Latest news for the Nebraskans for the Arts
Latest news for the Nebraskans for the Arts
Nebraska Legislature Adjourns - Update on Bills of Interest to Members
The Nebraska Legislature wrapped up its session on April 20th. This was a busy biennium session, with 216 bills passed and another 66 by attaching amendments to those bills. A good example is LB562 - a bill for identifying and supporting large-scale tourism projects. LB562 did no pass, but an amendment to another bill that passed provides instructions for the Nebraska Tourism Commission to identify these types of projects before the start of the next session in 2017.
A synopsis of several bills we monitored and their status is included on our website at the following link: Monitored Bills Update  
We will also continue to sort through the passed bills to find issues that impact the arts.
Career Opportunties in the Arts
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is hiring a Residency Arts Technician. This person will work directly with artists-in-residence to provide educational and technical support as well as assist in material/service sourcing for the research and production of new artwork. Bemis opportunity
Film Streams is seeking a Program & Outreach Coordinator to generate and maintain community relationships and an Office Manager. Film Streams opportunities
Omaha Performing Arts has several position open, including a Public Relations Manager, Creative Designer, and Director of Production. OPA opportunities
2016 Primary Election May 10th
Candidates for the 2016 elections are set. This PDF link provides a list of candidates for the 2016 primary election.
How do you know if candidates support the arts? Our Nebraska Legislature Candidate Survey was sent to all filed candidates so you can learn more about their stances on arts-related issues. Our thanks to the Nebraska Art Teachers Association and Nebraska Music Educators Association for partnering on this project - candidates receive many survey requests, so we worked on making our survey easy to complete and that it would reach a broad audience of arts advocates.
Once we receive a completed survey, we post it to our Election Center and we send the candidate's response directly to advocates in their district who are registered in our VoterVoice system. Some of you have already receive these. If you have not, candidate(s) in your district have not responded yet. We encourage to ask your Legislature candidates to complete the survey at this link.
In the meantime, the best way to prepare for the election is to ensure you are registered to vote. The Secretary of State has a wonderful site where you can:
Key dates to remember for Nebraska elections:
  • May 5, 2016 - In-person Primary Voter Registration Deadline
  • May 10, 2016 - Primary Election
Nominations Sought for NebraskARTS Award
Nominations for the 2016 NebraskARTS Award are now open and online. Consider honoring a Nebraska school or school district that supports and encourages achievement in the media arts, visual arts, dance, music, or theater. Nominations are due Friday, September 2nd. 
Student Spotlight Nominations Sought
Know a Nebraska student that has made outstanding achievements in the arts? NFTA members can nominate students to receive recognition for their accomplishments. Students are highlighted on our website, and their accomplishments are sent to their local media, school leaders, and state legislator.  You can nominate a student here.
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