I believe my livelihood began at the age of four years when I stated that I wanted to be a teacher. To reach that point, I studied in school, graduated at the age of sixteen, took twelve hours of summer school, and received passing grades in teachers’ exams. Of course, this was not a new activity for my family as my grandmother and my mother had spent much time teaching in classrooms. Continue Reading…
It’s been six months since I came to the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and I continue to be awed by the generosity of Nebraskans and their willingness to invest in the arts and humanities across the state. There is a basic understanding here that the grants and programs provided by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Arts Council contribute to the overall well-being of communities, attract and retain young families, and provide a sense of character not always apparent in today’s world.
Twyla Hansen, Nebraska State Poet, accepted the Word Sender Award from the John G. Neihardt Foundation November 9, 2014 at the Laureate’s Feast. Read about Twyla Hansen in this re-blogging of “Poetry Is My Livelihood” originally posted January 2014.
I did not attempt creative writing when I was young because I had no notion I could. My unlikely path to poetry—to creativity, really—was detoured by everyday life: growing up, marrying, starting a family, working, attending college as a non-traditional student. By the time I graduated with a degree in horticulture, I thought I knew what I wished to do and where I was headed. Not exactly.
“You will wear two dresses” my great-grandmother told me, referring to my mixed heritage of Cherokee/Choctaw/Scots Irish and the challenges to be faced.
But, thankfully from an early age I had a great-grandmother who taught me about tribal traditions, and a grandfather who wanted me assured of a western education and willing
This is the 100th Blog posting for the Nebraska Cultural Endowment since beginning the blog, “What’s Your Livelihood?” in November 2012.
What does “livelihood” mean to Nebraskans?
We created this blog to help answer that question. This is a place for our community to come together, embrace culture, and share how the arts and humanities have played an essential role in inspiring our livelihoods.
“What’s Your Livelihood?” has received nearly 14,000 views from 99 different countries. Here is a look back at some of the past livelihood blogs and people that make our state so rich in the arts and humanities.
By KENT WARNEKE
firstname.lastname@example.org | Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 9:00 am
It could be called the perfect storm — in the best possible sense of the term.
The collective presence and work of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Nebraska Arts Council
and Humanities Nebraska has been of benefit to communities, arts organizations and individuals
“It’s a really neat thing to have everything work together,” said Suzanne Wise, executive director
of the Nebraska Arts Council.
Special to the Norfolk Daily News | Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 9:04 am
The Norfolk Arts Center will be host to a reception next week designed to provide an opportunity
for Norfolkans and area residents to meet representatives of three statewide cultural arts
Special guests will be Marian Fey, the new executive director of the Nebraska Cultural
Endowment, along with Suzanne Wise, executive director of the Nebraska Arts Council, and
Heather Thomas, development director for Humanities Nebraska.
My interest in wordplay began in childhood. Growing up in North Omaha I found myself attracted to the wonder of certain words, usually multi-syllabic tongue twisters I heard television talking-heads wittily brandish. I also fell under the near fatal spell of alliteration.
Sometimes you get lucky and you get to do the thing you love. That happened to me 23 years ago when I started my career in broadcasting. I am a native Nebraskan and I was fortunate to go to a small school where I could be in band, chorus, stage plays, speech, and sports. I received a great education and start in music and the spoken word.