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It is our mission at the Lincoln Arts Council to inspire a creative community through promoting, cultivating and sustaining the arts in Lincoln. Our website features the most comprehensive information on Lincoln’s theatre, music, and dance performances, the latest exhibitions at Lincoln art galleries, a directory of artists and news about happenings in the Lincoln Art Scene. Find out more about the Lincoln Arts Council.

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Now Accepting Nominations for 2015 Mayor's Arts Award

Lincoln is alive with a rich and vibrant art scene. Everyone who reads our newsletter knows artists who make art, buyers who collect it, and sustainers who keep the arts visible. Now it's time to call out the best and recognize them for their contributions.

We are accepting nominations through January 5th for the 2015 Mayor's Arts Awards, with a banquet and awards ceremony to be held next June, 2015 at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts. Instructions, award details, and a list of past recipients are available for easy download here, or call (402) 434-2787 and have us send you one. Nominating is easy, fast and a chance to recognize those who really make a difference. Help us find the best of the best for 2015.

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2015 Lincoln Arts Council Project Grants

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Application Deadline: December 11, 2014

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Lincoln Arts Festival To Feature Six Emerging Artists

Now in its 14th year, residents of Lincoln NE and the surrounding region eagerly anticipate the Lincoln Arts Festival each year. The festival is home to fabulous works of art by around one hundred artists from across the country. Also featured at the festival are live music acts and a family friendly atmosphere with children’s activities, food and raffle prizes.

The 2014 Lincoln Arts Festival will take place Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at SouthPointe Pavilions, 27th and Pine Lake Road in Lincoln.

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Volunteers Needed for Lincoln Arts Festival

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Will Wilson: Critical Indigenous Photograph Exchange

Sheldon’s offering for PhotoFest 2015 presents a selection of recent work by Native American photographer Will Wilson, who was born in San Francisco and raised on the Navajo reservation. His work combines nineteenth-century processes with digital technology to stimulate dialogue around “photographic exchange” as it pertains to Native Americans. Through a series of ongoing performances—under the general title Critical Indigenous Photograph Exchange—the artist engages in questions about identity, multiculturalism, and Americanness. 

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A New Line of Thinking: Recent Sculpture by Robert Schatz

This project foregrounds a shift in aesthetic direction by New York-based artist Robert Schatz. Themes of ecology exist alongside considerations of engineering and mindfulness. Complemented by a selection of related works on paper, this grouping of, at turns, elegant and whimsical sculptures will make its debut at Sheldon.

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Fresh Prints at Constellation Studios, First Friday Gallery Walk

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Capital Jazz Series - Honoring Trumpeter Mac McCune

Performance at Vega in the Railyard area of the Haymarket on Tuesday, November 11, 7:30-10:00 p.m.

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Nebraska Wesleyan Visiting Writers Series

The Fall Visiting Writers Series concludes with fiction writer Christine Sneed.

Sneed teaches creative writing at DePaul University and Northwestern University. Her story collection,Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry, won AWP's 2009 Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; her novel Little Known Facts was one of Booklist's top 10 debut novels of 2013 and won the 2013 Society of Midland Authors Award in adult fiction. Her third book, the novel In The Spring, will be published in May 2015 by Bloomsbury USA.

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In 2009 the Lincoln Arts Council received a generous gift from the estate of Ken Good, a portion of which was used to redevelop our website and establish an endowment. We offer our heart-felt thanks to Kenneth J. Good for his generosity and vision for a beautiful future.

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