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…

Performing Is My Livelihood

Camille’s story

The stories often told to me as I was growing up always had to do with my insistence to sing…without knowing a song.  Perhaps it was from my musical mother who always hummed or sang songs as she did her household duties and certainly not from my tone-deaf father but singing was in my soul.  Since I knew no songs I would make up songs.  These were pathetic songs about sofas and bookshelves or anything else in my line of vision at the time.  However, no one discouraged me and in fact I was encouraged to keep singing my songs. Continue Reading…

Arts Facilitation is My Livelihood

Lisa’s Story:

My parents were teachers, and our home was always filled with music. My mom has a master’s degree in music, my father’s bands always practiced in our house, my brother is a musician, my aunt and uncle were musicians, and my cousin played with Yo-Yo Ma.

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Painting Is My Livelihood

Summer Day at M’s

Katrina’s Story:

One of the first questions people ask me when they find out I’m an artist is “How long have you been painting?” It always makes me try to count backwards and figure out how long has it been, really? I usually say about 30 years but thinking back it was even earlier. Continue Reading…

A Year End Message From The Executive Director

I hope you have been able to enjoy some of the many arts and humanities programs available during this holiday season all across Nebraska. Last year my family visited the Stuhr Museum for Christmas Past and Present. It was well worth the drive from Omaha to experience the magic of Railroad Town by lantern light! Did you know that over the past five years Grand Island has received more than $150,000 in grant and programming funding from the Nebraska Arts Council and Humanities Nebraska?  Continue Reading…

Stories Are My Livelihood

Amy’s Story

As my mother tells it, there was never a time in my life when I didn’t love stories. From the time I was born until I turned two, my parents and I lived in the apartment on the second floor of my grandfather’s house. Continue Reading…