Statewide Programs

Statewide Programs

The Lied Center is Nebraska's "Home for the Arts." Our mission is to serve everyone in this great state, from Brownville to Harrison and Valentine to McCook. We offer dynamic programming for K-12 students and faculty, college students, and community members of all ages. The Lied aims to increase access to quality arts productions and educational experiences through these opportunities. Please familiarize yourself with our programs and reach out to the Lied Center team to get your community involved!

If you are interested in learning more about Arts Across Nebraska, don't hesitate to contact Jane Schiermeyer Hansen, the Director of Education & Community Engagement, at

If you are interested in learning more about the Kennedy Center's Partners in Education program, don't hesitate to contact Nancy Engen-Wedin, the Education & Grant Programs Manager, at


Arts Across Nebraska connects Lied Center artists to Nebraska communities throughout the state. We provide up to three tours every year at an affordable rate to presenting partners. The Lied is responsible for contracting with the artists, routing, and providing technical assistance. Each tour stop includes public performances, student matinees, and educational outreach.


The 2021-2022 Arts Across Nebraska season began in November of 2021 with two back-to-back tours initially scheduled for 2020 – Chicago Dance Crash, a Chicago-based hip-hop dance ensemble emphasizing storytelling and accessibility, and Kerfuffle's "Firefly," a forest-themed, shadow-puppetry-centric theatre piece created specifically for children six and under. These tours served over 2,250 students and community members in three Central and Western Nebraska communities: Sidney, Minden, and Kearney.

This season is off to a roaring start after a hybrid year due to the pandemic. Our team is currently collaborating with community partners to develop programming for our final tour in Spring 2022 and excitedly planning next year's 25th anniversary season!

Chicago Dance Crash

Sidney | November 9, Sidney High School

Kearney | November 11, Merryman Performing Arts Center

Minden | November 12, Minden Opera House


Kerfuffle's "Firefly"

Kearney | November 16-19, Merryman Performing Arts Center


Arts Across Nebraska is made possible through generous contributions from the Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation, Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and Friends of Lied.

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Kennedy Center Partners in Education

The Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts assists arts organizations throughout the nation in developing and expanding partnerships with their local school systems. The goal is to establish professional development programs in the arts for all teachers.

The program, established in 1991, is based on the concept that educating teachers is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people. The Kennedy Center's experience with professional development programs is the basis for this national initiative. Partnership teams consist of an arts organization and an administrator of the cooperating school system. The team participates in an institute that models and strategizes professional development programs and provides follow-up consultations to promote continued development. The Lied Center is one of 99 U.S. Partnership teams located in 46 out of 50 states.



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