Invest today in arts experiences and engagement for everyone in our community.

We cannot do it without you, together we do change lives.

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We cannot do it without you, together we do change lives.

Lincoln Arts -- Connecting our Community


For more than 50 years the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC) has been championing the arts, connecting people and changing lives. Our goal is to increase repeat access to quality arts experiences and art engagement for all.

We know that a community that offers rich arts opportunities and arts engagement activities for all is worth striving for, and that is our vision. Individual donors like you make it a reality and provide the most dependable funding for the arts in our community.

Our cornerstone program -- upstArt -- brings arts into schools and the Lancaster County Youth Services Center Pathfinder Program. We bring enriching art opportunities to over 2,500 Lincoln children to empower a diverse group of youth to channel their creativity and build their confidence.

UpstArt is about more than providing access to arts education. It bridges the gap for students with limited resources and opportunities. LAC puts a focus on Title 1 schools – schools in which at least 40% of students must enroll in the free and reduced lunch program. Students are given the opportunity for a more equitable life experience.

This piece of art was done by a student who was with Pathfinder for 6 weeks. Artist-educator Nancy Konrardy talked with the student as he began to conceive and draw his poster. On the last day of the project, a social worker who comes to as many of the classes as possible, sat down with this young man. She touched his hand and referenced the poster in front of him saying, “So this is how you feel?" The answer was on the page.

Bringing enriching arts engagement opportunities to students like this student at Pathfinder is just one way LAC connects our community to the arts.

  • Lincoln Arts Festival – moving to downtown Lincoln – provides something for everyone, attracts artists from across the country and thousands of attendees and tourists to our community for 19 years.
  • LAC Project Grants help local arts organizations reach underserved audiences.
  • LAC Emerging Artist Program provides professional development opportunities for new artists to show at the Lincoln Arts Festival.
  • LAC upstArt program has grown new partnerships and will expand into parochial schools, Community Learning Centers and community organizations in the 2019-20 school year.
  • Mayor’s Arts Awards, for 41 years, affirms the value of the arts in our community and inspires sustained development of our cultural sector to benefit all who live in Lincoln.

We cannot do it without you, together we do change lives.

Your investment makes an impact:

  • $1,000 funds one project grant for arts outreach to an underserved audience
  • $500 provides professional development scholarship for one new visual artist to show at the Lincoln Arts Festival
  • $250 provides 5 hours of teaching artist’s time in residency at social service organization in Lincoln
  • $100 provides 2 ½ hours of teaching artist’s time in residency at a Title 1 school in Lincoln
  • $50 provides materials and teaching artist cost for one student in a 10-week upstArt workshop
  • $25 provides materials and teaching artist cost for one student in a 4-week upstArt summer series program