Statewide Programs

Statewide Programs

The Lied Center is Nebraska's Home for the Arts. It is our mission to serve everyone in this great state from Brownville to Harrison, and Valentine to McCook. The Lied Center offers dynamic programming for K-12 students and teachers, college students, and community members of all ages in towns across the state. Through our statewide opportunities we aim to increase access to quality arts productions and learning experiences throughout Nebraska. Familiarize yourself with our programs and reach out to the Lied Team to get your community involved!


If you are interested in finding out more about Arts Across Nebraska tours, please contact Jane Schiermeyer Hansen, Director of Education & Community Engagement, at 


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.


The Lied's Night of Broadway
Nebraska City | January 14, 2020, Nebraska City High School

Directed by UNL Glenn Korff School of Music faculty member Alisa Belflower and featuring the University of Nebraska—Lincoln’s brightest emerging voices, the Lied’s Night of Broadway will present showstoppers from the Lied Center's 30th Anniversary Broadway Season. Featuring an evening of Broadway favorites including music from "The Phantom of the Opera", Irving Berlin's "White Christmas", "Bandstand", "An American in Paris", "Waitress", and "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical".

Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience
Scottsbluff | November 12 and November 13, Midwest Theater
Kearney | November 15, Merryman Performing Arts Theatre
Norfolk | November 18, Johnny Carson Theatre and Norfolk Junior High Theatre

Terrance Simien is a two-time Grammy Award-winning Zydeco musician, vocalist, educator and composer. An eighth-generation Louisiana Creole, Simien has been actively involved in educating audiences about his indigenous Zydeco roots music for over 35 years. He and his Zydeco Experience bandmates have performed more than 8500 concerts and toured more than 45 countries. Simien and his wife, Cynthia, are also involved in Creole music education and advocacy. Together, they established the Creole for Kidz and The History of Zydeco program that has presented educational performing arts experiences to students, teachers and families in more than 20 states nationally, and internationally in Mali, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Paraguay, Canada and Australia. This will be the first Grammy-Award winning artist to participate in the Arts Across Nebraska program.

Kerfuffle's "The Caterpillar's Footprint"
Kearney | March 30, Merryman Performing Arts Theatre

Kerfuffle is a Theater for the Very Young company made up of an ensemble of artists who teach, write, design, create and perform playful, multi-sensory theatre with and for children under the age of 5 and their guardians. Kerfuffle seeks to include children as major creative partners throughout the development of performances, thus ensuring developmentally appropriate experiences that will delight and engage. In their play, “The Caterpillar’s Footprint”, children and their guardians join Caterpillar and their friends for a very special day. The performance brings children through a sensory forest and into a yurt dome where they encounter puppets, actors, have dance parties, and help caterpillar turn into a butterfly.


2019-20 Arts Across Nebraska is made possible by the generous contribution of the Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation, Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment and Friends of Lied. Artist transportation is provided by Sid Dillon.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Arts Across Nebraska tours, please contact Judy Hart at

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Kennedy Center Partners in Education

The Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is designed to assist arts and cultural organizations throughout the nation to develop and/or expand educational partnerships with their local school systems. The purpose of the partnerships is the establishment or expansion of 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 for teachers 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 provides models and strategies for professional development programs in the arts for all teachers, follow-up consultation and annual meetings to assist teams in their continued development. The Lied Center is one of 99 U.S. Partnership teams that are located in 46 out of 50 states. 

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