A Community Remembers Tim Jones  

Here’s what some people in the Reno arts community had to say about Tim Jones and his recent passing:

Dave Aiazzi, former Reno City Councilman

Whenever you hear James Earl Jones, you think of ‘Star Wars’. It doesn’t matter whether you hear it in a radio ad or in another movie, that voice always reminds you of Darth Vader. Likewise, whenever I heard Tim Jones I thought of the arts. Whether it be at the Holland Project, testifying at the legislature (for the arts of course) or Artown his voice brought me back to how far we have come.

In being one of the founders of Artown in 1996, Tim was one of the few who saw the potential for downtown Reno. Since the first inception of Artown he was a non-stop advocate to teach businesses and governments that art has a big role to play in the culture and self-image of a city and its people.

I had the great honor of working with Tim on so many levels. As a council member, Artown Board member, volunteer for his projects, as an audience member. I fondly remember one year when “The Sound of Music” was rained out at Wingfield Park. With ‘The Show Must Go On’ Attitude, Tim asked my wife DeLores if we could show it in our place at Park Tower. So up we went, bringing along the few audience members who stuck around. They were so sad to be missing the show they wanted to join us. I’m glad they did because they were the conductors in singing every song in the movie. Just imagine about 15 people in a tiny condo on the Truckee River watch a production of “The Sound of Music” being projected on a wall.

That was Tim. I always saw him smiling but it was brighter than usual that night. All he ever wanted was to show how important the arts are. I am so pleased that he succeeded.

With me.

With the City he loved.

Reno is where it is today in no small measure because of Tim Jones.

Fare well my friend.



Larry DiVincenzi, creative brand strategist at Biggest Little Group

“What I remember most about Tim is the way he made you feel.  How you could be the most important person in a room filled with chatter.  What he did for our community was very public…what he did for so many people was very private – and powerful.”

“We lost our community voice when Tim departed.  Our silence is testimony to the big talent, and incredible person that he was.”


Nettie Crowder Oliverio, chairman of Reno Little Theater board

The loss of Tim Jones impacts our Arts Community on a lot of levels. He was a good friend to many, happy to share a great bottle of wine and succulent conversation. When the promise of an interesting project with a lot of moving parts reared its head, Tim was a natural collaborator for his ability to connect people and ideas. That same talent for connection plucked young people incubating new directions in artistic endeavors from isolation as Tim graciously mentored and guided them, introducing them to like-minded parts of the community that could help them.  For an organization concerned they were having a hard time seeing the forest for the trees, Tim was a first call for consultation. And to my knowledge, he never said no.

All of our Arts Community has benefited from Tim’s penchant for political advocacy, whether they know it or not. In his 12 years on the Nevada Arts Council his natural curiosity about how the pieces come together to form the whole led him to learn the players and their predilections related to support of the arts. As any good Development officer would do, Tim helped elected representatives understand the place and power of the arts in Nevada’s economy, which then offered them a compelling reason to support legislation that would grow and stabilize the State arts budget.  

To our tremendous benefit, he didn’t keep those insights to himself. Via Tim’s encouragement and leadership, we all had an opportunity to learn from his model and engage in advocacy ourselves. Within hours of his passing members of the Arts Community were already communicating their dedication to keeping his work alive and moving forward, insistent that it MUST continue.

There’s SO much that Tim touched, engendered, influenced and motivated. His thoughtful understanding of the Work of Art and his projects telling the story of that work, his role in the creation of Artown, his ongoing presence in Artown with his curated “Movies in the Park”, his shepherding, his willingness to co-chair the Reno Arts Consortium when he had every right to take some time off from arts leadership…the list goes on. Much work remains to be done and Tim’s loss is a huge lacuna, but he left us with tools and knowledge. The best leaders teach others to lead. Tim did.

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