NCE25 Anniversary Celebration

25th Anniversary Celebration



Join the Nebraska Cultural Endowment in celebrating 25 years of statewide support for the arts and humanities. NCE is honored to welcome United States Poet Laureate Ada Limón, who will give a reading of her work and share the stage with Matt Mason, Nebraska State Poet, for an inspiring conversation. All proceeds support the Nebraska Cultural Endowment’s mission of cultivating a legacy of stability, advocacy and leadership for the arts and humanities in Nebraska.

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Holland Performing Arts Center, Omaha
5:30 p.m. Patron Reception
7 p.m. Program
Book-signing to follow

Honorary Event Chairs: Dr. Amy Haddad and Steve Martin

Masks are kindly requested by our speaker during the program portion of the evening and will be required for the book-signing. Masks will be provided for your convenience.

Patron Ticket


Ticket for 1 to the NCE25 patron reception with drinks & heavy hors d’oeuvres (5:30 p.m.), and priority seating for the program (7 p.m.) in the concert hall. Limited valet parking will be available.

When purchasing, please enter the total dollar amount for your order (e.g., $250 for 1 ticket, $500 for 2 tickets).

Program Ticket


Ticket for 1 to the NCE25 program (7 p.m.)

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Featured Guests

Ada Limón is the author of six books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Her book Bright Dead Things was nominated for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Her work has been supported most recently by a Guggenheim Fellowship. She was the host of the critically-acclaimed poetry podcast, The Slowdown. She grew up in Sonoma, California and now lives in Lexington, Kentucky where she writes and teaches remotely. Her new book of poetry, The Hurting Kind, is out now from Milkweed Editions. She is the 24th Poet Laureate of The United States.

NCE25 Ada Limon Portrait

Matt Mason is the Nebraska State Poet and was Executive Director of the Nebraska Writers Collective from 2009-2022. Through the U.S. State Department, he has run workshops in Botswana, Romania, Nepal, and Belarus. Mason is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets and the Nebraska Arts Council, and is a speaker in the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau.

Matt Mason Portrait

For sponsorship questions, contact NCE Executive Director Maggie Smith at

Contributions by mail can be sent to:

Nebraska Cultural Endowment
1004 Farnam Street, Plaza Level
Omaha, NE 68102.

In partnership with the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Nebraska Arts Council and Humanities Nebraska invest significant resources each year into the vitality of communities within our state. When you support the NCE, you support your community.