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Championing the arts, Connecting people, Changing lives
December 26, 2018

Robert Goldberg, Amanda Suhr, Troy Gagner, Michele Peón-Casanova,
Jerry Hall and Deb Weber

Happy Holidays from the

Lincoln Arts Council Staff

New Vision for Arts Engagement

Are you among the 67% of Americans who believe the arts unify our community? Or the 63% who feel the arts can lift them up beyond everyday experiences? At the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) we know the arts can do just that. We believe the Arts can inspire, connect and empower us.
Take Oscar for example. One of the youngest students in the Pathfinder program at the Youth Detention Center. Cloaking himself in a tough exterior, he was constantly reprimanded for derogatory remarks and excess energy. But in the art room, through LAC’s upstArt program, it didn’t take long to see the authentic Oscar become empowered through artistic expression. Art clearly made him feel better about himself. And, as we hear from so many students, he said that “being able to do art calms him down.”
Bringing enriching arts engagement opportunities to students like Oscar is just one way LAC connects our community to the arts. LAC Project Grants help arts organizations reach under-resourced populations. And, our Emerging Artist Program provides opportunities for new artists like photographer Corey Rourke who was featured at the 2018 Lincoln Arts Festival.
We live in a community where access to life-changing arts experiences like Oscar’s and Corey’s are an important part of who we are; and yet not all our neighbors have access to opportunities to make art, experience art, enjoy art….be changed by art.
You can help change that. LAC is developing a new vision for arts engagement in Lincoln making sure everyone has enriching arts opportunities. 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 empower. Will you join us?
I want to support a new vision for arts engagement in Lincoln

Mayor's Arts Awards
Nomination Deadline Extended

Submit your nomination by January 3, 2019

Here is your opportunity to shine a light on your favorite artist, arts educator, organization or event! Nominations are due January 3rd for the 41st annual Mayor’s Arts Awards presented by LAC. The celebration is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 2019, and for the third year the event will be held at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
To see the award categories and descriptions, past award winners and submit a nomination, go here.
Guidelines and Online Nomination Site

Residencies for Emerging Artists

Sponsored by the Kimmel Foundation

Two artists, one visual and one literary, are selected each year to spend two weeks at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City along with a $1,000 stipend. The residencies are presented as part of the Mayor’s Arts Awards May 9, 2019.
Apply here by January 18, 2019

First Quarterly Arts Roundtable of 2019

January 16, 2019 | 11:45am - 1:15pm
The Foundry, 211 N 14th St

PR 101 for Artists and EntrepreneursHow to get publicity for your art, event or organization.
Learn how to get publicity for an event, a new book, or your unique art form. Join Lincoln artist Linda Stephen, who has been featured in news stories from Beatrice to New York City to Kyoto, who will share tips for artists and “art-repreneurs” on how to prepare for and get interviews and articles on your art or event.
As a branding and public relations professional, Linda has worked with more than 100 authors, 10 book publishers, and dozens of architects, designers, illustrators, sculptors and visual artists across the country. She is currently working with a bronze sculptor, an abstract painter, a songwriter and a children’s book publisher – in Lincoln and across the U.S. When she lived in New York, she launched technology start-ups as well as new programs for United Nations agencies. Please RSVP to ensure your space and materials. Quarterly Arts Round Tables are organized by the Lincoln Arts Council as a free opportunity for information, resources and networking. You are welcome to bring your lunch if you’d like to eat during the meeting. Ideas for future round table topics or locations are always welcome. Michele Peón Casanova,, 402-434-2787.

Thank you to our 2018-19 upstArt Funders

The LAC upstArt program, which connects artist-educators with under-resourced students of all ages for meaningful interactions and growth activities would not be possible without support from our dedicated corporate and philanthropic funders.

The Lincoln Arts Council would like to thank the Pace Woods Foundation, the Rogers Foundation, the Terpstra Foundation, and our local Walmart stores for partnering with us on the upstArt program for the 2018-19 program year. While the Pace Woods Foundation has partnered with LAC in the past, the Rogers Foundation, the Terpstra Foundation, and our local Walmart stores are new upstArt partners for 2018-19.
Please join us in thanking our great partners for helping us to bring engaging art opportunities to LPS students.
Rogers Foundation

Great, FREE, Online Event Calendars

Visit Lincoln | is the go-to event calendar whether you have an event to list or if you want to plan an outing. Check out the ARTS tab for all the latest.
NET Nebraska Public Radio | Listen to “Friday Live” each week between 9 and 10:30 am on 91.1 FM or stream it live Post your events in NET online calendar and learn about Arts and Cultural Events statewide.
KZUM Community Radio | From performing to visual arts, find out what’s happening weekly in the Capital City! “Arts On The Air” broadcasts every Thursday, 6-6:30 p.m., with rebroadcasts Saturday at 1 p.m. on KZUM 89.3 FM or online at If you have an idea for a story, contact Matthew at" style="font-weight:normal;color:rgb(28,175,168);"> "Art Talk Live" follows on KZUM, co-hosted by Julia Noyes and Lynette Fast. Please contact Julia if you are interested 402-475-1061. KZUM also features an online calendar of events at

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