NEBRASKA CULTURAL ENDOWMENT WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBER

Katie Weitz, PhD

The Nebraska Cultural Endowment welcomes Katie Weitz, PhD, to its Board of Directors. Katie is currently the executive director of the Weitz Family Foundation in Omaha. She brings to the board extensive non-profit leadership and fundraising experience, as well as a strong background in the arts and education. Continue Reading…

Nebraska Cultural Endowment Call To Action

A year end message from Marian Fey, Executive Director of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment

Through the generosity of donors like you and our unique partnership with the state, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment is poised reach $10,000,000 at both the public and private funds by the end of the year. The earnings from this permanently endowed $20,000,000 are critical in supporting the grants and programs of Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Arts Council. The two councils have already sustained a 4% cut in state funds, and will face another 8% cut in next year’s state appropriations. Continue Reading…

Art Is My Livelihood

oh lord, not another piece of word art: if you’re buying this you have either taste or money

Material: Embroidered Cotton  15 x 12″, 2015. 

Jennifer’s Story:

In a warm, darkened room, during a slide presentation for a basic freshman drawing course, Professor Richard Wiegmann projected a line drawing by Matisse, and paused…. And I thought to myself, well, so what? Continue Reading…

Omaha World Herald, 08/15/2016, Robert L. Nefsky: Crosby’s legacy: cultural endowment

Photo Credit to Jeffery Z. Carney / The Omaha World Herald

The writer, of Lincoln, is a founding director and a past president of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Recent days marked the passing of LaVon Crosby, a retired Nebraska state senator from Lincoln and widow of former Gov. Robert Crosby.

LaVon Crosby exhibited the personal qualities we should expect of our elected officials. She worked passionately and successfully on issues that were important to her and her constituents. She comported herself with dignity. She could disagree with her colleagues while remaining respectful and without demonizing them or their positions.

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Lincoln Journal Star, Letter, 8/9/2016 : Remembering Crosby

It was with sadness that we noted the passing of LaVon Crosby (“Crosby, beloved state senator, dies,” July 28). LaVon was a treasured legislator but she was much more than that. She will be remembered as an effective voice in the legislature but more so as a beloved lady and friend. She was the godmother of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, which she remembered as her proudest accomplishment. It was her primary bill and was ushered into fruition.

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LaVon’s Legacy

State Sen. LaVon Crosby of Lincoln, OMAHA WORLD-HERALD STAFF PHOTO BY JEFFREY Z. CARNEY. FOR USE WITH LESLIE REED FEATURE.

One of the synonyms for the word legacy is, gift; something given freely, no recompense. Another is endowment. As I pause in my hurried schedule to remember our Honorary Board Chair, LaVon Crosby, it is of significance to me that those words describe the legacy Sen. Crosby left to the State of Nebraska in the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Continue Reading…

Fostering New Scripts Is My Livelihood

The Other Sewing Circle by Marie Amthor  (One Last Time, Just Us #4-photo by Roxanne Wach)

Beth’s Story

During my junior year of college I had the opportunity to intern for Dr. Amy Lane at the Omaha Community Playhouse for a new program she was developing called 21 & Over. The purpose of this program was to bring alternative, diverse and most importantly new stories to Omaha via staged readings. I quickly learned how important and fulfilling it is to expose audiences to new material and, while there will always be room for the Oklahoma’s and Macbeth’s, how producing new playwrights is vital to theater as a whole. Don’t get me wrong I love the classics and often find myself watching live shows, television favorites and movies over and over again but personally feel that contributing to the canon is a unique experience and one I treasure very highly!  Continue Reading…

Omaha Gives! 2016

Omaha Gives! is an annual 24-hour charitable challenge to benefit metro-area nonprofits. This community give-together begins at midnight on May 25 with a minimum gift of only $10. Continue Reading…