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Stinners Recognized for Generosity

Nebraska Arts, Civic Engagement, Community Vitality, Culture, Donor Story, Economic Development, Education, Government, Humanities, Statewide

Rita and John Stinner of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, are the model citizens when it comes to volunteerism, philanthropic support, and civic leadership.   This is why the Nebraska Cultural Endowment (NCE) and its partners, the Nebraska Arts Council and Humanities Nebraska, took great privilege in nominating them as Outstanding Philanthropists. The couple will be honored on National Philanthropy Day, November 16, at a virtual […]

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Humanities Nebraska to bring Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to Omaha to speak on “Finding Your Roots”

Omaha Civic Engagement, Culture, History, Humanities

Historian, filmmaker, popular PBS host, and renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will be the featured speaker for the 26th annual Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha. The event is presented by Humanities Nebraska (HN), with co-sponsors including Union Pacific and the […]

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Statewide Impact

Nebraska Access, Arts, Economic Development, Humanities, Statewide, Uncategorized

  Donors to the Nebraska Cultural Endowment provide reliable support to extend important arts and humanities programs to more Nebraskans, now and for future generations. Gifts are matched, invested, and fully leveraged to expand the impact of this permanent support. Thanks to our donors and the State of Nebraska, the NCE distributed over $1 million […]

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Rising to the Moment

Nebraska Access, Arts, Economic Development, Humanities, Statewide, Uncategorized

In 2020, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment was proud to play an unprecedented role in providing relief for Nebraska’s arts and humanities organizations statewide, many of whom were at risk of closing due to crushing revenue losses due to the ongoing pandemic. Thanks to consistent donor support and effective fund stewardship, the NCE Board of Directors […]

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A Legacy of Leadership

Nebraska Uncategorized

A Legacy of Leadership    Being a philanthropist is easy, accessible, and fulfilling when we think about what assets we can leave for our community after we’re gone. The directors of the Nebraska Arts Council, Humanities Nebraska and Nebraska Cultural Endowment (NCE) are examples of how leaving a legacy doesn’t have to be a highly involved or sacrificial process.     Suzanne Wise, Nebraska Arts Council, Bequest  Looking back on her […]

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Legislative Update

Nebraska Arts, Civic Engagement, Community Vitality, Economic Development, Government, Humanities, Statewide, Uncategorized

Legislative Alert: Under new legislation included in the Nebraska State Budget, the State has doubled its annual commitment to the NCE’s public matching fund, the Cultural Preservation Endowment Fund (CPEF). This arrangement allows the NCE to facilitate an increase in the CPEF’s value by $10 million by raising $10 million in matching funds through private […]

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Creative Solutions to Sustain Connection

Nebraska Arts, Civic Engagement, Culture, Education, Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Uncategorized

Lincoln Community Playhouse has been known for their transformative programming prior to and throughout the pandemic with The Penguin Project and the Parking Lot Plays.  Prior to Covid, The Penguin Project offered participants with special needs, ages 10- to 22-years old, the opportunity to learn roles and put on plays. Participants were partnered with peer mentors and worked together on lines, staging and all aspects of learning the production.   “People […]

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The Show Must Go On

Nebraska Arts, Civic Engagement, Community Vitality, Culture, Humanities, Performing Arts, Statewide, Uncategorized, Visual Arts

Ending 2019 on a high note, the Kearney Community Theatre was eager to kickoff its 2020 season. After selling out shows and engaging several new volunteers and actors, the world was struck by the Coronavirus pandemic. Like many venues, they shut their doors to ensure the safety of the more than 1000 patrons coming from miles away.  […]

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Inclusion & Accessibility – Changing Lives Through Art

Nebraska Access, Arts, Community Vitality, Education, Visual Arts

Inclusivity and Accessibility have taken on a renewed importance in recent months. At the heart of the Carnegie Arts Center is the drive to make art meaningful – regardless of a family’s income, access to transportation, or any physical, mental, or developmental disabilities.   Modeling this value, the Carnegie cultivated its educational outreach by partnering with groups that serve seniors, children, and families to offer accessible art classes.  “Our educational outreach absolutely would not be possible without generous grant support,” said Kyren Conley, Executive Director. With […]

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Still Learning From Lewis and Clark Today

Nebraska Uncategorized

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center sits on a scenic wooded bluff overlooking the Missouri River near Nebraska City. “I have been involved with the Center since it was just a vision and dream,” said Doug Friedli, Executive Director of the Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Visitor Center. “Education is our primary mission, for students of all ages and […]

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