Arts

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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Start the year with a story…

Arts, Culture, Education, Government, Humanities

Happy New Year and a big THANK YOU for an amazing 2018! I’d like to start this year with gratitude and a reflection…   20 years ago, Nebraska looked much different. We’ve had tremendous shifts in our economic and community landscapes from Scottsbluff to Omaha, Norfolk to McCook. And while MY perspective of things may […]

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NAC Director to Receive National Award

Arts, Culture

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) has named Suzanne Wise, executive director of the Nebraska Arts Council, the recipient of its 2018 Gary Young Award. The award recognizes an executive director who has made an extraordinary contribution to public support for the arts at the state, regional and national levels. The award will be […]

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NCE Participates in Give to Lincoln Day and Omaha Gives!

Arts, Culture, Humanities, Uncategorized

Each year, the community comes together to support its favorite causes on one day! NCE encourages you to support YOUR favorite cultural organizations in Lincoln and Omaha on May 23 for Omaha Gives and May 31 for Give to Lincoln Day! The Nebraska Cultural Endowment is participating in both days and is grateful for the […]

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NCE Board Member Robert Nefsky Awarded Leonard Thiessen Award

Arts, Culture, Government

Board Member Robert Nefsky, Recipient of the 2018 Leonard Thiessen Award   Earlier this month, our board member Robert Nefsky was awarded the Leonard Thiessen award at the 2018 Governor’s Arts Awards. I had the privilege of asking Mr. Nefsky a few questions about the award, and his involvement in the arts. JL: Congratulations on winning […]

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Putting to practice my knowledge and skills is my livelihood

Arts, Culture, Uncategorized

Josh’s Story: Since completing my MFA in 2010, I have endeavored to make art the foundation of my livelihood. Though I am a practicing studio artist, I do not rely on the sale of my work for an income. A quick look at my website will demonstrate my lack of broad, commercial appeal… Instead, I […]

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A Welcome Address from New Executive Director, Kyle Cartwright

Arts, Culture, Humanities, Uncategorized

Happy New Year to the Nebraska Cultural Endowment’s partners, friends, constituents and beneficiaries! I am thrilled to be serving our cultural communities with you through the mission of the NCE and our partner organizations, Nebraska Arts Council and Humanities Nebraska. This year marks 20 years of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment creating sustainability funding for our […]

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