Culture

Theater Is My Livelihood

Culture

Joe’s Story I have no theater background. I have no writing background. What I do enjoy is telling stories. As a lawyer, I do this professionally. The practice of law often boils down to effective storytelling with—if you are lucky—a little law to support the happy ending you hope to convey.

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Singing Is My Livelihood

Culture

Mary’s Story I grew up in a small Iowa town. My mother is a pianist, and my great grandmother, who lived with us for a time, was too. Piano filled the house. My parents were in the restaurant business and when I was very small we lived in an apartment upstairs. I’d sit on top […]

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Living History Is My Livelihood

Culture, Uncategorized

Kay’s Story When asked by someone what I do for a living it usually ends up being an educational opportunity for the person who has asked me that question. You see I am a living historian. A statement like that will usually be followed with a quizzical look or a plethora of questions wanting a […]

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Textiles Are My Livelihood

Arts, Culture

Mary Zicafoose’s Story I grew up in the 1950s in Niles, Michigan. I went to the neighborhood catholic grade school and it was there that I was first initiated into the rituals of color, symbols and cloth. My mentor, a catholic nun named Mother Padua, suggested I give up my recess time and spend it, instead, […]

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Music Is My Livelihood

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Hal’s Story I’ve had the good fortune to make my living as an opera conductor working in the United States and abroad for the past 34 years. A number of those years have been in Nebraska that I now call home.

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Food Art Is My Livelihood

Culture

Matthew’s Story I began my creative journey at a young age. Growing up in a musical family, it wasn’t long before I developed a love of art in the form of theatre, music and visual art. We often took family vacations centered on museums, art galleries and concert halls. Eight years ago, my life changed […]

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Teaching West African Cultures and Traditions Is My Livelihood

Culture, Humanities, Uncategorized

Charles’s Story The guiding principal for me is, “Hwendo na bua” which in my language, Fon, means, “Our culture and origin will not disappear.” I grew up in Benin; a small country in West Africa. In order to maintain strong family ties, and pass on history, values and traditions, my mother would bring her children […]

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All for the Match Campaign Update!

Culture, Humanities, Uncategorized

Thanks to the generous gift of one million dollars from the John W. Carson Foundation, we are one third of the way to reaching our All for the Match campaign goal! This gift not only ensures a future livelihood for the arts and humanities in Nebraska, but also ensures Livi’s safety! Remember Livi, the charming, […]

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Chautauqua Contest!

Culture, Humanities, Uncategorized

Organized by Humanities Nebraska, the Chautauqua Series brings workshops, presentations, and other activities for children and adults across the state in celebration of heritage and political and cultural happenings. This year’s theme is Free Land? 1862 and the Shaping of Modern America. In the spirit of the upcoming Chautauqua series happening across Nebraska this month, […]

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Tribal Culture Is My Livelihood

Culture, Humanities, Uncategorized

Taylor’s Story Our identity is everything to us as human beings. I was born into two tribes, the Omaha, and the Cherokee. I was adopted at birth into the earthen Bison clan (Black Shoulder or Inke’cabe). My name is Ba’gee-zha, which means Bison Mane, literally, but refers to the transformation of an alpha male whose head and neck […]

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