The Nebraska Arts Council is pleased to announce that 10 artists and ensembles have been added to the agency’s artist roster, a list of artists who are available for hire with the assistance of NAC grant funding. Artist applications were reviewed and selected by a panel of experts, with support from NAC staff, and ratified by the NAC Board of Directors at its spring quarterly meeting on March 8.
Accepted artists are added to either the Nebraska Touring Program roster, which promotes performing artists who wish to tour throughout the state, or the Artists in Schools and Communities roster, which promotes teaching artists looking to lead educational residencies.
Newly accepted artists include:
Nebraska Touring Program (NTP)
Lisa Bang Hoffman, Omaha, Visual Arts
Lisa Bang Hoffman’s medium is film photography, concentrating on black and white gelatin-silver prints. The photographs included in the exhibit are square, medium format images or rectangular 35 mm images. Variations in compositions echo the multiplicity of emotions created by the isolation and selection of a single moment.
William Hutchinson, Lincoln, Music
William Hutchinson’s original songs are filled with stories both historical and autobiographical, and his stripped down instrumentation and vocal approach allow him to be more vulnerable on stage and nimble on the road.
Lori Reckling, Omaha, Music
Lori Reckling, pianist and composer, is passionate about music as a storyteller and reflector of the soul, and is especially fond of making unusual music accessible. A "highly expressive" pianist who brings "deep emotional understanding" to her performances, she is equally comfortable in an intimate salon setting or on the concert stage, as a soloist or collaborating with your ensemble.
Katherine Tyree, Omaha, Music
Katherine Tyree’s specialty areas of performance are musical theatre, jazz, R&B and gospel. Her shows have earned a reputation as entertaining, heartfelt, meaningful, uplifting and professional. She has produced shows in many venues, including the Omaha Community Playhouse, Rose Theater, Loves Jazz and Arts Center, The Waiting Room and The Max.
Jimmy Weber, Omaha, Music
Jimmy Weber will tour, I Moved A Mountain, the story of his 24 years with the United States Air Force and his five deployments. Outreach to veterans and military bases will be available, as well as pre- and post-show discussions.
Felicia Webster, Omaha, Theater
Felicia Webster combines relevant, heartfelt words into lyrically moving pieces that are sometimes accompanied by her beautiful singing voice, originally composed music and theatrical presentation. She writes specific pieces that are relevant to the theme of the program and passionately engages her audiences in call and response, which often times includes movement.
Artists in Schools and Communities (AiSC)
Jennifer Castello, Omaha, Interdisciplinary
A published writer, Jennifer Castello specializes in storytelling through theatre arts, playwriting and creative writing. She firmly believes everyone has a story they need to tell and hopes to create an encouraging environment for sharing that story.
DawnMarie Moe, Aurora, Theatre
DawnMarie Moe seeks to bring inclusive theatre based in Shakespeare to public and homeschooled students in small, rural communities of Central and Western Nebraska. A member of Actor’s Equity, she has more than 30 years of professional experience, performing on television and on stage across the US.
Omaha Guitar Trio, Omaha, Music
The Omaha Guitar Trio will provide formal music education with emphasis on techniques and mentality of the classical guitar tradition. The Trio introduces students to the importance of guitar, its rich history, social aspects of playing music in groups, and virtuoso guitar concepts.
Steven Tamayo, Bellevue, Visual Arts
Steve Tamayo draws upon his family history as a member of the Sicangu Lakota tribe. He provides residency activities that include art and regalia making, drumming, powwow dance demonstrations and lectures on the history, symbolism and meaning behind Native customs and traditions.
Organizations or communities interested in hosting any of the artists listed above may do so by applying for either an NTP or AiSC sponsor grant beginning May 1, 2016 (applications must be submitted for projects taking place on or after July 1). For additional information on the NTP program, contact Rachel Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information the AiSC program, contact Anne Alston at email@example.com.