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November 23, 2014

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Contemporary Arts Center draws crowd, raises funds

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Kristen Peterson

Close to Modern performs at a Beer Fest held for the Contemporary Arts Center

Holding a fundraiser in 110-degree heat on the tarred patios behind the Arts Factory in the hellish sun of July seemed a bit risky.

Yet around 350 people attended the Contemporary Arts Center's first Beer Fest (co-sponsored by Las Vegas Weekly) last Saturday, buying a $20 ticket for access to specialty beers from local breweries and distributors, and the chance to hear live music and watch old films.

The $5,000-plus raised will go toward gallery operations and exhibition expenses for the 20-year-old nonprofit's next show, Emily Kennerk's America's #1 Foreclosed City: Las Vegas, which runs August 3 through September 18. The CAC, hit hard by the economy, has been operating on a shoestring budget but pushing forward with stellar programming, new partnerships and a lengthy list of volunteers. The Beer Fest drew a lot of new faces Downtown. Gallery director Wendy Kveck said many attendees were first-timers to the CAC and the Arts Factory.

— Originally published in Las Vegas Weekly

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