Campus projects receive Neb. Arts Council grants

Feb 3rd, 2010 | By | Category: Arts & Entertainment, February 4, 2010, Issue

Four campus programs received five grants from the Nebraska Arts Council. The grants totaling $13,467 were included in a $169,394 award package announced Jan. 11.

UNL entities that received awards include the Friends of the Lied (two grants), Sheldon Art Association, Center for Great Plains Studies and the Department of Textiles, Clothing and Design.

The campus awards and brief project descriptions (broken down by type of grant) are:

Art Education Project Grants

Friends of the Lied ($3,301), “The Umonhon Arts and Culture Research Project (Kennedy Center Partnership)” – This project aims to improve educational and social outcomes for Umonhon Nation Schools students.

Sheldon Art Association ($2,588), “Art in Society: Sheldon” – A new outreach education program that provides increased museum access and arts instructional service to high school students.

Collaborative Project Grants

Center for Great Plains Studies ($2,971), “Czech and Slovak Americans: International Perspectives” – Supports performance and visual arts activities presented in conjunction with an interdisciplinary symposium.

Multicultural Awareness Project Grant

Textiles, Clothing and Design ($1,805), “‘The Black Ocean, by William Wilson” – A project that links one artist’s autobiographical voyage to the centuries-long history of the infamous “triangle” or slave trade, and addresses issues of our common humanity and experiences across borders.

Friends of the Lied ($2,802), “The Hobbit Residency and Performance Project” – A comprehensive residency with Theatre Sans Fil for the students and teachers of Umonhon Nation School District in Macy, Neb. Participating students and teachers will also attend a performance of “The Hobbit” at the Lied Center. This project impacts a public school of 435 students, 99 percent of whom are Native American.

The Nebraska Arts Council is a state agency that helps sustain and promote the arts. For more information, go to

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