This Year’s Grant Recipients

Presented to:

The 40th Anniversary Commemoration of the Fall of Saigon Committee in partnership with the Lincoln Community Foundation

  • To help fund a January event kicking off the commemoration activities surrounding the upcoming anniversary of the Fall of Saigon in April.

Audubon Nebraska

  • To help fund the 2015 Nebraska Crane Festival which is scheduled for March 19-22 in Kearney (and surrounding areas).

The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Department of Foreign Languages

  • To help fund school visits, January through mid-March, to promote and strengthen the educational value of their 6th annual statewide Spanish language creative writing contest.

Washington County Historical Association in Ft. Calhoun

  •  To fund a pair of historical traveling trunks to be used by 4th through 6th grade classrooms within the county and the Omaha metro area.

The Friends of the Midwest Theatre of Scottsbluff

  • To help fund their upcoming Educational Workshop and Matinee with musical group and American Roots music ambassadors, Matuto.

Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery - UNL

  • Features the elegant genre of red and green applique quilts that American quiltmakers made in large numbers between 1840 and 1880.
  • Exhibition activities include a gallery talk, a free public lecture, and a special family event.
  • For more information, call 402-472-2911 or visit http://textilegallery.

Omaha Creative Institute

  • To help fund programming of “A Couple of 830 Mile-Long Conversations.”

Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art

  • To help fund the museum’s “Ballad of the Farm: Then, Now, Tomorrow” exhibition.

Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival

  • To help fund the “Buffalo Commons — Anything But Common” Storytelling Festival programming.

Lincoln County Historical Society/Museum

  • To help fund programming of the “Grand Duke Alexis Rendezvous” at the Lincoln County Historical Society/Museum.

Montessori Co-op School

  • To bring noted play researcher Dr. Stuart Brown for 3 events–June 4-6 at KANEKO, the school, and a location to be determined. The programming is titled “Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul.”


Friends of the Kenfield Gallery

  • To help fund the “Solomon Butcher: Pioneer Photographer Exhibit” at the Petrified Wood & Art Gallery in Ogallala. Exhibit dates are April 15, 2015 through July 15, 2015.

Asian Community and Cultural Center

  • To help fund the Asian Community and Cultural Center’s “Stories of the US” programming.

Friends of the Midwest Theater

  • Educational workshops
  • Public matinee

International Quilt Study Center & Museum

  • Support for new, curated exhibition

Hear Nebraska

  • To help fund Hear Nebraska’s programming of the 2015 Good Living Oral History Project.

Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History

  • Support for educational programming

Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival

  • To help fund the 2015 Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival.

Backwaters Press

  • Funding for the 2016 Backwaters Reading Series

Creighton University

  • To help fund the 25th Annual Women and Health Lecture.

Flatwater Shakespeare Company

  • To help fund the Flatwater Shakespeare Company’s youth production of the play Hamlet.

City of Lincoln

  • Abraham Lincoln Birthday Celebration to be held at Lincoln Southwest High School on Sunday, February 22, 2015, 1-5 pm

The Backwaters Press

  • To help fund the 2015 season of their quarterly reading series in Omaha.

Institute for Holocaust Education

  • Theatrical event

Bright Lights, Inc.

  • To help its Bright Lights, Inc. 2015 Scholarship Project to fund need-based scholarships for low-income students who attend week-long, humanities-based summer enrichment classes, June 22 – July 10, at Randolph Elementary School.

Asian Community and Cultural Center

  • To help fund its May 26-29 Camp Culture for children entering 1st through 5th grades.

The University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • to have a professional archivist give a talk at the Frank House in Kearney on Thursday, February 26 at 7 p.m.

The University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • To help fund a pre-performance lecture by Dr. Kate Benzel on April 10 at the World Theatre in Kearney.  The lecture will focus on Carl Sandburg’s contribution to the image of the American West.

Asian Community and Cultural Center

  • To help programming of Celebrating Cultural Heritage.

Crane River Theater Company

  • To help fund the ”Crane River Theater Page to Stage Series” library outreach programs in Broken Bow, Cozad, Grand Island, Hastings, Holdrege, Kearney, Lexington, Loup City Minden, Ord and Ravenna, June 23-26.

The Komensky Club at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • To help fund a series of events in March highlighting Czech history and culture to be held at UNL.

Center for Rural Affairs

  • Support for Decatur Streetcar storytelling event

El Museo Latino

  • Special programming related to the exhibit, “Dia de Muertos – Ritual, Myth and Tradition”

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • To help fund the Digital Communication Knowledge Center for the Humanities.

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska

  • To help fund the Digital Doorway to Ponca Culture project.

Dog & Pony DC

  • Community event, “Exploring Community and Identity”

    Held in conjunction with “BEERTOWN” at the Omaha Community Playhouse

The Durham Museum

Support for “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare”

Metropolitan Community College Foundation

  • To help fund programming of the Great Plains Theatre Conference.

Inclusive Communities

  • To help fund the programming of IncluCity.

Friends of the Homestead

  • Support for the program, “Inspire Youth and Others Through the Writing of Wilder and Graf”

The University of Nebraska History Graduate Students’ Association

  • To help fund the James A. Rawley Keynote speaker on March 6, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at the Sheldon Art Museum.

Nebraska Folklife Network in Lincoln

  • To fund expenses related to planning the collection of oral histories from Japanese Americans living in the North Platte Valley area.

Nebraska Folklife Network Inc.

  • To help fund the Japanese Americans in Nebraska Project.

El Museo Latino

  • To help fund programming of the Latino Culture Immersion exhibition for fall 2015.

Friends of the Midwest Theater,

  •  Film series

Better Ponca Foundation

  • Support for the Missouri River Outdoor Expo

Nebraska Association of the Deaf

  • To help fund programming of the Multigenerational Leadership Training Program.

Friends of the Homestead

  • Support for a project titled,  “Music and Dance Teach Understanding of Homesteading Cultures”

Brownville Fine Arts Association

  • Support for a special  poetry reading event
  • Featuring former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser

African Culture Connection

  • Additional funding for the continuation and expansion of the group’s school residencies program

The Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Inc.

  • To help funding of the Shakespeare On Tour and Shakespeare Scholar Forums.

Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation

  • To help more broadly publicize the Spring Banquet featuring Cherrie Beam-Clarke on Saturday, April 18 at 7 pm at Elmwood Elementary School.

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

  • To bring a nationally recognized Teddy Roosevelt impersonator to teach students and families at the May 7-9 Fort Kearny Outdoor Expo at Ft Kearny SRA near Kearney.


  • To help fund programming of TEDxLincoln 2015.

El Museo Latino

  • To help fund the “Maguey-Maiz in the Americas” exhibit at El Museo Latino in Omaha.

Panhandle Resource Conservation And Development, Inc.

  • To help fund the 16th Annual Intertribal Gathering.

Nebraska State Historical Society

  • To help fund the 2nd biennial State Historic Preservation Conference on May 1, 2015, 8 am-5 pm at the Lincoln Holiday Inn.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • To help fund the Medieval and Renaissance Material Culture Conference.