Reception next week for statewide arts, humanities officials


Special to the Norfolk Daily News | Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 9:04 am

The Norfolk Arts Center will be host to a reception next week designed to provide an opportunity

for Norfolkans and area residents to meet representatives of three statewide cultural arts


Special guests will be Marian Fey, the new executive director of the Nebraska Cultural

Endowment, along with Suzanne Wise, executive director of the Nebraska Arts Council, and

Heather Thomas, development director for Humanities Nebraska.

The reception will take place from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday at the arts center. Brief

comments by the special guests will take place at about 5:45 p.m.

The public is invited to attend, but reservations would be appreciated by Friday, Sept. 19, by

sending an email to . Hosts for the reception include Marilyn

Mitchell, Paula Pflueger, Michelle Dudley and Lori Williams.

Fey was named the cultural endowment’s executive director after serving as the direct of

Nebraskans for the Arts. A member of the Omaha school board, Fey brings to the position

extensive non-profit leadership experience and a strong background in the arts and education.

In her position, she is responsible for continuing to build the endowment, enhancing statewide

relationships and serving as administrator of the organization.

Formed in 1998, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment is the private partner in a public-private

partnership with the State of Nebraska and organized to provide long-term financial stability for

the arts and humanities in Nebraska. The endowment supports the statewide educational programs

and projects of the Nebraska Arts Council and Humanities Nebraska.

Many Norfolk and area arts and culture organizations benefit from the endowment through grants

and programs funded by the two statewide organizations.

For example, the Chautauqua that took place in Norfolk in June and the “hometown teams”

exhibit currently on display at the Tilden Public Library are funded by Humanities Nebraska. The

Norfolk Arts Center, among others, is a recipient of funding from the Nebraska Arts Council.

Marilyn Mitchell, who is a cultural endowment board member said, “Supporting the Nebraska

Cultural Endowment is an investment in the long-term sustainability of programs and

Reception next week for statewide arts, humanities officials organizations like the Norfolk Arts Center.

Nebraskans understand the importance of strong arts and humanities programs that are offered in our communities.”