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Lincoln Arts Council Announces Project Grant Recipients 2017

The Lincoln Arts Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Project Grants. These grants are designated for arts outreach projects to develop new audiences, to facilitate underserved groups and to increase arts access for all. Eleven projects were selected from 20 applications to each receive $500 from underwriting provided by the Ken Good Beautification Fund and administered by The Lincoln Arts Council. Cline Williams Wright Johnson and Oldfather provided meeting space for the selection process in January. Community members are encouraged to attend and support these worthy projects.

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.

Arts organizations are encouraged to submit outreach projects for funding beginning in October. Qualifying arts organizations must be members of the Lincoln Arts Council and be registered as 501(c)3 nonprofit entities. For more information, see or phone 402-434-2787.