Next Symphony Park Lecture Downtown is Neon Nirvana: How an Art Form Shaped a City

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Panel discussion to focus on the impact of neon on the history of Las Vegas

WHAT: The next Symphony Park lecture Oct. 24 will pull back the curtains on downtown’s newest treasure set to open in late October:  The Neon Museum.

Titled, “Neon Nirvana: How an Art Form Shaped a City,” the free public lecture kicks off with a wine reception hosted by from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by panel discussion of Neon Museum executives, historians, architects and contributors from 6 to 7 p.m.  The evening also includes a brief presentation to winners of the 2012 Capture Downtown photo competition.

The discussion explores how neon became synonymous with Las Vegas and the influential role Las Vegas and the city’s neon signs have played in architecture, graphic design, art and entertainment. With the Neon Museum’s opening this month, Las Vegas’ colorful history will be told through the iconic signs of bygone eras. Learn how the museum plans to preserve for generations our history and this art form.

The Symphony Park Lecture Series is a program presented by the Economic and Urban Development office of the city of Las Vegas and Newland Communities, project manager of Symphony Park, to engage the local community in compelling and pertinent topics germane to Symphony Park, its anchor projects, downtown and other quality of life issues in Las Vegas.  The event is free and open to the public.


  • Danielle Kelly, Neon Museum executive director
  • Bill Marion, Neon Museum board chair
  • Nancy Deaner, director, Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Las Vegas
  • Robert Chattell, architect, Historic Preservation Consultant for the Neon Museum
  • Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, city of Las Vegas
  • Ricki Y. Barlow, councilman, Ward 5, city of Las Vegas
  • Scott Adams, chief development officer, city of Las Vegas

WHEN: Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  • Doors open at 5 p.m. for a wine bar hosted by
  • Panel discussion runs from 6 to 7 p.m.

Fifth Street School Auditorium

401 So. Fourth Street, Las Vegas, NV  89101


CONTACT:    For more information, visit; or email

Media contact:
Melissa Warren – 702-528-6016 or
Eryn Sebelius – 702-234-6684 or

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