some PLUR right there, folks. –Mark Adams

Music showing UNLV’s jazz program continues to shine. Last week the Latin Jazz Ensemble was awarded DownBeat Magazine’s Student Music Award for Undergraduate College Latin Group, an honor sought by the top collegiate ensembles around the globe. UNLV graduate Julian Tanaka and local high school Las Vegas Academy’s Jazz Band 3 also were honored by the respected music magazine. –MA

Scribes and the city Nonprofit literary organization Poets & Writers announced last week the recipients of its 2015 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award, which gives two up-and-coming scribes from a specified state a lucrative professional networking opportunity with literary professionals in New York City—and this year Nevada was recognized, with UNLV creative writing MFA Joseph Langdon and candidate Rosemary Powers receiving the honor. –MA

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