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…

Music Is My Livelihood

Daniel Martinez in concert

Photo by Stephen McAlister

Daniel’s Story

Music has been an important part of my family’s life since I was a child. For my 14th birthday, my mother gave me an old guitar and I started playing. When I was singing, it felt like I was following someone else’s rules. But when I played the guitar, I made my own rules. 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…

Theatre is my livelihood

 

Pippa’s Story:

Theatre is my livelihood

                                                      My “Know I Should”                                                  

                                                     My “Always Would.”                                              

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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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Dance Is My Livelihood*

Ballet Nebraska Photo by Jim Williams

Erika’s Story

Dance is my livelihood. How lucky I am to be able to say that. It is something that I love. For me, dance is beautiful, challenging, inspiring, and fun.

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