Who We Are
The Nebraska Arts Council is an agency of the state of Nebraska with a mission to promote, cultivate and sustain the arts for the people of Nebraska. The NAC in its present form was established in 1974 by an act of the Nebraska Legislature. It is governed by a board of fifteen Nebraska citizens, appointed by the Governor of Nebraska. The Nebraska Arts Council is funded by the State of Nebraska, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, which is a unique partnership between the State of Nebraska and private contributors.
The NAC’s primary means of supporting the arts is through a variety of grant programs that cover all disciplines and fields of creative expression. NAC funds are used to support artists, arts organizations, schools and community groups to carry out a variety of arts experiences statewide.
The NAC responds to requests from citizens statewide and across the nation for information and advice. The NAC can provide mailing lists, reference services, and advice on topics ranging from where to go for an appraisal to how to start a community theater.
The total economic impact of nonprofit art organizations on the state economy is estimated to be $34.9 million dollars. The NAC’s mission to promote, cultivate and sustain the arts for the people of Nebraska is not only a goal for cultural excellence, but is also good business.