Arts & Community
The arts have the power to change lives when we work to create connections with each other.
Our mission is to bring positive arts experiences to the broadest community possible through programming and events that focus on artistic excellence and arts access. We welcome all to participate in the arts as a way to help express their individuality while building meaningful community connections. Arts initiatives can provide networks of support to vulnerable people—older adults with decreased autonomy, new Americans, those in recovery, people with special needs and the incarcerated —fostering their resilience and feelings of social inclusion.
The arts are a human right.
Everyone needs to have access to the arts.
Our work is a collaborative effort with the arts community, social service agencies, and other community partners who believe that access to the arts provides essential opportunities for individuals and organizations. Active initiatives include:
upstArt programming to use the arts in classrooms and communities to enhance learning and empathy. Art and music residencies in Title 1 LPS schools and at the Lancaster County Juvenile Detention Center amplify both social-emotional and cognitive development.
Expansion of community partnerships to further engage Lincoln’s under resourced communities in a variety of settings, including neighborhood organizations, social service agencies, and development initiatives. South of Downtown Art Hub is our newest partner and we work together to provide ways for community members to express artistically, have conversations and work together to enable visionary thinking and practice in their neighborhood.
Arts-based community development impacts us all.
Lincoln’s future growth depends on inter-community connection. The arts teach that multiple perspectives and solutions are possible and help residents act with purpose to achieve the conditions they desire in their own and others' lives.
Art belongs everywhere and you belong here, with us.
It is true that the arts are the glue that binds us together, in times of prosperity and also challenge. Let’s make the world a better place through more access to the arts. Become a donor, partner or sponsor today and invest in a stronger community through the arts.