The 42nd Annual Mayor’s Art Awards

Join us virtually for an Ode to Joy—a celebration of the arts in Lincoln!

Tune into the Celebration!

A joyful, virtual celebration of Lincoln artists with awards, performances and a live art auction.
Tuesday, October 20 at 7 p.m.
Lincoln Arts Council website
City of Lincoln website
Basement Creators Network website
YouTube live stream
Facebook Live

Have a question? Contact Troy Gagner at 402.434.2787 or

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) are proud to present the 2020 Mayor’s Arts Awards, streaming live on Tuesday, October 20 at 7 p.m. Follow this link to learn more about the 2020 Winners.

Inspired by Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday, the awards and all of LAC’s arts engagement programming will connect to the theme “An Ode to Joy.” 

Art and music are pure expressions of joy, especially when times are difficult. Art helps and uplifts like nothing else. For artists, writers, musicians and creators, the creative process is cathartic.

And all of us can find joy in art.

As part of the awards celebration, local artists will be creating their own joyful works. These creations will be displayed and auctioned off during the Mayor’s Arts Awards to benefit the LAC. Beginning October 2nd you can bid on these joyful works here.

Support Lincoln’s Arts

Art brings joy. Art is essential. This is a difficult time for those who create art and those who find joy in it, but that’s why it is so important to support the arts right now. 

Your support of LAC brings the joy of art to people of all ages in our community. Your gift can uplift a child who feels lost in online learning by giving them a chance to take art class. Your gift can help empty theaters push forward and plan for future performances. 

Please consider giving a gift to support the arts in Lincoln today. Your gift will go a long way in ensuring that life-changing arts experiences are available to all in our community. Together we can create more arts encounters that inspire, connect and heal.

During the Mayor’s Art Awards, we will be running an auction of works created by local artists especially for the awards show. If you would like to participate in the auction, follow this link and tune in to the awards livestream on October 20 at 7 p.m.

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