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The 2020 Mayor's Arts Awards Scheduled for April 14th has been Postponed

After closely monitoring the potential impact of the  COVID-19 outbreak, we have decided to postpone the Mayor's Arts Awards scheduled for April 14th.

In light of the recommendations by the CDC, and to protect us all, we felt it was the most appropriate response. And we want to play our part in taking the necessary steps to maintain a healthy environment.

We are currently working to reschedule the awards to a date in early fall.  All ticket orders will be kept as they are and re-issued for the rescheduled event date. If you purchased tickets please let everyone in your party know of the postponement.  

While we are disappointed that we won't be celebrating with you in April, we know this is only temporary and the postponement is the best way to ensure we all remain healthy. We will have another opportunity in a few months.

We hope to have the new date scheduled by March 31st.

 We will keep you updated. 

If you were wondering about the image above, it is an example of the actual award pieces Mayor's Arts Award Winners will be receiving. Created by local glass artist Marc Kornbluh, each piece is unique and if you look closely you'll see the word 'Joy' in multiple languages etched into the glass around the widest point. 

While this is a confusing and trying time, we feel it is important to remember that we can still find Joy... in our art, in our friends and family, and in our community. 

If you have any questions, concerns or advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

An "Ode to Joy”, an Evening to Celebrate the Arts in Lincoln

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) have announced the winners of the 2020 Mayor’s Arts Awards to be presented Tuesday, April 14th at Pinnacle Bank Arena.  

Using Beethoven’s 250th anniversary as inspiration, the 42nd Mayor’s Arts Awards, and all of LAC’s arts engagement programming, will be thematically linked by the idea of Joy. Art and music can be used as an expression of joy, even when things are hard. Art can help us during times when other things cannot. For many great artists, writers and musicians throughout history the creative process has been cathartic. This can be true for all of us.

The 42nd annual event, which is open to the public, begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and includes an artistic hors d'oeuvre buffet with a signature "Ode to Joy" cocktail, awards presentation and winners’ reception.  

Local artists will be creating their own works based on the idea of Joy as part of the celebration. These will be displayed and auctioned off during the Mayor’s Arts Awards to benefit the Lincoln Arts Council.


Please join us for this magical evening!

42nd Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards

Pinnacle Bank Arena
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

5:30 pm
Cash Bar
Artistic Hors d'oeuvre Buffet and Signature "Ode to Joy" Cocktail

6:30 pm
Awards Ceremony

Winners Reception Following Awards Ceremony

It’s easy to make individual reservations or to purchase a table. If you choose to purchase a table but are unable to fill all ten seats, let us help! Simply write “gift” on the lines for your guest reservations and we will complete the seating. You will make it possible for students, artists and arts organizations staff to come who otherwise would not be able to attend.

Please secure your reservations by March 28th. For more information or to ask questions please contact Troy Gagner at 402.434.2787 or

2020 Mayor's Arts Awards Winners

Artistic Achievement – Literature Award
Lucy Adkins & Becky Breed

Artistic Achievement — Performing Arts Award
Kim Osborne Salistean

Artistic Achievement – Visual Arts Award
Robert Esquivel

Artistic Achievement – Youth Award
Natalie Leininger

Artscene Backstage Award
Kathryn Cover

Benefactor of the Arts Award
Jack & Sally Campbell

Gladys Lux Education Award
Robert Henrichs

Heart of the Arts Award
Eric Stearns

Larry Enersen Urban Design Award (2 Awards)
Block 52 (Lumberworks Block) &
N Street Bikeway/BikeLNK

Legacy of the Arts Award
Joe Ruffo

Lincoln Community Foundation Art for Kids Award
Girl Scouts artVenture

Mayor’s Choice Award
Down Under Pottery

Outstanding Arts Organization
Fiendish Plots

Outstanding Event Award
Vision Maker Film Festival

Kimmel Foundation Emerging Artist Award - Literary
Amy Keller

Kimmel Foundation Emerging Artist Award - Visual
Sophia Kay Ruppert

Presenting Sponsors

Avery Woods

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