Clark County students depict what home means to them in Housing Division’s 20th annual Where I Live School Arts Exhibition


Teri Williams
Public Information Officer
(702) 486-0407


Las Vegas, NV - December 20, 2016

The word “home” and the feelings and images associated with it are personal and meaningful to each of us.  The idea and imagery of “home” was powerful enough to inspire the words of Bertha Rafetto in what would become Nevada’s official state song, “Home Means Nevada”: “Way out in the land of the setting sun, Where the wind blows wild and free, There’s a lovely spot, just the only one that means home sweet home to me.”


Drawing from that sentiment, the Nevada Housing Division invited Clark County elementary school art teachers to enter student artwork for the 20th annual “Where I Live” School Arts Exhibition.  More than 1,700 Clark County kindergarten through fifth grade students from 17 valley schools submitted artwork depicting where they live now or a place they would like to call home.


The entries were narrowed to 203 works selected by a panel of judges. The juried pieces were put on display December 15th at the “Where I Live” exhibition and awards program held in the Veronese Ballroom at The Venetian where a group of more than 800 students, teachers, family members, sponsors and partners were gathered.


During the program awards were given for first, second and third place, along with 10 honorable mentions.  Recipients of first, second and third place awards were presented with a certificate, gift card and an art box.  The 10 honorable mention recipients were given a certificate and an art box. The award recipients will have their artwork featured in the 2017 Where I Live calendar distributed by the Nevada Housing Division.


The winners of this year’s art contest are:

·         First place: Israel Trejo- Ronzone ES, 5th grade

·         Second Place: Kennedy Milton- Barlett ES, 4th grade

·         Third Place: Theresa Fernandez- Tomiyasu ES, 3rd grade

Honorable Mentions:

Angel Diaz- Rundle ES, 4th grade; Arileena Sula- Elizondo ES, 5th grade; Brian Villalpando- Tomiyasu ES, 5th grade; Daisy Lugo- Rundle ES, 4th grade; Dayana Paz-Torres- Mackey ES, 3rd grade; Jonathan Bojorquez- Wilhelm ES, 5th grade; Mack Murdock- Derfelt ES, 1st grade, Maggie Brinkman- Allen ES, 4th grade; Shelby Severson- Garehime ES, 4th grade; Yasmin Tinajero- Wilhelm ES, 3rd grade


This event was all win. A huge room full of proud parents and a memory of those kids making the walk to the stage, some a little shy and a few who owned the moment, and all of them clearly proud of themselves and happy to be recognized,” said Nevada Housing Division Deputy Administrator Tim Whitright.    


The contest, exhibition and awards were made possible with the on-going support of community partners and sponsors including: Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s Sands Cares, CCSD School-Community Partnership Program, Blick Art Materials and the Nevada Housing Division.


 About the Nevada Housing Division

Our mission is to provide affordable housing opportunities and improve the quality of life for Nevada residents. Nevada Housing Division (NHD), a division of the State of Nevada Department of Business and Industry, was created by the Nevada State Legislature in 1975. NHD is committed to making Nevada a better place to live and work. We connect Nevadans with homes by providing financing to developers to build affordable apartment homes, by providing innovative mortgage solutions, and by making more homes energy efficient, thereby lowering utility expenses. To learn more, visit