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.”