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Give to Lincoln [Arts Council!] Day 2014

Give to Lincoln Day, May 29Give to Lincoln [Arts Council!] Day 2014

May 29 is Give to Lincoln Day and we invite you to put the Lincoln Arts Council on your list of Lincoln non-profits to support on that day. It is great to be part of the energy generated by a city-wide giving event.

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LAC Project Grant Showcase

We are excited to share the great work of the arts community that we help fund each year through LAC Project Grants. The grants are designed to assist in the sustainability of current programming or to fund new ideas that provide arts opportunities in our diverse community.

Featured Project: Las Hermanas Padilla

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LPS Community Learning Centers Art Walk Opening

  Impressionist Scratchboard Drawing by “Awesome Artist” Amany, Grade 4When you're out and about for First Friday, don't forget about the Lincoln Public Schools CLC Art Walk! In Historic City Hall, the CLC Art Walk gives the opportunity for young artists involved the opportunity to display their art in a gallery venue. The Lincoln Arts Council AmeriCorps Members Alma Cerretta and Joshua Thorne are proud that many of their "Awesome Artists" students from Belmont Elementary will have paintings, drawings, and clay sculptures displayed in this opening, so come out and celebrate all the hard work these students have done this year!

What: LPS Community Learning Centers Art Walk
Where: Historic City Hall, 902 O St.
When: First Friday, May 2 from 6pm – 8pm

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Spring Fundraiser: Education Outreach, Part 2

Elliott students creating books with teaching artist Jordan BuschurThe Lincoln Vital Signs Report confirms that communities where people want to live have flourishing arts and cultural programs. At approximately 23 arts organizations per 100,000 population, Lincoln has a relatively large number of non-profit arts organizations compared to cities like Austin, Colorado Springs, Sioux Falls and Topeka. Only Madison, Wisconsin has more at 26.

Vital Signs also reports that Lincoln lags in per capita support of these organizations coming in at $85 annually compared to $102 in Austin, $102 in Sioux Falls and $160 in Madison.

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Spring Fundraiser: Education Outreach, Part 2

Awesome Artists“I love to draw and I want to be an artist.” -Uyen

This young student was responding to the question of what he liked best about “Awesome Artists” after-school club at Belmont Elementary School. In this simple declaration are the first seeds of that aspect of the American dream that inspires people to follow their passion and make it their life’s work.

Do recall feeling this way as a young person? Did you have the opportunity to explore artistic expression at that time? Were you encouraged in your efforts?

These ideas may seem esoteric to some or simply childish to others. But if you think of your own experience, you will likely identify a turning point in your ideas about art in your life. The question is, was the door opened for you to pursue creativity or did you abandon your joy in creating art?

With the recent passing of Fine Arts Standards by the Nebraska Board of Education, Nebraska joins the rest of the nation in a step that confirms the importance of arts as part of a complete education experience. The Lincoln Arts Council has long participated in classroom support and extracurricular opportunities for Lincoln’s children to experience the gratification of creating something pleasing. While it is part of our mission to promote and cultivate our creative community, it is part of our passion to serve and encourage the next generations to whom it will fall to keep Lincoln a thriving and beautiful place.

2013 Spring Program Campaign


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You are a significant partner in making this happen for our community. The money you give to support the programming of the Lincoln Arts Council enables our collaboration through AmeriCorps members, additional support from the Nebraska Arts Council, cooperation with Lincoln Public Schools and Community Learning Centers and teaching artists in our community. It takes a village, indeed. Let’s keep in creative!

Our spring fundraising campaign for Educational Outreach runs through May 1, 2014. Our goal is $8,200 and to date, we have received $3,100 or 38% of our goal. Won’t you join us in this effort?

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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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