Humanities

Writing is my Livelihood

Culture, Humanities, Uncategorized

My interest in wordplay began in childhood. Growing up in North Omaha I found myself attracted to the wonder of certain words, usually multi-syllabic tongue twisters I heard television talking-heads wittily brandish. I also fell under the near fatal spell of alliteration.

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My Voice Is My Livelihood

Humanities

Lora’s story Sometimes you get lucky and you get to do the thing you love. That happened to me 23 years ago when I started my career in broadcasting. I am a native Nebraskan and I was fortunate to go to a small school where I could be in band, chorus, stage plays, speech, and sports. I […]

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Poetry Is My Livelihood

Humanities, Uncategorized

Twyla’s Story I did not attempt creative writing when I was young because I had no notion I could. My unlikely path to poetry—to creativity, really—was detoured by everyday life: growing up, marrying, starting a family, working, attending college as a non-traditional student. By the time I graduated with a degree in horticulture, I thought […]

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Storytelling Is My Livelihood

Humanities

Mary’s Story Ever since I was a child, storytelling has been a part of my life. Back then, it was an escape from getting into trouble—but usually the opposite happened. Having spent quite a bit of time in the coat closet at elementary school for “stretching the truth of a situation,” one would think I […]

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Teaching the Humanities Is My Livelihood

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Leonard’s Story From as far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a lawyer. Only in the second semester of my senior year as an undergraduate did my resolve begin to waiver. I had applied to law schools and to graduate schools in the classics, which was my major. I was fortunate: I […]

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All for the Match Campaign Update!

Humanities, Uncategorized

Great news, Nebraska! We are pleased to share that we have received a $400,000 4:1 challenge grant from an anonymous donor that will help us reach our “All for the Match” campaign goal! To meet the conditions of the grant, we need to raise $1.6M over the next three years to match the increase in […]

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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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Blog Birthday Celebration Week!

Humanities, Uncategorized

Our blog turns 1 year old this Wednesday! Each week for the past 52 weeks we have shared inspiring stories from real Nebraskans who are committed to ensuring a livelihood for the arts and humanities in our great state. In celebration, we will be holding contests all week long for tickets to cultural events and […]

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The “Whys” of History Are My Livelihood

Education, Humanities, Uncategorized

Jane’s Story My earliest political memory is of my father’s reaction to my uncle’s observation that he thought Robert Taft would be a good president. Daddy narrowed his eyes and slowly shook his head: “Taft was never a friend of the working man,” he growled. Born and raised in Saline County, my parents were staunch […]

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Opening the Past Is My Livelihood

Humanities, Uncategorized

Jeff’s Story I’ve loved history and traveling the Great Plains for as long as I can remember. My mom and dad loaded my brothers and me into the camper every summer to take off for points in Nebraska, Minnesota, Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas, so I grew up knowing what a broad, diverse, and beautiful […]

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