Learning Opportunities

Omaha Performing Arts has several opportunities for schools:
Student Matinee Series offers daytime performances by touring artists. Tickets are $4 per person to schools and homeschool groups only. Ticket and bus subsidies are awarded on a case-by-case basis to school groups demonstrating financial need. More information can be found at www.omahaperformingarts.org. Registration opens Monday, August 19.
Nebraska High School Theater Academy connects students to Broadway, culminating in a Tony Awards®-inspired showcase at the Orpheum Theater, the program offers resources year-round. Registration opens mid-August. NebraskaHSTA.org 
Musical Explorers is a semester-long, curriculum-based program for grades K-2 produced in partnership with Carnegie Hall. The program culminates with free concerts at the Holland Center on April 28, 2020. Registration opens in October 2019, and more information can be found HERE. 


  • A student involved in the arts is four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.

  • Students with high arts participation and low socioeconomic status have a 4% dropout rate - five times lower than their low socioeconomic status peers.
source: Americans for the Arts
CMA Grant Award, Annual Conference
The Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation has awarded the Nebraska Music Education Association (NMEA) an advocacy grant for the 2019-2020 school year.  The grant funds will be used to build capacity for advocacy within our membership. 
In November, NMEA will again host its annual Conference/In-service Clinic for music educators November 21-23.  School administrators may request a complimentary registration. Find more information on our website at www.nmeanebraska.org.

NSCTA Fall Conference

This year's NSCTA Convention is at the Ramada Midtown Conference Center in Grand Island, September 5-7. The 2019 theme is "I AM NSCTA" and has a mix of sessions for speech communications and theatre teachers. To learn more about the program schedule and to register, CLICK HERE. The deadline to register is Tuesday, August 20.

NATA Fall Conference

What better way to gain new ideas and learn from others across the state than to attend the Nebraska Art Teachers Association Fall Conference! This year's conference will be held September 27-28 in scenic Nebraska City. 
This year's keynote speaker and workshop facilitator is Dr. Donalyn Heise, artist, educator, and co-author of "Art for Children Experiencing Psychological Trauma." For more information, go to www.nebraskaarteducators.org.

School is Back in Session

Check Out All The Grant Programs for Your School

Poetry Out Loud - Kick-Off Webinar
Join NAC online for a Poetry Out Loud kickoff Thursday, August 15 from 3:30 to 3:45pm. All Nebraska high school teachers, administrators, and students are invited! This Zoom webinar will feature Matt Mason, Nebraska State Poet, Marissa Payzant from the Nebraska Department of Education, and Anne Alston from NAC.   JOIN MEETING LINK
Artists in Schools & Communities
Apply now for a grant to bring one of Nebraska Arts Council's AISC Teaching Artist in Residence to your school or organization.  View teaching artist roster here 
Arts Learning Project Grants
Grants are available through NAC to help support special projects involving the arts in education. Apply by the October 1 deadline. 
School Bus Grants
Children thrive on cultural access--School Bus for the Arts helps you get your K-12 students on field trips involving professional live music, dance, theatre performances, or cultural exhibits at museums or other venues. Apply now

This newsletter's mission is to keep you up-to-date on news, events, and opportunities to improve the quality of arts education in Nebraska. The Dispatch is a collaborative project of the Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Art Teachers Association, Nebraska Music Educators Association, Nebraska Speech Communications and Theatre Association, and Nebraskans for the Arts.

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