Humanities Nebraska and Nebraska Arts Council CARES Act Grants Announced

Nebraska Access, Arts, Community Vitality, Culture, Economic Development, Education, Government, Humanities, Statewide

Humanities Nebraska and Nebraska Arts Council have made distributions of CARES Act dollars to Nebraska nonprofit cultural organizations. Funding has been provided by the National Endowment for Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts as part of  the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.  These grants will give financial relief to Nebraska arts and humanities organizations in response to challenges created by COVID-19.

The federal government, through the CARES Act, recognizes the importance of nonprofit arts and humanities industries and their contributions to the American economy.  These funds are intended to help save jobs and keep hundreds of these vital organizations open and functioning.

The organizations receiving grants from Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Arts Council are listed below:


Humanities Nebraska

CARES Act Grants


African Culture Connection: $7,500

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia in Lincoln: $5,000

The Archway: $5,000

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts: $7,500

Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation: $2,790

Blixt Locally Grown: $2,500

Bluebarn Theater: $7,500

Brownville Fine Arts Association: $2,500

Brownville Historical Society: $3,250

Buffalo County Historical Society: $10,000

Crane River Theater Company: $7,500

Creighton University, Kingfisher Institute: $5,000

Creighton University Libraries: $2,500

Custer County Historical Society: $4,850

The Digg Site Productions LLC: $4,000

Douglas County Historical Society: $5,000

The Durham Museum: $10,000

El Museo Latino: $7,500

Elkhorn Valley Museum: $7,500

Film Streams, Inc: $7,500

Flatwater Shakespeare Company: $5,000

Fremont Area Art Association: $2,500

Friends of the Kenfield Gallery: $3,500

Friends of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, UNL: $7,500

Friends of Opera – UNL: $1,000

Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation: $1,200

Golden Spike Tower: $5,000

Great Plains Black History Museum: $9,728

Great Plains Theatre Conference: $7,500

Hall County Historical Society: $7,500

Hastings College: $7,500

Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History: $8,900

Heartland Military Museum: $6,510

History Nebraska: $10,000

John G. Neihardt Foundation: $7,500

Joslyn Art Museum: $7,500

Joslyn Castle: $7,500

La Casa Del Pueblo: $1,000

KANEKO: $5,000

Fort Atkinson Foundation: $857

Friends of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, UNL: $7,500

Friends of Kenfield Gallery: $3,500

Kregel Windmill Factory Museum: $7,500

Legacy of Plains Museum: $10,000

Lewis and Clark Visitors Center: $7,500

Lincoln County Historical Society: $10,000

Merrick County Historical Museum: $6,200

Robert M. Merryman Performing Arts Center, Inc.: $5,000

Friends of Midwest Theater: $10,000

Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney: $7,500

Nebraska Firefighters Museum: $2,500

Nebraska Prairie Museum: $10,000

Nebraska Shakespeare: $7,500

Nebraska Writers Collective: $10,000

NET Foundation for Television: $5,000

Norfolk Arts Center: $5,000

North Platte Community Playhouse: $2,500

Friends of Paplin, Inc: $2,000

Plainsman Museum: $8,300

Platte Valley Literacy Association: $2,500

Prairie Arts Center: $5,000

Rabble Mill: $7,500

Schuyler Historical Society: $1,620

Sheldon Art Association: $7,500

Sherman County Historical Society: $3,500

Sioux County Historical Society: $1,185

Strategic Air and Space Museum: $7,500

Stuhr Museum Foundation: $10,000

The Malone Center: $5,000

University of Nebraska State Museum: $5,000

Washington County Historical Society: $10,000

Wessels Living History Farm: $5,000

Willa Cather Foundation: $10,000

Wood River High School: $1,327

Yazidi Cultural Center: $2,500

Nebraska Arts Council

CARES Act Grants


Abendmusik: Lincoln Inc.: $2,378

African Culture Connection: $7,500

Alliance Arts Council: $2,205

Appolon: $4,000

Arts for All Inc. (AFA): $5,000

Arts in Motion: $5,000

Ballet Nebraska: $7,585

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts: $11,518

Benson First Friday, Inc: $4,000

BLUEBARN Theatre: $4,044

Brownville Village Theatre Foundation: $4,000

Carnegie Arts Center: $4,301

Circle Theatre: $2,253

Columbus Arts Council: $3,387

Community Players: $4,763

Crane River Theater: $5,070

Digg Site Productions: $4,000

El Museo Latino: $4,539

Film Streams: $11,751

Flatwater Shakespeare Company: $4,000

Fremont Area Art Association: $3,143

Fremont Opera House: $3,000

The Grumble Project: $4,000

Hastings Symphony Orchestra: $2,975

High Plains Arts Council: $2,247

Friends of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum: $7,320

Joslyn Art Museum: $11,771

KANEKO: $11,983

Kearney Community Theatre: $2,836

Lied Center for Performing Arts: $11,751

Lincoln Arts Council: $9,696

Lincoln Choral Artists: $3,000

Lincoln Community Playhouse: $7,086

Lincoln Orchestra Association: $11,581

LUX Center for the Arts: $5,159

Meadowlark Music Festival: $4,000

Merrymakers Association: $7,500

Robert M. Merryman Performing Arts Center, Inc.: $1,415

Friends of the Midwest Theater: $4,401

Minden Opera House: $4,144

Museum of Nebraska Art: $11,391

Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, Inc.:$2,690

Nebraska Shakespeare Festival Inc.: $7,820

Nebraska Wind Symphony: $3,000

Nebraska Writers Collective: $4,014

Norfolk Arts Center: $9,513

North Platte Community Playhouse: $3,161

Omaha Area Youth Orchestras: $5,023

Omaha Community Playhouse: $11,454

Omaha Conservatory of Music: $11,687

Omaha Girls Rock: $7,500

Omaha Jitterbugs: $5,000

Omaha Performing Arts: $12,068

Omaha Symphony Association: $11,708

Omaha Theater Company: $11,349

Omaha Under The Radar: $3,000

Opera Omaha Inc.: $11,729

Post Playhouse: $7,500

River City Mixed Chorus: $4,437

Ruth Davidson Hahn & Company: $3,000

Sheldon Art Association: $11,180

Simply Strings: $3,000

Sing Omaha: $7,500

TADA Productions, Inc,: $4,000

Tassel Performing Arts Center: $3,688.00

The Union for Contemporary Art: $2,660

Valentine Area Arts Council: $2,386

West Nebraska Arts Center: $6,301

WhyArtsInc: $7,500

Willa Cather Foundation: $6,889