Statewide

Stinners Recognized for Generosity

Nebraska Arts, Civic Engagement, Community Vitality, Culture, Donor Story, Economic Development, Education, Government, Humanities, Statewide

Rita and John Stinner of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, are the model citizens when it comes to volunteerism, philanthropic support, and civic leadership.   This is why the Nebraska Cultural Endowment (NCE) and its partners, the Nebraska Arts Council and Humanities Nebraska, took great privilege in nominating them as Outstanding Philanthropists. The couple will be honored on National Philanthropy Day, November 16, at a virtual […]

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Statewide Impact

Nebraska Access, Arts, Economic Development, Humanities, Statewide, Uncategorized

  Donors to the Nebraska Cultural Endowment provide reliable support to extend important arts and humanities programs to more Nebraskans, now and for future generations. Gifts are matched, invested, and fully leveraged to expand the impact of this permanent support. Thanks to our donors and the State of Nebraska, the NCE distributed over $1 million […]

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Rising to the Moment

Nebraska Access, Arts, Economic Development, Humanities, Statewide, Uncategorized

In 2020, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment was proud to play an unprecedented role in providing relief for Nebraska’s arts and humanities organizations statewide, many of whom were at risk of closing due to crushing revenue losses due to the ongoing pandemic. Thanks to consistent donor support and effective fund stewardship, the NCE Board of Directors […]

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Legislative Update

Nebraska Arts, Civic Engagement, Community Vitality, Economic Development, Government, Humanities, Statewide, Uncategorized

Legislative Alert: Under new legislation included in the Nebraska State Budget, the State has doubled its annual commitment to the NCE’s public matching fund, the Cultural Preservation Endowment Fund (CPEF). This arrangement allows the NCE to facilitate an increase in the CPEF’s value by $10 million by raising $10 million in matching funds through private […]

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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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State Budget for Cultural Endowment Doubles

Nebraska Access, Arts, Culture, Economic Development, Government, Humanities, Statewide

New legislation increases annual commitment to Nebraska Cultural Endowment   We’re honored to work with passionate Nebraskans statewide to double their impact through our nationally unique public private partnership. The State has acknowledged the effectiveness of this model and has granted NCE the ability to double our impact in Nebraska over the next decade… This […]

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NAC Secures New Funding for Creative Aging

Nebraska Access, Arts, Education, Statewide

The Nebraska Arts Council recently secured new funding from a national grant program to advance creative aging programs for older adults in Nebraska. Recognizing that older adults have many contributions to make to their communities—but that they often face ageism and isolation and have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19— The Nebraska Arts Council sought funding […]

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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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Prime Time Reading Program Enriches Lives of the Families it Touches

Nebraska Access, Education, Humanities, Statewide

Prime Time Family Reading Time is one of Humanities Nebraska’s most beloved programs. At 36 underserved schools and libraries across the state, children and their families meet to read and discuss award-winning children’s books. Each session is led by a storyteller and discussion leader.   “NCE has been a huge supporter of Prime Time Family Reading,” said Karolee Gleason, a coordinator from Grant Elementary in […]

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