Performing Arts

The Suzanne Wise Art Education Fund

Nebraska Arts, Civic Engagement, Community Vitality, Culture, Education, Fine Arts, Media Arts, Performing Arts, Statewide, Uncategorized

My mother taught me that arts education is not about training someone to be a professional artist or a musician, it’s about helping young people succeed by developing their creativity.” Suzanne Wise, Nebraska Arts Council Director 2000-2022   The Suzanne Wise Arts Education Fund was created to honor the long-time director of the Nebraska Arts […]

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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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Creative Solutions to Sustain Connection

Nebraska Arts, Civic Engagement, Culture, Education, Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Uncategorized

Lincoln Community Playhouse has been known for their transformative programming prior to and throughout the pandemic with The Penguin Project and the Parking Lot Plays.  Prior to Covid, The Penguin Project offered participants with special needs, ages 10- to 22-years old, the opportunity to learn roles and put on plays. Participants were partnered with peer mentors and worked together on lines, staging and all aspects of learning the production.   “People […]

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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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Necessity really is the mother of invention

McCook, Nebraska Arts, Community Vitality, Performing Arts

Small Orchestra – Big Impact Necessity really is the mother of invention. Just ask Cheryl Christner, Managing Director of Simply Strings in McCook. When the Christner’s moved to McCook there was no strings program there at that time. Through playing as a family at local nursing homes and assisted living facilities, as well as civic events, it was discovered that there had […]

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Make Mistakes Big

Omaha, Nebraska Access, Arts, Education, Performing Arts

Learning to play the cello with the String Sprouts program at the Omaha Conservatory of Music has brought about changes in Charlie, (8) and Tegan, (6) Hess that may be a bit surprising. In the process of learning to practice, they have learned it is okay to make mistakes. What has changed exponentially is the […]

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