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November 26, 2018

Make a Gift of the Arts on #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is tomorrow and the Lincoln Arts Council is expanding our efforts to use the arts to help vulnerable people—older adults with decreased autonomy, new Americans, people with special needs, and those in recovery—to find balance by fostering their resilience and feelings of social inclusion.

A 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

Shine a Light on

Lincoln's Arts Champions

Submit Your Mayor's Arts Awards Nominations

Here is your opportunity to shine a light on your favorite artist, arts educator, organization or event! Nominations are due December 18th for the 41st annual Mayor’s Arts Awards presented by Lincoln Arts. The celebration is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 2019, and for the third year the event will be held at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The submission process is easy and this year done online. See the award categories and descriptions, past award winners and submit your nomination.

For more information contact Michele at

Guidelines and Nomination Form

Fall Arts Organization Member Drive

Arts Organization Memberships and Project Grant Applications

due: December 14, 2018

We are now accepting proposals from qualified arts organizations to assist in the sustainability of your projects or programs that further our shared mission to help strengthen and grow our community by making arts experiences accessible to all.

You must be an Arts Organization Member to apply for a Project Grant. Renew your organization’s membership or become a new member today. Annual memberships are based on calendar year, January through December 2019.

Project Grants are awarded to support innovative and creative art projects in Lincoln that develop new audiences, facilitate underserved groups and increase art access for all. Applications must be submitted online.
For more information please contact Michele at" style="font-weight:normal;"> or call 402.434.2787.
Become an LAC Member Organization
Apply for LAC Project Grant

Tom Meyers

The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Artist–in-Residence

The Lincoln Arts Council staff had the opportunity to meet with artist Tom Meyers who is the current Artist in Residence at the Marriott Cornhusker. The Artist in Residence program provides an opportunity for hotel guests to engage in art with an artist, creating a new experience that is memorable.

Since the LAC seeks to help artists we were curious if the residency had also positively impacted Tom. So we asked him. His answer was a resounding yes. “I consider what I do to be like a language,” said Tom Meyers, “I translate what I see into a system of symbols: lines, shapes, dots, and colors. When you want to get good at a language you immerse yourself in learning. The same is true of being an artist. I’ve been an artist for 25 years but I did not work on my art daily. Here at the Cornhusker I work on my art constantly, and my skills have improved dramatically.”

Tom also talked about how the residency is much more than him building his professional skill level. He creates work with people from all over the world and he also listens. The topics vary from discussion of art to conversations about work and family. We know that the arts empower people through expression and relationship building and we need that more than ever. If you've not had a chance to visit the studio we hope you will soon.

Artist Tom Meyers tells of one of his favorite interactions with a hotel guest

Cornhusker’s Artist–in-Residence Program Seeks Artist Proposals

Deadline: December 1, 2018

The Cornhusker’s Artist-in-Residence program features a working art studio and gallery on the lobby level of the grand hotel. The studio is open to hotel guests and the public, and encourages visitors to interact with the artist, while watching the evolution of each piece of work firsthand. The Cornhusker is seeking its next artist for the program which will run April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020. The program serves as an extension of the hotel with the artist working hand-in-hand with hotel staff to both promote the program and provide a distinctly unique experience for guests and visitors of the property. Artists also participate in First Friday Artwalks during their residency, along with a number of other events that occur throughout the year. For more information and to apply:
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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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