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The Nebraska Arts Council


Omaha Nebraska
Omaha Nebraska

The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, has stimulated a wide range of cultural activities, as have the state’s higher education institutions. The Lied Center for Performing Arts, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, presents groups of national and international renown. Lincoln is also the home to the Lincoln Community Playhouse, the Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music, and Abendmusik: Lincoln. Omaha is a major center for the arts in Nebraska. In the city are the Omaha Symphony Orchestra and Opera Omaha, a well-respected regional opera company. Also in the city are the Omaha Theater Company for Young People and the Nebraska Wind Symphony, a community concert band. The Omaha Community Playhouse is the largest community theater in the United States, and has a professional touring company, the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. Many smaller cities and towns present multidiscipline arts series. Excellent music and theater programs are found at many universities and colleges, in particular the Nebraska Wesleyan University, Creighton University, and the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Many Nebraskans have contributed significantly to the literary life of the nation. One of the greatest American novelists, Willa Cather, grew up on a farm near Red Cloud and later attended the University of Nebraska. Her earliest novels, especially O Pioneers! (1913) and My Ántonia (1918), were inspired by life on the prairies. Nebraska poet John Gneisenau Neihardt wrote the acclaimed Black Elk Speaks (1932) and a cycle of epic poems about the West. Other important regional novelists include Mari Sandoz, Wright Morris, and Bess Streeter Aldrich.

The first newspaper printed in Nebraska was the Nebraska Palladium and Platte Valley Advocate, printed in Bellevue in 1854. The Evening Herald, established in 1885 by Gilbert M. Hitchcock, became the World-Herald four years later.

In 1894 its editor in chief was William Jennings Bryan, three times a candidate for the United States presidency. In 1901 Bryan started his own weekly newspaper, the Commoner, in Lincoln. There are 16 daily newspapers published in the state. The leading daily is the Omaha World-Herald, followed by the Lincoln Journal Star. The Nebraska Farmer is a widely circulated agricultural paper that has been published since 1859.

The first commercial radio station in Nebraska, WOW in Omaha, was licensed in 1923. KMTV and WOW-TV in Omaha, the state’s first commercial television stations, began operations in 1949. In 2002 Nebraska had 43 AM and 70 FM radio stations and 26 television stations. "Nebraska" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia

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