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…

A Year End Message From The Executive Director

I hope you have been able to enjoy some of the many arts and humanities programs available during this holiday season all across Nebraska. Last year my family visited the Stuhr Museum for Christmas Past and Present. It was well worth the drive from Omaha to experience the magic of Railroad Town by lantern light! Did you know that over the past five years Grand Island has received more than $150,000 in grant and programming funding from the Nebraska Arts Council and Humanities Nebraska?  Continue Reading…

LAWYERING IS MY LIVELIHOOD

U.S. President Abraham Lincoln sculpted by Daniel Chester French (1850–1931). 

Located at the State Capitol Building, Lincoln, NE

David’s Story

Did you know that a Nebraska lawyer, Frank M. Hall, played a role in the design of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.? I thought of Hall as I pondered how my life as a lawyer has intersected with the arts and humanities.

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Essaying Is My Livelihood

 

Lisa’s Story

I’m an essayist. I ask questions about my thoughts, beliefs, and experiences, and then go to work answering them by telling true and factual stories. For instance, I was curious about the different ways in which people experience landscape and why I’m so drawn to river landscapes. Continue Reading…

Conversation Is My Livelihood

Mike, Russell, and John – Dannebrog – 8.17.15
copyright Stuart Chittenden

Stuart’s Story

As an expat Brit new to Omaha ten years ago, I wanted to crack open the rigid carapace of “Nebraska nice” and reveal the intimacy of a people’s truer characters. In 2010 my wife and I began hosting conversation salons in our home reminiscent of those from Enlightenment France. Since then, spurred on by a spirit of curiosity, my belief in conversation’s benefits has motivated an active artistic and humanities practice centered around conversation-based interactions. I develop and deliver a variety of conversational programs and engagements for individuals and organizations. Continue Reading…

My Livelihood Adds Sparkle To My Days

 

Dorothy’s Story

I believe my livelihood began at the age of four years when I stated that I wanted to be a teacher. To reach that point, I studied in school, graduated at the age of sixteen, took twelve hours of summer school, and received passing grades in teachers’ exams.  Of course, this was not a new activity for my family as my grandmother and my mother had spent much time teaching in classrooms. Continue Reading…

A #Giving Tuesday Message From NCE Executive Director, Marian Fey

It’s been six months since I came to the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and I continue to be awed by the generosity of Nebraskans and their willingness to invest in the arts and humanities across the state. There is a basic understanding here that the grants and programs provided by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Arts Council contribute to the overall well-being of communities, attract and retain young families, and provide a sense of character not always apparent in today’s world.

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Poetry Is My Livelihood

Twyla Hansen, Nebraska State Poet, accepted the Word Sender Award from the John G. Neihardt Foundation November 9, 2014 at the Laureate’s Feast.   Read about Twyla Hansen in this re-blogging of “Poetry Is My Livelihood” originally posted January 2014.

Twyla’s Story
I did not attempt creative writing when I was young because I had no notion I could. My unlikely path to poetry—to creativity, really—was detoured by everyday life: growing up, marrying, starting a family, working, attending college as a non-traditional student. By the time I graduated with a degree in horticulture, I thought I knew what I wished to do and where I was headed. Not exactly.

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Bridging Cultures Is My Livelihood

Nancy’s story:

“You will wear two dresses” my great-grandmother told me, referring to my mixed heritage of Cherokee/Choctaw/Scots Irish and the challenges to be faced.

But, thankfully from an early age I had a great-grandmother who taught me about tribal traditions, and a grandfather who wanted me assured of a western education and willing

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