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The Fine & Performing Arts

ARTS EDUCATION AND OUTREACH. The Lied Center for Performing Arts mission is to promote life-long learning through the arts by making creative and performing experiences available to all Nebraskans. Through performances and residencies at the Lied Center or in other communities or schools across the state, youth and adults develop an understanding and appreciation for the arts as a vital component of their lives. The ARTS ARE BASIC! program is administered through the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. Participating teachers attend a summer institute to learn ways to incorporate the arts throughout the curriculum. During the school year, children in the program attend arts presentations at the Lied Center for Performing Arts and in their own schools. Since its inception in 1989, more than 200 teachers have participated. In a given year, some 3,500 children are directly enrolled and 12,000 to 22,000 children attend performances at the Lied Center, Kimball Hall or in their schools.

THE SHELDON MEMORIAL ART GALLERY provides an annual traveling exhibition of works from its collection of American art to cities in Nebraska. Since this program began, more than 150,000 Nebraskans have visited the Sheldon's traveling collections. The Sheldon is a component of the Prairie Visions project, a discipline-based arts program funded by the Getty Foundation and administered through the State Department of Education. Every school district in Nebraska has participated in Prairie Visions. In addition, each year more than 15,000 children in grades four, five and six visit the Sheldon as part of its public programming efforts.

KIDS AND COURTS. More than 400 Nebraska youth have participated in Cooperative Extension's juvenile diversion program during the last 10 years. The program involves youth and a parent or guardian in an educational program focusing on helping the youth understand why the crime committed was inappropriate and not to be repeated. The program has saved more than $170,000 in court system costs. The recidivism rate for youth participating in the diversion program is nearly 30 percent lower than the national average.

HIXSON-LIED COLLEGE OF FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS. For the first time in the 131-year history of the university, a college was named in honor of two of its greatest supporters. Christina M. Hixson is the sole trustee of the Lied Foundation Trust, established in 1972 by Ernst F. Lied, a 1927 graduate of the University of Nebraska, in honor of his parents, Ernst M. and Ida K. Lied. The gift was the culmination of years of support offered to the University by Hixson and the Lied Foundation Trust. The $18 million endowment benefits all areas of the college. Half of the fund's income provide support for programs at the college and the college's affiliated organizations, including the Lied Center for Performing Arts, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Mary Riepma Ross Film Theater, Lentz Center for Asian Culture and the Nebraska Repertory Theatre. The remaining funds are divided equally between faculty and student support within the college.

MEZZO-SOPRANO FROM THE MET. The Metropolitan Opera's Ariel Bybee joined the UNL School of Music as Artist-in-Residence in 1998. She teaches voice, works with the opera program, and participates in outreach and recruiting activities. Bybee was a prominent mezzo at the Metropolitan Opera for eighteen consecutive seasons.

OPERA PREMIERES. Operas by two members of the School of Music premiered at the university in the past two years. Tyler White's "O Pioneers!" premiered in November, 1999 and Randall Snyder's The Divine Madness in October 1998.

RICHARDS HALL. Originally constructed in 1908 as a mechanical engineering facility, the newly remodeled Richards Hall is now used for art classes.

SWEEPING LANDSCAPES. Faculty artist Keith Jacobshagen is widely known for his paintings of sweeping prairie landscapes, and his works are in many public and private collections as well as in major museums across the country, including UNL's Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery. He is a member of the National Academy of Art.

ARTISTS ON EXHIBIT. The collection of the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution includes "Anton's Flowers," a work by EDDIE DOMINGUEZ, assistant professor of ceramics. The museum also purchased a work by UNL professor of art and printmaker KAREN KUNC in 1989. Kunc's work is represented in nearly every major art collection in the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Library of Congress and the National Museum of American Art.