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Past Recipients

2019 grants awarded to Lincoln Arts Council Member Organizations:

Flatwater Shakespeare Company for free summer performances of Shakespeare’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona” in Lincoln’s parks and public spaces.

Lied Center for the Performing Arts for the Science of Sound Camp at Mickle Middle School for up to 50 under-served students grades 5 – 9 in June.

Lincoln Municipal Band to present seven free outdoor concerts at the John Shildneck Memorial band shell in Antelope Park in the summer.

Lincoln Music Teachers Association in support of the Music Outreach Program serving up to 50 limited-resource students each year with private music lessons.

Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra for the Family and Young People’s Concerts and community engagement events in collaboration with Family Literacy in February.

LUX Center for the Arts for a Native American Artists’ Exhibition and Workshops in February.

Nebraska Jazz Orchestra supporting Jazz Goes to School and Jazz 101 educational programs in elementary, middle and high schools.

Asian Community and Cultural Center for the annual Lunar New Year festival February 23 at the Lancaster Event Center.

Lincoln Association for the Traditional Arts for a music education outreach event for 4th and 5th grade music classes, and a concert at Elliott Elementary School February 22.

Angels Theatre Company to produce the 5th annual First Flight Festival which premieres new short plays written by ATC’s Play Writing Collective in July.

 

2018 grants awarded to Lincoln Arts Council Member Organizations:

Flatwater Shakespeare Company for their free summer performance series in Lincoln’s parks and public spaces.

KZUM Community Radio in support of the 15th Stransky Park free summer concert series.

Lied Center for the Performing Arts for “Seedfolks: Growing Our Community Through the Arts,” multi-generational programs plus performance.

Lincoln Community Playhouse for the 5th Penguin Project Production: Music Man Jr.; musical theatre production designed to star young people (ages 10-21) with intellectual and/or physical special needs in all roles assisted by peer mentors.

Lincoln Municipal Band for their free summer concert series comprised of seven shows at the John Shildneck Memorial band shell in Antelope Park.

Lincoln Music Teachers Association in support of the Music Outreach Program serving up to 50 limited-resource students each year with private music lessons.

Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra for the Family and Young People’s Concerts this spring in collaboration with Lincoln Literacy.

LUX Center for the Arts for an “Artist as Educator” workshop for Lincoln Public Schools teachers.

Nebraska Jazz Orchestra supporting Jazz Goes to School and Jazz 101 educational programs.

Sheldon Art Association for Family Day at the Sheldon Art Gallery, Sunday, July 19, 2108.

Vision Maker Media in support of “We Are All Related,” the seventh biennial Vision Maker Film Festival in partnership with the National Minority Consortia (the Center for Asian American Media, Black Public Media, Latino Public Broadcasting and Pacific Islanders in Communications).

 

2017 grants awarded to Lincoln Arts Council Member Organizations:

Lincoln Municipal Band toward funding professional outdoor band concerts free for the community during the summer of 2017.

Angels Theatre Company providing artist stipends for the third First Flight Festival, July 18-29, 2017. Angels Playwriting Collective provides a unique opportunity for playwrights to work together and learn what it takes to move an idea to stage production. The festival engages the community in quality live theatre.

KZUM Community Radio to underwrite promotional printing for The Stransky Park Summer Concert Series, a free, family-friendly weekly event including live music and hands-on art by The Art Reach Project.

Lincoln Symphony Orchestra in support of the spring Family Concert, Young People’s Concerts and all outreach to four Lincoln City Library sites, two YMCA Community Learning Centers and two LPS Elementary Schools prior to the performances on February 5 and 6, 2017. All performances are offered free of charge.

Nebraska Jazz Orchestra for artistic fees to produce Jazz Goes to School and Jazz 101 educational programs which send professional musicians from the NJO to perform in schools and to offer free tickets to NJO concerts to local middle and high school students.

Sheldon Art Association for artist fees to host photographer Jim Lommasson for collaboration with UNL College of Journalism & Mass Communications students and members of Lincoln’s Yazidi (Iraqi) Community to create an immigration stories exhibit hosted by the Sheldon in 2017 and to conduct a “What We Carried” story-telling workshop with students and Yazidi community members.

Flatwater Shakespeare Company to partially underwrite artist fees involved in producing free live Shakespeare in outdoor locations around Lincoln in summer 2017, season seven of summer tours.

Lincoln Community Playhouse in support of their fourth Penguin Project Production, High School Musical Jr., which casts children and young adults (ages 10 – 21) of all abilities as actors and peer mentors to produce six shows for the public and one free-admission show for people with special needs and their families in June 2017.

Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music to cover the artist fee for one visiting chamber ensemble to perform in an underserved public school in Lincoln.

Asian Community & Cultural Center to underwrite banners for the Lunar New Year celebration on January 28, 2017; featuring cultural performances, food, crafts, henna and face-painting.

Lincoln Choral Artists for underwriting of artistic director fees to produce Sowing the Seeds of Music in Nebraska on May 7, 2017 at O’Donnell Auditorium. The concert of music, history and heritage includes Lincoln Choral Artists, Heartland Singers from North Platte and Bellissimo, Lincoln’s community handbell choir and is presented in honor of Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial.

 

2016 grants awarded to Lincoln Arts Council Member Organizations:

Lincoln Community Playhouse in support of their Penguin Project production: Beauty and the Beast Jr.; a musical theatre production designed to star young people (ages 10 - 21) with intellectual and/or physical special needs in all roles assisted by peer mentors.

Friends of Lied – Lied Center for Performing Arts for Science of Sound Spring Break Camp providing 50 Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) middle school students the experience of building an instrument, then performing onstage with Daniel Martinez & Jarana.

Flatwater Shakespeare Company in support of free Shakespeare in the Park in conjunction with Lincoln Parks and Recreation.

Angels Theatre Company in support of their First Flight Festival @ UNL premiering new plays created and workshopped in ATC's Playwriting Collective.

Lincoln Association for the Traditional Arts (LAFTA) for professional artist, Joe Crookston, presenting to students at Elliott Elementary School while in town to perform for the LAFTA concert series.

Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra for LSO Spring Family Concert (in collaboration with Family Literacy), Young People's Concerts (with LPS) and outreach associated with these performances of "The Composer is Dead."

Lincoln Municipal Band for free summer outdoor concert series in the band shell at Antelope Park.

Lincoln Music Teachers Association for the Music Outreach Program providing limited-resource students with music instruction and instruments at minimal cost to their families.

Asian Community & Cultural Center toward costumes & decorations for Annual Lunar New Year Celebration.

Ruth Davidson Hahn & Pure Movement Dance Institute for continuing Dance for Parkinson's program for those with the disease, partners/spouses or caregivers and growing the Movement & Music program offered in senior centers, retirement living, assisted living and memory care communities.

Nebraska Brass to assist in presenting two Brass Goes to School educational concerts in LPS elementary schools.

 

2015 grants awarded to Lincoln Arts Council Member Organizations:

Lincoln Orchestra Association:  Funding to support the creation and performance of the spring Family Concert, Young People's Concerts, and all outreach involved in the production, including a renewed partnership with Family Literacy.

Friends of Lied - Lied Center for Performing Arts:  Funding to support Telling Our Stories  a project that brings together Alvin Ailey Dance Theater's performance of Revelations with workshops led by Kennedy Center Teaching Artist Glenis Redmond in an artistic collaboration to inspire middle school youth to "tell their stories" through the arts.

Lincoln Community Playhouse:  Funding for A Playhouse for Everyone, a community outreach program. The funds will specifically be used to offset the costs of free shows for Title I schools.

Hildegard Center for the Arts:  Funding to support music therapist Rachel Rotert and Community Learning Center coordinator Amara Madsen to bring a series of creative, artistic experiences to students enrolled in the Community Learning Centers at Clinton and Hartley Elementary Schools.

Ruth Davidson Hahn and Company: Funding for the Lincoln Dance for Parkinson's Program.

Asian Community and Cultural Center: Funding for marketing for the entire cultural arts troupe with the production and printing of a brochure and website expansion.

Nebraska Brass:  Funding for Brass Goes to School, an educational outreach program that provides school-day concerts to thousands of students in Lincoln elementary schools.

Lincoln Municipal Band:  Funding for seven outdoor concerts in Antelope Park that are free and open to the entire community during the summer of 2015.

Darger HQ:  Funding for an all-inclusive, family-friendly event called Lincoln's Bicycle Art Tour(LBAT) to encourage families and individuals from all socio-economic and diverse backgrounds to hop on their bikes and explore both private and public art around our city during a day-long celebration.

Flatwater Shakespeare Company:  Funding for Flatwater Free Shakespeare professional theatre performances in the parks of Lincoln neighborhoods throughout the city.

Sheldon Art Association:  Funding to support two "Artful Teaching" teacher training workshops in 2015, the workshops will offer looking and thinking exercises, art-making activity opportunities for team building and information exchanges.

Angels Theatre Company:  Funding to bring an accomplished playwright to Lincoln to lead a writing workshop for the Lincoln Community and the Angels Playwriting Collective.

 

2014 grants awarded to Lincoln Arts Council Member Organizations:

Lincoln Community Playhouse: Support for “The Penguin Project,” a musical theatre production that casts children and young adults with intellectual and/or physical disabilities in all roles.  All youth will sing, dance and act in the show.

Lied Center for Performing Arts: Support for a program engaging middle school students in a hands-on, interdisciplinary arts immersion experience with Soweto Gospel Choir. The choir from South Africa is considered one of the best, Grammy award-winning choirs in the world.

Angels Theatre Company: Support of the production of “Las Hermanas Padilla,” a socially relevant play about family that reaches into Lincoln's rich Hispanic community.

Vision Maker Media: Support of the fifth biennial Vision Maker Film Festival bringing the best of Native American feature, documentary, and short films to Lincoln March 14-20.

Flatwater Shakespeare: Support for Flatwater Shakespeare's 2014 summer tour of “The Comedy of Errors,” scheduled for 16 free performances in open-air venues such as the parks.

Meadowlark Music Festival: Support to help fund artist fees, lodging, and travel for the 2014 summer festival season.

Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra: Support for the spring Family Concert, "Adventures in Music," and their programming collaboration with Lincoln Literacy.

Lincoln Municipal Band: Support for the band's high-quality outdoor concerts for the community during the summer of 2014.

Omni/Arts Nebraska: Support for “Next Fall,” a play that explores what it is to be human when faced with tragedy and diversity.

Sheldon Art Association: Support for “Educator Night,” providing teachers specific and concrete tools to use in their classrooms that build on the docent-led tours of exhibitions for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students.

Nebraska Brass: Support for “Brass Goes to School,” the outreach programming that provides a variety of exciting, age-appropriate music designed to captivate young audiences.