Culture

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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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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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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Finding Ways to Rewrite Historical Loss

Omaha Access, Community Vitality, Culture, Economic Development, Education, Government, History, Humanities

The Durham Museum is a staple of Nebraska’s core cultural fabric. Like many other important institutions, the Durham relies on a mix of philanthropy and earned revenues, which have been significantly strained since March. Fortunately, many of the educational programs offered by The Durham Museum were already offered in a digital learning format, so transitioning […]

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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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Not Your Typical License Plate

Nebraska Arts, Culture, Economic Development, Government, Statewide, Visual Arts

The Nebraska Arts Council is currently seeking designs for the new “Support the Arts” license plate. Nebraska Legislative Bill 942, introduced by Senator Megan Hunt, was passed on July 31. This bill allows Nebraska Arts Council to create a new specialty license plate that will provide funding for the newly defined Creative Districts in Nebraska. […]

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Natalie Hahn to Receive 2020 Sower Award

Nebraska Culture, Education, Government, History, Humanities, Statewide

Humanities Nebraska has named Natalie Hahn, Malaika Foundation founder and International United Nations Official as the 2020 Sower Award recipient.  The Sower award is presented annually to an individual who has made “a significant contribution to public understanding of the humanities of Nebraska.” Hahn, a long-time resident of Central City, is now a Lincoln resident […]

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