Street artist fees removed by Reno City Council

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Updated: 4/17 10:08 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The rights and regulations behind street art sales have been a debate for months, but we may finally have a solution. The Reno City Council is painting a clear picture, showing how important creativity is to our community.

Our reputation as an art town is more relevant after Wednesday's decision.

"It's always been an important part of culture and the status of a major city," said Bob O'Neill.

Artists do not need a business license to sell work on the streets anymore. The City Council unanimously approved changes to the Reno Municipal Code. Selling art is now considered a First Amendment right.

O'Neill is a local sculptor, who used to sell his work on the streets of Berkeley, California. He needed a business license there and supports the change here. "Why not? I mean, we're trying to encourage participation in the arts and there's all sorts of good things happening in Reno, it just seems like it would only encourage more."

The permit changes does not include the culinary arts.

"Serving food and I think people want to know that I'm regulated," said Lucky Dogs Owner Dale Schroeder.

Schroeder pays $300 per year to run his downtown hot dog business. He said he makes enough to support the business license fees, and is fine with artists bypassing the process. "A lot of people wouldn't get into it otherwise if they had to put money up front not knowing if they would be able to sell anything."

O'Neill says this ordinance change will also help support the starving artists of our region. "Selling from galleries, they often take fifty percent, forty percent and having a show is expensive, so it's difficult getting a venue."

News 4 could not find street artists through downtown on Thursday, but one Reno Police Officer expects artists to advantage of the new business this weekend.
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BR549 - 4/18/2014 6:35 PM
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Luckily,this does not take place on BLM land!

Kramer - 4/18/2014 3:26 PM
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poker-playin' smokin' dogs on velvet!!

Kramer - 4/18/2014 3:25 PM
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In Berkeley 'traditional' access areas have long supported street sales, not Pier One. The Bay Area benefits from street sales in areas it is acceptable, like Telegraph Ave. on weekends. The benefit of fees is that it keeps riff-raff from setting up shop. inStead they can focus on blocking sidewalks, harboring hostile dogs, spitting and smoking tobacco, while playing low-grade bluegrass. While i support 'art' on traffic boxes, etc. I also get that art active-ism is a way to skim the Reno city gravy. Maybe the big fake bus is cool, but i prefer better service. && I don't think this Reno guy appreciates that CA State Parks have plenty of supporters who can decide what is 'artistic', and where it is appropriate. glass of Kinkade, anyone?
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