Archive: 11/2011

The Gift of Giving and the Handmade Gift

Robot MagnetsThe holidays will soon be upon us – it’s time to start thinking about the gift of giving. Nothing shows you care more than a gift that comes from the heart. Here are a couple of simple, fun handmade gift ideas for your loved ones this holiday season!

Handmade Robot Magnet

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Supporting the Local Art Scene

Fourth Annual Craftacular Event

2011 CraftacularChez Hay gave the city of Lincoln another successful handmade holiday event this year. On Wednesday, November 9, Chez Hay hosted the fourth-annual Craftacular event. It was an evening full of fun for more than 500 people in attendance. More than thirty local artists were on hand to sell their handmade gift items to shoppers eager to get a start on their holiday shopping. In addition to one-of-a-kind wares, attendees were treated to music from UNL School of Music violin duo Meredith Ramsay and Hannah Orr, and a visit from Santa!

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Tiny Hands, Big HeARTs

Union College will host its third annual art auction to benefit Tiny Hands International, a Lincoln-based non-profit organization that works to prevent girls from Nepal being trafficked across the border into India as sex slaves. The charity supports numerous border monitoring stations to intercept girls as they are transported into India as well as operating about a dozen children's homes in Nepal and India.

The auction will feautre local artists as well as crafts made by girls who have been intercepted. The goal of the event is to raise funds and awareness of the work that Tiny Hands International is carrying out. 

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December First Friday Art Walk

First FridayEvery First Friday of the month is an event that many communities across the nation celebrate.  In Lincoln's Art Community, it allows a chance for local art galleries and establishments to open their doors to the public and have open house events where the public can come and see what is new in the art world.  Here on the Lincoln Arts Council website, we offer a complete guide to all of open houses for Lincoln's First Friday Art Walk.  If you know of an event that is happening, that is not listed in our guide, please feel free to email "Events" at and we will be sure to post it as soon as possible.

Support our local art scene and see what's new in the world of the arts!  Happy First Friday!

The 815
Friday, December 2 at 6:00 pm
Location: 815 O Street

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Call for Artists Interested in Teaching Art Clubs

Lincoln Community Learning CentersThe Community Learning Centers (CLC) of Lincoln are currently seeking artists who are interested in teaching after school art clubs at various sites across the Lincoln area. The Lincoln CLC currently serves the following schools: Goodrich, Everett, Belmont, Calvert, McPhee, Lefler, Pershing, Mickle, Elliott, Arnold, Dawes, Brownell, Norwood, West Lincoln, Holmes, Riley, Saratoga, Prescott, Huntington, Clinton, Hartley, Park, Culler, North Star, and Lakeview. The goal of the CLC is to serve children, families, and neighborhoods through collaborative partnerships that provide support services and opportunities that lead to improved student learning and developments, strong families and healthier neighborhoods.

The art clubs will start in November and run through April 23. Depending on the site, pay will be from $10 to $16 per hour and you will have the opportunity to teach 1-3 clubs per week with an average of 10 students per club. After-school club times vary between 1-2 hours. The artist will be in charge of writing lesson plans for their art clubs and have the goal of having students produce artwork to be displayed in the CLC end of year art show for the First Friday artwalk in May 2013 in the Old City Hall Building (920 O Street).

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Special Thanks

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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