Benefactor of the Arts Award
Honors an individual, family, organization or business making significant financial contributions to the arts.
Donald Campbell was born and raised in Lincoln, then left to pursue careers in business after attending Doane University in Crete and the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. In subsequent years, he’s been in Nebraska increasingly often in connection with the family business (the Miller & Paine department store and affiliated enterprises) and the restoration of the Lincoln Commercial Club, built under the leadership of his great-grandfather. Campbell joined the board of Doane University as a Trustee, and learned of Ponca Chief Standing Bear from fellow Doane Trustee, Judi gaiaskibos. Together, they developed a plan to promote better understanding of Native American history and issues. The monument now standing proudly in the Centennial Mall is one part of that plan. The monument depicts the speech made in an Omaha courtroom by Standing Bear in 1879, the first instance of a Native American being recognized as a person under the laws of the United States.