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.

The 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. 

Under current legislation, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment can match up to an additional $15 million in donations to its private endowment. It is our goal to continue growing these funds to enrich the lives of Nebraskans.

Please contact Kyle Cartwright to discuss how you can ensure an endless tradition of arts and humanities for generations to come. 


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



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


Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Carey Hamilton, Grand Island

Past President,
Rich Vierk, Lincoln

D. Charles Shoemaker, Hastings

Melissa Marvin, Omaha

David Buntain, Blair

Bob Culver, Omaha

Michelle Dudley, Norfolk

Amy Haddad, Omaha

Marilyn Hadley, Kearney

Karen Hawkins, Omaha

Margaret Hornady, Grand Island

Marc LeBaron, Lincoln

Robert Nefsky, Lincoln

Rita Stinner, Scottsbluff/Gering

Donna Woods, Lincoln

Director Emeriti

Jack Campbell, Lincoln

Terrence Ferguson, Omaha

Murray Newman, Omaha

D. David Slosburg, Omaha

Ex-Officio Board Members

Suzanne Wise, Omaha
Executive Director, Nebraska Arts Council

Candy Henning, Lincoln
Chair, Nebraska Arts Council

Christopher Sommerich, Lincoln
Executive Director, Humanities Nebraska

Nick Baxter, Omaha
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

Sharon Marvin Igel, Omaha

Maryanne Harry, Denver, CO

Don Hinds, Fremont

Steve Homan, Kearney

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

Wally & Martha Richardson, Lincoln

Trixie Schmidt, Lincoln

Rhonda Seacrest, Lincoln

Todd D. Simon, Omaha

Gene & Ann Spence, Omaha

Sue & Tom Tallman, Lincoln

Fred Teller, Hastings

Mary Vaughan, Broken Bow

John F. Wiederspan, Lincoln

Gail Walling Yanney, Omaha

Lori Williams, Norfolk


Kyle Cartwright, Executive Director
   kyle@nebraskaculture.org | 402-430-1328

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

Mary Pinnell, Communications Intern
   mary@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 2020, the State of Nebraska manages a fund with a principal currently at $10.5 million, and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment manages a privately held endowment fund of equal value.

While leaving the principal amounts intact, income from these funds makes an 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.