Being involved in our community, environment, and more, increases our resiliency, standing, and knowledge.  As we involve ourselves with others, particularly in activities that are meaningful, our self-awareness grows, and we have a greater sense of purpose.  As we develop connections with other people and entities, we can ‘pay it forward’ and in turn create a social synergy that affects change and growth.  Involvement provides great opportunities for networking, meeting peers that one normally would not get the opportunity to meet, professional development, leadership training, and improving skill sets.

At Cathexes our involvement includes:

Reno Startup Row

Reno Startup Row refers to the City of Reno on First Street between Virginia Street and Washington Street.  Many startups are working along this street and adjacent to it. Our office at 250 Bell Street launched quite a few entrepreneurial endeavors that flowered into highly successful businesses.

Burning Man

A week-long annual event that began on San Francisco’s Baker Beach in 1986 and migrated to the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy, and is set alight on the Saturday evening after a dusty, celebratory week.  The event is described as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance.  CATHEXES was the designer of the 2014 ‘Caravansary’ themed Man, which dominated the playa with its 103-foot height.  We have throughout the years been involved as both consultants and participants in Black Rock City, Nevada, where for a week out of every year thrives a city of over 60,000 jubilant people.

Transforming Youth Recovery

The ‘Doors to Recovery’ art project is designed to raise awareness of Transforming Youth Recovery and the work being done by collegiate and school programs around the country.  In 2014, Jerry Cates and Kay Radzik participated and donated their artistic skills by designing and painting antique doors from Reno’s Lear Theater.  Over 40 renowned and emerging local artists transformed a small piece of history into works of art to inspire hope for the future of our young people.  The completed art-doors were on display for the entire month of July, in select locations around Downtown and MidTown Reno, in conjunction with Artown

The entire collection was displayed on the evening of August 9th, 2014 at the Nevada Museum of Art and were auctioned to the public that evening in support of the vital work of Transforming Youth Recovery and project partners.  Funds raised from this event supported Transforming Youth Recovery and project partners: Tour de Nez, Artown, and the Nevada Recovery and Prevention Community at University of Nevada Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College.

Extern Program

The Washoe County School District (WCSD) Gifted and Talented Program (GATE) provides students the opportunity to work together under the guidance of trained teachers in an atmosphere that is intellectually and academically rigorous, and interest driven while fostering creativity and providing emotional support.  High School Externship is a mentorship program primarily for students in grades 11 and 12 to explore their career interests in a professional setting.  At CATHEXES we have for the past 30 years supported this program by mentoring young aspiring architects in a real-life environment that includes assignments, presentations, model-building, and designing a building using the skills and knowledge gathered during their externship with CATHEXES.

Gerty’s Place  

Gerty’s Place, an intimate entertainment venue in our previous office at 250 Bell Street, was created by Jeff Cotton with CATHEXES and Nevada Venture Accelerator.  Influenced by Gertrude Stein’s salon in the 1920’s…and all the stream of consciousness that came with it…Don and Susan Clark hosted a series of concerts at 250 Bell Street, Reno. They collaborated with Jeff Cotton, who originally produced many of the concerts at Bartley Ranch (think Joan Baez, Greg Brown, etc.), to create an intimate venue at the intersection of design, art, music, and technology.

American Institute of Architecture Northern Nevada Chapter

Based in Washington, D.C., the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857.  With nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for our members in service to society.  CATHEXES staff members attend AIA-sponsored luncheons, lectures, webinars and meet-ups on a regular basis.

Several members of Cathexes have been integral members of the local AIA chapter.  Throughout the years we have worked to influence and contribute to the AIA to enhance our profession.

Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art

For two months in 2013, 250 Bell hosted the work of Helen Mayer and Newton Harrison in the development of their work on the Sierra Nevada Watershed Project.  This was the first commissioned project by the Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) which has now become a world leading endeavor. CATHEXES project manager Jerry Cates also worked on this project. CATHEXES has continued to participate with A + E, including work on the River Fork Ranch Carson River restoration project by sculpture artists Daniel McCormick and Mary O’Brien, which CATHEXES architects Don Clark and Jeremy Packer helped fabricate on site.