Citation for Grassroots Initiative
A Special Citation for Grassroots Initiative is given for the Las Vegas Uncommon Modern project, a combination of a crowdsourced photo survey, community workshops, documentation effort, and an exhibition to increase awareness of the midcentury heritage of Las Vegas. The effort was led by the nonprofit Las Vegas Preservation Foundation with the support of partners including the Urban Land Institute, Kristen Clarke Photography, Dr. Robert Felden, AIA, and dedicated staff and volunteers. The project aimed to elevate them in the community’s collective memory and encourage a sense of history and pride around its mid 20th century built environment and was successful in introducing new audiences to the region’s significant modern architecture. By spanning the space between art and architecture, the crossover exhibition Uncommon Vegas brought in many new attendees, while the resulting publication allowed for the dissemination of the material to an even broader audience.
“The various components of this project created broad awareness and support for midcentury resources and how vacant sites might be reused.”
-Emily Rauh Pulitzer, 2020 Jury member
“The team was successful in highlighting Las Vegas’ modern sites through a variety of interesting and interactive projects.”
Nevada Preservation Foundation