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Nebraska Statewide Arts Conferences 2019

Omaha |May 31 - June 1 | Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha Campus

Scottsbluff | July 25 | West Nebraska Community College | DETAILS COMING JUNE 3RD

Join us in Omaha for the Nebraska Statewide Arts Conference

The Nebraska Arts Council is sponsoring the two-day State Arts Conference, Friday, May 31- Saturday, June 1, for arts professionals including artists, volunteers and administrators. The conference is designed to provide inspiration, networking opportunities, hands-on workshops, artist showcases and excursions to the new Healing Arts Program at the UNMC, the South Omaha public mural corridor and El Museo Latino, and a behind the scenes tour of the Rose and BLUEBARN Theaters.

Preview of 2019 Omaha Featured Speakers

Preview of Omaha 2019 Highlights


  • Tour of UNMC Healing Arts Collection including the Dale Chihuly Sanctuary

    Tour of UNMC Healing Arts Collection including the Dale Chihuly Sanctuary

    Visit the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center and explore the use of therapeutic art and music programs. View the expansive collection of art, including permanent and temporary exhibitions by nationally recognized artists, and the Leslie’s Healing Garden.

    Photo of artwork by Dale Chihuly

  • South Omaha Visual Art Excursion

    South Omaha Visual Art Excursion

    South 24th Street was recently named one of the top five US streets by the American Planning Association, and you can see why on this excursion to South Omaha. Discover the area's heritage with stops at El Museo Latino and murals throughout the neighborhood.

    Photo of "Zajednica" by A Midsummer's Mural

  • Backstage at The Rose and BLUEBARN Theaters Excursion

    Backstage at The Rose and BLUEBARN Theaters Excursion

    Go behind the curtains of two of Omaha's premiere theater facilities and discover the nuts and bolts of operations in new and old spaces.

Workshops and Presentations for Arts Professionals

  • "Gratitude as Leadership" presented by Chris Hochstetler, Hastings College Dean of Innovation and Creativity
  • "Accessibility is Not Scary" a session about practices to expand your audience by removing barriers
  • "Ready for Prime Time?" a conversation on hot topics in the arts
  • "Economic Development Through the Arts in Rural Nebraska" a rural action guide overview
  • "Get Money: Tips from Grant Reviewers" by NAC Program Staff
  • Dedicated Networking Opportunities
  • Performing Artist Showcases
  • Slidejams: rapid fire presentations about innovative arts programs

  • Travel Stipends

    Participants who must travel more than 100 miles from Omaha are eligible for travel reimbursement.   For a vehicle traveling 100 to 200 miles from Omaha, the reimbursement is $50.  For a vehicle traveling over 200 miles from Omaha, the reimbursement will be $100. Individuals who are carpooling will receive a single reimbursement per vehicle. 
    To apply for reimbursement, a form will be available at the conference registration table.   Complete the form and submit it to a Nebraska Arts Council staff member.  Your reimbursement check will be mailed to you.

Registration and Information for Scottsbluff Conference Coming Soon!

Questions? Contact us at or 402.595.2122.