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Starry-eyed. Inspired. Humbled.

Art has always been a part of Raimy Washington’s life. “My mom and grandma were so artistic but I didn’t consider it a career,” said the 23-year old.

Thanks to arts donors like you, Raimy was amongst nearly 40 artists and performers given the paid opportunity by the Lincoln Arts Council to interact with other artists, patrons and the general public at the 2021 Lincoln Arts Festival held on Canopy Street in The Railyard.

Raimy provided “live painting,” working on a piece for several hours as the public stopped by to watch, ask questions and allow her to talk about her process.

“I had never painted in front of people,” Raimy said. “I usually lock myself in a room to really focus on my work. But people were so kind and encouraging. I had to be vulnerable and honestly, it was so fun and so inspiring.”

Not only did the general public get to see art in action, but artists like Raimy had networking opportunities with buyers and peers, helping to grow her career in the arts. “I was able to meet these artists that I had followed and admired online,” she said. “I was starry eyed and humbled watching them work.”

You can ensure that artists and performers continue to receive opportunities to grow their career, especially as our community recovers from the pandemic. Your donation to the Lincoln Arts Council keeps art accessible to all.

Your gift can do more this year!

Thanks to an anonymous donor, the first $5,000 in donations will be matched dollar for dollar! Give now so your gift can go further!

Thank you for considering a donation to support artists like Raimy in 2022.


PS – Did you know that the Lincoln Arts Council accepts gifts of stock? Call Michele at 402.434.2787 to learn how.