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 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 lectures, 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. 

A Month-Long Chinese Martial Arts Celebration October 4-21, 2018

During the month of October, join us for lectures, films, master classes and workshops to celebrate the rich history of Chinese martial arts.  These programs are offered in conjunction with the performance Chinese Warriors of Peking.

 

CREATIVE EXPLORATIONS: Multiple Perspectives on First Amendment Rights in Higher Education October 17 - November 7, 2018

In conjunction with the season performance of Sedition (Angels Theater Company) the Lied Center is proud to offer several opportunities to engage with the first amendment and its complex relationship with institutions of higher education. Explore these programmatic offerings to experience diverse perspectives on this challenging and vital topic. 

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Lied Center Family Programs

FamFest | The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites Thursday, January 17, 2019, 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.

Amazing puppetry, innovative black-light staging and an original score bring new life to Eric Carle’s classics for kids of all ages! Follow a caterpillar on his life journey, with vibrant scenery and colorful foods. Back by popular demand!

More for Kids and Families

The Lied Center offers many exciting performances for families and youth. Upcoming performances for 2018-2019 include:

  • Chinese Warriors of Peking: Sunday, October 21, 2019, 4:00 pm
  • Laura Osnes' Broadway Princess Party: Saturday, January 19, 2019, 7:30 pm

 

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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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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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