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Ocotber 15, 2018

Join LAC for Snowcatcher

at the Johnny Carson Theater at the Lied Center for Performing Arts from October 17 through October 21, 2018

Perfect for all audiences, SNOWCATCHER is a tribute to the unbreakable spirit of the American Homesteader, and to all those who came before them. SNOWCATCHER is a powerful one-woman show written and performed by award-winning playwright Becky Boesen. SNOWCATCHER is at the Johnny Carson Theater at the Lied Center for Performing Arts from October 17 through October 21, 2018. Adult tickets are $20, student tickets are $10, and are available at, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the Lied Center box office, 301 N. 12th St.

SNOWCATCHER centers on Hattie, a six-year-old caught in a ferocious blizzard in the winter of 1888. Confused by the cold, she is driven by a haunting vision: her secret friend is trapped in the storm. Hattie knows what happens to children in a blizzard. One touch from the SNOWCATCHER will turn them into ice. Will she be able to save her friend and make her way home without meeting the SNOWCATCHER?

SNOWCATCHER performances are presented by the Lincoln Arts Council in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Produced by BLIXT, co-commissioned by Lincoln Arts Council and Midwest Theater in Scottsbluff, in partnership with Mourning Hope Grief Center, SNOWCATCHER is a live performance designed to challenge and engage while offering a very personal look into Nebraska history. Inspired by the School Children’s Blizzard of 1888, SNOWCATCHER gives a voice to both the victims of the storm and to the children of our current world who are searching for a place to truly call "home." Other issues addressed in the play include the death of a loved one, poverty, hunger, issues of diversity and inclusion, physical and mental health, eminent domain, immigration and emigration. The play features multiple characters, all portrayed by the playwright herself, and is directed by Robin McKercher.

This performance shines a light on childhood bereavement and is appropriate for family audiences aged 8 and up. SNOWCATCHER is made possible with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Nelnet, Lincoln Community Foundation, Ameritas, Duteau, Eagle Printing and Sign, FES, and Dave and Terry Hansen.

Celebrate the Arts
and Honor Those Who Make it Happen!

The Mayor’s Arts Awards has become a much-anticipated yearly celebration to recognize Lincoln’s rich artistic diversity. Each year the community gives recognition to achievement in all artistic mediums from educational excellence to urban design, from organizational, volunteer and philanthropic dedication to the arts, to arts organizations and outstanding arts events.

Do you know a loyal, philanthropic supporter of the local art scene? Do you know an art teacher or dedicated volunteer who works tirelessly making great art in Lincoln happen? Have you attended an exceptional arts event this year? Has there been an urban design project that has brought beauty to the city and community together? Do you know an arts organization that has contributed to the vibrant Lincoln arts community for years?

You are invited to nominate a person, organization or project for recognition at the 41st Mayor’s Arts Awards in May, 2019. The Mayor, along with the Lincoln Arts Council will honor our local arts champions selected by a panel of community professionals.

It’s not too early to think about your candidate. The deadline is December 18, 2018, and you may submit your choice by using our online form. Here you will find the award categories and descriptions, a nomination form and past award winners.

You are also encouraged to submit names and photos of members of the Lincoln arts community who have died since the last awards ceremony in May.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards has grown to a record crowd of over 500. Next year will mark the third year the ceremony will take place on the main floor of the Pinnacle Bank Arena. This speaks strongly that Lincoln is a city that supports creativity and growing the arts in our community.

For more information contact Michele at, or go to our website at

Lincoln Arts Council Arts Organization Memberships and Project Grants

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

Lincoln Arts Festival -- Great Art, Great Weather, Great Fun!

The 18th Annual Lincoln Arts Festival was a smashing success thanks to our many volunteers, patrons, sponsors, artists and art lovers! The glorious fall weekend weather was a bonus to over 7,000 people who attended to enjoy the art, music, food and children’s activities. There was a nice variety of creative talent from over 100 artists that included disciplines from clay to woodworking, painting to photography and from sculpture to jewelry. A big heartfelt thank you to SouthPointe Pavilions for partnering with the Lincoln Arts Council for 18 years to produce this fall tradition!

In our 19th year the Lincoln Arts Festival will be moving to downtown Lincoln! We are excited for the change of venue as downtown Lincoln has always been the heart of Lincoln’s vibrant art scene. Preliminary plans are to locate the festival in the area around 14th & P Streets between Union Plaza and the Centennial Mall. Stay tuned for more information in the upcoming months.

Thank You Lincoln Arts Festival Sponsors

With approximately 7,000 people in attendance, this year’s Lincoln Arts Festival was a great success! And, we must thank everyone who made it such a success – our volunteers, patrons, artists and Mother Nature. We would especially like to thank our Sponsors, whose support the Festival couldn’t happen without. Please join us in thanking our Festival Sponsors for continued support of the great event.

Cornerstone Sponsors

World Entertainment Stage Sponsor

Festival Patron Sponsors

Gate Sponsors

Emerging Artist Booth Sponsors

Artist Award Sponsors

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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