Community Learning

Community Learning

The Lied Center is proud of the community in which it resides, as well as all the communities across the great state of Nebraska. Working in tandem with partner organizations, the Lied Center provides opportunities to increase exposure to the performing arts while providing a deeper level of understanding of the events, artists, and genres through the following community programs.

Image of a young boy and a performer from Erth's Dino Zoo on stage feeding flowers to a brachiosaurus.

Lied Center Family Programs

FamFest | Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live! Monday January 8, 2018, 7:00 pm

Generously supported by Runza National, Pepsi-Cola of Lincoln and The Cookie Company, the Lied Center opens its doors 90 minutes before showtime for a family-friendly pre-show party featuring food and hands-on activities such as face painting and games. Termed as “FamFest,” this event is free to all ticket holders for that evening’s event.

Travel back 65 million years as Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo LIVE guides your family on a breathtaking tour through prehistoric Australia. You’ll experience an eye-popping collection of amazingly lifelike dinosaurs and other creatures, presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to the prehistoric world.

More for Kids and Families

The Lied Center offers many exciting performances for families and youth. Upcoming performances for 2017-2018 include:

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm
  • Seedfolks: April 5–7, 2018

 

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Pre-performance Talks

Join us in the Steinhart Room 30 minutes before most Lied main stage events for a presentation by a guest speaker. The Lied Center invites a member of the company or an expert from the community to give background and context to the performance you are about to see. Many patrons report that hearing the pre-performance talk enhanced their enjoyment of the show. Pre-talks are 15-20 minutes in length to leave plenty of time for patrons to get to their seats.

For more information on how you can participate as a guest speaker for the Lied Center pre-talk series for the upcoming season, please contact Sasha Dobson by phone, 402.472.3215, or email, sdobson3@unl.edu.

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Complimentary Tickets for Youth

The Lied Center’s Performance Fund program is a wonderful way to bring Lincoln and surrounding areas to the Lied Center. Through generous contributions, the Lied Center is able to grant 3,000 tickets, at no cost, each year to children and young people who otherwise, would be unable to attend a Lied Center performance.

Tickets are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis to underserved children and young people. To find out more, or to reserve your complimentary tickets, please contact Sasha Dobson by phone, 402.472.3215, or email, sdobson3@unl.edu.

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Tours

The magic of live performance is only a fraction of what transpires at the LIed Center. Discover what goes on behind-the-scenes at the Lied Center for Performing Arts with a free backstage tour. Tour groups will learn about the history of the organization and building, while exploring areas beyond the main hall. 

To schedule a tour, please contact Lied Events Coordinator, Steve Pearson by email spearson5@unl.edu, or by phone 402.472.4700. 

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Image of Danny Elfman, a Lincoln art critic, and a UNL faculty member seated next to each other and engaged in discussion during a Lied Center master class.

Public Programs

The Lied Center organizes public programs in conjunction with major Season events. Through workshops, public forums, cultural celebrations and more we expand on important conversations presented by our season artists in settings that are free and open to the public. 

Broadway at the Lied | Wedenesday, September 13th, 2017
Lied Center Main Hall
Organized in conjunction with ASCAP/Grow A Show New Musical Theatre Workshop

Kids PopAction Class with STREB | Wednesday, January 24nd, 2018
Mabel Lee Hall
Organized in conjunction with STREB: SEA

Confronting Hate, Considering Compassion: A Public Forum on Responding to Hate Crimes | Monday, February 19th, 2018
University of Nebraska--Lincoln city campus union auditorium
Organized collaboratively with Abendmusik in conjunction with Conspirare Presents: Considering Matthew Shepard

A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS Screening & Q+A with Composer Danny Elfman | Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
Organized collaboratively with the Mary Reipma Ross Media Arts Center in conjunction with The Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet

 

 

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Open Volunteer Opportunities

The Lied Center education department is grateful to community members who volunteer to support our programs. If you or your organization would like to help us achieve our mission of educating the people of Nebraska through the arts, then please reach out to Sasha Dobson, Education Outreach Coordinator, at sdobson3@unl.edu

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