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Support for Nebraska’s 1% For the Arts program

* If you’re a supporter of the arts, it’s likely you received an urgent email sometime in the past two weeks about LB497, which proposes to put a moratorium on Nebraska’s 1% for the Arts program. Introduced by Sen. Gwen Howard of Omaha, the legislature heard the bill on Feb. 14. Sen. Howard introduced the bill as a “cost saving” measure; it’s a response to Gov. Dave Heineman’s call to reduce state...


The skinny on last weekend’s Science Fair

* Last weekend’s Science Fair, which opened Saturday in the Urban Storage building just outside of the Old Market, was the place to be. Seriously. Hundreds of gallery-goers packed the narrow halls of the fourth and fifth floors, squeezing in and out of tiny individual areas, which displayed the works of close to 100 artists. It was great to see so many first-time artists exhibiting in such an unusual space. The...


Bemis, V-Day, Art and Bubbly

* The Bemis Underground has a new curator. Joel Elia Damon took over the space after Brigitte McQueen left at the end of 2010. Damon says he’s excited to build on the Underground’s momentum while continuing to grow the space. “I’m extremely honored to be in this position,” he says. And he’s jumping right in with the 2011 Bemis Center Regional Exhibition, a juried show. This is a first-time show that...


Bluffs Art Council, “The Glory of Ukraine”  at The Joslyn

* The Bluffs Arts Council’s 2011 membership drive began this month, seeking new members among local businesses and residents. The BAC’s programming includes artists in schools, art exhibits, concerts and movies in Bayliss Park, art camp for children, lecture series, an annual photo contest and more. Last year, the drive funded a number of projects, including scholarships for underprivileged kids to attend art...


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