Arts

NAC Secures New Funding for Creative Aging

Nebraska Access, Arts, Education, Statewide

The Nebraska Arts Council recently secured new funding from a national grant program to advance creative aging programs for older adults in Nebraska. Recognizing that older adults have many contributions to make to their communities—but that they often face ageism and isolation and have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19— The Nebraska Arts Council sought funding […]

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Locally and Statewide, the Cooper Foundation Provides Support

Arts, Culture, Donor Story, Government, Humanities, Statewide

“The Cooper Foundation was involved in the Nebraska Cultural Endowment from the very beginning,” said Victoria Grasso, President of The Cooper Foundation. “In fact, my predecessor, Art Thompson, facilitated the task force meeting back in 1998 to discuss the creation of a cultural endowment for Nebraska.” Founded in 1934, The Cooper Foundation has since granted […]

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Woods Charitable Fund Provides Long-Standing Support for Nebraska  

Nebraska Arts, Culture, Donor Story, Government, Humanities, Statewide

For close to 80 years, Woods Charitable Fund (WCF) has been able to respond to the issues, possibilities, and creative direction in the Nebraska community.  “My father, Chip Woods, was Woods Charitable Fund’s board chair and an avid supporter of the arts and humanities,” said Tom Woods, President & Board Secretary of Woods Charitable Fund. “WCF first got involved with […]

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Arts Provide Hope for Omaha Community

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

In 2020, the importance of our relationships and sense of community became paramount. The Union for Contemporary Art (The Union) fosters this sense of community with every fiber of their organization and in the programs they create. The North Omaha community that The Union serves has been disproportionately impacted by the health and economic effects […]

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NCE Executive Director Earns Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy Designation

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

Kyle Cartwright, Executive Director, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, has earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy Designation (CAP®) professional designation after a year-long program of intensive study at The American College of Financial Services. The CAP® program is a three-course curriculum designed to bring nonprofit fundraisers and professional advisors together to help donors and clients achieve their […]

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Additional Relief via PPP Round 2

Nebraska Arts, Community Vitality, Culture, Economic Development, Government, Humanities, Statewide

The SBA announced that the PPP loan program will be-reopening this week. Community-based financial institutions, such as your local bank, may have started initiating PPP loan applications as of Monday, January 11th. If you meet the following, you may be eligible: 300 or fewer employees (or per location for restaurants and accommodations) AND 25% reduction […]

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Creative Giving Strategies: The QCD

Nebraska Arts, Donor Story, Humanities, Statewide

Many donors to the Nebraska Cultural Endowment (NCE) have found creative, fulfilling and strategic ways to make meaningful contributions to Nebraska’s arts and humanities.   One of these ways is through a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA).  Donating from your IRA maximizes your dollars to worthy causes such as the NCE.” – Donna Woods, NCE Board Member and Donor If you are 70 ½ or older and […]

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An Old Concept, A New Need

Scottsbluff Arts, Community Vitality, Culture, Economic Development, Media Arts

 Drive-ins typically conjure up nostalgic images of days gone by; of first dates and family outings to the movies in the car. When the Midwest Theater in Scottsbluff closed its doors temporarily due to COVID-19, Executive Director Billy Estes immediately missed the interaction of the theater. It wasn’t long before Estes had the creative idea to implement a drive-in theater, and the SkyView Drive-In Theater was born.   Improvising a screen on a box truck in […]

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Nebraska Cultural Endowment Grants $300,000 in Additional Funding

Nebraska Access, Arts, Community Vitality, Culture, Economic Development, Humanities, Statewide

Special fund distribution to help sustain Nebraska arts and cultural programs The Board of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment announced the distribution of $300,000 in grant funding to support Nebraska’s cultural infrastructure. The special distribution is in addition to NCE’s normal annual distribution, most recently $460,000 in April 2020. “The decision to make this unprecedented distribution […]

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Telling an Endless Story

Nebraska Access, Arts, Community Vitality, Culture, Education, Government, Humanities, Statewide

How does one tell an endless story in a way that captivates imagination while providing concrete examples? This was the challenge faced by the Nebraska Cultural Endowment when we revisited our creative strategy. A creative strategy uses images and text to share a message with an audience. For many years, the Endowment’s creative strategy focused […]

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