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Championing the arts, Connecting people, Changing lives
March 5, 2019

"Starry Night"

an Evening of Celebration in the Star City

Mayor Chris Beutler and the Lincoln Arts Council have announced the winners of the 2019 Mayor's Arts Awards, to be presented at the Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday, May 9th.

Sneak peek of the winners
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Mayor's Arts Awards Sponsors

Champions of the Arts

It takes Champions of the Arts to fulfill our mission. Producing the Mayor's Arts awards each year helps the Lincoln Arts Council to partially underwrite significant and important arts programming like upstArt, helping to grow our artist-in-residency program focused especially on under-resourced students in Title 1 Schools and other at-risk youth populations. Our sponsors help LAC continue to realize our work for a stronger, better, more inclusive arts community. Please join us in thanking our Mayor's Arts Awards Sponsors. And, join us May 9th at Pinnacle Bank Arena for the 41st Annual Mayor's Arts Awards.

Cocktail Hour Sponsor

Video Sponsors

Ghostlight Society
Avery Woods

Carl & Janet Eskridge

Arts Awards Sponsors
The Richard P. and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation
BVH Architecture

US Property & Grand Manse

Mark & Kathy LeBaron
K & Z Distributing Company Inc

Joe & Judye Ruffo
Legacy Estates
Davis Design
Lincoln Community Foundation
Runza National
Commercial Investment Properties
The Clark Enersen Partners
Talent Plus, Inc.

Gladys Lux Foundation

Arts Awards Supporters
Citylight Church

Grindstone Media

Goodness Greetings

Mapes Industries

Lincoln First Realty

Don Wesely

Ann Rawley

Artist Ken Nelsen Accepts Artist Award at the 2018 Lincoln Arts Festival

Festival Artists Apply Now

Join us in Downtown Lincoln

We are now accepting applications for our 19th annual Lincoln Arts Festival. And we’ve got great things to look forward to as we move the event to downtown Lincoln. Imagine a beautiful fall day in our vibrant arts Downtown with talented artists lining the streets with their beautiful and intriguing artwork. You can be one of the artists. Apply at by May 1, 2019. In its 19th year, our juried fine arts festival will take place September 21st and 22nd at 14th and P Streets.

The Lincoln Arts Festival draws about 120 artists from across the country. Original works cover the gamut of creative visual categories including painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics, glass, leather, metalwork, wearable art, woodwork and mixed media (2 and 3 dimensional). The highly anticipated event draws attendees from the surrounding region to purchase art. We love artists and we are told repeatedly that it shows with 18 years of experience to draw upon and as the local arts council your success is what we work for. For more information, check out the Lincoln Arts Festival on Zapplication or contact Michele Peon-Casanova at or 402-434-2787.

See the 2018 Lincoln Arts Festival Highlights

Deb Weber and Lorinda Rice

Meet our Partner! A Q&A with Lorinda Rice from LPS

Lorinda Rice, Visual Art Curriculum Specialist at LPS, has worked closely with the Lincoln Arts Council for several years to make our classroom artist residencies as successful and relevant as possible. Lorinda is an invaluable partner in helping to select Title I schools, facilitating partnerships and finding ways to link the residencies meaningfully with curriculum. Read a conversation we had with her on the LAC website.

Meet Lorinda Rice

Lincoln Municipal Band performs free outdoor concerts at the John Shildneck Memorial band shell in Antelope Park

Shout Out to Member Arts Organizations

for 2019

Our current membership includes these great businesses and arts organizations. We are delighted to work with them to promote the arts in our community. We thank them for partnering with us to advocate for increased awareness and access to the arts in Lincoln. If you would like your organization to become a member of LAC, learn more here.

Become a member of LAC

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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