Culture

Fiction is my Livelihood

Culture, Education, Uncategorized

As a farm boy, I was a spectacular failure. I wandered off from my chores, lost in imagination, mumbling to myself as I walked in circles. Today such a child would be drugged and counseled. My parents, however, let me roam; one of the paths I trod through a patch of weeds is still weedless […]

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Celebrating Art Is My Livelihood

Arts, Culture, Education, Uncategorized

Kara’s Story The art that our society as a whole creates, supports and preserves speaks for all time about who we are as a people right now at this time and in this place. I look at the art world from an art historian’s point of view and that obviously influences my opinion on the […]

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Textile Art is My Livelihood

Arts, Culture

Robert’s Story I use dance as a metaphor in describing the process through which I create textile art. My goal is to produce dazzling effects of rhythm and movement by manipulating and modifying fibers and fabric to bring about new and dynamic forms of art. In doing so I create objects of fine art for […]

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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

Arts, Culture, Uncategorized

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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