Arts

Over $1.1M Awarded to Nebraska Organizations

Nebraska Access, Arts, Culture, Government, Humanities, Statewide

Five Nebraska organizations received CARES Act grants directly from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and six Nebraska organizations received CARES Act grants directly from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). These grants, totaling $1,107,206 were awarded separately and in addition to those recently awarded and announced by our partners, the Nebraska Arts […]

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Willa Cather’s Legacy Transformed a Community

Red Cloud, Nebraska Arts, Community Vitality, Culture, History, Humanities

If Willa Cather were to visit Red Cloud today, she would still feel right at home. Since the founding of Willa Cather Foundation in 1955, the community has embraced the legacy of the literary icon in ways that keep both her work and the community relevant and vibrant. Red Cloud has become home to the […]

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Humanities Nebraska and Nebraska Arts Council CARES Act Grants Announced

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

Humanities Nebraska and Nebraska Arts Council have made distributions of CARES Act dollars to Nebraska nonprofit cultural organizations. Funding has been provided by the National Endowment for Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts as part of  the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.  These grants will give financial relief […]

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Driving Students to the Arts

Nebraska Access, Arts, Education, Statewide

School Bus for the Arts is one of the Nebraska Arts Council’s most popular offerings and is supported by the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.   This program creates widespread access to arts education by defraying some of the costs for pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade students to attend professional arts events throughout the state.  The juniors and seniors at Central Valley High School in Greeley, NE recently visited the Orpheum in Omaha to see the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton. Nicki Underwood, Central […]

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Bob Nefsky Shows Passion for Sustaining Arts, Humanities

Nebraska Arts, Culture, Donor Story, Government, Humanities

“The Arts and Humanities are one of the principal things that reflect the era and generations in which we live,” said Bob Nefsky, a Lincoln attorney and a founder of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. “The one thing that will survive us is the arts, culture, and humanities.” Bob first became involved with the arts and […]

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Locally and Statewide, Dudley Supports the Arts

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

“I have seen first-hand the impact that the Nebraska Cultural Endowment has on our community,” said Michelle Dudley, resident of Norfolk, NE. “I have observed how funding from the NCE helps to strengthen and sustain our organization,” After serving on the board of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment for four years, Michelle appreciates the organization’s direct […]

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Necessity really is the mother of invention

McCook, Nebraska Arts, Community Vitality, Performing Arts

Small Orchestra – Big Impact Necessity really is the mother of invention. Just ask Cheryl Christner, Managing Director of Simply Strings in McCook. When the Christner’s moved to McCook there was no strings program there at that time. Through playing as a family at local nursing homes and assisted living facilities, as well as civic events, it was discovered that there had […]

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Role Models in Philanthropy

Omaha, Nebraska Arts, Culture, Donor Story, Humanities

Donor pledges legacy gift to honor parents who paved the way. “I was blessed to grow up in a household with philanthropic parents as role models,” said Melissa Marvin, Chief Service Officer at the Bank of Bennington.   “One of the consistent messages they taught my brother and me, was that of ‘hand to man, heart to […]

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Visionary Don Pederson’s Legacy Lives in Perpetuity

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

In Don Pederson’s 90 years as a Nebraskan, he accomplished many things. The lawyer who grew up in Omaha and practiced law in North Platte for more than 40 years, was a dedicated public servant in the state legislature from 1996 to 2007. He made an impact on those he met, and thousands of Nebraskans […]

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Make Mistakes Big

Omaha, Nebraska Access, Arts, Education, Performing Arts

Learning to play the cello with the String Sprouts program at the Omaha Conservatory of Music has brought about changes in Charlie, (8) and Tegan, (6) Hess that may be a bit surprising. In the process of learning to practice, they have learned it is okay to make mistakes. What has changed exponentially is the […]

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