Grant Spotlight: Hear Nebraska and the Good Living Tour

The Good Living Tour was launched this summer by Hear Nebraska as a multimedia storytelling campaign. Anchored by a free, all-ages concert series that toured nine communities July 17-25, the project celebrated the livelihood afforded in greater Nebraska—especially for young people.

Humanities Nebraska helped fund Hear Nebraska’s team of journalists who traveled to North Platte, Kearney, West Point, Nebraska City, Grand Island, Imperial, Ogallala, Scottsbluff and Valentine prior to the concert series. They produced a collection of 27 multi-media histories of traditions in music and the arts in these towns. This collection is showcased on the non-profit organization’s website, HearNebraska.org.

Grants_FerociousJungleCat_BWThe musical tour showcased 27 Nebraska bands, offering a full range of musical styles. For example, Scottsbluff audiences danced to hip-hop, while Ogallala listeners heard indie rock.

Prior to the tour, Hear Nebraska’s  executive director Andrew Norman wrote to Nebraska’s young people: “There are others who think like you do—who love music and art and have ideas about how to tap into your community’s creativity to create more, exciting opportunities for young people.

“Hear Nebraska’s vision is to make Nebraska a globally known cultural destination. We can do it—community by community—with your help.”


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