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Enhancing Community Through Art

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“I have always felt that one measure of a successful community is its art culture,” said Donna Dahlsten, a former art teacher at Lewis Center School District in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Donna’s first experience with arts and humanities came from her parents, who encouraged both art and education. She went on to major in art […]

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Meet Maggie

Nebraska Arts, Community Vitality, Culture, Fine Arts, Humanities, Statewide, Uncategorized

  The Board of Directors for Nebraska Cultural Endowment is excited to welcome Maggie Smith as NCE’s new Executive Director. Maggie most recently served as Director of Operations at KANEKO, where she co-lead fundraising and development strategy, while overseeing marketing, communications, programming and operations. Prior to joining KANEKO in 2019, Smith taught college writing courses […]

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Wielding the Pen

Nebraska Civic Engagement, Community Vitality, Education, History, Humanities, Media Arts, Statewide, Uncategorized

When healing from trauma, the pen is mighty powerful. The Nebraska Warrior Writers program was designed to help active-duty military personnel and veterans process and express their thoughts and feelings through words. Humanities Nebraska (HN), in partnership with Nebraska Writing Project and the Veterans Administration, launched the Nebraska Warrior Writers (NWW) in 2014. Not only […]

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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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A Legacy of Leadership

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A Legacy of Leadership    Being a philanthropist is easy, accessible, and fulfilling when we think about what assets we can leave for our community after we’re gone. The directors of the Nebraska Arts Council, Humanities Nebraska and Nebraska Cultural Endowment (NCE) are examples of how leaving a legacy doesn’t have to be a highly involved or sacrificial process.     Suzanne Wise, Nebraska Arts Council, Bequest  Looking back on her […]

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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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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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Still Learning From Lewis and Clark Today

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Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center sits on a scenic wooded bluff overlooking the Missouri River near Nebraska City. “I have been involved with the Center since it was just a vision and dream,” said Doug Friedli, Executive Director of the Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Visitor Center. “Education is our primary mission, for students of all ages and […]

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