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Preserving Arts & Culture

Recognizing the need to preserve Nebraska’s long-standing tradition of arts and culture, a group of community leaders from across the state formed the Nebraska Cultural Endowment in 1998.

Nebraska Cultural Endowment is the first and only cultural endowment in the nation to sustain both arts & humanities through privately-supported and publicly-matched resources, made possible by our Nebraska Legislature.

Under current legislation, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment can match up to an additional $10 million in donations to its private endowment. It is our goal to continue growing these funds to enrich the lives of Nebraskans by raising the private contributions needed to match the State of Nebraska’s commitment.

Please contact our Executive Director to discuss how you can ensure an endless tradition of arts and humanities for generations to come.

Vision

All Nebraskans have access to the arts and humanities, today and for future generations. 

 

Mission

To cultivate a legacy of stability, advocacy and leadership for the arts and humanities in Nebraska.

Leadership

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

President,
Rita Stinner, Scottsbluff/Gering

Past President,
Carey Hamilton, Omaha

Vice President,
Melissa Marvin, Omaha

Secretary,
Amy Haddad, Omaha

Treasurer,
Rich Vierk, Lincoln

 

David Buntain, Blair

Joan Gibson, Omaha

 

Marilyn Hadley, Kearney

Karen Hawkins, Omaha

Candy Henning, Lincoln

Margaret Hornady, Grand Island

Sherrye Hutcherson, Omaha

Marc LeBaron, Lincoln

Robert Nefsky, Lincoln

Luis Sotelo, Lincoln

Scott Williams, Norfolk

Donna Woods, Lincoln

Director Emeriti

Jack Campbell, Lincoln

Murray Newman, Omaha

D. David Slosburg, Omaha

Ex-Officio Board Members

Suzanne Wise, Omaha
Executive Director, Nebraska Arts Council

Shari Hofschire, Omaha
Chair, Nebraska Arts Council

Christopher Sommerich, Lincoln
Executive Director, Humanities Nebraska

Tami Hellman, Kearney
President, Nebraska Foundation for the Humanities

Advisory Council

Kit Dimon, Lincoln

Gloria Dinsdale, Palmer

Kim West Dinsdale, Grand Island

Kate Dodge, Omaha

J. Robert Duncan, Lincoln

Carol Gendler, Omaha

Maryanne Harry, Denver, CO

Steve Homan, Kearney

Sharon Marvin Igel, Omaha

Taylor Keen, Omaha

Hod Kosman, Scottsbluff

Karen Levin, Omaha

Marilyn & Earl Mitchell, Norfolk

Anne Nelson, Council Bluffs, IA

Gretchen Peters, Gering

Paula Pflueger, Norfolk

Rob & Eileen Raun, Minden

Martha Richardson, Lincoln

Trixie Schmidt, Lincoln

Rhonda Seacrest, Lincoln

Todd D. Simon, Omaha

Pamela Hilton Snow, Ashland

Gene Spence, Omaha

Sue & Tom Tallman, Lincoln

Mary Vaughan, Broken Bow

John F. Wiederspan, Lincoln

Gail Walling Yanney, Omaha

Lori Williams, Norfolk

Staff

Maggie Smith, Executive Director
   msmith@nebraskaculture.org | 402-595-2722

Julia Watson, Communications and Office Manager
   julia@nebraskaculture.org | 402-595-2722

 

 

Financials and Accountability

The Nebraska Cultural Endowment is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation which sustains Nebraska as a vibrant and culturally significant state by raising private endowment contributions, matched by public investment, to support arts & humanities programming statewide.

As of December 31, 2020, the State of Nebraska manages the Cultural Preservation Endowment Fund with a principal value of $11 million, and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment manages a privately held endowment fund of similar value.

While leaving the principal amounts intact, income from these funds makes a permanent impact by amplifying the work of the Nebraska Arts Council and Humanities Nebraska.

Logos & Ads

For the convenience of our partners, here are links to zip files that include the Nebraska Cultural Endowment logos and program ads that you can use to promote our support of your programs.