Hair Design Is My Livelihood

Koren’s Story Throughout high school I thought I knew what I wanted to be when I “grew up.” I was planning to be a graphic designer for an advertising agency. I was even a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the advertising program at the college of Journalism and Mass Communications. I thought I […]

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Encouraging Artists Is My Livelihood


Amanda’s Story What is part discoverer, part advocate, part storyteller? My livelihood as an art curator.  My childhood experiences in museums and living history farms made the past come alive. As an undergraduate art student, I was given the opportunity to curate an exhibition at the Great Plains Art Museum. I found my calling in the process.

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Remembering William “Bill” Stibor: A Great Talent and Tireless Ambassador for the Arts and Humanities

This feature was submitted by the Humanities Nebraska. Bill’s Story William “Bill” Stibor passed away unexpectedly in 2013. He was 49, just shy of his Aug.1 birthday. As NET Radio music director and on-air host and producer of the Morning Concert and Friday Live radio shows, he was a familiar voice on Nebraska’s NPR station […]

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Food Art Is My Livelihood


Matthew’s Story I began my creative journey at a young age. Growing up in a musical family, it wasn’t long before I developed a love of art in the form of theatre, music and visual art. We often took family vacations centered on museums, art galleries and concert halls. Eight years ago, my life changed […]

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Simply Creating the Art Is My Livelihood…

Pam’s Story Creating art is such freedom for me… because I know that I am expressing whatever message is in my heart to share… I can see glimpses of the art piece in my mind… and I can feel its creation in my spirit… my being begins to follow … my hands move determining how […]

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Band Is My Livelihood

Tony’s Story I didn’t come from a musical family. My mother was an English teacher and my father was a mortgage banker. There were pianos at both of my grandparents’ houses though, and I suppose my earliest musical curiosities were explored on those instruments. It became clear early on however that my inclinations were percussive.

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Music Education Is My Livelihood

Kyle’s Story One of the defining moments in my cultural career was in the fourth grade at Pershing Elementary School in Lincoln, Nebraska. It was time to try out stringed instruments. Mrs. Rosemary Brown came to our class with violins, violas, cellos, and basses. I was so excited! When it was my turn; she had […]

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“Dance Like No One Is Watching” Is My Livelihood

Karli’s Story Dance runs in our family. My sister and I grew up knowing how fond of dance my mother was, and at a young age started attending the same studio she did, focusing on ballet, tap, and jazz with other children of the same age group. The passion and emotion I saw in my mother as she […]

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Poetry Is My Livelihood


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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Teaching Music Is My Livelihood

Paul’s Story I grew up in a restaurant family. My mother and father served everyone, from the common man to Hollywood legends and heads of state. They simply loved to bring a smile to the faces of those who entered their restaurant. I always figured that I would follow in their footsteps. I simply didn’t […]

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