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 & teachers, college students, and community members of all ages in towns across the state. Through our statewide opportunities we aim to increase access to quailty arts productions and learning experiences throughout Nebraska. Familarize yourself with our programs and reach out to the Lied Team to get your community invovled. 


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.


CIVIL WAR VOICES, a theatrical concert
Nebraska City | November 5, 7:00pm, Nebraska City High School, Free Admission
McCook | November 7, 7:00pm, Nebraska City High School, Free Admission
Crete | November 9, 7:00pm, Doane University, Heckman Auditorium, Free Admission

Civil War Voices tells the compelling and passionate true stories of real people who lived through the conflict, using the actual words the characters left behind in diaries, letters, and other writings.  All new arrangements of traditional melodies of the period by renowned composer Mark Hayes advance the narrative and sharpen the emotional impact of the stories. 

My Ántonia
Kearney | February 11, 7:00pm, Merryman Performing Arts Center
Scottsbluff | February 14, 7:30pm, Midwest Theater
Red Cloud | February 19, 7:30pm, Red Cloud Opera House

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Willa Cather’s novel, this new theatrical adaptation of My Ántonia is told through the memories of narrator Jim Burden. Jim returns to Nebraska after 20 years to see Ántonia, the immigrant girl who shaped his understanding of life. Experience Cather’s tale of the people and land of the Great Plains.

Passing it Forward: The American Dream? by Tapestry Dance Company
Scottsbluff | April 24, 7:30pm, Midwest Theater

This piece of tap dance theatre by Tapestry Dance Company explores the rich and complicated history of our country. The performance encourages the audience to reflect on the role of immigration in creating the rich diversity of cultures that make up our American heritage. Through historical traditions and new works of tap dance set to a diversified musical score of spoken-word poetry, hip-hop, jazz, and American classics, Tapestry sets a rhythm of communication, hope, and healing.

2018-2019 ARTS ACROSS NEBRASKA is made possible with the support of: Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Friends of Lied, Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation. Artist transportation is provided by Sid Dillon

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

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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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