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We were able to take advantage of this in November. We took 35 of our kidsfrom Crete Middle School to the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha to take part ininteractive workshops and a performance by the Omaha Symphony and OmahaTheater Ballet. The NAC paid for our bus cost and each student's admissionof $14! What a great experience that we might not have had otherwise.Just our success story!Kelli Wilke Crete Middle SchoolArt Teacher
School Bus Grant funds for Arts Field TripsThe Nebraska Arts Council (NAC) offers grants to underwrite the cost ofarts-related field trips and admission fees to attend arts events such aslive music, dance or theatre performances and cultural exhibits. Thissuccessful program has allowed students from across Nebraska toparticipate in a wide array of arts events. For example: fourth gradersfrom Gordon Elementary School in northwest Nebraska were able to attend alive theatre performance at the Midwest Theatre in Scottsbluff. Studentsfrom Lexington, West Point and Madison were able to view artworks from theSheldon Gallery in Lincoln. Numerous schools in Omaha and Lincolnattended concerts by the Omaha Symphony Orchestra. So far this schoolyear, over 48 grants have been awarded serving over 2500 students.Funding is still available for field trips occurring between January 1 andJune 30, 2009. All Nebraska accredited Pre-K through Grade 12 public &private schools are eligible to receive funding. Field trips must includean arts or cultural performance, exhibit, or activity. Schools may bereimbursed for actual transportation and admission costs up to $500. Priority will be given to schools/communities that lack access to culturalprograms due to geography, economic conditions, background or disabilityas measured by percentage of students on free/reduced lunch. Applicationsshould be received by the NAC four weeks prior to the field trip.Applications are reviewed on a "first-received, first-funded" basis untilall available funds are awarded. Applicants may receive one grant perschool each year. Application forms can be downloaded from the NACwebsite at: www.nebraskaartscouncil.org, and click on School Bus Grants. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Marty Skomalor Elaine Buescher at 1-800-341-4067 (statewide), or in Omaha at 595-2122,or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.Marty Skomalmarty.firstname.lastname@example.orgDirector of ProgramsNebraska Arts Council1004 Farnam St Lower PlazaOmaha NE 68102-1885402/595-2122 or 800/341-4067www.nebraskaartscouncil.org
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