Community Vitality

NCE’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Nebraska Arts, Civic Engagement, Community Vitality, Culture, Education, Humanities, Statewide

Nebraska Cultural Endowment (NCE) exists to sustain, enhance, and perpetuate the arts and humanities in Nebraska by partnering with the state’s arts and humanities councils, the Nebraska Arts Council and Humanities Nebraska. We acknowledge that in order to sustain these activities and their positive impacts on society, Nebraska’s cultural practitioners, organizations, and funders must have […]

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Stinners Dedicated to Quality of Life Through Arts and Humanities Support

Nebraska Civic Engagement, Community Vitality, Donor Story, Government, Humanities, Statewide

Senator John and Rita Stinner’s impact reaches every corner of Nebraska.   Senator Stinner, a former community banker and current Nebraska State Senator, and Rita, a retired collegiate music instructor and current performer, conductor and arts advocate, leave their philanthropic footprint everywhere they go. The Stinners make frequent round trips from Gering to Lincoln during the legislative session. Ample time spent in communities statewide has informed their philanthropy […]

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Cattleman and Art Lover

Nebraska Arts, Civic Engagement, Community Vitality, Donor Story, Government, Humanities, Performing Arts

Al Davis is a lifelong Nebraskan and rancher, with roots in Sandhills near Hyannis and a keen interest in the arts and humanities.  So, what makes a bona fide cattleman take an interest in the arts?  Al’s passion and interests for ranching and public service were enriched by his involvement in theater and the performing arts. Davis was […]

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Cultural Awareness Strengthens Community

Nebraska Access, Civic Engagement, Community Vitality, Culture, Education, Humanities

The face of Nebraska is constantly changing. We are a welcoming place for immigrants and refugees, and the number of people in Nebraska with a racial identity other than white is becoming a larger piece of the increasingly colorful pie that is our population. This highlights a wonderful opportunity to invest in intercultural awareness and […]

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Wielding the Pen

Nebraska Civic Engagement, Community Vitality, Education, History, Humanities, Media Arts, Statewide, Uncategorized

When healing from trauma, the pen is mighty powerful. The Nebraska Warrior Writers program was designed to help active-duty military personnel and veterans process and express their thoughts and feelings through words. Humanities Nebraska (HN), in partnership with Nebraska Writing Project and the Veterans Administration, launched the Nebraska Warrior Writers (NWW) in 2014. Not only […]

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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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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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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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A Legacy for Family & Community

Nebraska Access, Arts, Community Vitality, Culture, Donor Story, Humanities, Uncategorized

Jacquelyn E. “Jackie” Rosenlof was a champion for many causes during her lifetime. She also cared deeply for her children and grandchildren, and she left a legacy of values by sharing this love of community with them. Jackie’s four children and 14 grandchildren would often visit her in Kearney. They would go to the Archway, Kearney […]

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