The Arts Across Nebraska connects Lied artists to Nebraska communities throughout the state. The program provides up to three tours every year, which are offered to presenting partners and communities in the state at an affordable rate. The Lied Center is responsible for contracting with the artist(s), routing and providing technical assistance on tour. The artist(s) usually provide a public performance, and/or student matinee or workshop in each community.

Arts Across Nebraska Tours 2016-2017

Rhys Thomas teaches Newtonian physics using a rare blend of science, comedy and circus arts. Students learn surprising things about gravity through bowling ball juggling, gyroscopic stability through glass bowl spinning, centripetal force with cowboy lariats, center of balance with a six-foot tall unicycle and inertia with the old tablecloth pull. The Science Circus has toured hundreds of schools in a dozen U.S. states.

Scottsbluff | October 10, 2016
Kearney | October 12, 2016
Norfolk | October 13, 2016
Ord | October 14, 2016

Rave On! re-invents the ordinary tribute show with an electrifying, high-energy, rock n’ roll extravaganza featuring America’s premiere Buddy Holly interpreter, Billy McGuigan. McGuigan has received national attention and critical acclaim for his portrayals of the legendary Buddy Holly after appearing in over 400 performances of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.

Nebraska City | November 7–8, 2016
Kearney | November 8 or 9, 2016
McCook | November 10, 2016
Sidney | November 11, 2016

Daniel Martinez is a Flamenco guitar stylist, composer and teacher from Iquitos, Peru. Martinez honed his skills through the mastery of classical guitar training and preparing for and winning national guitar competitions. He has performed in South America, Canada and across the U.S. Today, five solo instrumental recordings later, he is a sought-after instructor and a familiar presence on stages in the region.

Hastings | October 22, 2016
Norfolk | March 16 or 23, 2017
Ord | February 2017 (exact date TBD)

2016-2017 ARTS ACROSS NEBRASKA is made possible with the support of:

Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment
Friends of Lied

Artist transportation: Sid Dillon

If you are interested in finding out more about the Arts Across Nebraska tours, please contact Sasha Dobson by phone, 402.472.3215, or email,

Please note: organizations booking artists in the Lied's Arts Across Nebraska program are not eligible for additional funding through the Nebraska Arts Council.