Designers making a difference everyday, dMADE, is a student organization at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln from the College of Architecture. The organization encourages teaching design and its many applications through sustainable materials.
This year, dMADE is bringing the Recycled City project to the lincoln arts festival. This project demonstrates how easy it is to find materials for creating by using reclaimed and recycled cardboard. The Recycled City was selected because we wanted to provide engaging eco friendly activities that can be done throughout the summer.
The Star City Kochavim is a klezmer band based in Lincoln, Nebraska – The Star City. The ensemble seeks to infuse a sense of joy and humor into their music and try not to take things too seriously. Klezmer music is the traditional music of the Jews of Eastern Europe, or Ashkenaz, and was infused into every part of Jewish life, such as weddings, funerals, and bar mitzvahs. The music was brought over to America by Jewish refugees and became very popular in the early 20th Century, especially in the Yiddish Theater. In the early millennium, Klezmer music became more popular throughout the U.S. and Klezmer ensembles began to form around the country. The “Kochavim” (“stars” in Hebrew) formed in November 2011 and the ensemble is associated with the South Street Temple, Lincoln’s Reform Jewish congregation.
Location: Creative Zone 1
Jay Kreimer is a musical instrument inventor, improvising composer, and poly-artist. He has performed on his original instruments across North America and Europe and in China and India. Collaborative installations with textile artist Wendy Weiss have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the US and Canada. Much of his work develops through collaboration. Response to materials at hand, including sound as material, runs through all of his work. His collaborative bent is central to his approach to teaching workshops on instrument invention, performance, and listening. He has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Research grant to make instruments from local materials in India for 2022.
Creative Zone 3
The Bay is a home for misfits in Lincoln— a safe place to go, people who care, and something to do. A 501c3 nonprofit, The Bay was founded in 2010 by Mike Smith and on Dec. 31, 2017 became a program of Rabble Mill through a merger with Hear Nebraska. Its programs aim to help young people dream bigger.
The Bay’s professional staff applies innovation and constant evolution to best practices, building authentic relationships and programs dedicated to most-effectively engaging youth — particularly those marginalized due to income or other socioeconomic factors. Open till midnight on weekends and 10 p.m weekdays, The Bay offers a safe place when young people really need it.
In a 20,000-square-foot warehouse in Lincoln, Nebraska’s Clinton Neighborhood (2005 Y St.), The Bay features the state’s only public, indoor skatepark, a digital art/media lab, an all-ages performance venue, community meeting spaces, and an emergency pantry, and Goldenrod Cafe.
Everyone has a story to tell, and The Bay is partnering with Civic Nebraska to help tell them. This spring, the CommUNITY Lincoln Student Photo & Film Festival will highlight and showcase students’ voices and provide a creative outlet to tell these stories. Together with The Bay, Civic Nebraska is empowering and connecting our youth with a new opportunity.
Film is a powerful tool that brings people together and allows unique stories to be told and bridges cultural gaps. During the past year, we’ve seen our community and the world around us change dramatically. The pandemic, social and economic unrest, and the fight for racial equality have had profound effects on students – they have had to spend much of their time away from their friends and peers, resulting in a lack of meaningful ways to express themselves.
The CommUNITY Film Festival is open to all Lincoln students grades 6 through 12; we can even help provide training and equipment for those who might need it. Student winners will be awarded scholarships that they can use for their future education or purchase their own filmmaking equipment and gear.
At the end of the school year, we’ll celebrate our students’ creativity – selected films and photos will be exhibited at a drive-in screening the evening of April 24 at The Bay, 2005 Y St. in Lincoln. It’s free and open to everyone!
Lincoln Calling Music Showcase – 8pm
Facebook Page www.facebook.com/JonathanLeachMusic
Where can we listen to your music? (Spotify if available) open.spotify.com/search/jonathan%20leach
ABOUT JONATHAN – PIANIST, TEACHER, PRODUCER
Jonathan Leach is a Black-American musician and producer based out of Lincoln, Nebraska. A storyteller at heart, Leach produces music that is raw and deeply rooted in human experience. Whether a song includes vocals or is purely instrumental, its complexity invites the listener to lean into what they are hearing.
Jonathan began writing his own songs when he was in 7th grade, because, “It was the most correct thing I could do. It was time to start trying to create, and I wanted to do it desperately—to be a part of the creative process of music. I bought a notebook and decided that was the notebook where I would write all my songs.”
His notebook filled with lyrics has since evolved to score sheets as he composes jazz-inspired instrumentals—weaving lead lines and rhythm into beautiful and compelling opportunities. In his own words, “Music is all about choices. In jazz, you get to make a different choice every time, and that’s what makes it so fun—I’m constantly creating and each performance holds something new.”
When he’s not performing or teaching lessons, Leach shares his love of music with the community as the Youth Music Director at City Impact. Through music, he facilitates a space for them to express themselves and worship. As a full-time artist, he demonstrates for them that with hard work and dedication, you can pursue your creative and artistic dreams.
Today Jonathan is focused mainly on writing, recording, and publishing his original music. His direction has begun to shift from primarily a songwriter and vocalist, to composer and pianist—continually evolving as the world around him does too.
Location: Creative Zone 2
I have been a working artist for more than 20 years. My media range from clay to paint to pastel. Most of what I create is representational, but I try to avoid being completely old fashioned by composing the images with modern aesthetics and color choices. The scale of my work ranges from 50 foot tall relief sculptures to three inch watercolors and all sizes in between.
Visual art is a language that becomes native through long hours of immersion. I have developed a generalized conceptual understanding of the large principles of artistic expression. Through commercial work I have created thousands of pieces, mostly pastel drawings, often repeating images. This gave me vast amounts of practice and necessitated the solving of innumerable graphic problems. When puzzled, I usually consult the Masters for guidance and technical ideas. I have begun teaching privately which brings its own new level of understanding, as I must verbalize what I know tacitly.
My methods usually include the collecting of images, photographic and sketched. Then the stronger images are translated into pencil studies to gain insight. Finally, I select a size and medium that suits the project and I begin work. I prefer to have at least two pieces going at the same time; I can tweak the nearly complete picture while establishing and refining the newer one. Long, solitary hours are necessary to bring an image to perfection. It is extremely satisfying to complete a piece that works.
Polley Music Library is the public music library of Lincoln City Libraries, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. The music library features a circulating collection of music books, printed music, and compact discs, along with digital collections, non-circulating reference materials, and music magazines. The Polley Music Library answers music-related questions, and provides other services, such as tours and programs.
Founded in 2008, the Nebraska Writers Collective is an Omaha-based 501(c)3 nonprofit that believes in the power of writing. At the NWC, words are much more than marks on paper—they are powerful tools for communication, connection, personal transformation, and community action. We provide mentorship for writers at all stages of their journey in Midwest schools, businesses, community organizations, and correctional facilities.
Proyecto Cultural has supported Lincoln’s community since 2002 and is the parent organization of Grupo Folklórico Sangre Azteca, Lincoln’s longest-running traditional Mexican folkloric dance group dedicated to the preservation of Hispanic Culture. Through a select group of young leaders, we offer an exciting cultural enrichment program. Our mission is to increase cultural awareness by providing enjoyable and significant educational performances and to expand the diversity of our audience in a positive environment.
Lincoln Calling Music Showcase – 7pm
Golden Studio Band is a Lincoln-based ensemble made up of Yazidi musicians led by Hasan Khalil. Renewing old melodies and composing their own, the Golden Studio Band musicians are fluent in styles including Arabic, Turkish, Kurdish, Persian, and traditional Syrian music, as well as world music melodies for dance.
Saturday 1:30pm and throughout the Festival
Flatwater Shakespeare Company marked 20 seasons of producing high-caliber theatre in 2020 and we are jazzed to return to performances this summer. Founded by Bob Hall and Stephen Buhler, FSC began in 2001 with Shakespeare’s *Twelfth Night* at the Stables at Wyuka, a truly Shakespearean open-air historical site in the heart of Lincoln, Nebraska. Flatwater Shakespeare remains committed in our efforts to make Shakespeare accessible to everyone with free education programs for students K-9, free performances in the parks, fast-paced family friendly Short Shakes productions for families with kids of all ages, and full length productions. FSC continues to develop new approaches and projects in our mission to entertain and educate audiences through high-caliber, professional theatre. With Shakespeare so interwoven throughout our culture, we are striving to swing the doors open wide–inviting our community into Shakespeare and bringing Shakespeare into our community. Learn more about our 2021 season and education programs at http://flatwatershakespearecompany.org/
Lincoln Calling Music Showcase – 9pm
Emily Bass and The Near Miracle is a rock-soul-gospel group performing in and around Lincoln, NE since 2015. High energy band leader Emily Bass writes original music inspired by Carol King and Aretha Franklin. The band’s sound and size support Bass’s energy and bring the crowd in for jubilant celebrations and heart breaking blues. Stay in touch with Emily Bass and The Near Miracle on Facebook and YouTube.
Location: Creative Zone 4
My name is Raimy O. Washington. I was born in Omaha NE, grew up in Bolivia, and came back to the United States in 2015. Since then I have graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a BFA in acting. I will be doing a live painting for the arts festival inspired by the festival itself. The goal is to have little planning and let the energy of the people and the area inspire the painting.
An artist for over 25 years, Marc is more passionate about glass today than ever — but it’s helping other artists reach their full potential that makes him thrive. He has mentored many talented artists in his studios and continues each and every day in Lincoln Hot Glass in Nebraska and the CCG glass program he developed in Starksboro, Vermont. Marc has taught torchwork to hundreds of people, and many have gone on to build a livelihood in glass. Marc feels that building the local glass community is one of his highest achievements. He also believes that giving young people technical skills and basic entrepreneurial guidance can enable them to make their own livelihoods, and often can save them from a life of unfulfilling work. “The people I have worked with and come to know through glass are my family— now the young people I taught are the teachers.”
Marc was introduced to the torch in 1995 when glassblower Alan Goldfarb handed him a gather on a blowpipe and told him to give it a go. For many years he made his living out of a handful of small studios, doing as many as 20 art fairs a year. In the 90s, he was a regular exhibitor at the many high end shows in New York City— driving down from Vermont for weekend shows in Lincoln center, Lyndhurst New York or the uptown armory shows. Later he developed a show circuit in the Midwest, while still living in his van and doing the spring and fall show season back east.
Creative Zone 4
Nebraska Innovation Studio (NIS) is a community-oriented makerspace that serves as a hub for innovators, artists, and entrepreneurs.
You can think of Nebraska Innovation Studio as a gym but with power tools. Members pay a monthly fee to come and use our tools and facilities to make whatever they want. Members are welcome to run businesses, make prototypes, or just have fun.
Some equipment requires members to complete safety and operational training before gaining access to the equipment. These are a one-time, free, and typically hour-long training session. Members can sign up for these trainings on our website through the NIS manager.
Membership to NIS is open to all UNL staff, faculty, and students as well as the surrounding Nebraska Community. NIS is a do-it-yourself membership based workshop. We encourage all types of making and creative thinking. Our members support businesses, invent new technologies, or just make projects for fun.
Photographers Corey Rourke and Jeremy Allen Wieczorek have experimented with various forms of alternative photography for the past 25 years. For the Lincoln Arts Festival, Allen & Rourke have chosen to capture portraits on their large format camera using direct positive paper, a method invented in the mid 1800s by Hippolyte Bayard. They chose this medium to showcase the qualities of a truly unique photographic print in its raw, primitive form. Come join them for a demonstration of the entire process, from exposure to traditional chemical development to completed image, as they bring the beauty of this 19th Century technique into the 21st Century.
Corey and Jeremy first met while selling cameras at a chain store in an Omaha mall in the 1990s. The two quickly became friends, bonding over vintage cameras, obscure music, and craft beer. They both left the camera store and started working for different photography studios. Corey in Lincoln, and Jeremy in Omaha. Later they opened their own businesses. Corey dove deep into infrared/rare film and Petzval lenses. Jeremy began an obsession with all things Polaroid. Today, when they collaborate, they are usually roaming the American West, in search of the next great landscape photo or working in the darkroom, mixing odd chemicals like platinum palladium or caffenol, a developer made from coffee, while still discussing vintage cameras, obscure music, and craft beer.
Location: Creative Zone 3
Live Yes Studios is a community arts-based program of the 501(c)(3) organization Resources for Human Development. We support adults with developmental, intellectual, and physical disabilities by providing a structured day program with a professional studio environment. Our instructors work together with our resident artists to offer opportunities for learning, artistic growth, collaboration, and gallery exhibition.
We invest in self-directed projects for personal artistic development and take weekly community trips to local galleries, museums, and parks. We provide resident artists with essential supplies for creating their work such as paint, canvases, paper, pencils, ink, wood, clay, music equipment, and much more. Visiting community artists also lead various lectures and workshops that are open and free to the public.
We also offer classes taught by our instructors and volunteer community members. Some class examples are drawing, painting, ceramics, textiles, printmaking, meditation, gardening, and cooking. We offer private lessons in bass, drums, guitar, piano, song writing, vocals, and music software programs (Ableton and GarageBand).
The Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) works to prevent, respond to, and eliminate all forms of illegal discrimination, and assure and foster equal opportunity for all City of Lincoln community members.
Activity: Make your own print of a social justice leader to take home / share with others!
History Nebraska was established in 1878 as the Nebraska State Historical Society. It was designated a state institution in 1883, and became a state agency in 1994. In April 2018, the organization rebranded and became known as History Nebraska.
Nebraska has a long history of circulating posters encouraging social action, particularly during years of intense change. Recognizing that 2020 was also a year of change, History Nebraska, in partnership with the Nebraska Arts Council, invited ten Nebraska artists to continue this tradition.
Using historic posters from History Nebraska’s collection as inspiration, artists, students and individuals created their own posters to address today’s themes, including (but not limited to) COVID-19, economic hardship, equality, racial injustice, and voter participation.
Stop by the History Nebraska booth to create your own poster for social action or purchase one of the 10 artist-commissioned posters for sale. Visit 2020 Historic Posters Reimagined project webpage to learn more.
Jen Landis drawing the Pincurl Girls a few years ago to help cheer her up when she felt alone and down on herself. Her inner mean-girl voice kept telling her she wasn’t good enough. She had to do something to make it stop, so she could start believing in myself.
With the help of her art and finding people who encouraged her, she gradually learned to quiet the negative thoughts in her head and started to feel happier and better about herself. Now, her most important goal is to support you, who may be feeling the way she used to.
The Pincurl Girls are in your corner cheering you on. Think of us like fairies, guardian angels or imaginary friends who are here to make you feel less alone and encourage you to have the self-confidence and guts to work towards your goals & dreams. You have everything you need inside of you to make your dreams come true. And now with the Pincurl Girls by your side, you’ll have another positive voice telling you…anything is possible.
Art Bus LNK is Nebraska’s first and only mobile art studio. Our organization focuses on providing all youth with a free opportunity to create & heal through art. While offering activities like painting, jewelry making and etc., we travel throughout the city of Lincoln and park the bus in safe, direct neighborhood locations for kids to come out and “art.” Since our June 2020 launch, we have been able to serve well over 600 youth through our summer program and collaborations. Due to continuous community support, we now have the opportunity to extend our bus services to the Omaha community come the Summer of 2021. Our Lincoln Arts Festival activity will be centered around acrylic painting on canvas.
Wrayzer is my solo percussion and electronics project. With this project, I’m aiming to combine many of my passions, including drumming, composing, and improvising. I’m also taking influences from many kinds of music that I’ve enjoyed throughout my life, including jazz, EDM, fusion, funk, and hiphop. I’ve been writing electronic music for at least 5 years. Throughout highschool and college, whenever I’ve had an idea for a beat or a melody or chord progression, I would pull out my laptop and make short demos for myself. Turns out 5 years of that gives you a lot to work with. For this show, I’ve taken some of my favorite things I’ve written and fleshed them out into fully-realized songs. I’m excited to keep exploring this way of creating music – it’s super fun! – Andrew Wray
The Prism Trio is: Sean Lebita, keys; Jonah Bennett, bass; and Andrew Wray, drums. The Prism Trio was formed in 2019 when Sean, Jonah, and Andrew were all students at UNL. In the past few years, Jonah, Sean, and Andrew have been wonderful bandmates, but even better friends. We discovered that we have similar musical interests, and a good sense of chemistry and communication on the bandstand. We all have a love for many kinds of music, but there is something special about the trio format. Maybe it’s the limitation of only 3 people, maybe it’s the combination of sonic colors of drums, bass, and piano, maybe something else. Each of us brings our own musical background and life experience to the project, and we play as honestly as possible. We continue the tradition of reimagining standards in the jazz canon, but each of us also composes new music for the trio as well.
Road to om yoga studio is located in downtown Lincoln in the Historic Grand Manse building.
At the road to om each class is specialized to those who are in attendance and will always be seasonally appropriate, well-rounded and thoughtfully sequenced. We love to use yoga props and variations. Suggestions and options are always offered.
Everyone is welcome to attend our classes no matter your age*, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, your yoga experience or ability. We strive to create safe and welcoming community where you can practice honoring your inner guide, body and breath.
Come for yoga. Stay for the art.
ShakesFEAR – Coming October 2021
This clashes being showcased at the Lincoln Arts Festival is a preview of the larger ShakesFEAR production occurring in the fall. This immersive theatrical experience is a new take on events and attractions centered around All Hallows’ Eve. ShakesFEAR is designed to make audience members afraid of Shakespeare for all the right reasons. Death, murder, suicide and gore feature in many of Shakespeare’s fateful tragedies.
When Hamlet says, “My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth,” we’re only getting a small glimpse into the dark mind of Shakespeare. As audience members line-up outside of a heavily decorated Temple Building, their first encounter with Shakespearean images and characters will of one of the many fight scenes found in the Bard’s plays. This passion-filled duel will be choregraphed by fight master Ian Borden, an associate professor at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film and will feature students from the Carson School. In October, when the audience enters the Haunted Temple, they will continue to explore the world of ShakesFEAR, encountering an array of disturbing scenes—from the wayward sisters who foretell murder and bloodshed; to mischievous fairies who tamper and toy with human lives; to the ghostly appearance of a king who seeks vengeance for his murder; to a father who grinds up two young men and bakes their remains into a meat pie.
ShakesFEAR is a creative blend of live actors, animatronics, large-scale puppetry, spectacle, extreme lighting, a musical score and special effects designed to keep the audience off-balance at every turn. This immersive theatre experience is produced by Nebraska Repertory Theatre – The Theatre of all Nebraska. For more information, go to: Nebraskarep.org.
Jing Mo Tong is a private Martial Arts and Lion Dance Club based in Lincoln Nebraska.
Our instructors have been involved in Lion Dance and Martial Arts for over 20 years. Our oldest members bring traditional Lion dance knowledge to the team, as taught to them by Dr. Gary Yuen. Our roots lie in Choy Lay Fut style lion dancing, but over the years we have added some newer influences as well. All our coaches have many years experience training and performing right here in Lincoln. These generous volunteers teach all our students lion dance and martial arts for no tuition fees.
Lincoln Calling Music Showcase – 6pm
Lead Daniel Martinez formed Jarana in 2009 for versatility and added creative energy. Pronounced JaRaNa (HAH-RAH-nah), it is a noun and verb meaning an event when all ages come together socially in a public place to enjoy and celebrate with food, games, music and dancing. It’s used much like the English “party,” but with richer meaning and more energy. All shows are family-friendly. Lecture/demos are designed to suit the time and interest/age of the audience. Jarana is a band built on energetic, danceable music blending South American music styles, Mexican folk music and Latin dance styles. Jarana’s music blends South American, African and Mediterranean beats such as Flamenco, Rumba and Salsa, accompanied with authentic, traditional instruments. Band members are natives of Peru, Mexico and the US.
Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.
Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) was created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco. It started out as drag queens reading stories to children in libraries and grew into a global phenomenon! DQSH now offers literary and creative programming for kids and teens of all ages led by drag queens, kings, and creatures all over the world. DQSH is a global network of local organizations, each of which is independently managed and funded.
Drag Queen Story Hour Nebraska (DQSHNE) first came to Nebraska in April of 2017 by Mrs. Yuka & Miss Amanda Lynn and is still produced by them today. Pre-Covid you could find DQSHNE monthly at the 70th & O Starbucks in Lincoln, Urban Abbey in Omaha, and pop ups all across the state. DQSHNE is now an official program of OutNebraska.