Arts & Humanities

Cultivating a Legacy

Thanks to our Nebraska Legislature and private donors, like you, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment is the first and only public-private cultural trust in the country which supports both arts & humanities.

The Nebraska Cultural Endowment works to create a permanent legacy to fund the educational programs and projects of the Nebraska Arts Council and Humanities Nebraska.

With your ongoing support, the publicly held Cultural Preservation Endowment Fund can increase by $10 million over time with ten (10) annual increases of $1,000,000—through this state match, your gifts have greater impact and reach.

Through your support, we can continue to cultivate a legacy of stability, advocacy and leadership for arts & humanities in Nebraska. 

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

Nebraska Arts Council

Through the Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment supports statewide arts education, including underwriting school buses for students to experience cultural field trips.

Nebraska Cultural Endowment and Nebraska Arts Council also provide annual operating support to cultural institutions like Omaha Symphony, Opera Omaha, Lied Center for Performing Arts, Sheldon Museum of Art and Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA), among many others.

The Nebraska Cultural Endowment is a key partner in the state’s cultural landscape, helping to sustain the vital arts and arts education for all Nebraskans.” 
Mike Markey – Executive Director, Nebraska Arts Council

Humanities Nebraska

Through Humanities Nebraska, Nebraska Cultural Endowment funds projects and programs statewide that explore history and culture, enhance reading, writing, and discussion by youth and veterans, and nurture civic engagement and civil discourse.

Humanities Nebraska programs funded in part by Nebraska Cultural Endowment include Prime Time Family Reading Time, Nebraska Warrior Writers, Capitol Forum on America’s Future and Speakers Bureau.


Humanities Nebraska helps Nebraskans explore what connects us and makes us human, and what it means to live a life of purpose and meaning. The Nebraska Cultural Endowment is a critical funding partner for achieving this mission all across the state.” 
Chris Sommerich – Executive Director, Humanities Nebraska