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Michael Bail
ACE Committee Chairman
Great Basin College, HTC 130


"The mission of the Arts and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) Committee is to organize programs and events that expose our communities to new experiences, cultures, and viewpoints. ACE provides access to the arts and fosters a spirit of inquiry, creativity, and reflection at Great Basin College."

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Arts & Cultural Enrichment Committee

Experience the Unexpected!

The annual GBC Film Festival and other artistic ACE projects are funded, in part, by grants from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the WESTAF TourWest grant program. The ACE Committee is also responsible for the Argentum literary magazine. Visit the Argentum web page and learn how you can contribute your own literary and artistic talents.

Have an idea for new events? Want to help? Contact Michael Bail at 775-753-2241 for more information!

Current and Upcoming Events

Oscar Nominated Shorts, Independent Films

Oscar Nominated Shorts, Independent Films.Great Basin College’s 12th Annual Film Festival is back beginning Thursday Feb. 9 through Friday, Feb. 17. This year the festival will feature four carefully selected independent films never before shown in Elko and a special screening of the 2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films.

The independent films which all begin at 6 p.m. will be shown at the GBC Theater. Appetizers are available prior to each movie beginning at 5:30 p.m. Student and senior citizen tickets cost $6.50 and general public tickets cost $7. Tickets can be purchased at the door. A short film will be shown prior to each movie.

GBC Film Fest Chair Russ Minter noted the screening of the Oscar Nominated Shorts was a sold-out success last year. “Due to audience demand we are expanding seating by moving to the Western Folklife Center where we can offer a larger screen and better sound system.”

The 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts are slated for Friday, Feb. 17. Doors at The Western Folklife Center will open at 5:30 p.m. with the films beginning at 6 p.m.

  • Thursday, Feb. 9 “Moonlight” -- on every critics Top 10 list, this movie chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. CULINARY SPONSOR: Ogi Deli.
  • Friday, Feb. 10 “The Dark Horse” -- a troubled New Zealand chess champion finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life. CULINARY SPONSOR: Spoon Me.
  • Saturday, Feb. 11 “The Brand New Testament” -- Did you know that God is alive and lives in Brussels with his daughter? CULINARY SPONSOR: Pizza Barn.
  • Friday, Feb. 17 “Oscar-Nominated Shorts” (Western Folklife Center) CULINARY SPONSOR: Machi’s Saloon. A no host bar will be available. Tickets are $7 and are available now at the Western Folklife Center gift shop, and at the door on Feb. 17.
  • Saturday, Feb. 18 “The Ashes of Brush Flats” -- Two brothers and their struggles with loss, love and revenge. A modern Western that is a roller coaster ride through Reno, Nevada, shedding light on the moral code that makes us all human.

The Film Festival is just one of several cultural events sponsored by the GBC Arts and Cultural Enrichment Committee (ACE). Information about upcoming events can be found at

This event would not be possible without these wonderful sponsors:

  • Stephen Price, DDS
  • M&M Tile and Granite/Design Concepts
  • Janet Carter, OD
  • Mane Salon
  • Solace Tattoo
  • Elko Fly Shop
  • Lostra Brothers Towing
  • Western Folklife Center
  • Relax in Style – John Sherwood
  • The GBC Arts and Letters Department

2017 GBC Film Festival Oscar Nominated Short Films

2017 GBC Film Festival Oscar Nominated Short Films.Join Great Basin College for the 2017 GBC Film Festival!

Featured for the second year in a row, is a limited-seating screening of the 2017 Oscar nominated Short Films. The event will take place at the Western Folklife Center on February 17, beginning at 6 PM. Admission is just $7 and tickets are available at the WFC. Seating is limited to 100 guests. All films are unrated and 18+ age is recommended.

Relax in Style will provide audio and visual equipment. Free appetizers from Machi's Saloon & Grill and a no host bar will also be available.

The Great Basin College Film Festival is celebrating its 12th year!

2016 Fall Student/Faculty Art Show

2016 Fall Student/Faculty Art Show.Hello everyone!

The Student and Faculty Art show is this week in the Leonard Center for Student life through Friday December 9!

The reception is Thursday December 8 from 4-6 pm.

Students can either pick up their art immediatley following the reception or friday from noon - 2pm.

View the poster here.


Johnny B. Piano Man @ GBC Nov. 3

Musician Johnny B. Piano Man will perform “Rhythm of the North: A Fast-Paced Multimedia Musical” Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the GBC Theatre

Tickets: $15 General Admission; $12 Students and Senior Citizens. Advance tickets available at controller's office in Berg Hall.

Johnny B. began playing the piano in 1957. He attended the Berklee College of Music and later went on to receive his Masters of Educational Media and Technology from Boston University in 1979.

Johnny B. is well known for blending together boogie-woogie, melodic jazz, and classical influenced ballads.

In the ‘90s, he was the cohost, performer, and music director for Tom Bodett’s End of the Road radio show which was aired on 64 public radio stations.

His “Rhythm of the North” program received two ovations from his audience in Dalles, OR. for the Mid-Columbia Community Concert Association in Oct. 2014.

Johnny B. was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award in 2015, for his outstanding accomplishments and passionate advocacy for the arts and artists, as wells as Career Opportunity Grant awarded by the Alaska State Council on the Arts, which allowed Johnny to attend the Arts Northwest Showcase in Boise, ID.

“I want each listener to join me on a musical journey that is playful and accomplished, intimate and engaging,” said Johnny B. “I want my compositions and my performance to exceed their expectations.”

This event is made possible by the Western States Arts Federation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Red Lion Hotel & Casino and the GBC ACE committee.

For more information, contact Angie de Braga at 775-753-2231.

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For More Information Contact

Michael Bail
ACE Committee Chairman
Great Basin College, HTC 130

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Great Basin College wants to be your choice for higher education. GBC offers associate and baccalaureate level instruction in career and technical education and academic areas. About 3,800 students are enrolled online from across the country and on campuses and centers across 86,500 square miles, two time zones, and ten of Nevada’s largest counties. We border Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and California. We are GBC!

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