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Writing Is My Livelihood

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S.R.’s Story How many times have I thought, That’s not what I meant or I don’t know what you mean? I ask because I don’t know. I have such a hard time making sense of things. So I write, and I revise. What I mean: I grew up with books. They were my best friends—and […]

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Artistic Textiles Are My Livelihood

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Deborah’s Story It all began while standing in line, with hundreds of others, outside the most beautiful pink building I had ever seen. I didn’t know where we were going or why we were there. I just knew it had to be very special since I was dressed in my pink mohair (Sunday!) coat and […]

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Shakespeare Is My Livelihood

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Mike’s Story In my time as the managing director of the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, I was fortunate to witness countless examples of how the arts transcend the creative experience to touch and affect the rest of our lives—and, how public funding for the arts makes that possible. Each night, I witnessed three to five thousand […]

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Storytelling through Theater Is My Livelihood

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Marty’s Story When I was about twelve years old, my parents enrolled me in a drama class on Saturday mornings at the Joslyn Art Museum. For our class recital, our teacher, Mrs. Marx, took us through the galleries to select a painting to use as the topic for our final play, which we would author […]

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Culture Is My Livelihood

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Mary’s Story When I was thirteen my mother gave me a paperback copy of Bess Streeter Aldrich’s A Lantern in Her Hand. The book told the story of a girl who grows up in the Nebraska Territory in the late 1800s.We had just moved from Nebraska to California, and the gift may have been my mother’s […]

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Arts Management Is My Livelihood

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Marjorie’s Story Though I was majoring in art history as an undergraduate, I knew I didn’t want to apply my passion for the arts towards a curatorial or teaching career. When it came time to do my practicum for my major, my professors suggested (since I was also getting an emphasis in business administration) that […]

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Lifelong Learning Is My Livelihood

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Chris’ Story I did not fully discover the powerful draw of the humanities until college. I started out at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln as an engineering major, thinking that was the professional path I wanted to pursue. As I  slogged through calculus, chemistry, and other engineering-related courses, I realized that history, literature, and […]

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Community Theater Is My Livelihood

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Nicole’s Story As a child, I was blessed to have access to live professional theater in my small hometown in Iowa. I was also blessed to have a mother with Community Theater in her background and who recognized the importance of exposing her daughters to theater and art opportunities.

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Glass Blowing Is My Livelihood

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Kathy’s Story As an analytical person who loves numbers, I never thought of myself as an artist until I attended a retreat hosted by NASAA at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina several years ago. As part of the retreat we had to sign up for two art classes. I chose glass blowing and paper […]

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Modern Dance Is My Livelihood

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Kathy’s Story I was a shy student who enjoyed playing in the band, being a small part of the whole sound. I didn’t want to stand out by playing the wrong note or by playing a solo. I was afraid of speaking up in class or bringing attention to myself. The modern dance curriculum at my […]

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