In the past five years, the National Endowment for the Arts distributed $11,002,374 in federal funding, either directly or through state and regional partners, in Nebraska.
In the most recent information (2021) from the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA), which is produced jointly by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of Research & Analysis and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Commerce Department, Nebraska...
Added 2.4 percent or $3.6 billion to the state economy from arts and cultural production
Employed 30,052 workers in the arts and cultural industries, with workers earning wages and benefits totaling more than $2.1 billion
Nearly 57 percent of Nebraska’s adults attended live music, theater, or dance performances, while more than 18 percent attended art exhibits, according to the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, conducted in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau.
In addition to offering direct grants, the NEA supports national initiatives benefiting people across the country:
An average of 1,640 students from 80 high schools in Nebraska participated in Poetry Out Loud annually.
In Nebraska, 31 museums participated in Blue Star Museums.
On this page, find information on the arts and culture for the state of Nebraska, and how the National Endowment for the Arts has supported the arts in communities throughout the state. Below are highlights of just some of Arts Endowment grantees and artists working in Nebraska.
Matt Mason, executive director of the Nebraska Writers Collective, launched the Louder than a Bomb: Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival with the goal of giving young people first-hand experience with what he described as "what poetry and creative writing and art can do for their lives."
David Philip Mullins grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, and lives in Omaha, Nebraska, and is the author of "Greetings from Below: Stories," which won both the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and the International Walter Scott Prize for Short Stories.
In collaboration with the Nebraska Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts looks at the arts and culture of Nebraska as part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the agency's establishment.